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Big News!: Yes, straight in this week as there’s a lot of interesting items to list and Easter events to mention too...So!

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Is it just Me?!: Or are we living through one of the most extraordinary, ghastly, self destructive, unprecedented periods in our Country’s political history; with it’s subsequent side-effects causing a general malaise, depression and irritation that is willingly exacerbated by never-ending, self indulgent T.V speculation, supposition and spin! Aaaagh! How on earth have we got into this state?! And, how on earth are we going to get out of it! And...how can we cope with this National debacle? Why is everyone continually just talking ‘Brexit’! I would seriously suggest that there should be some sort of compensation for all the headaches and hair-tearing we have had to put up with over the last 1000 odd desperate days, and personally, I think that it should come in the guise of Free Prosecco, on tap, at will, and ad infinitum...!! It may not solve anything, but the constant, catastrophic clamour will be a little more fuzzy with fizzy! Anyway, here, in the real world...i.e The Village, there are lots of lovely things to contemplate over the next few weeks and months, starting from...

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Fantastic Therapy!: Can you see an ongoing link in this column lately?! Well, to elucidate, I spent a fabulously therapeutic hour setting up my Floral Art entry in the Spring Show last Saturday at the Memorial Hall; working alongside the professionals, Pauline and Beryl, and probably getting in their way, and on their nerves, to a large extent!! But I really appreciated the calm and focus while creating “Strictly Come Dancing” using a glorious selection of flowers, mirror ball, trophy and a 34 year old pair of my dancing shoes! Although the design I had constructed in my head didn’t quite come to fruition on the display table, I was fairly pleased with the finished piece; which I hoped fulfilled the remit of Floral Art! Added to the piece of Glass I had painted for another entry, a petite Gold Floral arrangement, and photos of Norman-the-Newt (Pondlife), Daffodils (A Season) and Bramble-Kat (A Face- my best hope of a place, cos she’s beautiful!) - I left the Hall with a calm contentment, knowing that I’d done my best, and that taking part was absolutely the best thing! Rose was so organised, with Kaye helping, receiving a myriad of entries for the morning’s judging, and again later, when returning at 3pm after the weekly shop with Esteemed Mama, they were still buzzing around with prizewinning envelopes, and congratulations to all. The refreshments were flying out of the kitchen, the Hall was packed, the sound of chatter and exclamations pinged round, the sight and smell of the flowers lifted the spirits, and the Raffle did a constant trade. Rose’s Lemon Drizzle cake was to die for, and thank you to whoever did the lovely little Gluten Free butterfly cakes- quite delightful and so welcome for a change! The Horticultural Society’s Annual Spring Show really is a jewel in Ninfield’s Calendar; well done to all the committee members who made it so friendly and fun, and hopefully, so successful. Oh, and how did I do..? Well, I’m thrilled to say that four 2nds and a 3rd took me completely by surprise - yes, one short, but I’m not saying anything except - I gave Bramble-Kat the BIGGEST hug, ‘cos as I said, I think she’s BEAUTIFUL!

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Oh dear..!: Well, they say that life happens between your plans, but hey, after the week that’s just passed, can I just stick to the plans please....? ‘Cos the recent Life additions were rather terrifying, very emotional and extremely expensive! It’s been a very odd year so far, and, if I remember correctly, the Horoscopes over the New Year said that ‘Us Capricorns’ would have it tough for the beginning of 2019, with a marked and welcome improvement for the second half of the year. So, superstitiously inclined as I am, I now request a ‘fast forward’ to June the something-ish please - I’m not sure I can take much more of all the naff stuff!! The ‘Unforeseen Circumstances’ just alluded to,actually provided a welcome inconvenience, and allowed me to do a more comprehensive weekend shop at the Village Market in the Memorial Hall! The meats, veg, plants and pies were fresh and plentiful, and the atmosphere was extremely congenial with the Cafe’s coffee, cakes and cookies helping to relieve some of my stress! The Hall Committee were on hand to answer enquiries about the Hall Refurbishment project, and take interest and ideas on the proposed Film Nights. There is another fundraiser on the way, details below! But now- It’s another Saturday that is special to Ninfield - The Annual Spring Show, presented by the Ninfield Horticultural Society, and it’s an absolute jewel in the Spring Season so..

