Mary Taylor, Holton Cottages

There are just a few hour left for you to get your cards in for the Brownies delivery service. The boxes are in the Butchers and the Newsagents. It costs 25p per card for the girls to deliver you post. Money and cards can be dropped into either of the boxes, which will be collected at 4pm today and taken away for sorting. The cards will be delivered on Saturday and Sunday.

Thank you to all the volunteers who invited over one hundred senior members of our three villages to the annual Christmas Get Together last Wednesday. As always it was a superb event. The volunteers help prepare, serve and clean for our three course meal and coffee. Quite something for so many. Thank you to the Bear for hosting it again and to everyone who gave one of the numerous raffle prizes. A hundred voices all say thank you.

Last Sunday the Burwash short mat bowls club had their Christmas lunch and awards at the village hall. Twenty nine members and guests sat down to a superb meal cooked by the ladies, while the men played bowls. Grateful thanks must go the Joan Howard and Margaret Waterhouse who did the shopping and cooked the turkey and the lamb, mmm delicious. The ladies supplied all the delicious pudding and everyone had a wonderful time. Chairlady, Mary Taylor thanked everyone for their hard work, welcome new players and old friends and raised a toast to absent friends. After the meal she gave the awards. The \presidents Ladies singles cup was won by Mary Chadburn with Joan Howard as runner-up. The Mary Groombridge Men’s singles trophy was won by Mick Moore with Geoff Jarvis runner-up. The mixed drawn pairs winners were Mary Taylor and Keith Wood with Mary Chadburn and Eileen Jarvis runners-up. The club will now have a three week break and return on Monday 7th January 2013.

St Philip’s church services are on Sunday the Carol Service at 6.30pm, Monday the Crib service at 3pm and the Midnight Communion at 11.30pm and a family service at 10.30am on Christmas day. St Bartholomew’s services are Sunday a Carol Service at 6pm,Midnight mass on Christmas eve and The Burwash Nativity on Christmas day at 10am. You are all very welcome to join in any of theses services.

There is still time for you to decide to join us at the Christmas day lunch at the Burwash village hall, we already have a nice friend group of people attending again but can always make room for more. Please don’t stay home alone and be miserable, we would love for you to come along. Transport may be available for those who need it. Call Mary Taylor now on 01435 882107 and book a place. It costs £10 for a delicious freshly cooked three course meal with wine.

The next Whist drive will take place on Thursday 3rd of January. An evening of twenty hands of cards with light refreshments is £3 per person. These are fun evenings for all abilities to enjoy and are held at the burwash village hall from 7.30pm. For more details call Mary Taylor on 01435 8812107 or just come along. Partners are not needed so don’t worry about not having one .

The Burwash common After 8 club will have there next meeting on Wednesday 9th January at the Burwash Common Pavilion. They will listen to Jane Woodgate talking about Motor Neurone disease. They are hoping for a good turn out to support this charity. New members are always welcome. The ladies of this club enjoy a wide and varied year of talks, outings and meals etc. If interested do go along or call Jan McCartney on 01435 882117.

The latest postal quiz has just finished with some surprising results. No one managed to get all 100 right, but we had four entries with 97 correct. Their names were entered into a draw at the bowls lunch with the winner being Jean Armour-Milne from Henfield. Thank you to all those who took part, we made a prifit of £ 85 which will be given to the gt together lunch. The next one will be out in January/February.

The next course in the Community weight loss challenge will begin on Tuesday 8th January. The twelve week course costs £39 and is held in the annexe of the Catholic church, opposite the village hall. Sue Tonkin will guide you through the pitfalls of food and help to gain the waistline you desire. no public weigh-ins all done with your comfort and privacy in mind. Lots of fun and new friends. Call sue on 01892 784741 and book your space. Money prizes for the biggest losers.

I am now going to take a two week break, but I thank everyone for the input for my column and taking the time to read it. I wish your all a really merry Christmas and happy,healthy new year. Keep your stories coming.