Hellingly & Horsebridge

SUNDAY PET SERVICE: Bring along your well behaved little and large pets and loveables to Hellingly Church this Sunday for a special service and blessing and to thank God for them. Enquiries to 01323 440450. There is an earlier 8am Holy Communion service.

TEA IN THE BARN: Tomorrow, Saturday, from noon to 4pm there will be tea in Meadow Farm barn, Coldharbour Road, Lower Dicker, with the Torino Quartet at 2.30pm, an open garden event and ramble over the fields. Enquiries to 01323 844268.

ACTIVE PLAY: Summer Holiday Active Play Sessions at Hellingly Country and Roebuck Parks have been arranged for Wednesdays 4pm to 5.30pm and Thursdays 11.30am to 1pm throughout the whole of August starting on August 5 with the last sessions being on August 27. Contact Suzanne Collins, parish clerk on 01323 461390 for more information or just turn up.

PATRONAL FESTIVAL: Following Renewal of Vows service last month, nearly forty members of the congregation enjoyed a celebration picnic in the area just outside Hellingly church door. Tables and chairs were set out in the sunshine, and a choice of ploughmans and delicious desserts were on offer. It was greatly enjoyed by everyone and a huge thankyou is due to Carol Haywood and her helpers who organised and served the food.

SUNDAY SERVICES: 9.15am Holy Communion Upper Dicker.

SUMMER ACTIVITIES: Bedes Sports Camps are open to all from July 20. There are multi sports camps throughout the summer holidays for ages 7 to 12yrs. July 28 to 30 cricket for 8 to 13yrs, Junior Triathlon August 2 for 7 to 14yrs, multi sports camp August 3 to 5, swimming August 5 to 7 for 10 to 18yrs, football August 10 to 12 for 11 to 15yrs, Hockey August 17 to 19 for 7 to 12yrs. The venue is Bede’s Senior School. Please contact david.byrne@bedes.org for further details.

THE JUNGLE BOOK: The Outdoor Theatre Company is putting on this production at Michelham Priory today, Friday, at 6.45pm. Dress up, take part in the parade. £14, children £12, family £42.

ARCHAEOLOGY DAY: Go along and be an archaeologist for the day at Michelham Priory on Wednesday from 10.30am to 5pm. Hands on activities, finds processing, living history and displays for all ages. Join archaeologists and experts as they hunt for finds in the trial trench. Free children’s trail and activities throughout the day.

SPEEDWAY: The parish council has contacted Arlington Speedway about vehicle parking in Arlington Road West during its larger events. A new area was opened up for parking and the stewards will continue to try and control the parking on the road.

DRAINAGE AND FLOODING: The replacement and repair of the sewage pumps have hopefully alleviated flooding to properties near Upper Dicker’s Recreation ground. Blockages and consequent breakdowns are caused by non-soluble waste such as wet wipes and nappies being flushed down toilets. Cllr John Parsons was thanked for his efforts in sorting out the problems with the excess water at the entrance to the recreation ground and for highlighting to Southern Water the concerns over the sewerage in Upper Dicker. The parish council will continue to monitor whether the installation of a new pump has now solved the problems.

SPEEDING: The Speeding Action Group in Arlington (SAGA) presented a 355 signature petition to Cllr Nick Bennett, asking for action on speed reduction. Arlington’s rural roads currently have a speed limit of 60mph, are narrow and have three right-angle bends. Vulnerable road users include horse riders, cyclists and pedestrians who are all put at risk from speeding drivers who use the roads as a rat run between the A27 and A22. Steven Keogh states that ESCC’s lead member for Transport and Environment published a report on the petition to ESCC and SAGA on July 19. For campaign updates and offers of help, do contact Lindy Gillam at lindygillam65@hotmail.com.

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