FLOWER CLUB have their Christmas meeting on Friday November 27 in the Parish Room. This will also include a celebration of 45 years of the Balcombe Flower Club. They will have the lovely Julie Brownlee with her Christmas demonstration, and the evening will commence at 7.30pm for 8pm. Cost is £4 for guests, £2 for members. Refreshments will be available.

BALCOMBE CLUB have the Lotto Draw on Saturday November 28 at 6pm. This is followed by TV Smith, live music in the Club.

CHURCH HEDGE PLANTING: Hedge planting will take place on Saturday November 28 from 9am. Please bring along your own equipment and lots of energy, it’s a great workout. Refreshments provided.

ST MARY’S CHURCH: The First Sunday of Advent November 29, 8am Holy Communion, 10am Parish Eucharist, 6pm Advent Carol Service and the start of Posada – the journey of Mary and Joseph around the village.

CANCER RESEARCH and Muscular Dystrophy Event. Despite the miserable weather our annual charity day was a great success. Our cooks, Annie and Ana, managed to serve more than 70 plates of their delicious stir-fried chicken noodles. At the end of the day our sale and lunches had raised £1,433 for MD, and we sold £185 of Christmas cards in aid of MD UK, and £318 of cards in aid of Cancer Research UK, a total of almost £2,000. We were very pleasantly surprised that our local, and fairly new, MP Jeremy Quin, found time to call in on our proceedings, many thanks to him.

As in previous years, Balcombe delivered its usual support and generous donations of time, cash and raffle prizes. Many thanks, what a lovely village we live in. (Judy and Bryan).

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