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BINGO: Thank you to Pauline Wilson, Fiona Hosein and Kim Lee for a very enjoyable prize bingo evening last Friday. Despite having a bad throat, call Pauline did a sterling job with Fiona as her aid. The prizes were amazing and so many donated by the local businesses including The Bear, The Wheel, the Flower House, the Butchers, Sparkle Team cleaners, and others. There were hampers, wine, chocolates, hanging baskets, home made cakes and more. Kim Lee and her daughter kept us all well supplied with refreshments. It was good to see whole families playing the game together and having a lot of luck. Well done everyone. It is thought that about £230 was raised for the repairs to the roof of the Guide and Brownie meeting hut in Burwash Common. Well done everyone. If there is anyone who thinks they can help this long running group for you girls, either with donations towards the cost or with help with the repairs. Call Jackie Ashdown on 01435 882196, she would be delighted to hear how you wish to get involved.

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Chailey news


PARISH COUNCIL: A vacancy has arisen on the parish council which the council proposes to fill by co-option. Any eligible person who wishes to be considered as a candidate to fill the vacancy should submit to the council a brief curriculum vitae and a written statement explaining why he/she wishes to join the council and the skills and experience that he/she would contribute to the work of the Council. This information must be sent to the Clerk to the Council at the Parish Office by today, Friday. If you have any questions regarding the role do contact Clerk, Stephen Treharne, at The Reading Room, Chailey Green, or via email at or on 01825 722388.

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Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey news

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, at St Peter’s Church, 8am Holy Communion, 10.15am Sunday School in the church hall, 10.30am Parish Communion followed by coffee in the hall.

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Ditchling news


SUMMER DANCE: The Keymer Folk Dance Club will be holding a Summer Dance at Ditchling Village Green and Barn on Monday June 5 commencing at 7pm with an American Supper to share in the barn at 9pm. Admission £3 or £5 for a member bringing one non-member. All are welcome. See our website

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Arlington & Berwick news

Arlington & Berwick

ROADWORKS: Details of imminent roadworks in the two parishes (and elsewhere) are available from

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Hellingly & Horsebridge news

Hellingly & Horsebridge

SONGS OF PRAISE: On Sunday June 4 at 6.30pm a combined service at Hailsham Parish Church.

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Barcombe news


BOWLING CLUB : Three matches were played last week. The results as follows. Barcombe 39 Uckfield 50, Wealden 97 Barcombe 32, Newick 66 Barcombe 62. Although the overall results did not go our way, we did win on two of the three rinks at the home match against Uckfield and two of the four rinks at Newick.

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Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand news

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross In Hand

HISTORY SOCIETY: Rock-a-Nore may have been named from the French Rocks to the North or more likely to refer to the Darker Rocks between the White Cliffs of Dover and Beachy Head. The darker rocks which would guide the fishermen back to their home port of Hastings. At this month’s meeting the members were entertained by Ken Brooks whose talk Rock-a-Nore - Hastings fishing community was a visual treat. Beautiful watercolours of eighteenth century Hastings and Victorian photographs were juxtaposed alongside modern views showing both continuity and change in a small fishing community. In Medieval times Hastings had a natural harbour which gave her status as one of the Cinque Ports but sadly it became blocked with silt and shingle and trade moved to Rye. Today there are still remains to be seen of later attempts to build a harbour but the sea and lack of funds destroyed the dream and ambition. But the fishermen adapted and using horse power winched their boats up the shingle creating the only beach launched fishing fleet in the country.

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Herstmonceux & Wartling news

Herstmonceux & Wartling

HANGING BASKET DEMO: On Saturday June 3 from 3pm to 4pm at Lime Cross Nursery, you can join co-owner Vicky Tate for an enthralling, hands on hanging basket demonstration. Vicky will run through the fundamentals and offer plenty of invaluable tips along the way. Enjoy a glass of fizz to celebrate at the end. Cost is £30 which includes a stunning hanging basket to take home with you. Spaces are limited so online and in-store booking is essential at

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Nevill news


ALLOTMENT: Tomorrow, Saturday, there will be a workshop at Lewes Community Allotment, Highdown from 2pm to 4pm on what to grow on chalky soil (and how to improve it). Its free, but please book by today, Friday. Contact or 07502 608929.

