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Parish pump Hailsham - Januray 17, 2014

Alfriston

WI NEWS: The Christmas Party, held in December, seems a long time ago now but members shared a delicious meal and then played a game of Categorically Speaking before opening the Christmas presents which this year Santa had left in a bran tub. The first meeting of 2014 will be on January 21 at 2pm when the speaker, a coin collector, will be talking about the history and manufacture of coins. Members will be able to take any old coins for him to date and speak about.

CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS which are sold at Much Ado Books made a record amount this year. Each year Cate and Nash make the stockings to raise funds for Prospero’s Project which this year was able to donate a terrific £2,300 to Kids Company. The London based charity will use the funds for a programme called Flourish. Part of this effort includes one-to-one reading and opportunities for children to discuss characters in books and the dilemmas they face. Thanks to the stocking sale children will be able to keep copies of the books they love. Much Ado Books will be taking a two week break from January 13 to January 31. However if a book emergency arises during this time then an e-mail to Much Ado Books <shop@muchadobooks.com or telephone 01323 871222 and Cate or Nash will do whatever they can to help.

ALADDIN is this year’s Alfriston Players’ production with tickets on sale at Hicks The Newsagents and The Tudor House Restaurant. There will be three performances. Opening night is Friday January 31 at 7.30pm in the War Memorial Hall. There will be two performances on February 1; the matinee starting at 2pm and the evening performance at 7.30pm. The raffle will be supporting the charity, Children with Cancer. The village pantomime is a sure way to brighten up the post festive season.

Bodle Street Green

VILLAGE HALL: This year’s programme of events starts tomorrow, Saturday, with a Race Night (see posters for details). Next month on, February 8, TOBS are organising a Murder Mystery Evening entitled Who Killed The Director? Tickets to include a two course meal will be £12.50 and are available from Bryan on 01323 833554 or Geoff on 833343.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship and Sunday Club for children. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion.

LUNCH CLUB: The village’s lunch club meets from 11.30am to 2.30pm in the village hall on Monday.

Hailsham

ST MARYS: This the second Sunday after Epiphany. 8am Holy Communion (BCP) The Saviour Announced. 10.30am Holy Communion with crèche and children’s groups The Search for Pleasure. 6.30pm United Service Christian Unity Week at St Wilfrid’s Church, South Road. Women’s World Day of Prayer together with the JPK Project welcomes you to find out more about them. You are invited to their coffee morning on Friday January 31 from 9.30am to noon at St Mary’s church lounge with thanks to the Bite-in. This year’s service is prepared by the women of Egypt. Men welcome too.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a service at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. The medium is Denise Masserrerpa.

INDOOR BOOT SALE Sunday from 9am to noon at Reid Hall, Boreham Street, in aid of Eastbourne Rabbit Rescue. Stalls £7 (pre-booked). Admission 50p. Enquiries 01323 410727.

PCSO STREET MEETING on Thursday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at St Wilfrids Green. PCSOs will be holding a meeting to give local residents the opportunity to talk about concerns or issues they may be having where they live. PCSOs will also be promoting police community messaging which they use to give members of the public police news and advice

PANTO: Join Hailsham Theatres at the Pavilion for their giant of a pantomime starting next week. Follow the tale of poor young Jack, sent to market by his mother to sell the family’s treasured cow. Little does he know that swapping dear Daisy for a bag of magic beans will lead to an adventure he will never forget. Cheer Jack along as he outwits the evil Giant and his creepy henchman Fleshcreep. This hilarious pantomime will have your friends and family talking about it all the way home. Privileged to be at the rehearsals with a family member in the cast, I can confidently report that players and crew have been working really hard to bring you the best panto ever and the set and costumes are fabulous. Last Year’s Panto, Alice in Wonderland, broke all records. The audiences loved the show and it received great reviews. Thanks are offered by the group to everyone who came to see it and helped to make it the great success it was.

