POPPY APPEAL: I received the following from Tony Curd, Chairman of the Peasmarsh Branch of The Royal British Legion: On behalf of the Peasmarsh branch of The Royal British Legion I would like to thank the following people: Sharon for collecting on Main Street, The Cock Inn for raising £200, Place House, Flackley Ash, Peasmarsh Primary School, Jempsons who collected in the garage and shop and also let me sell Poppies in the shop for 7 days - their total being £1214.34. Also I would like to thank all who came to our service at the church especially the Guides and Brownies. Finally, to the members who have not yet paid their subs they are now overdue and have gone up to £15.

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. There will be some tickets available on the door if you haven’t booked yet!

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.

LUNCH CLUB: The next Lunch Club will be on January 5 2015.

CAROL SINGING: The Peasmarsh ‘Singing for Fun’ group will be singing Christmas Carols outside Jempson’s in aid of The Blue Cross at Northiam on December 17 from 2pm until 3pm - please go along and give them your support.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: The Christmas Fair is only a week away - 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 including prizes from Rye Retreat Tuscan Kitchen and Flackley Ash. 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: 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.

CHRISTMAS CHURCH SERVICES: On Friday December 5 at 7pm at Beckley Church the WI Group are holding a Carol Service; Sunday December 7 Holy Communion at Peasmarsh at 10am. On Sunday December 14, 10am Holy Communion and 4pm Christingle Service, both at Beckley church. On Sunday December 21 10am Holy Communion and 6.30pm Parish Carol Service, both at Peasmarsh church. On Wednesday 24 December, Christmas Eve, there will be a service of “Midnight” Holy Communion at both churches,11.30pm. On Christmas Day there will be a Family Service with Holy Communion at Peasmarsh Church at10am.

Mary Hitchins

2 The Old Hop Gardens