FRENCH ASSOCIATION - Following on from talks about Burgundy and Alsace, and the unforgettable Bastille Day quiz, the members are very excited that Mike Mylne has agreed to give a talk about the connections between the Middle Temple in London and the Languedoc in France. It should be fascinating. So come along to the Forest Room in the Balcombe Club on Thursday 17 September, 7.30pm for 8pm. There is no charge for these get togethers, and don’t forget you don’t even need to speak a word of French, they do everything in English.

Future dates in the diary include the French Barn Dance on Saturday 17 October (regional French dances for all the family to join in with music from the Buzznicks) and a celebration of Beaujolais Nouveau on Thursday 19 November. Both these events were extremely popular last year, and I’m sure they will be again this year.

HISTORY SOCIETY - On Wednesday 23 September David Porter will give a talk on a ‘Life over a Railway Tunnel.’ This will give some of the history of the Brighton line, with mention of Balcombe, and an amusing insight into his life at Clayton Tunnel North Portal. The meeting takes place in the Victory Hall at 8.00 pm.

BALCOMBE BOWLS CLUB – Saturday 12 September was the Finals Day. The Consolation Cup was won by Graham Voller with 20: Runner Up Nigel Simpson 11. The Two Woods was won by Julie Fenton 16: Runner Up Ray Voller 13. The Veterans Cup Winner Gordon Brown 19: Runner Up Peter Green 15. The Ladies Winner Maureen Foster 21: Runner Up Julie Fenton 19. Handicap Cup Nigel Simpson 21: Runner Up Ray Voller 19. Men’s Singles Martin Ratcliffe 26: Runner Up John Fenton 15. The Doubles Matches will be played in the coming week. On Sunday 13 September the Memorial Cup competition took place which had been held over from June. The winning team were Brian Laker, Bob Watt and Jo Watt.

CINEMA – Tickets are on sale now in Threads for the next film in the Victory Hall which is on Friday 25 September and is “The Woman in Gold” starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds.

AUTUMN SHOW – as ever the Hall looked lovely and there was the gentle hubbub of conversation throughout the afternoon as people enjoyed their tea and cake and admired the exhibits on show. The Winners were The “High Coombe” Perpetual Challenge Cup- Jean Bardwell
The “Eric Knapp” Perpetual Challenge Cup – David Newnham
The “John Parris” Memorial Cup – Judy Cheung
The “Stone Hall” Perpetual Challenge Cup – Jean Bardwell
Most points Balcombe Parish Members Classes (Flowers) - Prudence Harding
The “Winifred W. Tait” Perpetual Challenge Cup David Newnham
The “Woolgar” Perpetual Challenge Cup – Rob Intyre & Sarah Burke
The “Dr Hopkinson” Challenge Cup – David Newnham
The “Hamilton” Perpetual Challenge Cup- Hilary Ewing
The “Albert Botting” Perpetual Challenge Cup – David Newnham
The “Doris Cartmel” Cup - Ollie Williams
The Royal Horticultural Society Banksian Medal – Hilary Ewing
The Worshipful Company of Gardeners – Flowers Jean Bardwell
Not flower or vegetable collections, vegetables - David Newnham
Noel Tewson Cup - Gillian Hughes
Margaret Hughes Cup
The “High Coombe” Perpetual Challenge Cup- Joost Van Mierlo

ST. MARY’S CHURCH: Sunday 20 September – 8.00 am Holy Communion, 10.00 am Parish Eucharist and Sunday School.

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