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Life, is just a bowl of cherries?: Yes, but in 5/4 time! And to those of you who are musical, and get the gag, you know just how I’m feeling at the moment! How tempting it is sometimes, to just run away! But unfortunately, the bills don’t get paid in the interim, and the problems, worries and upsets are still there when you come back! Anyway, thinking of nice things to keep the chin uplifted, the O.H and I had a lovely meal with friends over the weekend and, even though I say it myself, the food was quite delightful! My Chinese dishes, including Pheasant Satay and Venison in Black Bean sauce, were original and very well received; Hussah! I don’t think I’ll enter Masterchef, but hey, I was rather pleased with myself! It’s funny, in this column each week, I write up the details of all the society meetings, and social events, and, invariably there are “light refreshments available”. For a start, this is a phrase that I can now type at high speed, and without looking at the keyboard, but I’m wondering if maybe my Pheasant Satay would be acceptable as a “light refreshment”? No? Ok, Maybe not: - and at the Village Market this Saturday there will be the usual tea/coffee/cakes etc.in the Pop Up cafe,- shame, The O.H and I wanted to do Bacon /Fried Egg Sarnies..! Memories of the old days in the East End of London! So, we’ll start right there...No!, Not in Limehouse or Leytonstone, but with the Market in the Memorial Hall..!

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Next instalment!: The diary entries are still flowing in, so more details coming up; we’re marching on into Spring, and, Hussah! The Rugby is back this weekend! And, can’t wait for a relaxing evening with Showbiz friends over dinner...what on earth am I going to cook...!!!

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Your Month Ahead!: Yes, lots of diary entries for the month of March, so I’ll list as many as poss, in basic format below, and add all the sumptuous details as each week, and each event, gets nearer!

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Short Month, short change, short pockets!: February is now on it’s last week, thank goodness; not for any wish-your-life-away reasons, it’s just generally a bit bleak, and, due to fewer working days, not very lucrative for the self-employed! Still, the sun has been out, Spring has peeped over the horizon, household ‘stuff’ has been started, garden ‘stuff’ equally, Valentines day was lovely, and everyone is starting to look forward to the next month’s events; So, the few negatives should really be sidelined, and the positives duly highlighted!

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Diary Entries! Saturday 16th February- Ninfield Village Market:- Memorial Hall 9.30 - 12pm, A full quota of stalls will be in situ at this first Market of the year. There will be your favourites there, some newbies too, and the Pop Up Cafe will have the usual range of refreshments, plus a Cake Stall, raising money for the Memorial Hall refurbishment fund. Lovely Local Produce at Lovely Local Prices! And, the opportunity to catch up with friends over a cuppa! Call Chris on 893388 for more info.

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Make Haste!: Yes, and, by doing so, sometimes we can overlook something, or not be completely accurate- So, it’s best to back up what you’re doing with a good proof-read through, or just a nice, relaxed, sit back and think it through type of moment! I’m afraid I did take a shortcut last week and took information from our just-delivered Parish Magazine, which unfortunately had a typo within that I unwittingly passed into the column! SO!! Big apologies to Rose and the Horti Society - and here is the amendment...Saturday 23rd March is the Ninfield Horticultural Society’s Annual Spring Show - NOT the Plant Sale (that is in April!!) More details in the sections below - but I will definitely make sure I check, and double check, the information given to me and/or sourced from now on!! Sorry again!

