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Hellingly & Horsebridge

HELLINGLY CRICKET: Training starts tomorrow, Saturday, at Horsebridge Rec. There are four Saturday Elevens, women and girls, the Sunday Eleven, and mid-week cup and friendly matches, junior teams 10 to 19 years. If you would like to get involved turn up at 2pm to 3.15pm for under 11s, or 3.25pm to 5.55pm for U16s. £3 a session.

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Peacehaven news


BURNS NIGHT: On Saturday January 28 there will be a Burns Night in the main hall, Meridian Centre. Tickets are £12.50 and are available from Peacehaven Information Office.

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Seaford news


CINDERELLA: Is being performed by Seaford Musical Theatre at the Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane from tonight, Friday, through to Sunday. For advance tickets please contact Seaford Tourist Information Centre, 37 Church Street or online at

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Uckfield news


FINE ARTS SOCIETY: Uckfield Decorative and Fine Arts Society next meet on Wednesday February 8 at 2pm (tea/coffee) 2.30pm start at Uckfield Civic Centre The talk is Mrs Beeton Presents: Beeton’s Book of Household management in its culinary context by Annie Gray. The society always welcomes visitors and new members. For further information please go to www.

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Telscombe news


BINGO EVENING: On the last Friday of each month, 6.45pm for 7pm at the Civic Centre. Eight games played for £4, plus an additional Snowball (50p per single ticket) and Flyer game (£1 a sheet). Free cup of tea/coffee at half-time break. Proceeds to Mayor of Telscombe’s charity fund. Next date Friday January 27.

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Willindon, Wannock & Jevington news

Willingdon, Wannock and Jevington

A REMINDER: To all in Willingdon, Wannock and Jevington to send their reports of events during the new year to me at the above address. Not to Jan Guthrie who has retired. I have taken over from her and will continue to promote your events.

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Ringmer news


ST MARY’S: Revd Beth has been signed off from all parochial duties by her GP until February 6. Please contact church administrator, Shirley Squires, or the church wardens Peter Speed or Michael Townsend. If you would like to contact a member of the clergy, the Rural Dean, Revd Geoff Daw can be contacted on 01273 473665. The 10am service this Sunday continues with the third Sunday of Epiphany as we celebrate the Eucharist with bread and wine. All ages are very welcome. Sunday Club runs during most morning services. During the evening on Sunday, St Mary’s and the Baptist church join together in the Village Hall to mark the week of Christian Unity. Tea at 5pm, service at 6pm. Please note there is currently no 8am or mid-week Holy Communion. On Monday the Circle of Quiet meets at 10am for 30 minutes of Waiting on God in Silence. It is open to all, of any faith or none at all; come and experience a sense of peace in the serenity of our parish church.

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Rodmell & Southease news

Rodmell and Southease

FLOWERS: The weather has certainly turned colder but the spring flowers are bursting out in blossom. I have snowdrops and daffodils out, and even noticed when I was weeding my strawberries have some flowers out. It’s lovely to see daffodils on my windowsills in vases and the hyacinths coming up rapidly in their pots. They will soon be filling the rooms with their lovely fragrance.

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Malling news


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: Has started 2017 well, with lots of exciting events as they begin their Learning Journey that focuses on enterprise, the world of work, maths and design technology and ends with an Enterprise Fair, where the children will sell the products they have made to their parents and family. Alongside the Enterprise theme, the school will be working on the value of perseverance and learning how important it is not to give up when something is tricky. The Head says, ‘To help us understand about the world of work, we are inviting parents, friends and local community members to come and tell us about their jobs and explain to the children what each of them needed to do to get their jobs. On Friday we are having a BE assembly where the children will be dressing up as what they want to be when they are grown up.’ The NSPCC is also visiting the school this week and they are taking part in a fundraising activity that will help the children gain the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe.

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Herstmonceux & Wartling news

Herstmonceux & Wartling

CHURCH SERVICES: From January all Church services will be at Herstmonceux whilst building works take place at Wartling, this will be for a minimum of two months. The next services at All Saints will therefore be this Sunday at 8am Holy Communion (BCP) 10am (Wartling Service) Morning Prayer, 6pm Healing Service.

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Nevill news


CHRIST CHURCH: This week’s programme begins with Christ Church Tots this morning (Friday) at 9.30am, with a session for pre-school children and their carers. On Sunday morning we have the first of our monthly Messy Church sessions for families. This begins at 9am with breakfast, followed by a craft activities and then a short act of worship, finishing around 10am. Come and try it, it’s a great way to start your Sunday. In the evening we will be taking part in the Churches Together in Lewes joint service at St Anne’s Church (6.30pm). The first Christ Church Think Tank meeting of 2017 will be on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Rob Parsons will make a presentation on The Search for Justice: Christian involvement in politics, followed by a discussion. All are welcome.

