Best Wishes: A very happy, healthy and peaceful New Year to you all. I hope you’ve all had a good Christmas and have enjoyed some of the village and church activities which have taken place in December.

St Laurence’s Church: The Family Morning service on Sunday 20th December was well attended and we enjoyed Father Michael telling us about ‘Henry, the Church Cat’ (who actually sat very quietly on the pulpit throughout the proceedings) and his amazing adventure in the bell tower. A surprise came at the end when Father Michael thanked Gwen for all her many years of unlocking and locking the door to the church, both morning and evening and in all weathers and also for all the other tasks she’s carried out for the Church so willingly throughout the years. She was presented with a bunch of very large keys as a souvenir and a huge armful of lovely flowers. On the Tuesday evening before Christmas (22nd), the Village Hall was full of enthusiastic carol singers seated around tables enjoying mince pies and mulled wine cheerfully served by the indefatiguable Jane. Bob accompanied the singing on the piano and the church choir helped to keep us all in tune, whilst amusing and interesting stories punctuated the singing. Such a lovely start to Christmas and more than £140 was raised for St Michael’s Hospice. The Crib Service on Christmas Eve saw the church full of families and parishioners enjoying the delightful re-enactment by the children of the story of the first Christmas with lots of carol singing in between the scenes. The retiring collection raised money for the Seaview Project, a charity helping homeless and insecurely housed people in Hastings. I’m afraid that I didn’t make it to Midnight Mass so I can’t comment on that, but I’m sure it was filled with the joy, love and peace of Christmas as always.

WI: The first meeting of the Catsfield WI in 2016 will be on Thursday 7th January at 2pm when the speaker will be Dr John Feltwell talking about ‘Bees and Butterflies’. The annual subscription is now due at £37.50. Visitors are always welcome at our meetings to meet new friends, listen to some good speakers or other entertainment and enjoy a delicious WI tea and raffle.

The Bishop of Horsham: The Rt Rev’d Mark Sowerby, the Bishop of Horsham will be leading a teaching day in the Village Hall on Saturday 23rd January from 10am – 2pm on the Importance of Holy Communion. Everyone is welcome to attend, just tell the Rector, or add your name to the list at the back of the church.

Parish Magazine Subscriptions: Renewals of subscriptions for the Parish Magazine are now due. Please have £6 ready in January for the person who delivers your magazine to your door (what great value for money!)

Catsfield 100 Club: Now is the time to renew your Village Hall 100 club subscriptions and in January we will publish the list of winners for this popular draw. Remember, over £800 is annually given to the Hall and this sum helps keep down the hiring charges. Victoria will be writing to you and waiting for your payment of £12 per number.

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