ORGAN CLUB: From March the Organ Club, which has previously met at the Pavilion, will be meeting at the Charles Hunt Centre, Vicarage Field. The February 12 meeting, at which Mark Thomson will be performing, will be the last at the George Street venue.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Dr Colin Tourle’s Presidents Evening was a great success with the help of members Janice Payne, LRPS and Roy Broad. Janice showed her travel themed prints. Starting with a photographic holiday workshop in France, and a new DSLR camera she mastered showing some lovely prints from Tuscany, Provence and Scotland with subjects of misty morning landscapes to colourful, detailed rock formations, insects and more. Roy showed us his digital projected images, also on travel, many having been taken during his 36 years’ travelling the world as a pilot, San Francisco, New York, Hong Kong and South Africa, to name a few. His passion for wildlife was evident and as often as he could, when on duty away from home, rather than stay in a city for his overnight stop, would head out to the countryside. He finished with an image of a street sign taken in Seattle showing Roy Street in one direction and Broad Street in another. Dr Colin Tourle gave a digital presentation showing images from Ethiopia and Haiti where he visits and helps at the eye clinics with cataract operations. There were emotional images of people having their sight restored and sadly others who could not be helped. People had travelled huge distances, often by foot, to attend these clinics. Colin told members that his charity, Iasis Medical, had been able to send a portable anaesthetic machine to Syria. Finally he showed some scanned old photographs which he had obtained from friends and colleagues which included Mussolini’s car and George Bernard Shaw in hospital. A very informative and amusing narration by his friend Roger, who spoke about the Royal Navy and the rum allocation, rounded off an extremely enjoyable evening.

STREET MARKET: A new regular street market selling locally produced items and unique gifts reopens tomorrow, Saturday. Around 30 stalls will be selling a range of produce in Vicarage Field from 9.30am to 3pm every Saturday except the Farmers’ Market Saturday (which is the second of the month) when the street market will be held on the Thursday. There will be fresh fruit and vegetables, pies and pasties, pet food and pet supplies, gifts, crafts and jewellery, cards, DVDs, vintage signs, clothing, plants and flowers, beauty products, gifts, vinegars and oils, preserves, tea, coffee and smoked fish.

U3A: The January 28 meeting, postponed from November, has Dr Colin Tourle, local GP for many years, as its speaker. He will be talking about his medical charity Iasis and its work in Ethiopia and Haiti. The gardens group had a good first year. With 25 members on the list they have enjoyed several meetings in members’ houses and gardens as well as a successful Garden Party with a Hat Competition, Arlington Bluebell Walk, Old Vicarage, Firle, Hole Park in Kent and most recently the Bean’s Orchids, Cooksbridge. The family history group had a very enjoyable Christmas lunch at Callenders. The group aims to help each other in their search for ancestors, whether at home or abroad. Meetings can be a mix of help and advice, talks on local interests, how our ancestors lived or where they came from. They hope to visit the new County Repository (called The Keep) in Brighton, where all the Sussex records are now stored. They also will invite members to bring in a photo of an ancestor in uniform and give a 10 minute talk on it, which was very interesting and informative when they last did this. If you are interesting in joining any of these groups or to find out more about U3A then please contact Sue 840797 for the details in the first instance.

BUS SERVICE: The New Year’s Day bus service was used by more than 100 Hailsham residents. Cuckmere Buses stepped in to fill a big gap over the festive period by running a special bus service from Heathfield to Eastbourne via Hailsham and Polegate on New Year’s Day. Cuckmere Buses is run entirely by volunteers. Thank you. The managing director, Philip Ayers, also one of the drivers, says they will certainly do it again when no other services are running, and are most grateful to Hailsham Town Council for their financial support of this venture. Full details of the Cuckmere Buses service are available at cuckmerebuses.org.uk and via the Wealden Bus Alliance’s website: wealdenbus.org.uk. Demand for the Cuckmere Buses service means that additional volunteer drivers are needed. If you are over 25 years of age, able to offer your services and would like more information on volunteer training opportunities, contact Philip Ayers on 01323 870920 or John on 07802 305155.

100 YEARS AGO: In January 1914 FC Harvey reports: The church was decorated just as it ought to be for Christmas. The carols were sung very heartily, especially on Sunday night. Great praise is due to the Magham down little choir for singing so sweetly their carols on Christmas Day and on Sunday. Once more, let me thank all the Magazine distributors for their labours. The vicar’s Emergency fund, in the account book, shows where the financial gains are expended, what the other gains are cannot be put into a balance sheet yet. It is the church official organ for furthering its teaching all over the parish.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

SUSSEX RAMBLERS: Access improvements have been made to Hellingly Footpath 23 between Coldharbour Road and the A22. Stile repairs have been made at TQ568/111, TQ566/110 and TQ565/108. Following Rights of Way Officer contact, the landowner has made improvements to these three stiles.

