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Silent auction

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Ssh ! Events-committee members Rosalyn Norman, Anne Miller and Lindsay Thompson are seen here getting ready for a fund-raising silent auction to  be held at Reigate Community Centre on Saturday, February 18.

Good quality, small pieces of furniture, ornaments, toys, china, jewellery and unwanted gifts can be left in the centre the evening before, February 17, between 7pm and 9pm. Paper bids can be submitted between 10am-11.30am on the morning of the auction and successful bids will be announced from 11.45am. All proceeds will go towards the running of the community centre

Mosaic photos now online

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Now that the Community Mosaic itself is on display in the centre, all the photos submitted can also be viewed at a higher resolution in this web album (after selecting one of the montage images, click the magnifying glass icon to zoom in)

Shining star at town's newest toddler group

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Katya Yankova, from Reigate, will have her acting debut on Christmas Eve at the tender age of just eight-weeks-old. The baby girl will take on the huge role of being Jesus in a human tableau of the nativity scene, which will be revealed at the end of a festive children’s service this Saturday at Reigate Methodist Church.

Katya’s acting talents were spotted when she became the youngest member of the town’s newly-formed Reigate Methodist Toddler Group, which meets Tuesday mornings in the community centre, behind Marks & Spencer.  Since it began in November, the toddler group has attracted more than 40 youngsters and their parents each week.

Organiser Mary Pulfer, said: “Every time I walked up the high street, I saw all these pushchairs crammed into the town’s cafes and knew there was a need in Reigate to have somewhere for parents, carers and their little one to meet and play. I can’t believe how successful it has been and it is wonderful that one of our new families has been chosen to take part in the church’s annual nativity tableau on Christmas Eve.”

The children’s service will begin at 4.30pm in Reigate Methodist Church and at the end of the service, the live tableau of the nativity scene will be revealed, with human statues. Katya, as baby Jesus, will be joined by mum, Alex, who will be Mary, dad, Mihail, as Joseph, and 20-month-old sister, Sophia, as a shepherd. “Katya is a really good baby so I think she will do just fine,” added her proud mum.

For more information about the toddler group please contact Mary Pulfer

Found in Reigate !

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A `Where’s Wally?’ style hunt took place on Saturday (29 October) as visitors to the Community Centre tried to find themselves in a giant photographic mosaic.

More than 500 faces including pets have been turned into the image depicting the Old Town Hall, which has been created by members of Reigate Photographic Society.

The Community Mosaic has taken 18 months to produce and was kindly printed by Reigate-based Canon UK before being unveiled to the public during Reigate Photographic Society’s annual exhibition at the weekend.

“This is a wonderful piece of modern art which will hang in the Community Centre for a long time to come. There are a lot of people to thank for its creation including the Reigate Photographic Society, Canon UK and, of course, the 500 people whose faces have made it possible,” said Rev Clive McKie, minister of Reigate Methodist Church, the main sponsor for the Community Centre which opened in April this year.

If you want to find yourself in Reigate’s Community Mosaic, just pop into the community centre where you'll find it on display in the Hub cafe area.

Mosaic unveiling

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Is your face one of the 500 images in the Reigate Community Mosaic? If it is, then come and find yourself on Saturday, October 29, when this unique artwork will finally be unveiled to the public.

The photographic mosaic was the brain-child of the fundraising committee and has been designed by members of Reigate Photographic Society and printed by Canon UK. From a distance, spectators will see a modern art image of the Old Reigate Town Hall, but closer inspection will reveal the 500 photos of local residents which have been collected during the past 18 months.

The grand unveiling will take place at 10.30am at the community centre, and visitors will also be able to view the Reigate Photographic Society's annual exhibition taking place in the sports hall. Up to 200 mounted prints will be on show and around 100 digital images will be relayed via a television. The exhibition runs from 10am until 4pm and members will be on hand to answer photographic and camera questions from the public.