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December 2016

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Welcome to the December issue! Fingers crossed you’re all enjoying your start to the holiday season. We hope you love our front cover image as much as we do, as this is Pooh Country it seemed perfect. We are also very pleased to be able to bring you an interview with one of the authors from the new Pooh book (an official sequel), from which the image is taken.

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The Brightest Kind of Flame

To get you in the Christmas mood we have a few Christmassy features including one about the time Christmas was banned! Plus a Christmas recipe. Over the years we have featured locally based, Hadlow Down charity, Open Hands which many of our readers have kindly supported. We have another article this month about their work which also includes details of their fundraising Christmas stall.

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The Best Bear in All the World

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Thank you for supporting our many local businesses over the last year, we hope you have enjoyed reading our magazine. We have certainly (most of the time!) enjoyed producing it for you. To all the residents of the beautiful Ashdown Forest area: we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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When we nearly lost Christmas...

The Westminster Assembly, which met from 1643-49, in a Victorian history painting by John Rogers Herbert

In the England of the early 1600s, as it is now, Christmas was one of the most important dates in the calendar: a popular holiday and religious festival which had replaced the pre-Christian winter pagan festival.

drunkenness and wild partying - following on from the earlier pagan traditions. It was precisely this face of Christmas - where revelry led to debauchery - that the Puritans of the 1500s and 1600s objected to and which gave Christmas a ‘bad name’ and led to its near demise in the mid 1600s in England. Back in the 1580s author Philip Stubbes complained:

Men, women and children of all ages indulged in a range of traditional pastimes. Although Christmas was not ushered in as early as it is in the modern era (er...mid-November now!), during the twelve days of Christmas, churches and other buildings were decorated with rosemary, bays, holly and ivy; church services were attended and gifts were exchanged at New Year - patience was required! Gifts were distributed to servants, tradesmen, the poor; great quantities of brawn, roast beef and ‘plum-pottage’, minced pies and special ale were consumed, and the population indulged in dancing, singing, card games and stage plays.

‘That more mischief is that time committed than in all the year besides, what masking and mumming, whereby robbery, whoredom, murder and what not is committed? What dicing (playing with dice) and carding, what eating and drinking, what banqueting and feasting is then used, more than in all the year besides, to the great dishonour of God and impoverishing of the realm.’ In addition to this association with immorality and the concept of misrule, another power-play was afoot: Protestant v. Catholic. One of the biggest objections to Christmas by the stricter English Protestants (Puritans) was its popularity among the papist Catholic community. The reformed Catholicism of that era laid greater stress on Christmas and emphasized the Virgin

Of course some over-indulging activities typically led to drunkenness, promiscuity and other forms of excess. In fact the concept of ‘misrule’ was an important element of Christmas. Such traditions as the appointing of ‘The Lord of Misrule’ had their place; he was in charge of Christmas revelries which included

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Happily, all was not lost! A clergyman, Edward Fisher, counter-argued that those who refused to recognise Christmas had ‘revolted from the Church of Christ’, further stating: ‘Stand fast and hold the traditions which we have been taught, let us make them known to our children that the generations to come may know them.’ Then of course there was the charitable aspect of Christmas that was also argued by a cleric, George Palmer: ‘At such time as Christmas, those who God Almighty hath given a good share of the wealth of this world may wear the best, eat and drink the best with moderation, so that they remember Christ’s poor members with mercy and charity, and this year requireth more charity than ordinary because of the dearness of provision of corn and victuals.’

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Mary in particular as an elevated paragon of motherhood.

The argument raged on for several years and was a debating ground for religious intellectuals.

The Elizabethan Jesuit, John Gerard, related how ‘their vigorous celebration of Christmas made Catholics particularly conspicuous’. As a result, by the 1640s many English Protestants viewed Christmas festivities as the trappings of popery and in fact ‘anti-Christian’.

But in any case, the common people just simply defied their government and, despite the pressures and regulations, refused to abandon their deep-rooted traditional practices. Even when the churches were not allowed to open on the 25th, the congregations still gathered to celebrate Christ’s nativity. Banning Christmas was one of the factors that made Cromwell’s rule so unpopular.

The celebration of Christmas became a political tool! Oh dear... With this backdrop, when the Puritans and Oliver Cromwell took control of government after the civil war, in the mid-1640s, they made a definite effort to abolish any Christmas celebrations.