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Plumpton news


WALKING THE WAINWRIGHTS: Is the subject of the Footpath Society talk, at the village hall, by Bob Wilkins on Wednesday. Arrive at 2pm to be ready for the talk at 2.30pm.

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Ninfield & Hooe news

Ninfield and Hooe

E FOR EFFORT, MUST DO BETTER: That is the mark I have given to the snow attempt last Friday. Absolute Rubbish. I’ll gracefully give Crowborough a C+, due to the 3cm coverage and lovely white landscapes with snow-laden tree branches. But locally? Ugh. And yet more shades of grey, more rain, and more flooding. And the media circus that shouted and screamed, from newspapers, TV and radio, with grim and ghastly foreboding, the certain probability of mass Water-World Armageddon, by 40ft waves deluging the coastlines alongside snowploughs and gritters struggling to clear the metre high drifts from the overnight blizzards. I really appreciated the look on the chap’s face in Jaywick, Essex as the designated reporter for BBC News faced him over the white picket fence in front of his static home on the seafront, and implored him to follow the Met office advice of ‘evacuate now don’t risk your life’. The chap looked at him in what could only be called and old fashioned way, with the thought bubbles above his head happily reading ‘Michael Fish, but in reverse.’ Now, don’t get me wrong, I am the first to be really appreciative of travel and weather reports saving me problems when tripping around the Country and of course, no-one wants those awful sights again of the flooding in villages and towns that has occurred over the last few years but, it isn’t just the rainfall that has to be measured people aren’t daft, they can make reasoned judgements, and should be trusted to take sensible decisions, even in this day and age. So please, Media-City, stop making dramas out of crises’, get your facts spot on and leave the panic for when we might need it otherwise lots of frozen fingers will be stuck in holey dams and too many tears will be shed over spilt wolves.

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Fletching news


CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday 10am Parish Communion, 5.30pm Evening Prayer.

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Burwash news


PANTOMIME: Rehearsals are well underway for the next production by the Burwash Amateur Pantomime Society. The scenery and props are all in hand and look very colourful and beautifully done. They are performing Calamity Jane The Panto by Limelight Scripts. Performances are on Saturday February 4 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm, Sunday February 5 at 2.30pm, this is a dress up performance when the audience are invited to dress up as cowboys, Indians, Mexicans bison etc. Friday February 11 at 8pm and Saturday February 12 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets are available from the Internet Café in the Bear car park on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 1pm. Or you can book on line on All the profits go to local children’s clubs and groups.

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Falmer news


WINTER: A couple of weeks ago I was bemoaning the lack of seasonal weather over Christmas. I think the last time I remember a nearly white Christmas was in the 60’s when the snow started on Boxing Day and just went on and on, the weather being so cold that seawater froze on Bognor Beach. Well I am not hoping for a repeat of that, but the weather forecasters were certainly getting very excited about the cold snap last week which did not turn out to be very dramatic at all, thankfully. The cold weather did have some benefits as it had driven a flock of redwings into our garden, where they sat in a tree and made forays to a neighbouring cotoneaster to eat the berries.

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Chailey news


MUM AND TODDLER GROUP: At St Peter’s Church on Chailey Green, takes place every Friday from 9.30am. This is free of charge and coffee, tea and biscuits will be available. If you or anyone you know would be interested in coming along please contact the Parish Office on 01825 722286 for more

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Barcombe news


BARCOMBE WI: There was a good turn-out for the first WI meeting of 2017 to hear Beth Miller talk about the book she had written about the Archers. Beth was a very amusing speaker, making light of the research work involved in providing, then updating an ‘unofficial companion’ to the Archers. Although nobody claimed to have listened avidly since the programme was first launched in 1951, it was evident from the audience participation and the ability of some teams to answer to quiz Beth had set for us, that quite a few WI members follow the fortunes of the residents of Ambridge with as much interest as those of the residents of Barcombe. Nobody got a full score and I think nobody could remember the name of the peacock that used to strut in the gardens of the local pub. While some members had remained happily oblivious of the high drama involving Helen and Rob, and still looked baffled by the addiction of others to a soap, I think Beth may have made some converts, as well as entertaining enthusiasts by rekindling memories of episodes and characters long in the past.

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Hailsham news


CASH FOR TRASH: Sussex Downs College are running a Cash for Trash course as part of the Street Learning programme, providing free community courses for adults living in Wealden and Eastbourne. The course will teach you how to make money by selling your pre-loved items, covering presentation, photography and IT skills (please bring small pieces you wish to sell). Cash for Trash runs for three sessions, from Tuesday January 24 to February 7, 10am to noon at Prospects House, 7-9 George Street , Hailsham. To find out more or book a place contact Sussex Downs College on 030 300 39055 or 030 300 39055.

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Arlington & Berwick news

Arlington & Berwick

MOBILE LIBRARY: Today, Friday, the mobile library will call at Arlington Village Hall between 2.20pm and 2.45pm and Berwick Village Hall between 2.55pm and 3.10pm.

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