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BLIND MAN’S BLUFF: on Saturday 12 March in the Victory Hall, the Victory Players will be holding a “Wine Man’s Bluff” evening in aid of the St Mary’s church appeal. The event, which will include a two course meal, is a variation on the traditional game of “Blind Man’s Bluff”, and involves a certain amount of wine tasting. Look out for publicity round the village, but please put the date in your diaries. Tickets on sale in Threads at £17.50 per head.

Local market: There will be a PRODUCE MARKET for local suppliers in the Parish Room on Saturday 12 March from 9.30 am until 1.30 pm. Among the stallholders will be the fantastic Monty Bojangles chocolates, truffles and sweets, Richard Bates with his pork products including sausages and bacon, Luigi with lots of different Italian goods (pastas and sauces feature), and Mary with cakes, preserves and chutneys. Look out too for Michelle with her delicious “Game On” jellies, condiments and marinades for game and cheese. Michelle says “we like to be seasonal & like to be different,” so do pop in to sample some. You will also find Bernie’s Dog Food and dog accessories as well as Rapkyns Nursery outside the hall showcasing their amazing plants. During the morning tea and coffee will be served with all proceeds going to Balcombe Scouts.

QUIZ: Pam and Barrie are in the Balcombe Club asking the questions on Sunday 13 March at 8.00 pm.

HISTORY SOCIETY: We will be holding the AGM at our meeting on Wednesday, 16 March after which the new Chair of the Society, Sheila Illsley, will be taking up her post. As you probably know Sheila has been Programme Secretary for the past few years and we are very pleased to welcome her to the new role. Our speakers for that evening will be Margaret Nicolle and Linda Grace whose presentation ‘The Journal of Helena Hall of Lindfield’ covers a diary record of life on the Home Front during World War 2. The meeting will be held in the Victory Hall starting at 8 pm. Admission costs £1 for members and £3 for non members. We look forward to seeing you.

GARDENERS’ ASSOCIATION SPRING SHOW: is on Saturday 19 March from 2.30 pm – 4.00 pm in the Victory Hall. Do look around your garden and think about entering the Show – it is a lovely village tradition but needs support both with people entering and people attending.

PARISH MAGAZINE: COPY is due in on Tuesday 15 March.

COFFEE, PLAY & PRAISE for pre-schoolers: all welcome on Wednesday 16 March at 9.15 am in St. Mary’s Church.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: takes place in Bramble Hall on Wednesday 16 March at 8.00 pm.

RAINFALL: January was a very wet month with rainfall of 5.59inches . We also had just under an inch of snow on the 16th of the month.

February rainfall was only 1.12 inches.

CINEMA: Tickets are on sale now for Spectre in the Victory Hall on Friday 18 March at 7.30 pm. £6 in Threads.

BALCOMBE BULL RUN: is on Sunday 20 March at 10.30am. The Bull Run is now in its 3rd year, and is a delightful run over the fields, paths, lanes and tracks of Balcombe Estate. Refreshments will be available in the school hall for all competitors and supporters. You can enter online through the Balcombe School website or via the link on www.facebook.com/BalcombeBullRun. There is a maximum field of 150 runners, so apply early to avoid disappointment. If you would like to help marshal out on the day (from 10am til 11.30am, FREE bacon sandwich!), please ring Mat, on 07795 451 156.

ST. MARY’S CHURCH: Sunday 13 March 8am Holy Communion, 10am Parish Eucharist. Wednesday 16 March 9.15 am Coffee, Play & Praise

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