Robertsbridge

Robertsbridge Archaeological Society: is holding its meeting tonight Friday 9th November at Robertsbridge Hall starting at 7.30pm.

Robertsbridge Remembrance Service: is taking place on Sunday 11th November at St Mary’s Church Salehurst at 11am. There will be a parade from the Clappers up Church Lane to the church. Please be patient if you are driving. The parade will then march back to the High Street for a midday short service at the Memorial in the High Street. The `Tommys` are in place in the High Street and are very moving to see , especially in some of the photographs that have been taken at dusk.

Last Sunday 4th November saw the Remembrance Concert taking place at St Mary’s Church. This was a very well attended event with over 200 people through the door. Many thanks to all those that organised this event and the people that gave their time to take part in the concert. There is so much talent in the community that culminated in an evening to remember. The name of our fallen villagers was very moving and a perfect way to remember why this year is so important.

Please support the Poppy Appeal and wear your Poppy with pride, for those that died fighting for our freedoms. Also for those that are still fighting to this day. Not that I want to glorify war, but it is a fact and allows us to choose what we do in our lives today.

Robertsbridge Bonfire Society: the event is ever closer, this year will see the 28th Annual Celebration in Robertsbridge next week on Saturday 17th November. Just a few quick requests to help the day and event go more smoothly. To start the day there will be a big bang at 7am, to those that are new to the village, we are not under attack, this signifies that the Bonfire Crew are on the Recreation Ground getting ready to set up the event. There is no access for the public across the field during the day. This is for people’s own safety. Please if you park your car on the road and it is on the procession route, could you for one night only find an alternative place as it is safer for your car and for the procession if the roads are clear. There is a Guy Competition being held again this year sponsored by The Floral Boutique. If you are making a Guy and would like to be judged for the best one make sure he/she is at the Recreation Ground gateway by 1.30pm for judging at 2pm. The Road Closure comes in at 6pm until 10pm. The closure points are Heath field Gardens, Bright ling Road, Northbridge Street. There will be a street collection with everything collected on the night being donated to groups in the local community. If you would like to collect please go to Robertsbridge Club from 6pm on 17th and pick up a collecting bucket. If you would like to help with marshalling please go to Robertsbridge Club on Friday 16th at 7pm for the Marshals meeting. The more people that come and help the better an event it will be. Thanks in anticipation.

Robertsbridge Bonfire Programmes are out in the shops and pubs: Please take time to look at one to see about road closures, start time, procession route and safety advice, which I strongly recommend is followed. The Society is still in need of Marshall’s and collectors for the night. If you wish to Marshall please go to The Robertsbridge Club on Friday 16th at 7pm for the Marshall’s meeting. If you would like to be a collector go to The Robertsbridge Club from 6pm Sat 17th to get a bucket. ALL money from the collection on the night goes back to local groups & charities so please give generously and PLEASE leave your foreign money, washer’s, screw’s, voucher’s etc at home ! Last year there was nearly a pint glass full of ‘junk‘ .

Robertsbridge Whist Evening: is taking place on Thursday 22nd November at 7pm in Robertsbridge Hall. Every one welcome, and if you would like to learn please pop along and someone will teach you the ropes.

A couple of dates for your diary - St Mary’s Christmas Fair on 24th November from 10am – 1pm please contact 07984420074 if you can help or want information.

Scouts Bingo at Roberts bridge Hall on Friday 30th November, eyes down at 7pm.

Christmas Craft Fair at Robertsbridge Hall on Sunday 2nd December between 10am – 2pm. If you would like details or like to book a table please contact Karen on 07850433152.

We would like to send our heart felt condolences to Graham and Sue Martin and family on the sudden death of their young son Harry.

St Mary’s Christmas Fair: This annual event is fast approaching on Saturday 24th November at The Village Hall, Station Road, Robertsbridge from 10am - 1pm. Father Christmas will be making an appearance. There will be hot chocolate, cakes & savouries at the market cafe as well as a bottle stall. tombola, fancy gifts, books and much more.

The Whist drive: at Robertsbridge Village Hall will be on 22nd November at 7pm. Everyone is welcome, beginners, they will teach you.

Sunday 2nd December at Robertsbridge Village Hall, Station Road there will be a Christmas Craft Fair from 10am - 2pm. If you are interested in having a stall contact Karen on 07850 433152. There will be lots of interesting gift ideas to help solve your present problems, also the WI will have their pop up cafe which is always popular.

Christmas Capers: is on Friday 7th Dec from 6pm - 9pm and the High Street will be closed during that time as well, with access to Fair Lane and Station Road but please drive with care as there maybe people in the road. Most of the Village businesses will be open for the evening including those off the High Street. Father Christmas will be in the Village and there will be street entertainment and a parade. Funds for this years evening are getting low and anyone that would be interested in sponsoring or make a donation to help with cost towards the night please contact Stephen Hardy on 01580 881309 or email stephenhardy1948@gmail.com

DARTS: Robertsbridge Club maintained their unbeaten record with a narrow 4-3 win at The Runt in Tun ‘B’ last Friday in the 1st Round of the K.O. Cup. Pete Giles hit a 137 but still lost the first match while Guy Ballard levelled the scores hitting a 140 and a 138 in his win. Luke Hardy lost his match but Coral Giles again levelled the score while David Goodsell lost his as we went into the final two games 3-2 down. Kevin Whiteman won to level the tie and then Dave Fortsch won the final game to give The Bridge a 4-3 victory. Tonight we are at home to The Rugby Club in the semi-final at 8.30p.m.

FOOTBALL: Robertsbridge United 1st team made it six wins in a row after their 6-1 thrashing of St.Leonards Social in the Macron East Sussex Football League Premier Division. Curtis Coombes opened the scoring after just 5 minutes and 10 minutes later The Bridge doubled their lead through a Rob Cauvain strike. Guy Ballard made it 3-0 a minute later and got his second on 26 minutes to give The Bridge a 4-0 half time lead. Ballard completed his hat-trick on 56 minutes but Social pulled a goal back after 74 minutes. The tireless running of Phil Green earned him the man of the match award while Coombes got his second after 79 minutes to complete a comfortable win and leave The Bridge 1 point off leaders Battle Baptists. In Division 2 the 2nd team have still to score after their 5-0 defeat at Rock-a-Nore going behind on 40 minutes when keeper Nick Townsend failed to gather the ball and just before the break poor defending allowed The Rocks to double their lead with a back post header. 5 minutes after the re-start The Bridge were 3-0 down and a 20 yard strike on 75 minutes saw them make it 4-0. Another error in the Bridge defence 10 minutes from the end saw The Rocks take all three points. Jack Dean was awarded man of the match through his tireless running. Tomorrow the 1st team are without a game while the 2nd team host Wittersham K.O. 2p.m.