GREETINGS: Here in the south of the country we are not beset with the horrendous floods afflicting people in the north of England. Our thoughts are with those who are under water, homes, businesses and shops. It must be devastating at any time, but particularly bad just before Christmas. It makes the waterlogged gardens seem a very minor problem.

CHURCH NEWS: The 10.30 am service will be Parish Communion led by Rev. Malcolm Pickering. This is for the third Sunday of Advent. From Wednesday of next week there is the octave of prayer leading up to Christmas. There are special antiphons proclaiming the Old Testament names for God. On Saturday 12th December - tomorrow - in church from 11 am until 12 .30 pm there is the Christmas “Thank You” for all who have supported the Church Markets and other Church events during the past year. The social committee will be serving mulled wine, coffee and mince pies. Yvonne will be there to play Christmas Carols and encouraging all to sing along with her. On Sturday morning 19th December from 9.30 am the ladies will be decorating the Church ready for the carol service and Christmas celebrations. If you would like to join them please go along on the morning with your flowers and foliage. For more information contact Christine on 01424 814 927.

WEATHER: It’s dry at the moment, and the sun is trying to cheer us up. We do NEED the sun to keep us cheerful and there’s not much of it about just now. Temperatures are still well above the average and the plants are reacting. How you noticed the daffodils on the grass verge on the turning into Winchelsea?

QUEEN’S HEAD: The live music on Sunday from 4 - 6 pm will be played by Mick Mepham the “one and only” There will be a Quiz night on Wednesday 16th at 8.30 pm in aid of St. Michael’s Hospice. The question this time is “ Which word means ‘turning of the sun?’

ROBIN HOOD: Pre-Christmas lunches are being served now costing £9.95 for 2 courses or £11.95 for 3 courses. A pre-Christmas dinner is £18.95 per person. Next Sunday, 13th December is the Christmas Carol afternoon tea including afternoon of Christmas music with Yvonne Bellhouse encouraging everyone to sing along. £9.95 per person, smart dress or Christmas costumes. Have you seen the Magical Winter Wonderland marquee yet?

QUIZ: There is a quiz on Saturday 12th raising funds for Toddlers and Youth Club. Round ! will NOT be Current Affairs. There are 16 teams booked for this.

PARISH COUNCIL: On Monday 14th December the Parish Council will meet at Icklesham starting at 7.15pm prompt.The verdict will be given on the New Pavilion footprint. This is the most important meeting to date since the campaign was started, therefore a really good attendance is hoped for. Spread the word. The meeting should close about 8 pm.Do try to attend to show your support.

DANCE: The Bowls Club Christmas Dance will be on Friday 18th December from 7 until 11 pm .It is £10 per ticket to include supper but bring your own drinks. All profit will be for the New Pavilion Fund.

FOOTBALL: The veterans team of Icklesham Casuals have qualified for the final of the Hastings F. A. Veterans Cup where they take on Little Common Veterans. The match is scheduled to be played at the Pilot Field in Hastings on Monday 14th December with a 7.30 pm kick-off. Admission to the game is £3 and the players would welcome any support.

SCHOOL NEWS: The children are all in good voice following the big sing at the De la Warr Pavilion last week. Next come the Nativity plays on 16th and 17th. with the Year 3 Choir. The Friends Christmas Fayre is TODAY from 3.15 - 4.30 pm. Congratulations to Jacob Riseborough-Court who has joined the prefect team. The Head Teacher’s Awards this week go to Caterpillars, Johnie; Spiders, Lily-Rose R; Dragonflies, Solomon; Bees, Amelie M. The class awards go to Caterpillars, Ella and Charlie; Spiders, Mia and Cody; Dragonflies, Alfie and Georgina; Bees, Jensen and Amber. Well done everybody.

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