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Enter the prize draw to win a box of festive goodies at the Weald Community Shop

Did you get your Christmas orders in to the Community Shop on time? Customers were asked to indicate their preferred date for collection when they made their orders, but as a reminder these were: Between 11am and 1 pm on Monday, 23 December or between 9am and noon on Tuesday, 24 December.

And as well as shopping, there is another good reason to visit the Community Shop in the run up to Christmas. For just £1 you can enter a prize draw to win a box of goodies which will come in very useful over the festive period.

FESTIVE FAYRE: Last Saturday was an extremely busy one in Weald starting with the monthly village walk which departed from the Community Shop at 9.45am.

The Memorial Hall was already busy by that time with people bringing along a variety of flower arrangements and festive ‘nibbles’ to be judged at the Horticultural Show later in the day. The overall winner for most points in the show was Chris Andrew followed in second place by Sue Gidman. Over lunchtime, the school held it Christmas Fayre.

LIVING ADVENT CALENDAR: Lighting up festive windows, bringing cheer on dull December days in Advent, has become a firm annual favourite in the village. The opening of the windows around the village is already well underway but if you would like to follow the trail, here is the list.

The lights are turned on by 6.30pm each day and will stay lighted each day until 12th night. The route is as follows: 1. St George’s Church, Church Road; 2. The Willows, Windmill Road; 3. ‘Wildcobs’, Long Barn Road; 4. Downview, Church Road; 5. Gospel Hall, Windmill Road; 6. 16 Hurst Farm Road; 7. 2 Jubilee Cottages, Windmill Road; 8. 11 The Wickets; 9. Weald Community Primary School, Long Barn Road; 10. 1 St Augustine Cottage, Bowzell Road; 11. ‘Trerose’, Windmill Road; 12. Old School House, Glebe Road; 13. 1 Paiges Farm Close; 14. 12 Weald Close; 15. Old Meads, Church Road; 16. Sunnyside Cottage, Church Rd; 17.  Rowan House, Windmill Road; 18. The Old Bakery, Long Barn Road; 19. Old Windmill Cottage, Hurst Lane; 20. 16 Weald Close; 21. 1 Wickhurst Manor Farm, Wickhurst Road; 22. ‘Ashdene’, Morleys Road; 23. ‘Oakwood House’, Hurst Lane 24. The Windmill.

CHRISTMAS WORSHIP: Everyone celebrates the season of Christmas in their own special way from getting together with friends and relatives to cuddling up on the sofa and watching ‘Sound of Music’ for the 100th time. It is also a time when many people like to attend a church service and, in Weald, St George’s Church is normally packed for the Carols by Candlelight service, which this year being held on Sunday, 22 December at 6.30pm.

On Christmas Eve at 4pm there will be a Christingle Service where a short film, created by a group of young film-makers in the village, with the help of Revd Mandy Carr, Elizabeth Miller, Julia Baber and Julia Downing. The film shows a modern interpretation of the story of Christ’s birth; at 11.30pm, Midnight Mass will be conducted. On Christmas Day a communion service will be held at 10.30 am.

The Weald Village news is compiled by Susan Gidman. If you have any news or events you would like her to consider for the village column you can call her on 01732 454222 or email: newwealdnews@outlook.com

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