PARISH COUNCIL: The parish council minutes for October to December 2013 have now been published on the Hellingly Parish Council website at www.hellingly-pc.org.uk/minutes for your perusal.

FUNDRAISER: Tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am to noon at Chiddingly Village Hall, local Hellingly Guide, Laura Carpenter will be raising funds through offering tea and toast and a variety of inexpensive goods towards her trip to Sri Lanka for which she was recently selected. She will be helping teach skills to orphaned women and children and an elephant conservation project.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

BINGO: On Saturday February 1, Friends of All Saints Church will be hosting an afternoon of fun bingo in the village hall, ready for eyes down at 2.15pm. All are welcome. It doesn’t matter if you’ve played bingo before or not, there will be plenty of people to help you if needed. You can be sure of a fun afternoon with a chance to win prizes for both lines and full houses. Books of tickets to cover all 12 games will be on sale at £5 each, which includes a bumper buffet. You can also purchase further books at just £3 each. Proceeds will go to the Friends of All Saints Church Fund.

ON WEDNESDAY January 29 it’s the regular bingo session starting at 2.15pm with an interval around 3pm for tea and cakes and the raffle. Again, all are welcome. Books of 12 tickets will be on sale at £3 each.

RAY AND SHELDON will be holding their first meeting of the year today, Friday, when it’s Beetle Drive time hosted by Maureen. This group of people meet up in the village hall at 2.15pm and the only qualification you need is to be over the age of 60 years. If you need transport or any further information then please give them a call on 441244.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) will be held at Wartling church at 8am with Holy Communion (CW) being held at Herstmonceux church at 9.45am and Messy church being held at the Reid Hall at 3.30pm.

THE BUSHMAN BROTHERS perform live at the Woolpack Inn tomorrow, Saturday, from 9pm. Entrance is free and all are welcome.

LADIES: Today, Friday, the lounge of the village hall will be turned over to a Charity Facelift Day. Facial relaxation and acupressure routines will be demonstrated, both of which will help to iron out those wrinkles and make you feel so much better. Tickets are available at £10 per head which includes a glass of wine, hot drinks, light refreshments and a raffle. All proceeds from this event will go to the Society for the Protection of Working Animals Abroad. For tickets or more information please contact Kate Short on 832446.

NEW HOUSING: We’ve been hearing a lot about the proposed Neighbourhood Plan and about the development of certain pieces of land in and around the village. By now you will have received a flyer which explains where the new developments might be with 70 dwellings being constructed on Lime Cross Fields, 20 at Strawberry Fields, Windmill Hill and 10 on the Shaw’s Garage site at Cowbeech. We have been encouraged over the past few weeks to send our thoughts on this to the parish council which I’m sure many of us have. Now we are being asked, if opposed to the developments, to sign the flyer and return it to the parish council which must be done by January 24. If you need more information about these plans you may contact the Action Group at hxactiongroup@hotmail.com or you can text or phone on 07850 602 686. Whatever your opinion, please make it heard, it’s your village and you need to have a say.

Lewes

FOOTPATHS GROUP: The planned walk from Newick along the banks of the River Ouse was postponed because of all the rain that has fallen. Instead the eight hardy souls who met at the bus station agreed to take the Number 29 bus to Housedean Farm on the A27 and walk back to Lewes over the Downs, starting off along the South Downs Way. It was windy but warm and it was a pleasure to be out. In Ashcombe Bottom we enjoyed a short break out of the wind and then the rain arrived, horizontally. Then the rain turned to hail. It was less unpleasant than it might have been because the wind and rain and hail were coming from behind us. Joining the bridleway from Blackcap, we followed it back to Lewes, passing the stables on the way. The bridleway was muddy so we chose the grassy path through Landport Bottom, with its fantastic views over Lewes. When the rain began again in earnest, it was now into our faces from our right. Like the rain, in the distance, the smoke from the incinerator at Newhaven was also being blown horizontally. Arriving back at Lewes the sun came out. Hilda and Graham led the walk which was a good test of our wet weather gear.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: Norman’s Bay Caravan Park 9.45am to 10.15am; The Ridgeway, Herstmonceux 10.40am to 11.15am. Tomorrow, Saturday: Opposite Denbigh Court, Hooe 1.50pm to 2.35pm; Manchester Road, Ninfield 2.50pm to 3.25pm; Downsview, Ninfield 3.40pm to 4.05pm. Wednesday: Deanland Mobile Home Park 9.15am to 11.20am; Chiddingly School, noon to 12.30pm; Community Centre, Hailsham East 12.55pm to 1.25pm; Southdown Court, Bell Banks Road, Hailsham 2.20pm to 3.05pm; Cedars, Milland Road, Hailsham 3.40pm to 4.20pm.

