Parish Pump Newhaven - October 25, 2013

Alfriston

WI NEWS: The October meeting heard an interesting talk by Karen Martin about why she decided to train and about her work as a Hypnotherapist. There are many alternative treatments now available on the NHS that avoid medication. Karen involved the whole audience in a short demonstration of a case of mind over matter. There was a Q&A session which included an explanation of some of the acts of entertainment hypnotists. After tea and biscuits members were told of the various forthcoming events organised by WI Headquarters and dates for the Christmas shopping trip in November, the AGM and the Christmas Party.

STRICTLY speaking, Sophie Ellis-Bextor is not a resident of Alfriston but her family have lived and worked in the village for a number of years. Sophie often visits and even turned on the village Christmas lights a few years ago. I think we can legitimately lay some claim to her and boast about her very elegant performance on last Saturday’s Strictly Come Dancing. We also had the opportunity to admire the talented Tim Rice-Oxley, who does live in the village, and also appeared on the show.

CHRISTMAS Book Review Party. A trio of knowledgeable industry insiders will be discussing some of their favourite books on November 17 between 3pm and 5pm. at Much Ado Books. The afternoon will feature David Foy from Bloomsbury Books, Kellie Balseiro from Faber and Faber and Guy Lloyd from Random House. Together they know about all the interesting and important books due out this year giving a chance to sort out a few Christmas gifts. Tickets for the event are £7.50, with some liquid refreshment as well and including £5 off any order placed that afternoon. To book please telephone 01323 871222 or email shop@muchadobooks.com.

DICKENSIAN EVENING: The thought of Christmas gifts and lights reminds me that the Dickensian Evening date needs to be marked on the calendar. This year we will welcome Father Christmas, the Morris Dancers, The Eastbourne Scottish Pipe Band and the late night shopping opportunity, and more, on November 23 from 2pm to 9pm. The through road will be closed until 9pm.

Bishopstone

THE CLOCKS go back on Sunday and the nights are drawing in. It may seem there’s nothing happening in Bishopstone this week, but our local robin is singing loudly establishing his garden territory for the winter. Spiders (and mosquitoes) are active too and there are still some butterflies on the wing on warmer days, but others are now moving into the old cow shed. The swallows are gone, but instead we get a noisy fly-over of honking geese on their way to feed by the sea. Happy Halloween.

Firle

BONFIRE SOCIETY: We are there again tomorrow, Saturday, it will be Firle Bonfire festivities. It starts off at 1pm at the Ram where the children’s Guy Competition takes place and the winner gets to have his guy placed on top of the bonfire and all others are placed around it. At 6pm the judging of the Children’s Fancy Dress will take place in the Cricket Pavilion , there are three categories: General Fancy Dress, Valencian and Spanish Girls. The first two have seven different age groups. Then at 7pm the Procession of remembrance led by the Best Winning Valencian Boy and Girl carrying the wreath and including our remembrance tableau to the War Memorial and the laying of the wreath. The Rev Peter Jones will say a prayer and Lord Gage will lay the wreath. The procession then marches back to the Ram and then goes down to the school, the bungalows and down to Crossways before returning to the Ram where Guy Fawkes will be lit. Then onto the park for the bonfire lighting, bonfire prayers and then what you have all been waiting for, the spectacular firework display. The final procession will form up after the fireworks and marching to the school returning to the War Memorial and back to the fire site for Auld Lang Syne.

THE CRICKET CLUB are raising funds by doing the burgers and buns so do come along and support. There will be a charge of £10 a car for the night’s entertainment. Collections will be for FBS Dramatics and The Oyster Project this year.

Glynde & Beddingham

TREVOR ARMS: There is now a choir in residence at this wonderful local pub: come along on Tuesday nights between 7pm and 9pm and join Danny Vice to learn the beauty of harmony and the power of group singing. No experience needed. Email Danny on info@harmonessence.co.uk or mobile 07941760866. The pub are still keen to have everyone’s votes for the film selection on movie night, October 31. Just pop into the bar and write your choices on a slip of paper. If this happens to be a Thursday, Friday or Saturday evening, why not take home a delicious Trevor Arms Fish and Chips supper as well?

