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SEDLESCOMBE AND DISTRICT GARDEN SOCIETY: Sedlescombe & District Garden Society will be having a talk in the Village Hall by Irene Wilson from the National Gardens Scheme; the subject will be ‘All Gardens Great and Small’. This will be followed by a full afternoon tea. The date is Tuesday December 6 at 2pm. Free to Garden Society Members but non members are welcome at £5. This event has become very popular. Please book your tickets in advance to help with the catering; contact Julia Chapman on 01424 870520

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Northiam news


Blue Cross: It was good to see so many people at the meeting to discuss plans for the Blue Cross land, and it would appear that most of us agree that we would like our Parish Council to see if the land can be saved for projects which suit the village. If you haven’t returned your questionnaire yet, please do so, as there are no firm plans at present, and all ideas would be gratefully received by your Council.

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Udimore news


BACKA QUACKA: Because Tillingham and Brede river levels have now dropped again, the annual duck race has been postponed to a later date, to be advertised in this column as soon as it’s known.

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Peasmarsh news


Doctors’surgery: Due to low demand these have now been reduced to one per month which will be the first Tuesday of the month between the hours of 11.30 am and 12.30 pm. To book an appointment contact Rye Medical Centre on 01797 223333.

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Robertsbridge news


Tonight: (Friday 2nd Dec) is Christmas Capers in the village. The High Street will be closed from 6-9pm. There is something going on for everyone- Santa will be in his grotto, roundabout rides, a juggling Fairy, street entertainment, hot food and drinks, RoCoCo will be performing Christmas songs from 6.30 in The Robertsbridge Club. The shops will be open will lots of Christmas fayre ! Please come and support the Village and it’s shops , you maybe surprised what you will find !

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Whaltington news


HELLO: It’s good to see that the village hall is being used by a variety of local community groups. As you can see our local Guides provide interesting and educational events for local girls and get them out and about visiting local heritage sites as well as supporting local events. It is great fun and new members are welcome.

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Brede news


How to contact me: by telephone 01424 882037 or email

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Burwash news


Thank you: What a lovely afternoon the Warbleton Brass Band gave us at their concert last Saturday. They played some well know and unusual music for the entertainment of their audience. They held a raffle which with the entry money is being given to The Royal British Legion for Help for Heroes. The village hall committee organised the refreshments and raised £51 for hall renovation fund. Thank you to everyone who came along.

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Etchingham news


CHRISTMAS FAIR: Etchingham School Christmas Fair is tomorrow (Saturday December 3), 12noon to 3pm. Lots of stalls with Christmas gifts and goodies. Mulled Wine, Cakes, BBQ, Soup, Teas and Coffee, and of course Santa will be there.

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Staplecross news


COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: SUSSEX POLICE: ‘Call Blocking SCAM’ ~ Our local Police force are warning Sussex residents to be cautious of cold callers offering relief from nuisance phone calls. The force have received reports of fraudulent sales calls encouraging householders to subscribe to costly ‘call blocking’ or ‘telephone preference services’, charging a monthly fee. Sadly, however, the services offered will not block any unwanted calls and could place personal information in the hands of criminals. During the last months, several reports to Action Fraud & Sussex Police involved fraudsters asking local residents for payments and monthly subscriptions for call blockers, ranging from a few pounds to several hundred pounds. In 7 out of 10 cases money was paid over. For genuine call blocking and telephone preference services, residents are advised to sign up to the FREE Telephone Preference Service which offers one level of protection. Check out Call blocking devices approved by ‘Secured by Design’, such as trueCall devices Check out are also available. D.C.I. Tracy Edwards in charge of Operation Signature which protects the vulnerable & elderly people against fraud said “We encourage all residents to be extremely wary of cold callers, but these fraudsters are extremely cunning in pretending to offer relief from unwanted callers -- at a price”. She also states If you receive a phone call from anyone offering to block unwanted calls, DO NOT give or confirm to the caller, any information at all. - Please refuse to even give your name, address and certainly NOT any bank or financial details. - just put the phone down. Then contact ‘Action Fraud’ - or any Police station - with details of the call. If you have given any personal information to them, please contact Sussex Police as well as your bank, as quickly as possible. If you or someone you know is vulnerable and has been a victim of fraud, -or an attempt at fraud, call Sussex Police on 101 or visit You can also contact ‘Action Fraud’ at or by simply calling 0300~123 2040. Further information is available on the Operation Signature webpage here =

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Winchelsea & Winchelsea Beach news


Church Market: This Saturday December 3rd the Christmas Church Market will be in full swing from 10.30am till 12 noon. A good variety of homemade, home-grown produce will be on sale plus quality hard back books. Also enjoy the refreshments, coffee, tea, plenty of friendly chat and an opportunity to start the Christmas shopping. Last month’s Market raised £355.86 and all proceeds will go towards church funds.