When Charles II was welcomed back from exile and put on the throne, the Puritan customs of suppressing Christmas died away with their rule. Merry England was merry once more.

During this time, one year Christmas Day fell on the last Wednesday in the month which was usually set aside for a regular monthly fast. Parliament produced this ruling:

On the Sunday before Christmas, famous Londoner Samuel Pepys noted that his church was decorated with rosemary and bays; and on the 25th Pepys attended morning service and returned home to a Christmas dinner of chicken and shoulder of mutton - without having to look over his shoulder! (pun intended.)

‘With the more solemn humiliation because it may call to remembrance our sins, and the sins of our forefathers who have turned this Feast, pretending the memory of Christ, into an extreme forgetfulness of him, by giving liberty to carnal and sensual delights...’

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REBUILDING BODIES and SOULS by Dorothy Hatswell of the East Grinstead Museum

days or even a few weeks. It would be months and some would have to return again and again to have a series of operations. He had Ward III, the hut which had been allocated to him, repainted in cheerful colours giving the ward a more pleasant atmosphere. In spite of wartime restrictions, he had chintz curtains made and installed a piano. He promptly ordered a barrel of beer to be kept in the ward. He had already clashed with Sister and other hospital managers over revamping the dĂŠcor. The furore caused by alcohol knew no bounds. He stuck to his guns even after the RAF hierarchy was summoned to call him into line. As he pointed out he was not commissioned by them but was still a civilian and as such was not subject to their authority. He also

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On September 3rd 1939, Archibald McIndoe arrived at the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead. He was one of four plastic surgeons seconded by the War Office. Each was allocated one of the armed services in four different hospitals throughout the country. McIndoe had been given the task of taking care of injured airmen in East Grinstead. The choice of East Grinstead as a base was probably dictated by two considerations: firstly, the hospital itself was only three years old and had upto-date facilities. Secondly, it was situated between London and the English Channel, over which most of the sorties would cross and therefore the area in which most casualties would occur. The choice of McIndoe as the head plastic surgeon was either fortuitous or inspired. He came in from day one with an intense desire to help the injured

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a drinking club but it soon developed into a support network which survives to this day. Sadly, not many original members remain as the youngest is ninety-two, but the friends of the club carry on the work supporting the few that are left and widows of the ones who are no longer with us.

burnt the “hospital blues”, the royal blue uniforms which wounded servicemen were required to wear when not on active duty. Most servicemen disliked being singled out in this way. McIndoe’s men wore their own uniforms. However, he apparently kept a few blue uniforms back, to use as punishment for those who over-stepped the mark. Whether they were ever used in this way is not known. The surgery McIndoe used on his patients was partly based on pioneering work by Harold Gilles, a distant relative, at St Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup. This involved transplanting skin grafts from one part of the body to its recipient part, while still attached to the donor part. The tubes of skin which resulted were called pedicles. This meant that the skin was still being supplied by blood and so greatly improved the chances of success. One of McIndoe’s unique

ideas was to treat the wounds in saline baths. His main contribution to the recovery of his patients was the holistic approach he took. This was almost unheard of at that period. Counselling was non-existent and McIndoe’s approach was unique. He encouraged the men to go into the town and mix with the people there. He had already primed the residents to not over-react when they saw the disfigured faces. It worked! East Grinstead became known as “The Little Town That Did Not Stare”. The patients were well aware that the surgery they underwent was largely experimental, thus explaining why one patient grumbled to The Maestro as McIndoe was affectionately known, “We’re just your blooming guinea pigs.” The name stuck and when the idea of them forming a club was mooted, this was the name they chose. Thus the Guinea Pig Club was born. Initially it was mainly

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When the East Grinstead Museum was given the collection of artefacts, images and archives built up over the years by Bob Marchant, the museum decided to use them to raise the profile of their story. The museum was closed for most of November to transform the temporary exhibition space into a gallery devoted to them: we are now the official Guinea Pig Museum. The exhibition opened to the public on November 30th. It will contain the original operating table used by McIndoe and many of the surgical instruments adapted by him. These will be shown in tableaus, with life size mannequins, interactive effects and sound and film recordings. It will bring to life that period of our history which played an important part in the life of our community. Most importantly perhaps, it will fulfil the wish of Archibald McIndoe who said, “One day someone will tell the story as it should be told.” We hope that he would be pleased. Enquiries: 01342 300152

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Crowborough’s University of the Third Age celebrates its 10th birthday The University of the Third Age (U3A) has been inspiring and engaging active minds in Crowborough since 2006 and there are over 650 members sharing their skills and expanding their knowledge across sixty five interest groups, ranging from aviation to the world of wine. The aims of the U3A are simple: to encourage people in their Third Age, no longer in full time employment, to live healthy, sociable lives and seek new interests by providing educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly and comfortable way.

