BUY A SOLAR LIGHT TO GIVE AT CHRISTMAS – Repower Balcombe has solar lamps for sale which will benefit the SolarAid project, a charity that provides solar lights to communities and families in Africa. Families traditionally light their homes with unhealthy kerosene lamps but through SolarAid they can buy solar lamps for $5, recharge them during the sunny daytime, and dispense with polluting kerosene lamps - and the cost of kerosene, which typically amounts to $70 per family per year. These solar lamps can be purchased in England for £15, all profits going to SolarAid. You can buy them from REPOWERBalcombe cash or cheque (to SolarAid). The £15 for each will go to the SolarAid charity. To buy solar lights contact Jane: 07568 33461.

CAROLS AROUND THE TREE Event will take place on Saturday 19 December. Father Christmas will be in his grotto from 5 to 5.45pm for his “little” friends (under 5s) and from 6.20pm onwards for their big brothers and sisters. There will be wonderful burgers and hot dogs available at the BBQ from 5pm and throughout the evening, and to oil your vocal cords mulled wine will be served. As usual, there will be a torchlight procession from the Church. If you would like to follow the choir and procession please be at the Church by 5.45pm. Otherwise join everyone in the Square. Carol singing starts at 6pm. The fantastic tombola will be in the Pub. However, ticket sellers will be milling around during the evening. See you there and please remember your torch to follow the procession and to read carol sheet.

BALCOMBE CLUB - The Christmas Lotto Draw will be on Saturday 19 December after the Carols Round the Christmas Tree event so look out for the club’s mulled wine. Pam and Barrie will be asking the questions in the Club Quiz on Sunday 27 December. Teams of four.

NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY – the Balcombe Club sees the return of the fabulous Blunter Brothers to see in 2016; tickets are £20 each, which includes a buffet and kids’ film night in the restaurant (supervised). Kids under 14 are free, come along and celebrate with the whole village. At this time the Club would like to thank everyone for their support this year and wish you all a Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.

CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING will take place in the Victory Hall Car Park on Sunday 10 January in the Victory Hall car park, between 11.30 am - 1.00 pm.

ROAD CLOSURES The Haywards Heath Road will be closed from 11 January for about 18 weeks when after 11 bursts in five years South East Water is planning a project to upgrade 1.3 kilometres of old pipe in Borde Hill Lane to reduce the risk of homes and business in the area going without tap water. It will be taking place between the junction of Copyhold Lane and a point 400 metres north of River’s Road, just south of Upper Rylands Bridge. Access to all businesses along Borde Hill Lane, such as Borde Hill Garden, will be maintained at all times and diversion signs will be in place. South East Water apologises for the disruption, but hope that motorists and the local community will understand the long term benefits of this scheme. The closure is necessary because the road is already highly congested with utilities, so the only space that remains is in the centre of the road. A special page has been created on the South East Water website which will be regularly updated with scheme news:

Mill Lane will be closed near the Old Rectory between 4 – 6 January to allow access to manholes so that root removal and sewer cleansing works can take place. The hours of work will be 9.30 am until 3.30 pm. Diversion signs will be in place.

ST. MARY’S CHURCH: The Fourth Sunday of Advent 20 December 8.00 am Holy Communion, 10.00 am Parish Eucharist, 6.00 pm Service of Nine Lessons and Carols by Candlelight followed by mince pies and mulled wine. Thursday 24 December CHRISTMAS EVE 4.00 pm FAMILY CRIB BUILDING SERVICE and the arrival of Posada following its journey during Advent, 11.00 pm Midnight Sung Eucharist by candlelight. Sunday 25 December CHRISTMAS DAY 8.00 am Holy Communion, 10.00 am Family Eucharist. Sunday 27 December THE FIRST SUNDAY OF CHRISTMAS 8.00 am Holy Communion, 10.00 am Parish Eucharist

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