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Catsfield Village Hall: Do you fancy singing/listening to or even playing some different Christmas Carols? Then come to Catsfield Village Hall on 10th December 2016. The “Sussex Harmony Workshop” will start at 3 pm followed by a light supper before a Carol Concert at 7.30pm.

The music comes from 18th & 19th centuries that used to be sung in country churches and chapels to the accompaniment of a village band comprising fiddles, clarionets, oboes, flutes, the odd brass instrument and even a serpent! Therefore most of the tunes are joyful folk melodies some of which have come from Catsfield’s own manuscripts now housed in the Archaeological Society’s vaults in Lewes. This music is meant to be sung with as much enthusiasm as accuracy, therefore don’t worry about the odd wrong note.

To register for your music copy (& supper)(small collection) or more information contact Mike Cooper on 01424 892681 or mikecooper@mdcooper.myzen.co.uk or just turn up for the concert (retiring collection).

St. John the Baptist Church Netherfield: The 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. There will be tables selling lots of seasonal goods, including plants as well as 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

Netherfield Junior School: The school will be having a carol service in St John the Baptist Church Netherield on Wednesday 14th December at 10.0am and their crib service is on 24th December at 5.pm. - Gillian Slack

Mountfield Village Hall Big Screen Cinema and Social Club: This is the final notification for this month’s big screen presentation of “Eddie the Eagle”. It stars Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman and willmake you laugh, cry and cheer so come along enjoy yourselves. The date is Friday 25 November and doors open at 7.30 pm with a suggested donation of £5 per person towards the upkeep of the Hall.

Reflections on a garden: On Thursday afternoon of last week my wife and I were treated to an appearance in the garden, of three sparkly pheasant ladies, gingerly strutting their stuff as they searched for those elusive tit-bits, buried in the damp, leaf covered grass and hiding, as tasty morsels do, in the sad looking flower beds. Their different sizes, from small to not a great deal bigger, must represent their hatching order or position in the pecking hierarchy. Their heads moved quickly from side to side as they responded to the sounds of autumn in the wind blown section of our turf, surrounding the net covered pond. Majestic, proud and scatty was how they appeared to me as I moved from window to window to capture their progress. However, I must have caught their eye after a couple of minutes as they ran like hares across the garden, disappearing in the woody growth that borders our western extremity.

Until the storm at the weekend, we were still enjoying the myriad colours that seem to still persist on our shrubs and trees. It really has been a year to remember from that perspective, matching that you could pay a fortune to view in other parts of the world, renowned for their autumnal displays.

Oh, and as I look out of my window this morning, five pheasants are using the garden bench to see if there is anything tasty they can eat for breakfast.

More next week......................

Claverham Monday Badminton Club: It must be the thought of getting fit so they can eat that extra slice of turkey on Christmas Day that brought in 13 members this week to pound the boards in their quest to become the new champion of champions. Well, I have to make it seem that it is full of excitement. All 4 courts were were in action throughout the evening and play was as intense as usual. I know I go on about it being good fun, but trust me it is. So come on, join in. You just turn up. First week for all newcomers is free. It starts at 20.00 (or 8.00 pm in old money) and goes on until 22.00 (or 10.00 pm). The normal cost is £5.00. That is £2.50 per hour for a good time. If you are interested ring Maurice 01424 838410, text 07957588172 or email bluejazz@tiscali.co.uk.

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