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Ninfield & Hooe news

Ninfield and Hooe

IT’S BANK HOLIDAY AGAIN: And, if the forecasts have been correct, there should be good weather to enjoy the many events planned for this May three-day weekend. It’s fantastic that there are so many willing volunteers in village and town communities who spend hours over the weeks and months leading up to these events discussing, finalising, creating and then manning the various stalls and stands, show-grounds and marquees with the fervent hope that the weather will be kind. The visitors turn up and everyone participating has a really good time. To be on these committees that organise fundraisers and fetes needs a sense of humour plus dedication and commitment. The whole meaning of the activity is within that word to Commit and then later, when the event has taken place all has been cleared away and the date of the next meeting set for the wash-up those weary souls who have given it their all, sink into a comfy chair, grab a large glass of their favourite Merlot Wine or Malt Whiskey and say, never again. So, good luck to everyone this weekend, especially to Trish and the team at the Bexhill Horseshow on Monday, and this Sunday to the Ninfield Carnival Committee.

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Ringmer news


HISTORY STUDY GROUP: Tonight (Friday) at 7.45pm in the village hall, John Bleach will be talking about The Early Church and Parish in and Around Malling, Ringmer and Lewes. Malling is one of the earliest known Christian sites in our area of mid-Sussex; Lewes is one of a small handful of multi-parish settlements in 12th century Sussex. We will investigate both of these notable situations, considering possible origins and growth of the local church, and suggest how and when the church in Ringmer appears and develops within the medieval religious landscape.

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Uckfield news


FINE ART SOCIETY: Uckfield and Lewes Decorative and Fine Art Society next meet on Wednesday June 14 for their AGM at 2pm in Uckfield Civic Centre followed by the talk, Decadence and Dreams - Jewellery from around 1900 by Clare Phillips. The society always welcomes visitors and new members. For further information please go to

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Willindon, Wannock & Jevington news

Willingdon, Wannock and Jevington

WANNOCK ARTISTS: Meet today, Friday, when Michelle Illing will be demonstrating still life in watercolour and gouche. Wannock Village Hall from 7pm to 9pm. Visitors £4. Refreshments available.

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Bishopstone news


SAD NEWS: We are sad to report that Jean Sorrell (Jean ‘the bee’) has passed away. She will be missed now that the bees of Bishopstone are swarming again. Jean and her late husband Derek helped to pioneer the organic husbandry of bee hives. They were closely linked with research carried out by the University of Sussex, amongst others, and had an international following. Pots of raw honey were often freely supplied to residents who were feeling poorly. Let’s hope that the local bee orchids which she treasured and helped to protect continue to flourish in her memory.

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East Hoathly news

East Hoathly

POULTRY CLUB: Ashdown Forest Poultry Club is the local club for anyone in this part of the county who keeps chickens, ducks etc. Club members will be having a display at Staverton Nursery on the A22 at Halland on Saturday June 3, 11am to 3pm. Come along and meet the chickens, handle live bantams and talk to club members about keeping these lovely pets. The club is staffed by volunteers as a hobby and can give advice to anyone that keeps, or would like to keep, chickens.

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Waldron news


FRENCH EVENING: There will be a French evening at the pub on Saturday June 3 with Django Jazz to entertain you. The menu du soir has flavours of France with choices such as boeuf bourguignon, entrecote grillḗ, tarte provencale, salade nicoise, tarte au citron and crepes suzette. Our chefs for the evening are Messieurs Nicholas Botting et Alex Knight.

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Fletching news


CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday, 10am Parish Communion. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion.

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Hailsham news


CELEBRATE HAILSHAM DAY: The countdown is on to the Celebrate Hailsham Day event which takes place in the town centre on Saturday June 24, marking the completion of most of the Hailsham town centre road improvement works. Further preparations for the event have been made by the Town Council’s Communities Committee in partnership with Hailsham Forward and town centre businesses, and organisers are confident that it will be a great event offering something for everyone. Many town centre shop owners have agreed to work with the Town Council on promoting and creating a successful event on June 24 and, to get members of the public shopping again and remind everyone that Hailsham is again open for business, participating town centre businesses will be offering special discounts and promotions on their goods on the day. Additional participating shops and businesses will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Newick news


CHURCH AND BRITISH LEGION: ‘Curates, long dust, will come and go on lissom, clerical, printless toe; And oft between the boughs is seen the sly shade of a Rural Dean.’ The Rev Paul Mundy has now been with us for eight months and happily shows no sign of going. In addition to his clerical duties he is also a member of Newick Royal British Legion. Together with Simon Stevens there will be a slide show of their visit to the battlefields and cemeteries of Flanders. RBL meeting on June 7 in Newick Community Centre. All villagers welcome, from 7.15pm for 7.30pm.

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