Ninfield & Hooe

HOOE OPEN GROUP: On Friday, January 10, Hooe Open Group held their first meeting of 2014 at the village hall. It was decided to make it a members’ forum in order that the membership could have the opportunity to put forward suggestions for the coming year. Edna Wallis, who is the social organiser, circulated a draft programme covering the 12 months of the year, which the members approved without exception. The programme includes presenters covering a wide range of subjects from Life in a HM Prison to the Life and Times of Nurse Edith Cavell. Also, a visit to the Carr Taylor Vineyard in August, as well as to repeat the most successful 2013 luncheon at the Cooden Beach Golf Club in the month of December. The club was asked to again support local charities, as they have done in the past, last year it included the Diamond Jubilee Wood project in Hooe Village and the RNLI to which the club donated £100. The membership has grown steadily over the past year, which now tops 30, with two ladies joining this month. Edna Wallis confirmed that annual membership fees would remain at £10 and the afternoon tea at 50 pence (unless it is a special occasion). The popular raffle will continue at 50p a strip, which always has a selection of really worthwhile prizes. Also remaining is the bring and buy table, which provides an important source of funding for the club, which is supported by the members and assists in keeping the membership fees at a relatively low annual amount. Members are also encouraged to save 5p pieces, which also assist to providing a subsidy for club events, such as the December luncheon and the August outing. The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to Edna Wallis for her organisation, assisted by the hard working Maureen Poppy. The next meeting will be held on February 14, commencing at 2.30pm at Hooe Village Hall. There will be a talk by Barry Wilkinson on his experiences working in Lewes Prison. For further information contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

FLOWER GROUP: On Monday, January 6, Ninfield Flower Group held their AGM, which was well attended, and their competition this year was Design a Handbag in Greenery and Flowers. This year it was won by Pauline Putland who received the Primrose Cup at the end of the evening. Christine Purkess was re-elected as chairman. Their next meeting is on Monday, February 3, in the Memorial Hall commencing at 7.30pm. They will be holding a workshop entitled Foliage Only. This is a popular evening and is open to all members. On Monday, March 3, they will welcome Jean Plaskett to the Memorial Hall commencing at 7.30pm with her demonstration entitled Omnium. All floral arrangements demonstrated will be raffled at the end of the evening.

N WATCH: The planned January meeting for Ninfield Neighbourhood Watch has had to be cancelled and re-arranged for Tuesday, March 4, 7.30pm in the Reading Room. A new No Cold Calling sticker is available and the Neighbourhood Watch team are in the process of getting to every property in the village to post one through your door. These are easy to display as they are self adhesive. Just peal off one side and adhere to the glass of your door. Alternatively, they can be nailed to a gate. Ninfield operates a No Cold Calling policy to deter bogus callers and unwanted door to door sales. More information regarding the March meeting will be nearer the time. For more information regarding Ninfield Neighbourhood Watch, please call Thelma on 892421.

HORTICULTURE: Ninfield Horticultural Society are next meeting on Monday, where they welcome Chris Jenkins. This is for his long awaited talk on the Atlantic Forest of Brazil. They hope there are no bad weather forecasts to get in the way. The society look forward to seeing you at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall.

JUMBLE SALE: 1st Ninfield Scout group are holding their first jumble sale of the year on Saturday, January 25, 2pm to 4pm at the Memorial Hall. If you have any jumble that you would like collecting, please contact Dick Creasy on 07970559226 or Rosemary Cooper on 01424 892681. Alternatively, you can deliver your items to the Memorial Hall on Friday January 24 after 7pm, or on Saturday January 25 after 8.30am. So forget those January sales, bargains can be had on your doorstep alongside a raffle and refreshments.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Parish Eucharist. Ninfield Methodist Church, 2.30pm Covenant Service with Revd Ian Wales.

Polegate

PANTO: Polegate Drama Group pantomime, Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates, will be running from January 18 to 26. Bookings taken at Archer and Partners, High Street.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre is hosted by Polegate Conservatives. All welcome in the lounge from 10am.

