Apologies: Unfortunately I have been unable to write this column since the middle of December. My laptop died on me so I borrowed my Dad’s and proceeded to make his sick too. I now have a proper office computer thanks to my lovely son so I am hoping no more problems. So I am really sorry if anything you were planning for Christmas and the New Year was not given the notice you would have liked. I hope that all your events went well, and that you all had a great Christmas. I wish you all a really good 2015.

Reports: Charity Bingo Thank you to all the generous people who gave some of the amazing prizes for the Christmas bingo. We were overwhelmed by the number given. Thank you also to everyone who came along and supported the event. Both adults and children joined in with nearly everyone winning a game or a raffle prize. My very grateful thanks to all those who helped on the day, and to 11 year jasmine Birch for making the delicious mince pies. We made a total profit of £208 towards the Christmas day lunch for those on their own.

Lunches: So many different lunch parties took place before Christmas including the annual get together lunch which is funded and run by a wonderful band of volunteers. They raise funds through the year then with the aid of the staff at the Bear Motel provide and serve a three course lunch to over 100 seniors members of our three villages. There is always a terrific raffle which this year made over £440 toward next years lumch. Thank you to everyone who gives up their time to do this every year and the Bear for allowing it to be held there.

Cards: Thank you to everyone who used the special Brownie Christmas post again this year. There were plenty of cards in the boxes which were situated in the News Agents, thanks to Tesky & Barbara O’Neil and in the Butchers thanks to Graham Jarvis. Sorting was done on Friday evening in readiness for delivering the following day, which for once was lovely weather. The girls made £ for their group funds.

Christmas Lunch: Wow, what a wonderful day it was. We were really delighted with how well the whole day went. This is only possible thanks to the wonderful people who support us. We are very grateful to Roger Daltry for donating the turkey which as always was delicious, to Leigh, Keiron & Glen at the Burwash Stores for the fruit & Vegetables, to Eileen Craddock who gave us Christmas crackers, Sam & Martin Bowles who gave us wine. We had great help to From Sam & Keith Morrison Williams and their daughter Rhiannon & Jasmin, Marienna Stott, John Ryan, and the wonderful Alison who so kindly came in to help with the washing up. We had 22 diners from Burwash, Etchingham, Ticehurst, Sedlescombe & Bexhill, who enjoyed a delicious three course meal, cheese & biscuits coffee & mints.Even Santa made an appearance to give everyone a gift to take home. Thank you everyone who helped to make the day so special for everyone, especially the diners who stayed on to help clear up.

Quiz: tonight the next monthly quiz evening is being held in the Burwash Common Pavilion. Teams of six players are invited to go along and join in the fun. The entry money is returned as cash prizes and the licenced bar will be open. To find out more call Halina Keep on 01435 882183.

Ice Show: On Sunday Afternoon the much anticipated trip to the Holiday on Ice show at the Brighton Centre will take place. The coach will leave Burwash at 2.30pm in time for the 4pm show. If anyone has tickets for this show too and would like to come with us we do have spaces on the coach. Please call me on 01435 882107, before mid-day on Sunday. A seat will cost you £7, with no parking problems when you get there.

BLG: The Burwash Ladies Group will meet on Wednesday at the Burwash Village hall from 2.15pm. This group enjoy a wide variety of meetings and monthly outings. If you would like to join them they would be delighted, just go along on Wednesday and see for yourself.

After 8: Also on Wednesday the After 8 club will meet in the Burwash Common Pavilion at 8pm. There meeting will be My Favourite thing and you are welcome to take along an item that means most to you and tell the members why. It should be an interesting evening. To find out more about this club call Jan McCartney on 01435 882117.

NSY: The Not so Young club will return to the hall for their first meeting of 2015 on Thursday at 2.15. This lively group for men and women over 60 is open to all. They to have a good variety of talks, outing, garden parties and lunches. The first meeting will begin the their AGM and then they will be entertained by the Etchingham Singer. do feel free to go along and join them.

Bowls: The Burwash short mat bowls club have resumed meeting for friendly roll up nights on Monday evenings. They meet from 6.30pm until 9pm and enjoy challenging each other while playing to win the Gavin Wood Salver. The club had a very busy time leading up to Christmas with several league games and a very friendly fun filled evening with Hurst Green. The members will continue their games in the Wealden league, paly friendly games take part in tournaments and play for the East Sussex teams. If you would like to join us do come along on Monday evening or call Mary Taylor on 01435 882107.

Slimming: Another twelve week course of the Burwash Community weight loss challenge will begin on Tuesday evening in the parish room of Christ the King church. There is plenty of parking at the church. The course costs £39 for the twelve weeks with cash prizes for the highest losers. Sue Tonkin will guide us through the healthy eating and fitness regime helping us to lose weight and maintain our goals. No public weighing or measuring, but friendly swapping of ideas from fellow losers. Call Sue on 01892 487471

Mary Taylor

Holton Cottages