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St Margarets Church and Community Centre – About 40 people enjoyed the Carol and Christingle service followed by mince pies and mulled wine, and over 60 people welcomed in Christmas at the ‘midnight’ service on Christmas Eve.
The Christingle service collection raised £178.48 for the Children’s Society and carol singing round the village raised £212.92 for Save the Children.  Many thanks to the singers and to all who gave so generously. Please check centre pages for details of church services during February.  Please ring Margaret Davis on 550703, Anna on 540610 or Richard on 541522 if you want more information or to ask any questions.
Christmas Bazaar (‘Rosey’s do’) – raised £573.12 for village funds.  Many thanks to all those who helped organise it, provided goods and refreshments and who came along to support the event.

St Margarets Talks – the second talk in our series in November heard Linda Robinson describe her experiences in the Calais Jungle with lots of photographs illustrating the difficulties of the young people and families stranded there.  A retiring collection raised #193 to provide practical help and support to meet their most basic needs.

100 Club –  December winners were Paul Alexander and John Matheron (£50) and Susan Dean and Sebastion Arend-Trujillo (£10).  Warmest congratulations to all of them.  The new cycle will begin in early Spring and Anna will be writing round asking members to sign up at £12 a year.  Please ring her if you are a new ‘joiner’ to be sure you’re not missed!

NEW ACTIVITY!!! A YOGA session is now offered from 6.15 pm – 7.15 pm on Monday evenings at the Community Centre.  If you’re interested, please email Sam Meyrick on samanthameyrick@yahoo.com.

Garden Club - Viv McLennan writes ‘The Christmas Floral Demonstration by Jenny Burgess was great fun and provided many beautiful wreaths and decorations for homes and for sale at Rosey’s do.  The next meeting is the annual coffee morning at 10.30 am on Thursday 15 February to discuss and plan the programme for the year.  The annual subscription – still only £5 per person, 10 for family membership for the year – will also be collected there.  Please contact Frances on 541341 or Viv on 512121 for more information – and to give them your thoughts for the programme if you are unable to attend the meeting’.

Art Group – Viv McLennan writes ‘We continue to meet in the Community Centre at 10.30 am on Wednesday mornings, tutored by Ken Mark.  The group is exhibiting at the Clavering Art Show this Easter for the first time.  We hope to have an interesting display of our work with some paintings for sale’.  If you would like to join to group, please phone Viv on 541121 for more information and to add your name to the waiting list.

Wicken Ladies – Jenny Burgess writes ‘Those who came to the December meeting were delighted with the beautiful bauble wreaths they made.  Many decorated their own homes with them and some were given – and much appreciated – as gifts.  Many thanks to Bars Bullen for the idea and for showing how to do it.  Lots of ideas for this year’s programme.  More to follow as the programme firms up.  As always, everyone is welcome to any of our events’.  For more info about any of these events or activities, or if you want to be included in the mailings, please email Jenny on jennyburgess926@btinternet.com or Tanya on tanyapatience@gmail.com.

Carpet bowls – 7.30 pm on the second and fourth Tuesdays in the month – so 13 and 27 February.  It would be great to have some new members.  Beginners welcome.  We’re a friendly group with a warm welcome.  Come along and try it! (contact Joan Morgan on 542558).

Breakfast Club – The February meeting will be at the Wicken Centre from 10.00 am on Saturday 3 February.  Come along and enjoy coffee and Danish – and catch up on local news and gossip. Edward Oliver, our District Councillor, is normally there as well.
Book Club – next meeting – 7.30 pm in the Wicken Centre on Thursday 22 February – the book is yet to be announced.  For more information, please email Marion Tyrell at mt1@btinternet.com.

The Handbells (Belle-plates) Group – weekly rehearsals at 7.30 pm on Mondays.  We’ld love more members.  No experience necessary – and it’s fun! Come along to have a go! Bring a friend!! If you’re interested, please ring Joan Morgan on 542558 or Richard Taylor on 541522.

Drop in for Coffee & Chat at Clavering Christian Centre – 10 – 12 noon Thurs 1st.

Wicken Ladies Walking Group 9.00 am Sat 3rd 10th 17th 24th (meet at pub – outside!)

Breakfast Club 10.00 am Sat 3rd (contact Richard Taylor 541522)

Yoga 6.15 pm Mon 5th, 12th 19th 26th (contact samanthameyrick@yahoo.com)

Belle-plates 7.30 pm Mon 12th 19th 26th (contact Joan Morgan 542558)

Art Group 10.30 am Wed 7th 14th 21st 28th (contact Viv McLennan 541121)

Carpet Bowls 7.30 pm Tues 13th 27th (contact Joan Morgan on 542558)

Garden Club 10.30 am Thurs 15th (contact Frances on 541341 or Viv on 541121)

Book Club 7.30 pm Thurs 22nd (contact Joan Morgan on 542558)