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Overseas Group Tea Party: For their Sunday afternoon tea party in St Mary’ Community Hall members of the committee had laid on a wonderful spread of sandwiches, scones and cakes, and an attractive array of raffle prizes, also coming round to our tables to ensure that our tea cups and plates were replenished. Meanwhile at each table we wrestled with a crossword and various pictorial puzzles. We were joined by two representatives of the Kenyan Maasai, Cecilia and Chief Joseph, both clad in full tribal costume, resplendent with intricate colourful beadwork, currently guests at Brede Rectory. This special event raised a substantial sum for the DEC Ebola Emergency Fund, £560 to date, with donations still coming in - and, for anyone who hasn’t already contributed, it’s not too late to send Liz Turgoose a donation in the next few days. Liz would like to thank everyone who helped to make this such an enjoyable and successful event.

Float Lane Resurfaced: By last Friday a new tarmac surface had been very efficiently laid by the County Council’s contractors along the whole length of the lane. A huge improvement, for which we residents are extremely grateful! When using the lane from now on, though, please take extra care, especially on approaching the various sharp bends: it’s likely that drivers unfamiliar with the lane will now start driving rather faster than they should!

Mobile Library: Those of you who read this in time are reminded that the Mobile Library is due to be at Lower Cross Cottages from 10.15 till 11.15 this morning (Friday), and from 10.55 till 11.15 at the Hall.

Sunday Services: In St Mary’s Church this Sunday Holy Communion will be celebrated at 8am, and Evening Prayer at 6pm.

St Mary’s Grand Christmas Fayre: A reminder that next Saturday morning (November 29) our famous annual Fayre and Extravaganza will take place in the Hall between 10am and noon. Highlights will include the Great Cake Baking and Preserve Stall, alongside a special children’s activities stall, including face painting and a postbox for Father Christmas. Local crafts, presents, bric-a-brac, books, jewellery and a giant hamper will all be there, and you can enjoy your first mince pie and a glass of mulled wine! Nan Hacking can give you more information on 01424 882348. Anyone wishing to help or donate items to the stalls can come along to the Hall on Friday (November 28) between 2 and 4pm, or ring Nan to arrange a collection.

Backa Quacka: The River Tillingham Duck Race is due to start at 11am next morning (Sunday, November 30). The backer of the first duck to cross the finishing line will win £100 - there’ll be £50 for the runner-up and eight other good prizes, including dinner for two at The Plough. You can back a duck (or ducks) for £5 anytime at The Plough, or by ringing Robert Wheeler (01797 222009).

Richard Holmes