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BERWICK BINGO: There will be a Bingo Evening on March 3 in Berwick Village Hall staring at 7.30pm.

PARISH COUNCILLORS: Effective from the March 16 meeting, Peter Stenning has been co-opted as a Councillor to Arlington Parish Council. Peter replaces Helen Wheeler who resigned her role at the end of 2016. A further Councillor position on the parish council will be available from the beginning of the new council year and interested parishioners should contact the clerk or attend the forthcoming meeting to establish what this role entails. 

LOCAL PLAN: It is likely that Wealden District Council (WDC) will issue its next version of the Local Plan - Issues and Options document(s) on either March 3 or 6 in advance of WDC Committee meetings. The document should be available on the WDC website as part of the committee agenda papers and a copy/link to its location will be added to the Arlington Parish website as soon as possible. Parishioners are advised that this next version should contain more detail as to where WDC is proposing to locate housing, commercial sites and the new road in and around the parish.

RESIDENT PASS: Michelham Priory is offering residents of Upper Dicker or Arlington the opportunity of a Resident Pass for the 2017 season. The pass will only be issued to residents of Upper Dicker or Arlington who visit the Gatehouse at Michelham Priory up until Tuesday between 11am and 3pm. The following conditions apply; only one pass per household, proof of address must be shown in order to receive a pass (utility bill, driving licence etc.), the pass can only be used by the two adults whose signature appears on the card, and they will be asked to sign in with each use.

The pass entitles the holder to free entrance for the two adults and four children to Michelham Priory during normal opening hours throughout the 2017 season, including event days. The pass allows free admission to the Priory and grounds only. Any additional chargeable activities must be paid for at the normal rate. The pass cannot be used for outdoor theatre performances or any other ticketed event.

ROADWORKS: Details of imminent roadworks in the two parishes (and elsewhere) are available from https://roadworks.org/. February 27 to March 1, in High Barn Road, Upper Dicker there may be carriageway incursions due to water works. February 27 to March 10, in Chilver Bridge Road, Arlington, there will be two way traffic light controls for repairs to structures including joints repair, revetment repairs and vegetation clearance. February 27 to March 1, in Bayleys Lane, Wilmington, there will be road works for water installations. March 6 to 8, in Bayleys Lane Wilmington there will be delays due to road works for carriageway patching. March 6 to 8, between Thornwell Road to Wilbees Road there will be a road closure for carriageway patching.

BERWICK PARISH COUNCIL: For details of the next meeting of Berwick Parish Council check the website at http://berwickparishcouncil.org/ .

ARLINGTON PARISH COUNCIL: The next Arlington Parish Council meeting will be held on Thursday, March 16 in Arlington Village Hall. Further details will be available on the parish website at http://arlingtonparish.org.uk 

FLOODING: At the January meeting of Arlington Parish Council, District Councillor White gave details of the Flood Resilience Project, the project has the support of the Environment Agency, the National Flood Forum and a team of professional property surveyors, and aims to identify those most at risk. Everyone has been invited to attend a special meeting on March 7 at the Emmanuel Church in Hailsham, to find out more. Depending on the take-up at least £2000 will be offered to those householders who have had surveys (carried out by JBA Ltd at no cost to them) to put towards the installation of resilience measures. Parishioners are advised that the key authorities may not have a full picture of properties prone to flooding (irrespective of whether being caused by sea, river or rainwater run-off) so making the assumption that these authorities have automatically included such properties in the survey list is erroneous.

ARLINGTON ARTS GROUP: The group meets every Thursday (except the third in the month) in Arlington Village Hall between 7pm and 9pm. Demonstrations are at 7pm at Arlington Village Hall, please book your place. Third Thursday, outdoor painting sessions. Please get in touch for details on our website www.arlingtonartsgroup.co.uk or call 01323 485153.

DICKER QUILTERS: A new group will be starting soon for existing patchworkers and those who would like to find out more about the craft. The group will meet on every second and fourth Monday in Upper Dicker Village Hall. For further details please contact Brenda 01323 849835 or Gill 01323 844867 in the evening.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Every Thursday morning, between 10.40am to noon in Upper Dicker Village Hall, a coffee morning and book exchange takes place.

YOGA CLASSES: There are yoga classes every Tuesday evening starting at 7pm in Berwick Village Hall. Further information may be obtained from either Anne on 01323 870842 or Cathy on 01273 813541.

WHIST DRIVE: A whist drive takes place every fourth Wednesday of the month starting at 7.15pm in Berwick Village Hall. Further details from either Jenny on 01323 870681 or Beryl at the Berwick Post Office 01323 870358.

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