Sandie Madge & Sue Paine, The Floral Boutique, 20 High Street

The Hut People are playing at Robertsbridge Club this evening Friday 13th at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £9 and can be purchased at the Club or by ringing 01580880359.

Christmas is fast approaching now and last Friday saw Christmas Capers starting the festive season in the village. It was a great success again and many thanks go to all the people who organised the event and to all the traders that opened up until 9pm and to all the locals that put in their efforts of acting, singing, craft works, and more, also to all those that came out to support it.

Robertsbridge Bonfire Society Christmas Draw tickets are nearly sold out so if you would like a chance to win one of the fantastic hampers please go into Sandie at the Floral Boutique and buy your ticket. This will be drawn at Robertsbridge Club on Sunday 22nd December after the Clubs own Christmas Draw at 8pm.

There will be no Whist Drive in December at Robertsbridge Hall, which would normally have been on 19th, but the next one will be in the New Year on January 16th 2014. There will be no Bonfire meeting this month either.

The Bonfire Society have booked the Annual Dinner Dance at Powdermills Hotel for Saturday March 22nd 2014 where the band Beve and the Beatroots will be playing. If you are interested in this event please contact me on or ring me on 880491. This is open to non-members too.

Ladies darts We had no game last week but on Monday[16th] we are at home to The Seven Stars 8p.m.

Friday darts We are taking a break now until the New Year.

Attention dog walkers The Football Club are having to clear up dogs mess off the pitch every Saturday before they can play and last week despite clearing the pitch in the morning there was a considerable amount back in the afternoon. Please take note that your dog must be on a lead at ALL TIMES and that if you are caught not picking up your dogs mess you can be fined upto £500 but apart from that if a player or child gets an infection from falling on your mess it can lead to a serious illness so be aware and responsible. THERE WILL BE AN OFFICER FROM THE COUNCIL RANDOMLY CHECKING THAT YOUR DOG IS NOT THE CULPRIT.

We would like to send our condolences to the family and friends of John Rogers who sadly passed away last week. He was another one of the well-known characters of the village that many people will sadly miss. Over the years he has helped many of the young people in the village and taught them skills that will stay with them. The sight of him driving his tractor around the village has always been part of the infrastructure of Robertsbridge in my lifetime and it will be very strange not to see him. He was a farmer through and through and loved his animals; it was always the first sign of spring when you saw John Rogers’s sheep with their lambs in the fields. The positive side is that he was farming right to the end, as I am sure he would have wanted it to be.