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“I moved to East Sussex three years ago to be near my family and, other than them, I knew no-one. After joining Crowborough U3A I found I had more friends than I could count! For a very modest annual subscription members can explore excellent opportunities for life-long learning and enjoy a great social life, indeed they often tell me how the organisation has changed their life.”

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The Brightest Kind of Flame by Rebekka Maughan and Emilie Watson

Open Hands is a locally based (Hadlow Down) charity which works with children and their families living in extreme poverty in Romania. We support marginalised families to escape poverty, encourage inclusion into society and to lead independent and fulfilling lives. Some thousand years ago the old prophet wrote: ‘Love flashes like fire, the brightest kind of flame. Many waters cannot quench love, nor rivers drown it.’ In a world like today where there is war, where children are fearful and hungry, I firmly believe that

love is our most effective tool. And this is the essence of our work in Romania. In my last article for Ashdown Forest Living I told you about our latest project The Rainbow House. I am pleased to say that thanks to generous givers The Rainbow House has been up and running since April 2016. The Rainbow House is for children who have been born into poverty and neglect. They are accustomed to living in dirty shacks with no sanitation; they regularly experience hunger and must survive freezing winters. It is beautiful to see that The Rainbow House has become a healing place for these children. A place where they are loved, accepted and

taught with patience and care. They can wash and change into clean clothes; they enjoy the simple pleasure of sitting around a table and eating together; they play and they learn for school. As the children don’t own toys, doing activities like finger painting and building train tracks is a mind blowing experience. Here they can be what they are: children! My friend Emilie who recently joined me on a trip writes: ‘Simple craft activities bring oodles of joy. We brought little plain cardboard boxes for the children to decorate with pens, stickers and plastic jewels. The children chatter with excitement as they create their little treasure boxes. We then showed them how to make bracelets from Continues over the page.

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elastic and coloured beads with letters on, spelling out their names or words like ‘friend’ and ‘love’. Doing craft activities with children is no big deal but these are no ordinary children, from no ordinary homes: their “homes” are flea-ridden shelters at best.’

Thank you Ashdown Forest Living readers for your wonderful support over the years. If you would like to support The Rainbow House or our other projects, you can donate securely on our website or make a cheque payable to “Open Hands Charity” to the address below.

These children have become my champions because, against all the odds, they shine and are so full of life! They tremble with excitement at the simple task of being able to wash their hands under a running tap! Sitting around a table and eating has become a wonderful social experience.

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Message from the Crowborough Lions Perhaps we could all do with a little bit of Tennyson for inspiration as 2016 comes to a close.

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Ring out, wild bells by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky, The flying cloud, the frosty light; The year is dying in the night; Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

On December 10th it's our annual Senior Citizens Christmas Lunch - a day when we give something back to the community. And as a Lion helper, it's a rewarding day to be part of!

Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true.

It's also our annual Christmas collection with Father Christmas on the sleigh with carols. We try to visit as many areas as possible to give the children an opportunity to meet Santa. It delights and thrills everyone taking part at this special time of year, here is the schedule::

Ring out the grief that saps the mind, For those that here we see no more, Ring out the feud of rich and poor, Ring in redress to all mankind.

Friday 16th Dec Medway/Rochester Way, Depart 6.15pm

Ring out a slowly dying cause, And ancient forms of party strife; Ring in the nobler modes of life, With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Sunday 18th Dec Fremor Estate, Depart 5.45pm

Ring out the want, the care the sin, The faithless coldness of the times; Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes, But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Monday 19th Dec Southridge/Harecombe, Depart 6.15pm

Ring out false pride in place and blood, The civic slander and the spite; Ring in the love of truth and right, Ring in the common love of good.

Wednesday 21st Dec Millbrook Estate, Depart 6.15pm

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Ring out old shapes of foul disease, Ring out the narrowing lust of gold; Ring out the thousand wars of old, Ring in the thousand years of peace.

