Christmas Capers: Robertsbridge late night opening is this evening Friday 5th December between 6pm – 9pm. The High Street will be closed to traffic at this time so please try and use alternative routes. Other than the shops being open for festive cheer and the buying of gifts there will be street entertainment too. Ian Clark our own Town Crier will be out, as will ROCOCO singing carols. Angie Mack will be doing a show of tricks, music, comedy and heart. There is to be a Flying Chair Roundabout for the children at the George car park. Santa will be at his Grotto in the Youth Centre and the Tree of Love is also at the Youth Centre frontage, you can buy a Star in memory of a loved one at either Florist with donations to St. Michaels Hospice. At Robertsbridge House you can pop in to see displays of photographs of Robertsbridge Bonfire, also the Christmas Draw tickets are on sale at the Floral Boutique and I will be there to sell you some, so come and see me and have a glass of something festive and you may be lucky enough to win a luxury hamper. There will be many food stalls along the way with doughnuts, roasted chestnuts, fish and chips, wood fired pizzas and even New Spice will be out and about. Everything that can be wanted for a lovely festive evening where you can buy gifts, celebrate the coming of Christmas and have a catch up with all your friends. Please support all of the local businesses and see what they have to offer.

Robertsbridge Market: This is tomorrow Saturday 6th December and will be open for an extra hour this month. 10am – 1pm with weather permitting there will be stallholders inside and out. There will be the regular crafters and producers with a great selection of goodies and essentials for Christmas. There will also be the Christmas Raffle with 20 + prizes which are donated very generously by the stallholders, this will be drawn at the end of the market. This is always the busiest Market of the year so please go along and support and continue the festive spirit. Enquiries to Sally Pitman on 881944.

The Wealden Consort: is based in the Weald of Kent and is led by Cornelis Taekama. This is an enthusiastic and accomplished choir of around 25 mixed voices who enjoy coming together to make music and perform concerts at charity fund raising events throughout Kent, Sussex and further a field. If you would like to hear the choir and support charity then tomorrow evening Saturday 6th December you can do just that. There is to be a Christmas Concert at St Mary’s Church Salehurst starting at 7.30pm and is in aid of the Ebola Crisis Appeal. Tickets are on the door at £7 for adults and £4 for children.

Robertsbridge Club: have the band `Suspect` playing tomorrow evening. A very popular band not to be missed.

St Mary’s Church: Advent has arrived. This week on Sunday 7th December there will be Eucharist with hymns at the Holy Trinity in Hurst Green at 9.30am and then at 11am the Family Eucharist at St. Mary’s Salehurst. Both services will be taken by Rev. Christopher Channer. This year the Carol and Christingle service will be held on Sunday 21st December at 4pm at St Mary’s. On Christmas Eve. there will be a Communion service at 6pm but there will NOT be a Midnight Mass this year. Everyone is welcome to attend these services. The Church Christmas Market last week was a great success and raised a fantastic total of £2500, which will help immensely with the church in the coming year. A big thanks from all the organisers to those that supported this event.

Jazz Club: this month the Jazz Night is on Thursday 11th at Robertsbridge Hall between 8pm – 10.30pm Tickets are available from Judges at £8 or £10 on the door. Another great evening is anticipated with the Ted Beaumont Trio and the wonderful jazz singer `Jacqui Hicks.

Age Concern: The Monday meetings at Robertsbridge Hall this month are 8th, 15th and then will be closed for the Christmas and New Year holidays and will re – open on January 5th. Volunteers are still needed to help on a Monday and if you have some spare time and would like to help and need more information please ring either Bernadine on 880511 or Sue on 880254. If you are a senior and fancy a bit of company on a Monday please feel free to go along to Robertsbridge Hall between 10.30- 11.30 on Monday 8th for a coffee morning, or by ringing to discuss on either of the numbers above. Everyone is friendly and would love to see you.

LADIES DARTS: We started well at The White Hart last Monday[24th] leading 3-2 after single victories for Jackie Danaher, Alice Hodges and Eileen Morgan but from then on the hosts found their form and won all the remaining matches to win 8-3. There were high scores for Jackie[98,95], Steph Goldsmith[89], Eileen[85,77,70], Alice[2 x 80] and Carol Apps[2 x 80]. Monday[8th] we are away to Ticehurst Club in the Cup 8p.m.

MIXED DARTS: We took on Mountfield Club ‘A’ in the League Knockout Cup at The White Hart last week in the last match of the year. There were wins for Stuart Miller, Alice Hodges, Dave Goodsell, Michael Stone and Keith Stone in the 5-2 victory with 100+ scores for Michael[139,120,2 x 100], Stuart[103] and Dave[2 x 100]. We won pushpenny 2-1 with victories for Ted Goldfinch/Alan Apps and Michael Stone/Dave Fortsch. No more matches until the New Year.

Sandie Madge & Sue Paine

The Floral Boutique

20 High Street