MEMORIAL PARADE: Don’t forget the last badge night is at The Trevor Arms on Friday November 1 from 7.30pm. Membership is £3 per person which entitles you to march with a torch in the procession on Friday November 8. The parade leaves The Trevor Arms at 7.30pm to walk up to the war memorial outside St Mary’s Church, Glynde. There will then be a short service of prayers, hymns and the laying of wreaths before a dramatic display of fireworks behind Glynde Place. It will be a great and memorable evening.

GLYNDE STORES: Halloween is already upon us so come along to the village stores on Thursday from 11am until 1pm for lashings of devilish fun. There will be Halloween crafts and fiendishly delicious food to set you up for trick or treating. Please book tickets (£5 per adult and child inc. food) through Debbie on 01273 858215. Debbie and David are also planning a Great Glynde Christmas Bake Off on Sunday December 8 to accompany the festive Christmas Craft Fair to be held at The Little Cottage Tea Rooms from noon until 5pm on the same day. There will be a cornucopia of handmade local treasures as well as mulled wine, carol singing and children’s entertainment. All Bake Off entries (mince pies, Christmas cake, Stollen, yuletide log, pannetone… choice is yours) will be judged during the proceedings and the winner will be awarded their well-earned prize.

FUEL SAVINGS: Once again, The Fuel Co-op has saved its members money on orders of domestic heating fuel. This month, households who have registered with the Fuel Co-op have cut their bills by an average of £20, totalling a local saving of £347.45. Well done for making this possible, the more members there are the higher the saving for everyone. Visitwww.thefuel.coop

SWIMMING POOL: Although memories of those balmy days of lazing by the Glynde pool might have been muffled of late under overcoats and scarves, rest assured the swimming pool team are beavering away throughout the winter months to ensure a fully operational and well maintained pool can open again in the spring. We are pleased to have the opportunity to run the barbecue for the memorial parade on November 8 with proceeds going to the swimming pool fund. If you would like to be included on the team, please contact Helen on 07816749516. We are also planning a celebration of pool memories before the start of next season. We would like to present a display of photographs, reminiscences, stories and other captured moments in time rejoicing in this wonderful community resource so if you would like to share your memories to inspire this and future generations of pool users please email Helen helenwormald@hotmail.co.uk.

CHURCH SERVICES: This week’s church services will be at 9am for morning prayer in Glynde and 10.15am for Holy Communion in Beddingham.

Kingston

APPLEFEST: Another first for Kingston. After a very wet morning (and a few wet shirts picking apples), the rain cleared in time for the apple pressing to commence. The Pavilion proved to be an ideal venue and provided both outside shelter for the pressing and inside facilities for the excellent tea and home-made cakes. Nearly 100 litres of apple juice was produced and the quality of this natural fruit juice was much appreciated by all, especially the children. Many thanks to all the helpers who made this event such an enjoyable and rewarding day. The pressers deserve a special thank you, it is really quite hard work. Can we make a date for 2014?

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

EXHIBITION: An art exhibition depicting scenes from West Beach opens tomorrow (Saturday) at 46 Fort Road, Newhaven. Around 150 photographs will be on display in two rooms in this private house and is based on themes Save Newhaven Beach and Breakwater, Rounders Match and Picnic. The photos were taken by local people of the beach and the exhibition which runs until Tuesday October 29 has been designed to highlight the closure of the sandy beach by Newhaven Port and Properties. The exhibition is open to the public,admission free, every day from noon until 5pm.

STREET SURGERY: There will be an opportunity to meet your local councillors tomorrow (Saturday) outside Newhaven Co-op from 10.30am.