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Ring in the valiant man and free, The larger heart, the kindlier hand; Ring out the darkness of the land, Ring in the Christ that is to be.

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Crowborough’s Family Friendly Festival have been inspired by the beauty of the surrounding countryside.”

The first Crowborough Community Festival celebrating the town’s landscape and cultural heritage with events to appeal to all ages has been announced. The festival will take place in local venues in May. Nature, conservation, healthy living, music, food, drama as well as dinosaurs will all feature during the festival of fun! Festival chairman Denis Hart said, “People who live in Crowborough appreciate its unique position on ‘Top of the Weald’ and delight in the landscape of the Ashdown Forest as well as the wonderful green spaces that surround the town. This gives Crowborough a unique appeal attracting not only those who enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle but writers and artists who

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The festival brings a unique programme of mixed cultural events from choir workshops, concerts and theatrical performances to a host of other activities showcasing the creative talents of local people.

Generations have continued to be enthralled by dinosaurs and the festival will kick off with a family fun day as Conan Doyle’s Lost World experience is brought to life at Crowborough’s state-ofthe-art Community Centre on Bank Holiday Monday, 1st May. A Dinosaur Roar Workshop, Climbing Tower, Bushcraft Survival demonstrations and much more will be on the menu!

“We hope all Crowborough groups and residents will get behind the festival and support the varied events on offer and do their bit to establish it as an exciting and fun addition to the cultural life of the town,” said Denis. If you would like more information about the festival programme or would like to offer help as a volunteer check out the website or the festival’s Facebook and Twitter posts.

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Merry Mistletoe According to a custom of Christmas cheer, any two people who meet under a hanging of mistletoe are obliged to kiss. However this simple plant's elevation to such 'powerful influence' came via a rather dark mythical path.

There’s a happy ending with Balder being restored to life. Frigga is so grateful that she reverses the reputation of the offending plant, thus making it a symbol of love and promising to bestow a kiss upon anyone who passes under it.

Where did it all start?

It is used as a Christmas decoration and in past times remained hung throughout the year, often to preserve the house from lightning or fire, until it was replaced the following Christmas Eve!

Shakespeare called it 'the baleful Mistletoe,' an allusion to the Scandinavian legend. The Norse god Balder, the god of peace was the best loved of all the gods. His mother Frigga, goddess of love and beauty, loved her son so much that she wanted to ensure no harm would ever come to him. She went through the world, securing promises from everything that sprang from the four elements - fire, water, air, and earth - that they would not harm her most beloved Balder.

We hope the tradition of love under the mistletoe never dies out, as after all, isn't that what Christmas is all about.

But sly Loki, an evil spirit, found the loophole: the parisitic mistletoe which does not in fact grow from the earth. It takes seed through bird-dung landing on trees, the birds having ingested the plants berries. Loki not only made an arrow from its wood but he took it to Hoder, Balder's brother, who was blind and he guided Holder's hand to direct the arrow at Balder's heart. The arrow was released and Balder died instantly. Frigga's tears became the mistletoe's white berries...

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until the 1960s it was a very desirable place to holiday and certainly didn’t represent the cheap option!’ The book brings the story up to date with chapters that look at how the ‘British holiday package’ has evolved. For example, the famous Butlin’s chalet which, from having only cold running water in the 1930s, was relaunched last year with every desirable modern comfort.

1936 it was a revolutionary holiday idea. Billy Butlin envisaged his camps as self-contained seaside villages and the huge numbers he catered for allowed him to pay for some of the top names in entertainment.

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what made Butlin’s special. He gave his first performance in a talent show at Pwllheli aged nineteen before landing a job there as a kitchen porter. He subsequently became a Redcoat... Other famous names who won the Butlin’s children’s talent contests included Sixties singing sensation Helen Shapiro, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Stephen Mulhern.’ You can find this book in all good bookstores and Amazon, as well as store.butlins.com. Kathryn will be signing copies of her book at The Bookshop in East Grinstead on Saturday 10 December.

