A Happy New Year to all and I hope like us that you all had a great festive season and feeling strong enough to last the winter. We had a fantastic time, good to see so many families coming together and creating a lively atmosphere to warm us all up. A big thanks to all who popped into see us, joining in where possible, Steve's Christmas draw was as popular as ever and we are proud to have raised £196.00 for a local Down's Syndrome Support group. The Village party again was a success and great to have everyone from the village under one roof swapping gifts and tales. Carole's Christmas club went down well and I hear she's already started planning for the next one! With February already fast approaching we are wasting no time in coming up with events to keep us occupied we have a QUIZ planned on the 1st February (brains will be tested by Val and Dave) and another BINGO night on the 1st March . Steve and Keith are planning some great guest ales on the bar and Chris and the guys in the kitchen are coming up with some warming dishes for our prix fixe menu but even more exciting, starting from Saturday the 16th February we will be launching our own selection of Pies . Every Saturday from then on our Pies wil feature on our menu and be available in the village store. Finally Thorpeness is celebrating 100 years. To mark the occasion at the Dolphin we will be doing a number of centenary themed events and recording Thorpeness as we know it, in a unique way for future generations to see. (Watch this space to see how we all can be involved) So I hope to see you all very soon .