Festive Evening: Thankfully the weather was kind for our Burwash Festive evening. There was so much to see and buy and there was a terrific crowd of people there to enjoy it all. The restaurant at the Bear was a delight of glittery stalls selling a diverse array of goods, from home made to commercial items. Marco the magician was on hand to entertain the families while the reindeer just lay around in their stall so unconcerned by it all. Santa’s Grotto at Cheritons was a delight as the children visited him and had a go on the tombola. There was a tasty barbecue at the Butchers’ and a hog roast at the Bear. At 6pm Local celebrity James Kirtley and Mary Taylor BEM had the pleasure of turning on the lights in the high street and on the Christmas tree. Later we were all entertained by the drummers, wow what an amazing experience if you haven’t heard them before. Thank you to the Parish Council for financing the event and to Kevin and all those who helped to make it go so well.

Christmas trees: Last weekend St Bartholomew’s church hosted another of their fabulous Christmas tree festivals. What a beautiful setting for this magical event. Some 37 trees were decorated by local groups, clubs, societies and families. Some had lights but other didn’t seem to need them. They were so different in their make-up, quilted tiny cushions made by the quilters, The classes from the primary school had a tree each, The British Legion’s was really lovely, I think probably my favourite, but they were all so different and so well done it is hard to say one was better than the others. Congratulations to the church and all involved on such a splendid event.

Bingo: The Christmas charity prize bingo afternoon was just wonderful. So many people attended, it was truly a great family afternoon. The children were so well behaved it was a pleasure to have them there. Thank you so much to everyone who gave some of the amazing prizes, both the bingo tables and the raffle had some fabulous gifts. My grateful thanks to Colin & Davina Swaine, Sam & Keith Morrison-Williams, Rod Clifton, Lorriane Tasker, the three lads from the snooker room and my family for all their help and support. It was one of the best for years. We made £375 after expenses which will go towards the Christmas Day lunch for those on their own and MacMillan Nurses.

Quiz: Tonight is quiz night at the Pavilion in Burwash Common. The fun begins at 8pm when teams of six players compete against each other. All the entry money is returned as prize money there are sausages for supper and the licenced bar is open. Call Karol Richardson for more details on 01435 883318.

Cards: The boxes have been put out for the Brownie Burwash Christmas card delivery service. One is in the Butcher’s thanks to Graham Jarvis, the other is in the stores thanks to Keiron & Glen. The delivery is for the local Burwash area only as the girls will be on foot. Please print addresses clearly so we don’t make any mistakes. The cost of our service is 20p per card which should be put into the box with the cards. Last post is 4pm on Friday 18 with delivery on Saturday 19 December. If in doubt about whether an address is in the delivery area please ring Mary on 01435 882107. All the proceeds will go in to the brownie funds. Please do not put cards in that are for delivery by the Royal Mail. Thank you.

Lunch: The invites are out for the Get Together lunch on the 16th December. This event is funded and organised by volunteers. It Is held at the Bear and the volunteers do the prepping, serving and clearing away of the three course Christmas lunch. If you are over 60 and live in our villages and would like to be included in this lovely event you need to make contact with Steve Mintram on 01435 882444.

Bowls: Last week, the club entertained a group of the Robertsbridge scouts, teaching them how to play the game of short mat bowls. They had a fabulous evening and want to come back for more. This is really encouraging as it means that younger players may be out there. They have had two matches, the first was at home to Hailsham Martlets which they won 3 games to one, the second was away to Hailsham Quintins which they won 4-0. The club have one match left before Christmas a home fixture to Hadlow Down on Thursday. We always welcome new players to join us, we meet on Monday evenings from 6.30pm and enjoy much fun as we try to out bowl each other. For more details please call Mary Taylor 01435 882107 or come along and find us at the hall.

Christmas Day: If you or someone you know are going to be on their own this Christmas day, whether they live alone, have relatives to far away to visit or just not wanting to go too far but want company, then why not join us at the village hall for a fun festive Christmas Dinner. If you are single, a couple or a family you will be welcome if your day will be no different to the other 364 days of the year. Don’t live in Burwash, no problem, you will still be welcome. The lunch is 12.30pm for 1pm consists of three courses, cheese & coffee with mints. Wine and soft drinks included. Cost of £7.50 per person. Call Mary Taylor 01435 882107 to book a place.

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