HALLOWEEN: Newhaven Fort’s Halloween Trail opens tomorrow (Saturday) and you can follow a quiz trail around the spooky tunnels every day until November 3. There are Hands on History sessions tomorrow and Sunday and a World War II paintball firing range on Monday. Another Hands on History presentation, Medicine Through the Ages, takes place on October 30. There are also various workshops which have to be booked in advance, children’s craft workshops on October 30. Jaws n’ Claws animal handling on October 31 at 1.30pm and 2.45pm. On November 2 there will be a screening of Ghostbusters (PG) at 2pm in the Romney Hut. Tickets are £6 for adults and £4 for children available in advance from the Fort. To book the workshops or for further information telephone the Fort on 01273 517622.

NIPPERS half-term playscheme takes place from October 28 to November 1 at Shakespeare Hall. Booking essential telephone 07796 267388/01273 514440.

PLANNING MEETING: Newhaven’s Planning and Development committee will meet to discuss the latest applications on Tuesday at 7.30pm in Meeching Hall.

WONDER DAY: Have you ever wondered what happens to your waste after it is collected and taken to the incinerator? Have you ever wondered how your waste powers your television? Veolia Environmental Services are holding an Open Day on Friday November 1 with guided tours of the incinerator throughout the day. All the tours have to be booked in advance and places are filling up. I was curious to see inside this building that caused so much controversy and managed to get on the 10.30am tour. If you want to book telephone 01273 511310. All they ask is you wear trousers, long sleeves and flat shoes.

MADS have joined forces with Sussex Wildlife Fund and Wave Leisure Health Walkers for A Walk on the Wildside on Friday November 1. If you want to go on this spooky walk you can book a ticket (£6) which includes hot refreshments from Tony on 07912 965507. Participants should wear warm clothing,flat shoes and bring a torch. Meet at the Visitor Centre, Seven Sisters Country Park at 6.30pm. Park in the Forest car park, toilets available.

BEETLE DRIVE with bangers and mash and banoffie pie on Saturday November 2 in St Michael’s Church Hall. Advance booking essential. Prompt start at 6pm, children welcome. £5adults, £2.50 children including supper. To book telephone 01273541892.

FIREWORKS: Tickets are now on sale for Meeching Valley school’s PTFA Fireworks Family Night on Friday November 8. Refreshments available 6pm to 7pm,fireworks at 7pm. Family ticket £10,single adult £4,single child £2. Tickets available from school reception telephone 01273 514300.

ALL WELCOME: Newhaven Twinning are holding their popular Fun Quiz night at the Hillcrest Community Centre on Friday November 8, starting at 7.30pm. The cost to each contestant is £4. There is an offer on six people for the cost of £5 if booking as a table. Please bring your own drink, it will be the only alcoholic option available. Prizes will be awarded to the contestants on the winning table. Booking is advised. Email janmarshall@hotmail.com or phone 01273 612236 for queries and bookings. The excellent Hillcrest Cafe will be open from 6.30pm selling their meals and refreshments. Money raised from the quiz goes towards the growing links between Newhaven and La Chapelle St Mesmin, near Orleans in France .

Peacehaven

POPPY APPEAL: Our local branch of the Royal British Legion urgently needs volunteers to help with the poppy collection in November. All money raised through tin collections is used to support the most vulnerable members of the Armed Forces. These collections make a real difference to veterans and their families many of whom struggle to adjust to civilian life after leaving the Armed Forces. For more details on how to help contact Johan on 01273 302478.

REMEMBRANCE PARADE: This annual parade is on Sunday November 10. The parade musters at 10am at the Peacehaven Police Station car park and marches off at 10.30am arriving at the War Memorial Meridian Park at 10.55am. Any veterans, ex-service members, family members, Scouts and Guides and other community groups are welcome to participate. If you wish to lay a wreath or carry a Standard or need more information please contact Johan on 01273 302478.

HALLOWEEN: The inevitable Trick or Treat callers will be around on Thursday. The advice from Sussex Police is remember to be polite. If you prefer not to answer the door there are some window display leaflets available from the information office stating either Welcome or No Trick or Treaters Please.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by the Friends of Meridian School in the Main Hall, Community House from 8.30am until midday. The next market on Saturday November 2 will be organised by the Rotary Club. To book a table contact them on 07860 166 499.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the leisure and amenities committee on Tuesday in the Anzac Room Meridian Centre starting at 6.30pm. There will be a 15 minute period at the beginning of the meeting when residents may ask questions.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, Meeching WI are holding a coffee morning in the Community House foyer from 8.30am until midday. Next week on Tuesday the Mayor will be holding a coffee morning and a wreath making demonstration. See details below for more information.

