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CAN YOU SPARE JUST AN HOUR? Tesco Superstore in Burgess Hill has given Chailey Heritage Foundation the opportunity to do a bucket collection at their store on Wednesday December 23. Monies raised will help raise funds for specialist equipment that can make a real difference to the lives of children and young people with complex disabilities and help them to reach their potential. If you can volunteer an hour of your time on either day please contact fundraising@chf.org.uk or call Joan Martin on 01825 724752.

LUNCH CLUB open to everyone is at St Peter’s Church today (Thursday, December 17), from 12.30pm and it will be a traditional Christmas lunch. The cost is £5, do go along and meet people and enjoy delicious freshly prepared home cooked food. The menu is available at www.stpeterschailey.org/.

CHRISTMAS Tea Party and Carols are at the Free Church on Friday December 18 at 4pm (instead of the usual morning Coffee Stop) and everyone is welcome.

CHRISTMAS AT ST PETER’S Church services on Sunday December 20 are the usual Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am services. In addition there will be a Service of Nine Lessons and Carols at 6pm. On Christmas Eve there will be a Children’s Crib Service at 3.30pm followed by Midnight Communion at 11.30pm. Christmas Day services are Holy Communion at.8am and a Christmas Family Service at 10am.

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT are at the Free Church on Sunday December 20 at 4pm. Do go along and sing much loved carols and enjoy a light tea afterwards. On Christmas Day at 10.30am there will be a short family service. Please take one of your presents to show and there will be tea, coffee and biscuits after the service.

NEW YEAR’S DAY Holly Hike at Sheffield Park, on Friday January 1, starts at 11am and lasts 3 hours. Join the Park’s longest serving team member to see the lesser-known parts of the estate. The cost for adults is £6; for more details and to book call 01825790231.

RESIDENT PIANIST Chris Buley will be performing at The Five Bells on Saturday January 2.

‘A SUSSEX WHODUNNIT’ is the subject of the next Women’s Institute meeting, on Tuesday January 5, and the speaker will be John Davey. The meeting will take place at the village hall, at 7.45pm, and guests and prospective members will be made most welcome. To find out more call Carol Brown on 01825 723757.

GIVING Christmas is a time of year when many of us think about giving something back to the people, communities and causes that we care about. Chailey Heritage Foundation has launched a special Christmas Appeal page on JustGiving, to make it easy for people wishing to make a donation to the Foundation at this time of year. If you would like to support the Foundation please visit https://www.justgiving.com/chs/ or contact the fundraising team on fundraising@chf.org.uk or 01825 724444 (Ext.718).

HAPPY CHRISTMAS, best wishes for the New Year and thank you for reading my column.

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