TRINITY MARKET will recommence trading in March. To book a table telephone Wendy on 489002 or email maureencopping@yahoo.co.uk

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session on Wednesday at the King’s Centre, Edison Road, Eastbourne from 2pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 8pm.

CONCENTUS CHORALE is about to engage in a new term in preparation for an exciting summer programme during their rehearsal commencing on Monday. New members are actively being encouraged to come along and see what is on offer in rehearsing for the forthcoming concerts, A Musical Night of Stage and Screen, which are being performed on June 14 and 21. The ability to be able to read music is not essential but you do need to be enthusiastic and dedicated to perform to high quality concert standard, both of which are essential features in the making of great music. The new term commences on Monday (continuing with Mondays thereafter) and take place at the United Reformed Church Hall, Upperton Road, Eastbourne starting at 7.30pm.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship and Sunday Club for children. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion with Colin Povey.

HISTORY GROUP: Charles Harding gave us an insight into our Anglo-Saxon past on Monday. He concentrated on Kent and East Sussex, showing us illustrations of traces of Anglo-Saxon life. Old churches often have a certain amount of Roman brick built into their fabric, recycling is not new. The start of the AS period is a little uncertain, somewhere in the 5th or 6th centuries, but has a definite end 1066 and the Battle of Hastings. As you are no doubt aware, this year is the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1. Our aim is to put on a display of material relating to local involvement, probably at our flower show stand. We received a couple of items at the meeting on Monday. All material would be gratefully received, either photocopies of documents, photos etc, or we could borrow originals and do a good quality scan for use in the display. Similarly with physical objects, we can photograph them, to avoid using them on the display, many things will be quite fragile now. We are interested in items that illustrate what went on in this area, so if your family lived here at the time (1914-1918) and you have any memorabilia, we would love to hear from you. Similarly if you have material from other areas we be interested in that was well. All material with be treated with care and returned to you. There are two ways of contacting us. Firstly come along to one of our meetings on the second Monday of the month at the Dunn Village Hall, at 7.30pm. Secondly, contact one of our committee members. My phone number is 01435 830280. Our walk is tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm, starting, with kind permission, from Lime Cross Nursery, Herstmonceux, on the A271, between Herstmonceux and Windmill Hill. No stiles on this one, but there will be some mud, so wellies advised, and there are some interesting things to see on the walk. I gather the tea rooms will be open on our return. Me meet on February 10, for a talk on shepherds’ huts by Jillian Beecher, at 7.30pm for 8pm start, in the Dunn Village Hall.

CAROUSEL: We had a good turnout for auditions for our next production, the musical Carousel, to be put on in May. If you weren’t able to come then, and would like to be involved, on or off stage, please contact Lizzie on 01435 830998 or Anita on 01435 873226. Rehearsals start soon at the Dunn Village Hall. If you want to find out about the musical and the roles available, please see the website. Just put The Village Players Rushlake Green into your favourite search engine. Don’t forget to put in the geographical reference; there are many VPs out there, but we are the best.

BUS SERVICE: Compass Bus now operate route 355 which serves Rushlake Green and Three Cups on Mondays to Fridays. The service is somewhat reduced, with essentially only one return journey to Heathfield possible per day Mon, Weds, Fri from Rushlake Green. The village is ignored on Tuesdays and Thursdays, you will need to get to Three Cups, on the only days when you can get a connection at Battle for Hastings.www.compass-travel.co.uk.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

ROBBERY: Villagers were shocked to hear about the armed robbery which took place recently at Willingdon Post Office. The assistant who was serving at the time is gradually recovering from the ordeal. Footage on the CCTV cameras is being examined by the police, who are confident of making an early arrest.