MAKE A WREATH: Nothing to do with funerals. This is a Christmas Wreath demonstration and coffee morning organised by the Mayor of Peacehaven. It will be held in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre Tuesday starting at 9.30am. Entrance is just £1 donation towards the Mayor’s charities. Bring your own materials if you would like to join in. Debbie in the information office will be pleased to offer a list of potential materials you could use.

CINEMA: A reminder there is a film in the Community House main hall on Wednesday. The showing of About Time starts at 7.30pm. Tickets £5 from the information office.

HARD OF HEARING: A reminder the East Sussex Hearing Resource will visit Peacehaven with a mobile unit on Thursday. This Lottery funded bus which is wheelchair accessible will be in the Meridian Centre car park from 10.30am to 3.30pm. It will provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss. It is equipped to offer demonstrations and hearing screening test if time permits. For further information contact 01023 722505 (voice/text/fax).

BST ENDS: Remember to put your clocks, watches and timers back by one hour as from 2am on Sunday morning when British Summer Time ends. Europe and Britain revert to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). An extra hour in bed perhaps.

Polegate

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre is hosted by Neighbourhood Watch. All welcome in the lounge from 10am until noon.

NEW MARKET meets every Wednesday morning at Trinity Church Hall. There is a selection of varied stalls including, wool, knitting needles, card making etc., jumpers embossed designs, cards, household, children’s knitwear, veg and eggs. Cakes and homemade sweets. Scarves, jewellery, books, tea tree and aloe vera foot remedies. Also teas, coffees and light snacks served. The market opens at 9am and closes as 1pm. Do come along for a friendly chat. A raffle is held every week. We welcome customers old and new to visit, free entry.

WANTED info on the lives of Alfred Henry Baynes and Norman Hepburn Baynes, who lived in Meads. Copies of the book Descendants of Bradford’s of Eastbourne and surrounding areas in Sussex by June L Down published in 1993. Can anyone please advise if this book is available from a library and if so where please? Also any info on the Bradford families living in Eastbourne for Maureen Wood email woodyland@talktalk.net or telephone Maureen Copping on 485971.

TICKETS for Polegate Drama’s next production of See How They Run are obtainable from Archer and Partners, 48 High Street 483348. Production takes place from Wednesday October 30 to Saturday November 2.

LUNCHES continue to be held by Trinity Diners, at Trinity Church Hall on the third Friday of the month. To book your place please contact Jennie on 484189.

RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on October 31 include Blackstone Bottom, 6 miles, Alfriston, one steep climb and steep down at end, six stiles with Ted R. Or a longer walk of nearly 10 miles, Windmills and Tunnels, dowlands and woodland paths, Ditchling Beacon, few stiles, take picnic with Keith. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

BEETLE DRIVE and Chinese Supper on Saturday November 2, at Trinity Church Hall. Tickets at £8 each are available from Jennie on 484189.

MEETING of Eastbourne Local History Society on Tuesday November 5 when we welcome back Helen Poole with her talk on Sussex and the Napoleonic Wars. Doors open at 2pm at St Saviours Church Hall, South Street, Eastbourne. Visitors welcome.

POLEGATE QUILTERS are holding a Christmas Bazaar on Saturday November 9, at the Community Centre, all welcome from 9am to 1pm.

Ringmer

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tonight, Friday, the AFC Ringmer first team play at the Caburn Ground with a home fixture against Buxted, kick off 7.30pm. Tomorrow, Saturday, Ringmer Reserves are at home against Eastbourne Town Reserves in the Reserve section east League, 3pm kick off. Also tomorrow, Saturday, the first team travel to Arundel for a league fixture, and on Tuesday they travel to Dorking Wanderers for a John O’Hara League Cup fixture.

