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Cindi Cogswell, 31 Highfords

The first Church Market for 2014 is tomorrow (Saturday) at the usual time of 10.30 am to 12 pm in the Church. This is always a good opportunity to meet together over coffee and tea or simply catch up after Christmas, so do come along and bring friends. There will also be home-made produce and quality books for sale with proceeds going towards the upkeep of the church.

On Sunday January 5th the two morning worships services in St Thomas’ Church will be led by Rector Whitehead. They are the 8am Holy Communion service and the 10.30am Sung Eucharist and visitors are very welcome to attend.

Its back to school for St Thomas’ Primary School children after the fun and crackers of the Christmas break, school opens at the usual time on Monday January 6th. The new term begins with a new theme for lessons which is called ‘Alive and Kicking’ and will cover personal development and physical fitness. Deputy Head Mrs Martin whom many of our children will remember from her seven years at St Thomas’ has moved on and is now the Head Teacher at Pebsham Primary School; we wish her well in her new role.

The Second Wednesday Society is meeting on Wednesday January 8th at 2.30pm in the New Hall. Ian Hunter will be giving the talk which is entitled: ‘A Year at Winchelsea Wetland Trust’ which will be followed by tea. If you are thinking about joining the Society the subscription is £10 per annum. For non-members the cost is £3.50 for Talk and tea and for members is £1 per meeting.

The local National Trust is once more doing its Christmas tree chipping service and recycling the trees as mulch. You are welcome to bring your tree, minus the tinsel to the Mill Road office on Saturday January 18th between 10am and 12pm.

For ‘Carols round the Town’ in December there was a generous response and £395 was raised for Shelter. The organisers send a very big thank you to everyone who gave money, time and their best carol-singing voices in support of the event.

Forget ‘global warming’ and ‘climate change’ as things of the past. 2013 appears to have brought in a new phenomenon which could be labelled: ‘climate mayhem’ or even ‘climate attention-seeking’. Over the year many parts of the world were affected where such weather is highly unusual and which resulted in considerable power failures and turmoil. December alone saw severe rainstorms and flooding in Britain as well as in the towns and deserts of Israel and the Middle East where there were also heavy snowfalls; Ontario has been hit by freezing rain and ice storms; Cairo had its first snowfall in 112 years and there has been predominantly heavy snow in Russia and the Ukraine with people digging their way out of their front doors; unfortunately with the possibility of more on the way. Whether or not this whirlwind of activity will run out of steam in 2014 is hard to say but it is always good to be prepared.

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As it is the first Sunday in the month on January 5th St Richard’s Church will be holding its Evening Prayer service with Rector Whitehead. This will be at 3pm and following the service all are invited to stay for light refreshments.

The next St Richard’s Fellowship Lunch is on Friday January 31st at 12 for 12.30pm in the Community Hall. As most of you know booking is essential and should be done well in advance of the date and the number to contact is 01797 227168.