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The Best Bear in All the World ‘Ninety?’ said Winnie-the-Pooh. ‘Is that more than seven?’ ‘Yes, Pooh,’ said Kanga patiently. ‘You’re ninety years old, which calls for a celebration.’... Ashdown Forest’s favourite fictional son stars once again in this delightful book of four seasonal short stories, Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer, written by four children’s authors. It follows Pooh and his friends as they encounter mythical creatures, mysterious new friends and foes, some new hums and a peculiar type of sauce…

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...‘You see, someone had heard, and another person had mentioned, and then somebody had decided that it was time to share some more of Winniethe-Pooh’s adventures. As being ninety years old was a Very Great Thing’.

playing on the nursery floor with Winnie-the-Pooh and – a toy penguin!

A new character, Penguin, also joins them in Winter, written by Brian Sibley. He comments: “While pondering what other toys Christopher Robin might have owned but which were never written about, I remembered seeing a photograph of father and son

“The thought of Pooh encountering a penguin seemed no more outlandish than his meeting a kangaroo and a tiger in a Sussex wood, so I started thinking about what might have happened if, on a rather snowy day, Penguin had found his way to Pooh Corner…” Brian is a writer, broadcaster and radio dramatist. He edited The Pooh Sketchbook and The Pooh Book of Quotations and has written, Continues over the page.

- Introduction to The Best Bear in All the World This year marks the 90th anniversary of the first publication of A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh in 1926. To celebrate, The Best Bear in All the World was recently released; it is an official sequel based on the original stories and illustrated in the style of E.H. Shepard.

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lectured and broadcast on the work of A. A. Milne and E. H. Shepard. So we are delighted to be able to bring you a Q&A with children’s author Brian Sibley below. What was the most inspirational aspect to participating in writing the ‘Winter’ story in The Best Bear in All the World? Firstly, there was the challenge of trying to emulate the style of A. A. Milne: a writer consummately skilled in the art of seemingly effortless witty prose and sparkling dialogue. Secondly, there was the opportunity to try to think and speak like Pooh, Piglet and the others in a way that was true to characters who are so well known and loved. And, finally, to have the courage (or, perhaps, just the temerity) to introduce a new character into the world of Pooh, inspired by a long-overlooked photo of Milne and Christopher Robin playing with Pooh – and a toy penguin. How do you hope this sequel will be received and what has the initial reaction been? The immediate response has been overwhelmingly positive with readers accepting (even welcoming) Penguin as a new visitor to the Hundred Acre Wood. My chief hope is that people will realise that the writers – Paul Bright, Kate Saunders, Jeanne Willis and myself – along with the book’s illustrator, Mark

Photograph © Culture Club/Getty Images; illustration © Pooh Pr Burgess, have attempted Finally, why do you think Four Colman Getty to create four new stories Winnie-the-Pooh is loved written and illustrated out of generation after generation our admiration and affection the world over? for the words of A. A. Milne One reason is because the and the artistry E. H. Sunday 18ofSeptember 2016 books work on two distinct Shepard, who jointly created levels: young readers enjoy an imaginary world that has the childlike (but never already endured for 90 years childish) exploits of Pooh and and shows no sign of losing his friends, while grown-ups its appeal. respond to Milne’s sharp, What was the highlight of often sardonic, humour. revisiting this most famous When we are very young, of story characters? the characters become our#Pooh9 child friends, when we are Having the opportunity to rather older, we discover write a new•story for Pooh toy that Penguin featured in are photograph wi the animals just set in winter. My choice of like people we know: easily New features in Winter, writ season was•inspired bycharacter two confused Poohs, timid Piglets, of my favourite stories from melancholic bouncy pen new tales for the Eeyores, 90th anniversary o the original books: the one Tiggers, bossy Rabbits, in which Pooh and Piglet fussy Kangas and pompous mistakenly they are Egmontthink Publishing today, Owls. Sunday Therein lies 18 the September true pursuing Woozles in the genius of A. A. Milne: to The Bes anniversary sequel for Winnie-the-Pooh, snow (when they are actually write simultaneously for tracking their own pawtwo audiences. Couple that prints), and thethe laternew story in with thejoining graphic brilliance of Penguin, character the Hundred which the same duo build a Ernest Shepard’s ‘decorations’ house for Eeyore – made out photograph featuring writer A.A. Milne and his so of a pile of old sticks that was Continues overThe the page. a penguin alongside Teddy Bear. picture already Eeyore’s toy house!

