CHRISTMAS MARKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, the Christmas Market will be held in the village hall to raise money for St Laurence’s Church from 10am to 2pm. Father Christmas will be in his grotto with his elfin helper on hand to help and Christmas refreshments, tea and coffee will be available. As usual the hall will be lined with decorated market stalls laden with good things to buy, there will be plants, cakes, books, fancy goods, bathroom stall, raffle, tombola and games. Donations of prizes will be gratefully received and items that could be sold on the stalls please. Entrance will be 50p and children free.

ADVENT SUNDAY: This Sunday, November 29, is the first Sunday in Advent and at St Laurence Church, Catsfield the Parish Communion will be at 9.15am. There will be an Advent Carol Service there in the evening at 6pm.

WI: As mentioned here a couple of weeks ago, in the last of their ventures celebrating 100 years of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, earlier this week Catsfield’s WI installed a planter of bulbs and plants at the entrance to the car park. We hope that this will brighten the corner, give enjoyment to everyone who sees it and remind all who pass what an inspirational, thriving and friendly WI there is in the village.

The WI Christmas Party will be held in the village hall next Thursday, December 3, at 2pm and visitors are very welcome. The speaker will be Mick Lynn and the topic is The Sussex Christmas which promises to be a jolly affair. Members are reminded to bring a gift for the Bran Tub (costing no more than £2) and a small box, wrapped and decorated as a Christmas gift to enter the competition. Tea will be prepared and served by the committee.

PANTOMIME: Next Thursday is the opening night of the CADS pantomime and if you haven’t already bought your tickets, you’d better hurry to the Village Store. They are priced £7 and £4 and selling fast. Performances take place on December 3, 4 and 5 in the village hall at 7.30pm and there’s a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. It’s bound to be the usual blend of crazy antics, skilful acting and singing, combined with forgotten lines, shameless adlibbing and zany fun so be sure not to miss it.

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT: An evening of Carols by Candlelight by the Rother Community Choir will set the scene for Christmas at 7.30pm on December 11 at the Parish Church of St Laurence. Tickets will cost £6 each to include a light supper and are on sale in the Village Store or will also be available at the door.

SPORT: Unfortunately, our pitch was too wet for our home cup tie last Saturday against Bexhill Athletic and the match was played at Bulverhythe again. There appears to be a wet patch near the bottom penalty area causing concern. Although we expect the bottom corner to be wetter, owing to the fact that there used to be a pond there, we wonder if something has happened to one of the drains laid across the pitch? Fortunately, it is not a major problem at the moment, but a home advantage may have influenced the result. You can gather from this that we lost again. Apparently, the match itself was rather dire but the extra time needed for us to lose 3-4, didn’t add to the entertainment. We hope for better things tomorrow when we are at home to Eastbourne Athletic. Is it the word ‘athletic’ which puts off our boys?

LOVE IN A BOX: Ann Carter would like to send a big thank you to everyone in Catsfield and from St Barnabas Church, Bexhill for their help and support with Mustard Seed charity’s Love in a Shoebox. You really pulled out all the stops this year and more than 200 boxes were filled and sent off, a wonderful result.

MOBILE LIBRARY: The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library will be visiting Catsfield on Friday next, December 4, and will be standing in its usual place outside the village hall from 11.55am to 12.30pm.

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