Hellingly & Horsebridge

HELLINGLY CHURCH: 8am Holy Communion Hellingly, 10.45am Holy Communion. All welcome. Every Thursday 9.30am BCP Holy Communion at Hellingly.

MUSIC FOR MINIS: There is a new music group for your tiddlers being held at Hellingly church every Wednesday at 2pm in school term time which started this week. It is for children from birth up to school age to go along, have fun and ‘make beautiful music together.’ Go along with your boys and girls and join in the fun followed by a cuppa. For more information call 01323 370859 or email Music-for-minis@hotmail.com. The group is free but donations would be welcome.

10K ROAD RACE: Hailsham Harriers are holding their 31st John Faulds Hellingly 10k Road Race at 10.30am on Sunday. The start is in Station Road just past the bridge by the Cuckoo Trail and with a circular route left into Park Road, right into New Road towards Magham Down at Amberstone then left on the Cowbeech Road to the junction and into Cinderford Lane and left down Grove Hill to Mill Lane back to the village on the left road by the church and finally a turn right in Station Road to the village hall HQ with the adjacent finish in farmer Richard Lee’s field. The event continues to attract the best of Sussex athletes and is part of the Sussex Road Race Grand Prix series but the club is happy to have along fun runners to test themselves on this challenging but rewarding country lanes course. Entries are still available with a 300 limit and can be accepted either on line through the Harriers website www.hailsham-harriers.ork.uk or at the event on the day before 9.45am subject to the maximum limit not being reached. Car parking is only available at the finish area field next to the hall so competitors are asked not to use the local roads. A striking quality medal is awarded to all finishers so come along and take part or come out and support the runners on the course.

Note from the Vicar: The run takes place around the village so parking could be more tricky and there will be runners. We have been invited to join in the Finish behind the village hall for tea and cake.

HAILSHAM FESTIVAL: The Hailsham Festival of Arts and Culture runs from September 10 to 21. Now in its ninth year, there is a packed ten day programme of events. The festival has evolved and grown but the core values remain the same, supporting and promoting the arts in the local community. Hailsham and the surrounding area has a vibrant art network, the festival provides an opportunity to invite performers and artists from further afield and to highlight local talent. David and Jenny West who are members of the church are also key people for the Festival. And alongside the Festival and very much a part of it, is Festival Radio FM which will be broadcasting from September 10 on 87.7fm. Our own Peter Willson is very much a part of this and our Vicar, David will also be broadcasting through the week presenting a number of different programmes.

MOTHERS UNION: Twenty-five MU members and friends came on the walk and lunch in August. A muddy but very enjoyable trek from Alfriston to Littlington, along the river bank. Not without incident, as we all took a wide berth around a herd of cows and bullocks clustered around one of the kissing gates, fortunately they moved slowly away to allow us access on our way to the Tea Rooms at Littlington in time for a refreshment break. Thence back to Ye Olde Smugglers Inne, a charming slice of old England, set in the heart of the picturesque village of Alfriston, for our lunch, where several members unable to do the walk, joined us. Two efficient young men were waiting to take our orders for sausage, bacon and beans or sandwiches from the excellent menu. There followed an enjoyable hour or so of fellowship before home time. Whether you can walk or not, you and any friends visiting are most welcome to take part the annual MU walk, so do join them in August 2016. The September meeting had the speaker Jo Egan on The Women’s Refuge.

RIDE AND STRIDE: This is tomorrow, Saturday and is a sponsored Ride and Stride around historic churches. Both Hellingly and Dicker churches will be open to those involved in the annual sponsored cycle ride (or walk) round our historic churches. Hellingly is manned to sign walkers’ sheets, and Upper Dicker is open. If you are not taking part you can sponsor, sheets are available, you can call in and welcome any visitors coming on foot or by bike.

FESTIVAL OF TRANSPORT: The cake sale fundraiser for Hellingly church over the bank holiday weekend first reports indicate a massive total of over £1400. That’s a lot of cake. A fuller report will be forthcoming over the next couple of weeks I am sure.

DICKER SUNDAY SERVICES: 9.15am Holy Communion Upper Dicker. The Vicar will be asking Any Upper Dicker Questions? The 9.15am service will include a time for Questions and Answers. The sermon slot is often all one way, but on this occasion the congregation is being asked to bring questions that the Vicar can give comment on and for others to chip in. If you have a question that you might like raised, then email the Vicar on vicar.hellingly@gmail.com.

Harvest Festival service is at 6.30pm Sunday September 20 and is a joint service with Bede’s School at the church.

COFFEE AND BOOKS: There are weekly coffee mornings with a book exchange at Dicker Hall 10.40am to noon every Thursday. Book exchange or purchase 20p.

QUIZ NIGHT: Bookings now being taken for the Dicker Village Hall Quiz night on Saturday 26 September 26, 7pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets Adults £7, children (under 12) £3.50. Includes supper and tea or coffee, bring your own other drinks. Teams of up to six. Quiz master Stuart Higgins. Contact Jenny on 844687 or jenann@btconnect.com.

SUPPER AND GAMES: Get your tickets now for a great Harvest supper and games evening on Saturday October 3 at 7pm Dicker Village Hall. Tickets Adults £7.50, children £3.50 includes supper with tea or coffee. Bring your own other drinks. Tickets and information from Herbie on 01323 844522 or Liz 01323 841541.

RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION AGM: Go along on Thursday September 24 at 7.30pm in the Dicker Village Hall. The DRA is here to inform about issues and changes affecting amenities and works by identifying and addressing those matters of importance to residents to enhance the quality of life for all, by all appropriate means. Do go along to make sure that activities and focus is representative of the views of all members. Up to six committee members are elected at this AGM. If you wish to join the committee, please submit your nomination, proposed and seconded by the 19 September to Marian Richards, DRA Secretary, mcdrichards@sky.com. The officers of the DRA are elected from the committee, by the committee.

VILLAGE GREEN: The competition to re-design the Village Green at Upper Dicker closed on September 1. Find out the winners at noon on Saturday September 19 on the Village Green.

MEDIEVAL WEEKEND: Immerse yourself in the medieval world at Michelham Priory this Saturday and Sunday. The weekend brings together over 140 re-enactors along with traders, musicians and medieval enthusiasts from across the country. Displays represent history from the 11th century Vikings to the late 15th century medieval period. A time when rush hour meant making rush mats and central heating was a mug of hot mead. Visit the living history encampments, try your hand at longbow archery or just sit back and enjoy some medieval music. Displays and hands-on activities for all ages throughout the day. Normal opening times and admission prices apply from 10.30am to 5pm at Michelham Priory.

THE PLOUGH QUIZ: Watch this space for restart date. Live music every Friday. Like to perform? Contact Angelina for an audition. Live music on Sunday afternoons starting at 3pm for a couple of hours. Tel 01323 844859.

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