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DITCHLING PLAYERS: Light of Heart by Emlyn Williams, November 22 to 25. The auditions held in August for the 2017 production were well attended and the director, Liz Burton, had no problems in casting this play.

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QUIZ NIGHT: Join us at Kingston Parish Hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 7pm for our annual Quiz Night. This popular event is always great fun and excellent value for money, with fish supper and dessert included in the price (please supply your own drinks, cutlery, and plates), with a prize for the winning team as well as Irish Bingo with prizes in the interval. Enter as a team or individually (in which case we will place you in a team). Tickets at £10 per person are available from Brenda Neller (01273 472720), Linda Creswick (01273 471894), or Jennie Yates (01273 473264).

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ILLUSTRATED TALK: Popular local historian Ian Everest will be giving an illustrated talk on shepherding and other countryside and farming matters at Piddinghoe Village Hall on Friday October 20 at 7.30pm.

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Malling news


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: We are nearing our half term holiday and so much has already been achieved in this school year. It seems incredible that our youngest children (our Red Rabbits) only started school five weeks ago. They have settled in so well; enjoying their learning through play and becoming familiar with all the routines of school life. Next week, we have our parent-teacher-child consultations for Years 1 to 6. For Years 3 to 6 the children get a chance to show their parents all their learning from this term and to talk about what their next challenges will be and what help they might need to achieve them. On Friday October 20 the school takes a break for our half term holiday and looks forward to seeing everybody again on Monday October 30 for another busy and exciting term.

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Plumpton news


JUMBLE SALE: To raise funds for the village hall takes place tomorrow, Saturday, at the hall. Donations of jumble will be much appreciated apart from videos as these no longer sell. Please take jumble to the hall from 9am to midday. The sale starts at 2pm,There are sure to be lots of bargains, a tombola and refreshments.

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Peacehaven news


WRESTLING EVENT: The Mayor is delighted that £700 was raised for his charities at the recent wrestling event. Cllr Brian Gosling thanks Premier Promotions, the wrestlers, Sid and Sheila Eastman Aquarius Solutions, Future Guarding Solutions and the staff at Peacehaven Town Council for a successful event.

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Ninfield & Hooe news

Ninfield and Hooe

ST LUKE’S LITTLE SUMMER?: This is the weekend when the weather can play strange tricks, or stranger tricks. The week of October 15 is known as St Luke’s Little Summer, when there can either be an Indian heatwave or ghastly Caribbean hurricanes and rain. Well, the forecast as I write today, (Monday October 9) says that we’re in line for a bit of both now, that could be the boffs just hedging their bets but, the way things have been weather-wise lately around the world, I wouldn’t be surprised if we were at 34 degrees one minute and 3ft under water the next. If I meet you paddling to the paper shop this weekend I’ll raise an oar in salute.

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Polegate news


POLEGATE PLODDERS: Would like more folk to join their running/jogging group. Please contact Brian Winn on 07765216990 or email

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Horam & Vines Cross news

Horam & Vines Cross

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: Update on last weekend’s Operation Blitz activity. The team were out last weekend patrolling locations in Wealden where anti-social behaviour has recently been reported. We were called to a group of drunk youths in Vicarage Field, Hailsham, around 7pm on Friday evening. On arrival, there was lots of shouting and swearing, and the area was littered with empty beer bottles. It appeared that an 18 year old male had been assaulted in the church yard, but refused to give us any details and left the area. Our main concern was a group of younger teenagers, 14/15 year olds, who were hanging around with the older group. We are trying to identify these individuals, but would encourage anyone with teenage kids to make sure they know where they are and what they’re up to on a Friday and Saturday night. Late Friday evening the team got called to a car crash in Crowborough, which we were committed with for a couple of hours. The team on Saturday didn’t receive any calls on the Blitz mobile and spent the evening patrolling hotspot areas. Our only interactions were with a polite group of youngsters in Heathfield, who weren’t causing any issues.

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Rodmell & Southease news

Rodmell and Southease

CELEBRATION: I understand the Abergavenny, our local pub, had a very good celebration on the evening of September 29, to celebrate five years of Jon and Lucie running our excellent pub. The village was invited to celebrate with them, but I did not go, as it was a little late starting for me. I had two visitors from the USA, who had been over there for a meal earlier that evening, and said there was an air of excitement. Fortunately, they were young and did not mind loud music, so slept through it. I got up around 1.30am to the call of nature, and it was still going on. It does not happen often, that we have to put up with noise and people need to celebrate at times. I’m sure everyone enjoyed themselves, but there may have been a few thick heads the next morning.

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Nevill news


LAWNS AND BINS: Whilst cutting my lawn on Sunday, I got to wondering if my Dad used to cut the lawn in October when I was ‘but a lad’, as he only had a push mower. He couldn’t afford a motor mower in those days. Therefore the lawn needed to be quite dry for a hand mower and the blades were dulled from use over the summer months and being on a hill, like a lot of lawns up here, it was very hard work. I still have the compost bin if anyone would like it. Its Friday 13 today. Does anyone worry about the superstition of it any more or has that died a natural death?

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Herstmonceux & Wartling news

Herstmonceux & Wartling

CHURCH SERVICES: This Sunday All Saints: 10am Holy Communion (CW). St Mary Magdalene: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 4pm Herstmonceux Village Hall, Messy Church.

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Hellingly & Horsebridge news

Hellingly & Horsebridge

WELLIE RAMBLE: The Friends of Park Wood, Hellingly are running a Country file, Children In Need, Wellie Ramble on Sunday at 11am starting from the NHS car park, Roebuck Park Estate, which is past the Bunny Run Nursery at the very end of The Drive, Hellingly. This will be a circular walk of approximately two and a half miles in this beautiful ancient woodland, guided by volunteer members. It will cover various terrain, with some narrow and steep paths. Unsuitable for buggies but nothing that the average person of any age need fear and the guides will be on hand at all times to assist you if required. You are welcome to bring dogs on leads to this family event. Please ensure you have suitable clothing and footwear, walking boots or wellies are best. They will be collecting donations for Children in Need on the day and hope to make a significant contribution with your help. Enjoy the walk, build up an appetite and get back to the car park in time to go for that pub lunch. If you need further information, contact Paul on 07800 907093 or Su on 07849 636566. The easiest way to join the Friends of Park Wood is via the website www.friendsof or ring 01323 843397 and leave your name, address and telephone number on the answerphone and a form will be sent out to you. Forms will also be available in The Halifax on Hailsham High Street.

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Bishopstone news


BEACH CLEAN: The Tide Mills Community Beach Clean is on Sunday, 10am to noon. Meet at the beach end of Mill Drove (off the A259). Come along, grab a bag and litter picker, and help clean up this important area for visitors and the local wildlife.

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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 details.

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Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey news

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

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

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Burwash news


QUIZ: Tonight, Friday, is quiz night in the Pavilion at Burwash Common. Always a fun evening, you are invited to enter a team of six players at £2 per person. The licensed bar will be open and a sausage supper is available. With general knowledge giving your brains a workout while you enjoy a great evening of laughter. To enter your team or to find out more please contact Karol Richardson on 01435 883318.

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Fletching news


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

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

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross In Hand

AGM: The Heathfield Partnership’s AGM is being held on Tuesday, 6.30pm, Main Hall, Heathfield Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane. All are welcome to attend to hear about the work of the Partnership over the last year.

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Barcombe news


GARDENING CLUB: Barcombe Gardening Club talk on Tuesday, at 7.30pm at Barcombe Village Hall by Lesley Chamberlain on a History of the Tulip Wars.

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