GREETINGS: It is such a gloriously sunny morning, it is hard to credit the blizzard, wind and rain just a few days ago. Hope you did not have any wind damage while it lasted. To wake up to a white garden, and ice on the pond and water butt was a novel experience for this year.

CHURCH NEWS: Having ‘stirred up’ our cakes and puddings, it must be Advent Sunday this week. The 10.30am service will be Parish Eucharist led by Rev David Fentiman. In the evening at 6pm there will be a special Advent Carol Service in Icklesham Church. Members of the choirs of both Icklesham and Winchelsea churches will be leading the music. Monday, being 30th November, we commemorate St Andrew, Apostle and Patron Saint of Scotland. The saltire cross, St Andrew’s Cross which represents Scotland, was introduced during the tenth century.

WEATHER: As already mentioned, it was a bit extreme over last weekend. The jet stream is bringing more low pressure areas in from the Atlantic, so more wet, windy weather is forecast.

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR: This will take place on Saturday 5th December 5 from 10am until 2.30pm in the Memorial Hall. As well as a great selection of craft stalls there will also be face painting for the children and a Christmas tombola, proceeds of which will go to St Michael’s Hospice. Refreshments will be on sale, including sausage rolls and mince pies as well as delicious home-made cakes. This will be the last fair until Easter. Sandra would like to thank Lin and Mary for their hard work in serving the teas, and to all the stall holders who have donated tombola prizes. Hope to see you then. Plenty of free parking next to the children’s play park.

ICKLESHAM TRUST COMMITTEE AGM: This meeting will be held on Tuesday 8th December 8 in the Memorial Hall. Please note that this is a change of date. You are all welcome to come and join the committee for a glass of wine or juice, and nibbles at 7pm with the meeting starting at 7.30pm. There are vacancies for a new chairman, secretary and hall booking clerk. All the roles are a good way to get involved with village life. In the last year the committee met approximately six times. The committee is made up of a chairman, secretary, treasurer and up to three village reps and a representative from each of the village organisations. Sandra does really hope that many people will be able to join the meeting.

And that there will be people prepared to join the committee.

QUEEN’S HEAD: The live music on Sunday from 4pm to 6pm will be played by Kent Duchaine, playing delta blues. There will be a Quiz Night on Wednesday December 2 at 8.30 pm in aid of St Michael’s Hospice.

SCHOOL NEWS: Congratulations are sent to the Cross Country runners, especially Jolie who won the Year 3 and 4 girls’ race, and Sophie who came second. All the runners showed great determination as they ran through thick mud with the wind against them most of the way. And also well done to the Maths Challenge Team of Ella, Isabella, Joshua and Raven who have travelled to Ashford for the second round this week. The Friends Christmas plans are as follows; Friday December 4 is a mufti day, for good quality tombola items or £1 donation; the Christmas Fayre will be held on Friday December 11 from 3pm to 4.45pm. It will be another Christmas themed non uniform day. The school raised £172 for Children in Need. The Head Teacher Awards this week go to Caterpillars, Deacon; Spiders, Max; Dragonflies, Theo; and Bees, Amber. The Class awards go to Caterpillars, Amelie and Peggy; Spiders, Alisha and Tiggy; Dragonflies, Joseph and Hollie; and Bees, Isabella and Josh. Dragonflies won the attendance award.

CAROL SINGING: On Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6, the children will be raising money by Carol Singing outside Icklesham Village Stores between 11am and noon. Do come along and join in., perhaps combining this with a trip to the Craft Fair.

CONTACT: Please keep the information about events, or reports coming in. Ring 01424 815,247, pop round or use the e-mail.

AND FINALLY: Don’t let the adverts pressure you into too much expenditure for presents. It’s too easy to become carried away at Christmas. Enjoy the events planned for the coming week. Keep warm and well.

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