Josephine Stark who organises the Market writes: “The first market of 2019 is on Sunday January 20th. Many of our regular stalls will be there with cheese, bread, honey, sausages, vegetables in season, cakes, jams and chutneys, homemade soup, fish pate and of course second hand books. Also this month we will have a brand new stall with very attractive hand blown and decorated glass which are well worth coming to look at. For the garden there will be potted spring bulbs and early spring flowering plants such as snowdrops, and also bird boxes. And to make the morning complete there is plenty of time to chat with coffee and freshly made bacon butties on hand – and a 1 in 3 chance to win a prize on the tombola. Unmissable!

The February Market will be on Sunday 17th and in addition to our other stalls Shirley will be back with her large selection of fruit that she dries without any sugar or other additives. Be sure to come to both Markets if you can. They are in the Village Hall and are from 10.00-12.30.”


Despite the theft of our sign, Local Inkpen Honey is still for sale – jars and cut comb from “Caeglas”, Inkpen Common. Tel. Inkpen 668605.


Jane Hartnup writes: "After a lovely Autumn with some amazing sunny days giving a lovely extension to our summer, Winter is coming so it’s time for our lovely open fire to be lit. And when you’re here you will find that on our new menus for November we have lots of lovely local produce, like apples, quinces, and game. We also have some amazing new wines in our wine list to complement these beautiful dishes. So all is new for the Autumn, Winter and for the Festive Season when we have our excellent and beautiful Christmas menu available. For this period we are getting booked up fast, so don't miss out. Come and visit us, sit by the warm open fire, and enjoy. And all of us at the Crown and Garter wish you a Very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year."


Mary and Bernard write: “There will be 4 Quizzes before the end of 2018 to be held on Thursdays 1st, 15th and 29th November and on 13th December all starting at 8.15pm.

Local interest in buying The Swan Inn seems to be dwindling. If anyone is interested in joining the consortium, please call me on 668429 and we will pass on your interest to Christie & Co. who are marketing the business for £2m. The site is over 1.3 acres and hopefully will be sold as is, i.e. as a Pub/Hotel/Restaurant.

Cheers to you all and as always a Merry Christmas and the Prosperous New Year we all hope for.”