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(as they were modestly described in the original books) and you have a unique coming together of word and image that is capable of delighting across generations and cultures. Winnie-the-Pooh first appeared as Christopher Robin’s ‘Teddy Bear’ in a 1923 poem in Punch. When the book Winnie-the-Pooh was first published in 1926, it was an immediate success: 35,000 copies were sold in the UK and over 150,000 copies sold in the US. In a YouGov poll in 2014, Winnie-the-Pooh was named as the favourite children’s book of the past 150 years, beating Alice in Wonderland, The Gruffalo and The BFG to the number one spot. And earlier this summer, Pooh was named the UK’s favourite children’s book character in a Reading Agency poll. So you can be confident that ‘The Best Bear in All the World’ would be a welcome Pooh country Christmas gift! Published by Egmont Publishing, it can be bought from all good bookshops as well as Amazon and Egmont’s website.

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Ashdown Forest Decorative and Fine Arts Society in "Christmas At Covent Garden: 300 years of Christmas shows at one of London’s greatest theatres". Sarah Lenton will tell us about the London Christmas season which was invented at Covent Garden. Most of what we now consider to be quintessential pantomime – the principal boy, fairy tales, transformation scenes and the dame, can be traced back to the operas and ballets performed at Covent Garden during its first 200 years. Come along for an entertaining afternoon. At 2pm, Crowborough Community Centre, Pine Grove, Crowborough, TN6 1FE.

Carols and Christmas Cheer! Join East Grinstead Choral Society and St. Mary's C of E Primary School for an informal, family-friendly evening of carols and festive good cheer. Licensed bar available throughout, light refreshments and raffle. Adult £10; student £5; Family ticket: £22 (up to 2 adults and 3 children). Available from: Bullfrog Music, Ship Street, East Grinstead or at the door subject to availability. Box office: 01342 328774. For further information visit http://www.egcs.co.uk/ or find us on Facebook 7.00pm, Sackville School, Lewes Rd, East Grinstead RH19 3TY. SATURDAY 10TH DECEMBER

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Crowborough Choral Society Christmas Celebration. Christmas Celebration is a superb mix of festive music for all the family with spoken contributions from John Marsh of Radio Two. The venue will once more be Crowborough Community Centre where a previous similar programme played to a packed house. There will be lots of opportunities for the audience to join in with well-loved carols. Bring your friends and family and get the Christmas season off to a great start. At 7:30pm, tickets (£12 for adults and £6 for under-16s) are available at www. crowboroughchoral.com, from choir members or on the door. At Pine Grove, Crowborough, TN6 1FE.

Groombridge History Group. The special Christmas meeting of the group includes an audio-visual talk 'Those Were The Days' presented by Don Dray: a social history of the decades from the 1930s to the 1980s with humour and music. Followed by a Christmas raffle and seasonal refreshments. Nonmembers welcome - £2.50. Members - £1.50. At 8pm, Groombridge Village Hall. FRIDAY 9TH DECEMBER & SATURDAY 10TH DECEMBER Chailey @Christmas all weekend. Tree festival, hand bells, music, refreshments. Saturday 10th sames as Friday, plus church bells, choirs, harp music 7pm and Coro Nuovo at Christmas. £10 per ticket, under-16s free, includes light refreshments. Tickets from Janet Barnes: 01825 722574, friendsofstpeterschailey@hotmail.co.uk .Sunday 11th, normal services around the festival trees, at 1pm the festival continues with Christmas music, 3pm harpist Margaret Watson, 4pm closing concert. Friday, Saturday and Sun at 2pm, St Peter's Church, Chailey Green, BN8 4DA.

SATURDAY 10TH DECEMBER Coro Nuovo at Christmas Saturday evening concert by the superb Sussex choir Coro Nuovo to include seasonal music, readings and verse, in the church lit by Christmas trees. £10 per ticket (accompanied children under 16 free) to include light refreshments. Tickets available on the door or from Janet Barnes: 01825 722574 or friendsofstpeterschailey@hotmail.co.uk, 7pm, St Peter's Church, Chailey.

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Celebration of Christmas Concert by Singing for Fun Crowborough. Refreshments available. Entry by donation - all proceeds to Friends of Crowborough Hospital. At 7:30pm, All Saints Church, Chapel Green, Crowborough.

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Uckfield Community Orchestra Christmas Concert. Join us for a concert of popular pieces and carols. Free entry and refreshments. Retiring collection in support of Chailey Heritage Foundation. At 7pm, Uckfield United Reformed Church, 74 New Town, TN22 5AE.

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