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VIVAB R I G H T O NEDITORIAL#82 DEC 2019..................................................Viva Magazines is based at:Lewes House, 32 High St,Lewes, BN7 2LX.For all enquiries call:01273 488882.Every care has been taken toensure the accuracy of our content.We cannot be held responsible forany omissions, errors or alterations.Made your list? Checked it twice?Ready or not, we’re heading into the season ofgood will and gathering.We’ll stock the cupboards with festive food anddrink, and hide away piles of presents. We’llgather for the work Christmas party and familyget togethers. We’ll huddle in pubs with friendswe haven’t seen in ages and promise not to leaveit so long until next time. And we’ll gather forcarol concerts, pantomimes, school plays and(bah humbug) a general election. All before themain event.Of course, some gatherings are more successfulthan others, so we’ve gone in search of peoplewho do them better than most. Like choirleader Vanessa Thomas, whose idea to starta sing-song in a pub ten years ago has growninto a chorus of 250 voices; Dan O’Flanaganwhose get together for dads and kids also offersa little brotherly support; and Ben Szobody,from Brighton’s One Church, who has anentrepreneurial knack for fostering a moreinclusive community. And we’ve been out andabout in town, gathering a few ideas to helpkeep your Christmas shopping truly local andjust a little bit better for the planet.If the thought of all that gathering makes youwant to crawl back into bed, research at theUniversity of Sussex shows that getting togetheris good for our health, so, it might not be longuntil your doctor is prescribing a Meetup group.(We’ve got some suggestions for those too!)Whatever your gathering plans for the monthahead, we hope they bring you comfort and joy.