The countdown begins . . .

St Mary's Church by Clive Sawyer
A snowy scene up Lion Street 2015

Christmas is coming and, as the weather forecast is mixed, it seems unlikely it will be a white Christmas – with the the rain and wind likely to persist.

Some things are more predictable though. Engineering work will be disrupting rail services all over the place, and London Bridge station will be shut from 8pm on Christmas Eve through to 4am on the morning of Monday January 4. So no trains through to Charing Cross, Waterloo East, or Cannon Street.

Accidents will also happen – and hospitals are often short of blood, particularly at busy times. So there will be a blood donor session on Tuesday December 29. The sessions at Rye Primary School will be from 1:30-4pm and 5-7:30pm.

And, if you are worried about running out of food, Jempson’s supermarket is open continuously from 6am this Wednesday, December 23, until 8pm on Christmas Eve – and it will be open again on Boxing Day.

Church services on Christmas Eve in Rye include St Mary’s (pictured above) Crib Service at 5pm and Midnight Mass at 11:30 pm, Playden Crib Service at 3:30pm, Camber Midnight Communion at 11:30pm and St Anthony’s has Mass at 6pm and midnight.

On Christmas Day St Anthony’s has Mass at 10am, St Mary’s has Family Communion with Carols at 10:30 am, Camber has Christmas Communion at 10:30 am, Rye Baptist church has a Family Celebration at 10:30 am, the Methodists at 11.15 am and Playden has Family Communion at 11am.

The last trains on Christmas Eve from Charing Cross and Waterloo will be around 7:45pm with London Bridge closed from 8pm, there will be no services on Christmas Day, but there will be high speed services between Ashford and London St Pancras on Boxing Day.

And, just a reminder, that Rye News is also taking a holiday, and our next publication date is Thursday January 7.




Image Credits: Clive Sawyer 2015 .