HISTORY STUDY GROUP: Tonight, Friday, at 7.45pm in the village hall Diana Crook will be the speaker and her talk is enThe Glynde Lady Gardeners.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s, 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist and at 6.30pm Evensong.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on October 16 was: 1, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster; 2, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 3, Alan Disney and Roy Skan. The club next meets on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the St Mary’s room of the village hall.

THE HOLIDAY CLUB is organised by St Mary’s Church and Space Academy is the title this year and will be exploring some of the great stories in the book of Daniel. The club is for primary school age children and runs from Thursday October 31 to Saturday November 2 with a special breakfast and Space Landing on Sunday, November 3. If you would like to take part please contact Sally Epps on 812114.

RBL HORICULTURAL and Home Produce Society’s AGM will be held on Friday, November 8 in the village hall at 7.30pm (not November 1 as printed in the Parish Magazine). The committee of the society are looking for some new blood as there are various posts that have become vacant due to the retirement of some of the society’s stalwarts. There must be some budding horticulturists who would be prepared to help at the shows. The AGM will be followed by an illustrated talk by David Lang entitled Antarctica.

Rodmell & Southease

THE CONCERT by the Leaky Buckets, Iford’s own rock band, consisting of several musicians of the older generation but with some new blood involved too, was a great success on Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5, in Iford Village Hall. I felt very privileged to be invited yet again, so thanks John. It was a most enjoyable evening, and what is so nice about it, is the way people of all ages join in. Tony Green and his wife, who work hard for Macmillan Cancer Support, were delighted that all their bucket rattling brought forth the magnificent amount of £1,000 plus. Congratulations and thanks to the Leaky Buckets for their hard work in putting on these concerts for charity.

VISITORS: Marie Monique and Roger Huss, who were my lovely neighbours who used to run Barn House as a B&B, came to visit us on October 20 bringing old beagle, Carrington, with them. They left the village around five years ago and purchased a run down châteaux which they have worked very hard on and have now made it into a successful B&B business where they also specialise in country weddings etc. They even made it into the Times Travel page. I have not been able to get there yet, but have seen photographs of it and it’s lovely. They miss Rodmell and would love to see friends if they are in their area. As we are all beagle lovers, we’ve had three and the Huss’s had two, it was lovely to see Carrington again as we remember her as a pup. Marie Monique and Roger took me over to our pub for the Pizza Evening and were delighted to meet old friends over there and see it doing so well. They miss our English pubs a lot.

CYCLING: As I mentioned people have noticed that some cyclists are still not using the new cycle path from Lewes to Kingston. I’ve also noticed that some cyclists are not using the cycle path from Ringmer. I wonder why? A lot of money has been spent on these projects so let’s see them used.

DON’T FORGET Scottish Country Dancing takes place today, Friday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in the village hall.

I WAS AMUSED to hear from my cousin in Scotland who has been working on the Baldock family history for some years the Mormon Diaries have my mother down as deceased, she’s very much alive and kicking at Ringmer. And our grandfather, her father, down as being born 20 yeas after his children were born. Michael, my cousin, has now put them right. Many people use the Mormon Diaries for information so check you have not been misled. It is now fashionable I’m told to have ancestors who were impoverished or scoundrels rather than those from higher up the ladder. Checking my own ancestral lineage on my grandmothers side, Berkeley of Cotheridge and Spetchley, it would probably be classed as boring as Alice de Berkeley married Maurise Fitzharding son of Robert Fitzharding, First Baron d.1243, later Thomas Berkeley married Joan de Ferreurs daughter of Earl of Derby d1326. Thomas Berkeley married Margaret Mortimer daughter of the Earl of March d.1368; Maurice Berkeley married Elizabeth daughter of Lord le Despenser; then Sir James de Berkeley married Elizabeth Bluet daughter of Sir John Bluet d.1405; James Berkeley then married Isobel Mowbray daughter of the Duke of Norfolk d.1484 since them we’ve gone down the ladder and married commoners. Maybe we will be fashionable at last. All my details have been handed down in history since Roger de Berkeley who died 1093. They were left to me by my great aunt Pearl Berkeley-Voller, my grandma’s sister.

