Jill Jarrett, Henley Down Cottage

Sadly yet again the football was cancelled last Saturday and surely there is no need to explain why! The fixture might have been transferred from Hawkhurst to Catsfield, but our pitch was too wet. In the old days the criteria for assessing whether the pitch was suitable without going into the Playing Field was to see if there were ducks on the field by Horns Corner, but nowadays with the new drainage it is not so clear cut. The half an inch of rain on Friday night/Saturday just topped up the level.

Farming has feared as badly and apart from looking after the animals it has not been possible to do any ground work. Logs and the cutting of Christmas trees around the village sites has been undertaken, sometimes in pouring rain.

Walking up Broomham Lane there were the sounds of water rushing out of the fields into the ditches, the springs in full bore and looking up, the sight of a young deer springing across the track, made it a memorable walk.

Lunch Club invite you to join them for their Christmas Lunch at the Village Hall on Friday 14th December at 12.30. The cost is £4.00 for Christmas Dinner and dessert plus tea or coffee. There will also be a raffle. Places are limited, so be sure to book yours early - Telephone Libby on 892360.

Don’t forget that tomorrow is your chance to get a taste of Christmas by visiting the St Laurence Church Christmas Market in the Village Hall. It starts at 10am until 2pm and Ploughman’s lunches and refreshments will be available. Entrance is 50p and children free. Father Christmas will be there as well as lots of stalls loaded with Bric-a-Brac, plants, cakes and books. There will be a raffle and plenty of games to challenge you. Do please come and support your Parish Church, your financial help is urgently needed to help raise money to cover the huge shortfall in the cost of maintaining our beautiful church – and have fun at the same time!

There will also be ‘A Crafty Drop In’ held in Hermon Cottage tomorrow from 10am – 2pm giving the chance to buy locally crafted gifts.

‘Bokwa Fitness classes continue at Catsfield Village Hall on Monday evenings at 7.30-8.30pm presenting the opportunity to get in shape before Christmas. Bokwa is a new fitness programme, it’s energetic, easy to follow, burns lots of calories and most importantly is great fun! The cost is £4 for adults and £3 for under 16s. As a special offer your first class is just £2! Newcomers should arrive at 7.00pm. Please wear trainers. For more information please call Kirsty on 07582 269 164, email or visit’