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February Already!: And, even though the daffodils think that ‘Spring has Sprung, the Grass is Ris’ - the wind chill, ice and threat of snow firmly keep the home fires burning, the heating on and all home comforts close at gloved-hand! There aren’t that many new listings or events to flag up for the next week or so, but those that have already been advertised will be promoted again, plus any meetings that have slipped into consciousness via the invaluable Parish Magazine!! Do you know, in this multi-media age, there are still people who don’t read any Newspapers, Parish Mags.,Notice Boards, look in Shop windows, or check Facebook pages, Websites, Twitter...it’s extraordinary, and quite nonplussing to be told ‘Oh, I didn’t know anything about it...’ when the ‘Why didn’t you come..?’ question is asked. I’m beginning to think that the old fashioned ‘Car-with-loud-hailer-on’ should come back into action, plus the Town / Village Crier - Or! Why not raise some funds for a football pitch style running advertising hoarding; with bright red illuminated writing scrolling across on a constant loop, flashing up the local itinerary! Popular? I guess not! Anyway, to those few, who are manfully perusing this column, stoically reading through every word, on this freezing February day, “Here are This Weeks’ Notices!!”

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Thank You!: To everyone who came to the Nearly New Clothes Sale and Fashion Show at the Memorial Hall on Saturday last; and to all who helped put out such a massive range of fabulous items! As soon as the doors were opened, right from the word Go, there was a great buzz from the ladies and gentlemen who rummaged determinedly through the rails and tables; then there was lots of laughter and whoops of delight when a bargain was found and pounced upon. The Pop-Up Bar was a much appreciated addition to the proceedings, with canapes, nibbles and glasses of Prosecco, aiding and abetting new fashion decisions! The Catwalk lit up with 10 wonderful models; from lovely little Hannah, Eloise and Annabel, to elegant Jackie, Tracey, Kaye, Shona, Sophie and Madeleine; and then there was Robin Fookes - who stole the show with his two appearances modelling Menswear, and finished everyone off with his alter-ego ‘Shirley’ modelling a fetching Grey Dress and Accessories...the audience were in fits, heartily applauding the entertaining Fashion Show; then they bought up all the garments shown! Stunning special guest, Barbara Wimbush delighted the crowd with a few words about her display of memorabilia from her modelling days with Royal Designer, Norman Hartnell; the additional, but obligatory Raffle, was also well supported, and all in all, this inaugural event was heralded a great success. Funds raised from the Sales and Raffle totalled nearly £700, added to the Bar profits and the donation box, taking the figure up to £800 plus- a fabulous sum to put towards the Refurbishment Fund for the Memorial Hall. Huge thanks go to Carol and Pete on the Bar, and Veronica and the team from the 1st Ninfield Scouts, who had an impressive 24 hours with the ‘Big Breakfast’ starting the day. Phew! So, that’s that one done...and who said ‘until next year..’?!

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Writer’s Block!: I just don’t know how to start! Or even, where to begin!?! Sometimes the spark is not quite bright enough: all lucid, mental flow comes to an abrupt halt! And, it’s only the middle of January...oh dear, methinks I need a bit of a brain boost...after all, the little grey cells are not getting any younger, 40/18 on Sunday- and no, I still can’t say the actual number! - so, a dose of Ginko Biloba might be on the cards, or some Mega-B6, and maybe more Omega 3’s- Kippers-are-Us! Anyway, while I’m waiting for inspiration to strike, let’s get on with the list of items for the next few weeks - they’re a bit few and far between, but all lovingly labelled, and awaiting your attention!

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Nose to the grindstone again!: It doesn’t take long to get back into the swing of things after the festive period...or back into the habit of trying to fit 30 hours into a 24 hour day! All grand thoughts of ‘taking more time out’...’not getting stressed’ and ‘more haste = less speed’... were excellent in theory, and resolutely embraced in the lengthening shadows of New Years Eve, but have since, in the last week, whipped and whizzed their way westwards, with a wicked, sardonic sideways glance! So! Everything Normal; All Systems Are Go, and the first event for Ninfield is on Saturday 19th January:- the Nearly New Clothes Sale and Fashion Show at the Memorial Hall....More details in the column below...of course! But first...

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Happy New Year!: 2019- and here we go... As I write, it’s Monday 31st, New Year’s Eve, and, even if I don’t have a huge, glamorous, evening party planned..I am working all day, and will appreciate a couple of glasses of fizzy as soon as I’ve got this column in..!!! So! Not much preamble this week, just the list of necessary items for your diaries this month; and maybe a couple of Heads Up for February...Crikey, it’s like wishing your life away!!