CLOCKS: Don’t forget British Summer Time ends on Sunday when the clocks go back.

Seaford

BOWLING CLUB: We all enjoyed our Closing Drive at the end of September, the winning team being awarded our Centenary Cup. The captains, Sandra Perring and Martin Graham-Hyde, were unanimous in choosing The Horder Centre of Crowborough as their charity for this year. They have both had first-hand experience of Horder Healthcare, the charity that runs the Centre. Sandra had a knee operation earlier in the year and Martin’s wife, Liz, has undergone two knee replacements. As several members of the club have benefitted from treatment by the orthopaedic centre of excellence the captains decided it would be a good idea to adopt them as our annual charity. Will Thomas, of the Horder Centre, came along for the afternoon and received a cheque from Sandra on behalf of Seaford Bowling Club for £600, money raised from various drives and donations during the season. A fish and chip supper enjoyed by everyone rounded off a very successful and happy day.

CONCERT: A celebration of the life of Adrian Shepherd MBE(1939 to July 2013) will take place at 2.30pm on Saturday November 2 at St Leonard’s Parish Church. The event will include individual performances by some of his professional and amateur cello pupils. Adrian Shepherd’s move to East Sussex followed a distinguished career as a professional cellist, (BBC Scottish Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and Scottish National Orchestra), also professor and teacher of cello (Royal Welsh Academy of Music and Drama, Cardiff University). His teaching continued, as did his work with the Cantilena Festival on Islay which he co-founded and directed. He became the conductor of the Buxted Symphony Orchestra, the Eastbourne Concert Orchestra and the Lewes Concert Orchestra, among other musical projects. He brought tremendous energy, enthusiasm and enlightenment to all those orchestras, inspiring and challenging the musicians to ever greater achievement. Adrian’s generous nature, good humour and musical stature endeared him to fellow professionals and amateurs alike, and the East Sussex orchestras enjoyed the privilege of accompanying top soloists who visited to perform concertos, but also to see and work with their former colleague again. He also created opportunities for up- and-coming young musicians to perform solo works with the amateur orchestras, again benefitting everyone. For amateur musicians to have played in an orchestra conducted by a person of Adrian Shepherd’s talent, experience and drive has been a real privilege. Adrian will be remembered by his pupils, colleagues and all who played under his baton, with huge respect and much affection. In addition to the concert on November 2, a larger orchestral event in Adrian’s honour and memory is planned for 2014.

TWINNING ASSOCIATION: Seaford Twinning Association are holding their monthly social event on Saturday November 2. It will be a fun quiz, no cash prizes but a good evening with fish and chips as well. All quizzers are welcome at 37 Church Street, the Council Chamber, entrance is between 7.15pm and 7.30pm. It costs a £1 to take part, with £4 for fish and chips. These must be ordered through Liz on 01323 896315. This is also the number for joining the association. Quizzers need to bring their own drinks. There will be a raffle and donations of prizes are always welcome. The STA hope to have more information on the night about their next visit to twin town Bönningstedt from July 4 to 7 next year. The Seaford German Conversation group, linked with STA, have their next meeting at the White Lion from 7pm to 10pm on Wednesday November 13.

CONCERT 2: Wu String Quartet playing works by Haydn, Smetana and Mozart at Cross Way, Steyne Road, 7.45pm November 29. Doors open at 7.15pm, tickets £12 at the door.

Telscombe

BINGO EVENING: Don’t forget bingo tonight, Friday, at the Civic Centre, 7pm start. There will be eight games played for £4, plus an additional snowball and flyer game. There are cash prizes and free refreshments at a half-time break. This is a very popular event so come along early to ensure you get a seat and join in the fun. It’s a friendly evening and is a perfect opportunity for getting out and meeting new people. Net proceeds raised will go to the Mayor of Telscombe’s Charity Fund.