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Catsfield news


Pantomime: The CADS Christmas show, ‘Anthony and Cleopatra’ had its first performance last night so some of you will already know the identity of the main characters! There are three more performances to go, this evening at 7.30pm, a matinee tomorrow at 2.30pm and a grand evening finale. I’m not sure if there are any tickets left for sale in the Village Store priced £7 and £4, you’ll have to ask in the shop.

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Icklesham news


GREETINGS: Here we are then, December, the last month of the year and all the fun, fluster and flurry of Christmas just around the corner. Mind you, shops have been ‘doing ‘ Christmas since about August. I wonder how soon they will have hot cross buns and Easter Eggs out ?!!

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Fairlight news


Church matters: This Sunday, December 4, there will be a service of Morning Praise at St Andrew’s, at 10.30 am. To mark the beginning of the Year of the Bible, please take along a bible with you, if you have one. It will be blessed during the service. There will be no junior church at this service. The principal service this Sunday will be the Christingle Service, with the lighting of the Christmas tree, at St Andrew’s at 4 pm. You will be able to donate to The Children’s Society at this service, if you wish. Please make sure they know you’re going if you would like a Christingle orange, so they have some idea if how many to prepare! There will also be an Informal Communion service at St Peter’s, concurrently with the Christingle Service. In other words, it, too, starts at 4 pm.

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Iden news


TALKING TO BALTHASAR: Thirty years ago, I spent half a weeks wages on a Nativity set, figurines that I have grown very fond of. It was worth living on leftovers for a bit to be able to afford them. They reside all year in the boiler room, but when I get them out, I chat to them like old friends. Things like “now come on Balthasar you know the rules, Joseph stands behind Mary, not you”. I re-group him with the other wise men, give their caskets of gold, frankincense and myrrh, a little dust, and touch-up Joseph’s nose with a crayon. The baby Jesus is the central figure, upon whom they all gaze, and he is small and delicate, and seems to lose a little straw from his manger every year [I need to replenish it] I’m always worried that the cat will knock him off the sideboard [Seemingly our cat is not in the least religious] They have once more seen the star in the east, and their little tableau is always a joy to behold.

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Pett & Pett Level news

Pett and Pett Level

Church Services: On Sunday December 4 – Holy Communion, St Mary & St Peter, Pett at 9:30am. There will be a Sunday Service at the Methodist Chapel at 10:45am.

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Sandhurst news


Church floodlighting: if anyone would like to have St Nicholas Church floodlit for a birthday or a marriage phone Bob Holden, the churchwarden, for the cost and more information on (01580) 850278.

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Mountfield news


SW CONSTRUCTION: Jim and I met with the contractors last week. Following the earlier delays in Church Road, there have been some minor adjustments to dates of operations and road closures. Hoath Hill should re-open today (December 2nd) Construction will then start on Monday (5th) to the part of Eatenden Lane north of the crossing, i.e. past Holly Lodge, the barn opposite, the Old Chapel and Duncan’s opposite all the way up to the junction with Hoath Hill and Solomon’s Lane. As ever, there will be pedestrian access. The intention is that the week ending Friday December 23rd will be something of a clear up week after which all operations will cease until January 3rd. Over the Christmas break, there will be no road closures at all.

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Westfield news


The wonderful Westfield Christmas lights: were switched on last Thursday, and the hard work of the residents involved has resulted in a beautiful welcome as you come through the village. Collections last year raised over £10,000 for St. Michael’s Hospice, so please give generously when you come to admire the decorations.

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Netherfield news


St. John the Baptist Church Netherfield: Just to remind everyone, St John the Baptist Church is holding its annual “Santas Brunch” on Saturday 3rd December, from 10-12am. “Bacon Butties”, teas or coffee will be served for £2.50p per person. If you need tree presents, or gifts for loved ones and friends, there will be tables selling lots of seasonal goods, including plants. If you fancy a flutter for a good cause there will be a raffle and lucky dip. In addition, Santa will be handing out his gifts and presents. No, he is not early, just making a special visit to the Church. So why not come and see him. Adults £1 per person. Tickets are available from Emma Kersey at the school office, or via email to emmakersey@talktalknet. Hope to see you there – Gillian Slack

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