LUNCH CLUB: The Lunch Club will be held again on Monday November 24, followed by a Bingo session. This week our new caterers, Royal Snacks of Peasmarsh, will be serving Chicken and Vegetable Casserole with mashed potato and a crusty roll followed by Double Chocolate Mousse, with Vegetable Casserole available as a vegetarian option. For more information or to book your lunch please contact Jenny Als on 230324.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH: Steve Slade will be back on December 15 with a special Christmas Lunch. Those who enjoyed last year’s lunch at the hall will want to book early to make sure of a place. This will cost £12.50, £5 of which should be paid as a deposit on booking. The menu can be viewed on the hall website,uk or on the village notice boards and tickets are available from Jenny Als or at public events at the hall.

BINGO : As mentioned above, there will be Bingo at the hall on Monday November 24 with Trevor and Pauline after the Lunch Club - if you are just coming along for the Bingo please arrive at 2pm.

FILM NIGHT : Film Night Saturday November 29 - doors open 6.45pm, film starts 7.30 pm. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Thriller Cert 15) starring John Hurt, Gary Oldman, Benedict Cumberbatch and Colin Firth. Admission £5 to include a glass of wine or soft drink. Tickets on sale from Hilary on 230205 or Jenny on 230324 or email

- we need to sell a minimum of 25 tickets by Tuesday November 25 to cover the cost of the licence fee.

CHRISTMAS FAIR : Not long now until the Christmas Fair on Saturday December 6 at the hall, 10am until 1pm. There will be a Santa’s Grotto, stalls, cakes and mince pies, Peasmarsh School will be running a Children’s Tombola and there will be a Christmas Raffle. If you would like to run a stall at the Fair please contact Hilary on 230205 or Jenny on 230324.

PEASMARSH CHRISTMAS SANTA : If you would like your child or children to receive a door knock and gift from Santa and his elves this year please wrap a small present with your child’s name on and deliver it to Kelly Cosens at 14 The Old Hop Gardens with a £5.00 donation per family. All money raised will be going to three very deserving charities.

CHURCH SERVICES : This Sunday November 23 both the 8am and 10am services will be at Beckley church.

The Toy Service at 10am on Sunday, November 30 will be at Peasmarsh Church this year. This is a short Family Service at which the “Barleycorns” will sing and ring their handbells. After the service there will be special pre-Christmas activities for the children, and coffee and biscuits and soft drinks. Toys donated by the children will go to Demelza House, the local charity supporting children across East Sussex, Kent and South East London. The Marsh Warblers will be performing in Peasmarsh Church at 7.30pm on Saturday, December 13. In a programme called “Going the Rounds” they will perform Gallery Carols and Readings from Thomas Hardy’s “Under the Greenwood Tree”. The Marsh Warblers choir is based near Tenterden and sings sacred and secular music which amateur singers and instrumentalists performed in the Georgian period (ca.1720-1850). The choirs of country churches and chapels usually sang from a gallery at the west end of the building and the singing was accompanied by stringed and wind instruments. These included oboe, clarinet, bassoon, violin and ‘cello, and possibly even a serpent. Tickets (£7 including refreshments) are available in advance from Audrey Dent 230050 or Jenny Als 230324 or on the door.

Mary Hitchins

2 The Old Hop Gardens