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COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: STAPLECROSS VILLAGE HALL - The superb ‘JUMBLE SALE’ event held last Saturday (18th) ended with a great result being achieved at the end of the day. A very worthy amount of over £650:00 was raised and this will be added to the coffers of this much loved village hall. This sum will be used in the care and upkeep - general management - of our great village asset. Many thanks to all those who helped out in whatever capacity,- be it collecting, sorting, selling or serving. Everyone worked hard and together helped to make this event another fund raising success.

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Catsfield news


Christmas Market: St Laurence Church will be holding the annual Christmas Market in the Village Hall on tomorrow Saturday 25th November from 10am – 2pm. This is a major fund-raising event for the Parish Church and is guaranteed to help you find Christmas gifts and all sorts of Christmassy items, bargain bathroom goods, plants, cakes and books, as well as having a good time meeting friends and local people. There will be a Tombola stall and a bumper Raffle and refreshments will be served throughout. Entrance will be 50 pence and children free.

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Brede news


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Etchingham news


HURST GREEN SHOP & CAFE: You are probably aware of the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ scheme, three local projects are in the running for an award of between £1,000 and £4,000, Hurst Green Shop & Cafe is one of three local projects shortlisted in the Hawkhurst region to receive a cash award. The team at Hurst Green need your help if they are to win the top award of £4,000 which would help them improve outside amenities on the site for the local community, through a combination of landscaping, garden furniture and equipment, this will help to extend the programme of events. Voting is at the Hawkhurst branch of Tesco, so when you do your shopping remember to vote for the Hurst Green Shop. You can vote every time you shop at the Hawkhurst branch during November and December, you will be given a token at the checkout, just put it in the slot for the Hurst Green Shop and cafe.

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Burwash news


Quiz: Thank you to Terry Parker and Steve Bennett for a fabulous quiz evening on Saturday. The village hall was packed and noisy as we all tried to answer the great range of questions that were set before us. These two definitely know how to entertain and there was much laughter. The food which was prepared by The Bear was delicious, thanks to Robert and Bobby for serving it. After the eight rounds of questions and a marathon the winners were The Odd Bods who narrowly beat The Showbiz Shots. They hope to have raised over £400 after expenses for The Burwash Amateur Pantomime Society.

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Bodiam news


Good work William: What a number two the National Trust has in William Past. He has a few days off but still comes in for a few hours. He is what the trust is made of, keep up the good work William.

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Beckley news


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Fairlight news


Pews News: There’s just the one service in the village this Sunday, November 26, and that will be Morning Praise at St Andrew’s at 10.30 am. Yes, as usual, the crèche area is available and Junior Church will be there. This is Gift Day and Food bank Focus week.

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Iden news


AND SO CHRISTMAS BEGINS: This week I went Christmas shopping in Sutton with my daughter. It was quite special, because there were carols playing, and the shops were full of people. I stopped for coffee, and chatted to a lady about how she was going to seat twelve people for Boxing Day tea [Christmas brings out the sharing of ordinary every-day chit-chat] We shopped until we couldn’t carry any more. I took a baby-less pushchair which holds a multitude of bags, and my daughter took a wheelie trolley, and we both lost all sense of reason. My husband claims to have no knowledge of half the people I buy for. “Who’s that”, he’ll say, but everyone needs a present. I wanted to buy a snow globe, a beautiful one for someone special, not some tacky looking thing, a real keepsake, with a distinct scene, and plenty of snow. I shook so many snow globes I was getting repetitive strain injury. I’ll shop until I drop to find the right one. I bought these huge labels that you could write your last will and testament on, one of those mammoth cartons holding several boxes of Pringles, a cowboy tin full of Wagon Wheels, and a yard long carton of Jaffa Cakes. My husband’s part in the proceedings is working out as usual how many sprouts we’ll all need for Christmas lunch. I think I’ll up it to nine”, he said [Good Lord], we’ll never make it to Boxing Day!

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Netherfield news


St. John the Baptist Netherfield: It’s a little early, but Christmas is coming to our church on Saturday 2nd December. We are holding the annual “Santas Brunch” from 10-12pm. Bacon rolls can be ordered from Mrs Kersey at Netherfield Church of England Primary School, although some may be available on the day. Santa’s Grotto will be waiting with lots of presents for the children. There will be a raffle, lucky dip and plenty of stalls to choose gifts from, including Avon products, a tombola, jewellery, picture frames and other hand made crafts. Outside will be John and Margaret selling potted hyacinths and festive wreathes. The entrance fee is £1 only and children are free. It includes tea, coffee, cakes or biscuits. See you there. Gillian.

