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Last Saturday because of the dreadful weather The CAROLS AROUND THE TREE event was relocated to the Victory Hall. It was as jolly as ever with all in good voice to sing a range of favourite carols. Thank you to the Christmas Tree Society for saving the day and keeping us dry with the change of venue and putting on another splendid affair. Also thanks to the choir and Maggie for their efforts. We hope that a lot of money was raised for our local clubs and organisations.

BALCOMBE COMMUNITY LINKS: is on Friday 21 December from 11.00 am until 1.30 pm in the WI Room in the Victory Hall. This month they will have information available about the new Age UK initiative to run a regular weekly session in the Forest Room of the Balcombe Club. This will start on Monday 21 January and promises to be a great way of getting out and about to enjoy a tea or coffee in warm surroundings with others to natter to.

BALCOMBE CLUB QUIZ: is a special charity one this Sunday 23 December at 8.00 pm. Pam and Barrie will be asking the questions raising money for St. Catherine’s Hospice. Don’t miss the NEW YEAR’S EVE party at the Club with Mike Dobie, live music and disco, free to members, guests and non members £5.

HALF MOON JAZZ: From 8.00 pm on Friday 28 December the pub will have a jazz quartet with keyboards, tenor sax, double bass and the fabulous Ellie Laine on vocals. Over Christmas the Half Moon will be open until 1.00 am on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve until 2.00 am, but there will be no admittance after 11.00 pm on these nights.

ST. MARY’S CHURCH: Sunday 23 December FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT 8.00 am Holy Communion, 10.00 am Parish Eucharist

Monday 24 December Christmas Eve 4.00 pm Family Crib Building Service and the arrival of the Posada, 11.00 pm Midnight Sung Eucharist

Tuesday 25 December Christmas Day 10.00 am Family Eucharist

Sunday 30 December First Sunday of Christmas 8.00 am Holy Communion, 10.00 am Parish Eucharist with carols (With Sunday School)