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At Last It’s Here!!: Well, I said that you’d soon hear if Christmas still hadn’t made an appearance in the homestead; so, luckily, it has now arrived-ish, the Tree is up, decorated thrice...(thank you Bramble-Kat!!) and looking twinkly and lovely. There’s an additional swathe of evergreen, pheasant feathers and lights hanging in the porch, strings of cards over the fireplace, and stockings either side of the hearth waiting for Santa to do the honours! Ok? So, writing Xmas cards is next, and I’ve even done a bit of online shopping... Crikey! Have I passed the Festive Test?! Maybe; but, as I write on Monday 17th, although the anticipation is beginning to bubble, I’m still not 100% convinced!

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Shorter and sweeter!: No, nothing to do with Christmas, except that the time I might save keeping this column slightly more truncated, will hopefully allow me to get a little bit more organised and prepared for the fast approaching festive event!! I haven’t a clue why it’s so difficult to get motivated this year, or why the Xmas Spirit seems to have upped and flown orff!! I’m not panicking quite yet...after all there are still 10 days to go, the shops are open, the computer is working and the brain is still functioning - just. So, it will happen, inspiration will strike, and the jingle-bells jigsaw will just click together. And, if nothing has happened by this time next week, you’ll be the first to hear about it!! First thing has to be To Get The Tree Up...the boxes are down from the loft so that’s a positive, I’ll just have to wait for the Decorating Fairies to get them opened and adorned... ?! Or not..! Anyway, as I said last week, there is nothing new to report or advertise for the next few weeks, so it’s a list of dates, times and venues for Christmas services and the first few items for the New Year; and, next week, if I can put it together, there’ll be a Christmas Poem for all to enjoy!

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The Countdown begins..!: And really, with only a fortnight to go, I should be far more organised than I actually am! Christmas I mean; there’s a distinct lack of enthusiasm this year for some reason, possibly because Xmas Day is a Tuesday which creates a sort of ‘festive hiccup’ in the working week rather than a nice, sparkly semi-holiday when the big day coincides with a weekend. Of course, for some, working over Xmas is just the norm, no matter where it falls; and for others, well, there’ll be the creative extended extension of the 27th and 28th taking the festivities right up to the next weekend, which in turn will need Monday 31st to recover and regroup, in order for the New Years Party to be fully enjoyed- and then the 2nd will have to be added for detoxification and the start of the new year’s resolutions: and really, why then do the 3rd and 4th, when it’s probably far easier to start the new working year on Monday 7th...?!! I wish...! Anyway, as far as this column is concerned, there are less items now to report; most of the events have been advertised already and the Church services are in the diaries. I’ll repeat things for this weekend’s edition, but will curtail a little for the following two up to 22nd December; and, rather than spend part of Christmas Eve at the computer, there’ll just be a Seasonal Good Wish for the 28th edition, with service returning to semi-normal a week later, on the 5th January 2019!! Is that ok with you!?! I hope so! Now, onwards...

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Waiting for the Cold Snap!: It’s official...it’s been forecast.. so, it must be true.. maybe this year they’ll get it right?! Certain Weather Boffs have guaranteed that there will be an icy blast hitting us over the next few weeks and then the cold hand of snow and ice will be with us for at least a month! Much like the winter of 2010, and with slight similarities to 1963/4; but, they have said this before...like last year, and the year before that! All we can do is watch and wait, get ourselves prepared, stock up on essential supplies where necessary, and batten down the hatches when the time comes...Oh, no sorry...,silly me...that’s Brexit!...it’s Brexit that’ll make us do all that... Snow? Ha! No problem..!

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A month till Christmas!!: Crikey! Can it really be that close..?! Time has just shot past over the last few months; well, they do say that time flies when you’re having fun, and I guess that includes when you’re really busy too! It’s been a whirlwind of Weekend Wonders, and this weekend is no exception for Ninfield and Hooe (see Saturday listings!) There are also lots of lovely December Delights already in the diary, and I’ll list some at the end of the column as a reminder. The meetings lessen now until the New Year, and Groups and Societies take on some Festive Fun, so, first on the agenda..

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