PIG ROAST CANCELLED: Regretfully Telscombe Town Council has had to cancel the pig roast evening scheduled to take place tomorrow, Saturday.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

COMEDY NIGHT: Tonight, Friday, should be a good night at the British Queen when a variety of professional and amateur comedians will be ready to entertain you from 9pm. Tickets are £7 each and are available at the bar. Check for availability by ringing 01323 484166.

WANNOCK ARTISTS meet at 7pm on the last Friday of the month at Wannock Village Hall. Today, Friday, Hashim Akib will be demonstrating how to paint an urban scene in acrylics’. Visitors are always welcome. The fee is £3.

COFFEE MORNING: The British Heart Foundation will be holding a pre-Christmas coffee morning in St Mary’s Church Hall tomorrow, Saturday, commencing at 10am. Entry is £1 to include refreshments. As well as Christmas gifts, other attractions include a raffle, guess the weight of the Christmas cake, a book stall, Christmas decorations, and a cake stall. A warm welcome awaits you.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Me, Myself and Her will be entertaining customers at The Wheatsheaf tomorrow, Saturday, from 8.30pm with their varied act which includes covers from The Beatles, the Beach Boys and Oasis.

SKY DIVE: 17 year old Billy Boots has booked his sky dive at Headcorn for Sunday. He has already raised the money to participate and is now looking for sponsorship as he is hoping to raise as much money as possible for the JPK Sussex Project which is planning to build a supported living centre for adults with a learning disability on the site of Edgmont Evangelical Church in Old Town and the car park area. An archaeological investigation has still to take place so fundraising is all important, and every little helps. Do support Billy and go on line at http://wwwjustgiving.com/jpkskydive. Sponsor forms and further information is also available from Sandra Dew on 01323 500001.

POLEGATE WINDMILL: Sunday will be the last day open to the public at the mill until the new season starts in April 2014. If you haven’t visited Polegate Windmill this year, do make a point of going between 2pm and 5pm on Sunday when there will be tours of the four floors of the mill and a nice cup of tea and cake to enjoy. Maintenance work will be carried out during the closed season, so if you are handy with a paint brush or can manage anything more strenuous and have an interest in mills, do contact Lawrence Stevens on 01323 734496.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: Polegate Windmill will be holding their annual Christmas Bazaar from 10am to 12.30pm on Saturday November 30 at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. Attractions will include tombola, a raffle, cakes, bric-a-brac, books, mill souvenirs and refreshments and Father Christmas is arriving at 10.30am. To book a table to sell your own goods please contact Patricia Stevens on 01323 734496. The cost of hiring a table is £6 and admission to the hall to set it up is from 9am on the day.

CHALK FARM HOTEL gives training in life skills and independent living to people with a learning disability as well as building up their confidence. The hotel itself is run as a charity and any money raised goes directly to the Downland Farm Project for the benefit of the students who attend part-time, Mondays to Fridays. The garden centre behind the hotel is run by Graeme and Sue Dunlop as a business, but they also give training in horticulture to many of the students. There is a coffee morning most months which is run by the students, who greet visitors and take their orders for tea or coffee and delicious home-made cake. A raffle is held and there are greetings cards and plants for sale. The next coffee morning is from 10.30am to 11.45am on Monday so do go along and support the students.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding a recreation meeting at Willingdon Community School at 7.30pm on Monday. Meetings are open to the public. Ring 01323 489603 or 01323 489104 for further information.

TRINITY DINERS’ lunch time meal at Trinity Church Hall on October 18 was delicious thanks to Jennie Macfadyen and her team. There was also a crossword for everyone to do and a raffle. After lunch, Chris Guy from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service gave a very interesting and informative talk about fire safety in the home. Amongst the advice he gave was to keep internal doors closed at night, stay alert when cooking, and not get distracted. A timer is a good reminder if you do go into another room. Keep the front door key near the front door and window keys near each window. Have smoke alarms and electric blankets regularly checked. The Fire and Rescue Service will fit smoke alarms. The service is free and it is important to have a smoke alarm upstairs – not just in the kitchen as smoke rises. For more information ring 0800 177 7069 or email homefire.safetyvisits@esfrs.org.