JPK SUSSEX PROJECT: The January newsletter of the JPK Sussex Project has just been published and as always makes interesting reading. Wannock resident and project co-ordinator Jill Parker and the JPK trustees purchased Edgmond Church in Old Town and the site on which it stands last year. More funds are needed before building work can commence on the supported living accommodation for people with a learning disability, but in the meantime the present building, which includes a large community hall, can be hired out and used for different functions including those run by JPK. The community hall was decorated for Christmas and on December 5 a party was held for prospective residents and their parents and carers. The idea was to familiarise those who would eventually be taking up residence to their new environment. The party was sponsored by Sylvia Westley and it was organised by two of the JPK supporters, Ann and Phil, with the services of Richard Evans, IG Events, who gave his time freely. Tables were set out at one end of the hall and the juice bar and disco were at the other. Before long the young people with special needs were up dancing. Most of them had never met before but they were soon dancing to the music and making new friends among their own peer group. The highlight of the evening was when Father Christmas appeared (Dr Patrick Parker). There was a countdown to his arrival and he carried two sacks of gifts (for males and females) and the party-goers lined up excitedly. One parent commented afterwards that it had been a wondrous joyous evening for both carers and the special people they had brought along for this very special occasion. A further work party has been arranged for Sunday February 2 from 11am to decorate the entrance hall, main hall and outside walls (weather permitting) to enable the JPK to use the facilities for more fundraising events and hiring out to cover overheads prior to the commencement of building. All equipment will be provided along with a fish and chip lunch and liquid refreshments. Contact Jill on 01323 486179 to register your interest. The more people who help the sooner the job will be done.

ART: Teresa Currie, professional artist and tutor, currently teaches two art groups, Church Street Art Group on Mondays from 3pm to 5pm at St Mary’s Church Hall and Trinity Art Group from 7pm to 9pm on Wednesdays at Trinity Church Hall. At present there are a couple of spaces available at the Wednesday evening group. Teresa is now starting a new weekly art class which will be commencing on Wednesday February 5 at St Mary’s Church Hall, Decoy Drive, Hampden Park, from 12.30pm to 2.30pm. People of all abilities are welcome to go along and develop their artistic skills in a friendly and relaxed environment from beginners to the more experienced. Subjects covered will be drawing skills, painting techniques, figure drawing perspective and more. Refreshments are provided and there is a disabled access and a car park. If you would like to join the class or for an informal chat, please contact Teresa on 01323 501213 or 077080 56128 or via email tacurrie@aol.com . Teresa is currently exhibiting a selection of paintings, photography and screen points at Art Underground, below the central library in Eastbourne. Opening times are from 10am to 12.30pm on Fridays, and from 10am to 4pm on Saturdays, and at other times when there is a performance at the theatre. For more information visit www.undergroundtheatre.co.uk .

THE DOWNLAND SINGERS, a small, friendly local choir have started the new spring term and very much look forward to welcoming new voices. Their repertoire is varied, ranging from musicals to songs of yesterday and tomorrow. While it is an advantage to be able to read music, new members will be taught how to follow a score during rehearsals. While all singers are welcome, tenors and basses are particularly in demand to give harmony and balance. Choir rehearsals are from 7.30pm to 9pm on Thursday evenings at Trinity Church Hall. There is ample parking space. For more information ring 01323 484189 or email downlandsingers@gmail.com or visit http://downlandsingers.webplus.net .

TWISTED FATE is the name of the group which will be performing at The British Queen tomorrow, Saturday, from 8.30pm.

JOHN CRAMPTON will be entertaining the customers at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

ST MARY’S Rambling Group will be meeting at 10am on Monday at Chalk Farm Hotel to drive to Cooden beach to walk to Bexhill and return, a flat seafront walk of about five miles. Everyone is welcome.

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

PANTOMIME: Willingdon Church Players’ pantomime Dick Whittington and his Cat is being performed at the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm on January 22, 23, 24 and 25 with a matinee at 2.30pm on Saturday January 25. This is the first year that tickets have been available for a Wednesday. At present tickets are available for the Wednesday and Thursday evenings, but are completely sold out for the Friday evening. There are a small number left for the two performances on the Saturday, but check availability. Tickets are £6 for adults and £3 for children aged 16 or under. Please contact Lesley or Roger on 01323 504901.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PANEL is a group of local residents and councillors who meet quarterly in St Mary’s Church Hall to discuss issues which affect local people, relating to crime, vandalism and unsociable behaviour. The panel then selects up to three priorities to be targeted. PC Liz Keenan and PCSO Ali Beadon attend these meetings whenever possible. The date of the next meeting has been changed from Tuesday January 14 to Tuesday February 4. If you have any issues which you would like discussed at the meeting, please contact PCSO Ali Beadon on 101 extension 68233 or on her mobile 07787 685 755.

THE LOCAL HISTORY Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, at St John’s Church Hall, Polegate. David Jones will be giving a talk on the Bluebell Railway. Please ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 01323 486208 for further information.

PETE MARTIN will be entertaining customers at the Eight Bells in Jevington today, Friday.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 2pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall for a practice meeting. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

 

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