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Sedlescombe news


ST JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH CHURCH: The family service on Sunday December 3 at 10.30am will be the Christingle service and everyone is invited to attend. Father Kevin writes “The Christingle is given to every child to hold. It reminds them of our world and how we should be grateful for all it products. The orange represents the world which is surrounded by red ribbon representing the blood Jesus shed for us was started by the Children’s Society who work tirelessly to help disadvantaged children. It helps us to begin to think of others before we get caught up in the hectic preparations for our own celebrations. Do come and share in the celebrations ,and join us for refreshments afterwards “

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Westfield news


East Sussex Library: services are under threat, and residents are reminded to make their comments to ESCC by 14 December. You can see details of their proposals on the village website and at In particular, it is proposed that the mobile library service will no longer be provided, which has implications for vulnerable Westfield residents who do not have access to internet or who find it difficult to travel into Hastings. Please find time to look at the proposals and make any comments.

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Peasmarsh news


The next visit: of the mobile library will be on Thursday 30th November. East Sussex County Council will be carrying out a consultation between 21st September and 14th December on the future of the library service. They are considering the closure of a number of libraries and doing away with the mobile library service altogether. If you wish to know more about their draft strategy then visit This is our opportunity to have a say on the future of the library service in East Sussex. Questionnaires are available from Rye or any County Library or online.

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Udimore news


OUR CHRISTMAS FAYRE: Do Come to the Fayre tomorrow (Saturday) in the Hall, from 10.30am till 12.30pm. Always a most enjoyable occasion, with Christmas refreshments (mulled wine, and roasted chestnuts this year), the reindeer, Father Christmas and other fun for the children, super raffle prizes to be won, and of course plenty of scope for Christmas shopping on the well-stocked stalls: Christmas cakes and puddings, marmalade and other preserves, “vintage and valuables”, among many others. Any kind contributions of choice items for sale on the stalls, or for raffle prizes, will be most gratefully accepted by the organizers in the Hall this afternoon (Friday) any time between 2 and 4pm.

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Whaltington news


PARISH CHURCH NEWS: Our church service this coming Sunday at Whatlington is one of Holy Communion at 09.15am. Of note is that the church now has its own email address This can be used for all contacts, along with our Facebook page or the webpage at A Church Near You.

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Icklesham news


GREETINGS: Can you feel the acceleration towards the great commercial festival of Christmas? There are seasonal fairs everywhere you go. Don’t get too frenetic --- stop for a few moments and remember the other meaning of Christmas, and relate the homeless little family from Nazareth with all the homeless today.

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Sandhurst news


Mini Market: A mini marker and coffee morning will take place on November 25 from 10am until 1pm at The Mission Church, Back Road, Sandhurst, with all proceeds in aid os St Nicholas Church. This is an event not to be missed with stalls of produce, cakes Christmas goodies, a grand draw with a first prize of £200 and many prizes, refreshments and much more.

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Winchelsea & Winchelsea Beach news


Ellen Terry: The legendary British actress Ellen Terry who was the daughter of strolling players once said, ‘Imagination, industry, and intelligence - the three I’s - are all indispensable to the actress, but of these three the greatest is, without doubt, imagination.’ Between 1875 and the early 1900s she played all the main Shakespearian roles in both England and America as well as performing in silent films and lecturing on the theatre. Ann Rachlin who has designated Ellen Terry ‘The First Superstar’ will be giving a talk on the actress in the New Hall tomorrow, Saturday November 25th at 6.30 for 7pm. The Friends of the Ancient Monuments and Museum have arranged the event and tickets are £10 and can be bought online at or by phoning 01797 227709. There will also be a pay bar for wine and light refreshments will be available.

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Northiam news


Christmas Crafts: Northiam Bonfire Society’s Craft Fayre on Saturday will be open from 10-2 with stalls, tombola, cakes and the famous bacon butties. Free parking and entry. Jeff and Alex will be bringing their pop-up garden boutique into the car park, and there will be lots of present-solving ideas from them and other stall holders.

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Robertsbridge news


Robertsbridge Bonfire Society: have done it again. What a great night last Saturday for our village. The weather was not great, especially for those working all day to put on such a fantastic event. The village came alive after dark, the streets were lined with spectators and what a spectacle they were given. The view from the High Street along Station Road was awe-inspiring; the procession filled the whole of the area with many societies and flaming torches. The effigy is becoming a talking point of the Bonfire family, as were the fire works. The smoke did hamper the display but not as bad as it has in earlier years. Fantastic all round. Many thanks to the Bonfire Society for the hard work that is put in each year to give our village this splendid evening. Many thanks also to Robertsbridge Club for allowing the Society to use it as their head quarters and supporting the Society all year. Thanks to the volunteers that come out and marshal; and collect, to everyone that is involved in making such a great night able to continue. I will give the total of the collection next week; hopefully it will be a good one.

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