Hellingly & Horsebridge

HELLINGLY CHURCH: 8am Holy Communion – Hellingly, 10.45am Holy Communion. All welcome! Every Thursday 9.30am BCP Holy Communion at Hellingly. Hellingly Harvest Supper is tomorrow at Hellingly Village Hall, 7pm for 7.30pm. Sunday 27 at 10.45am is Hellingly Harvest Festival.

HELLINGLY PC: The Council would take over the bus shelters at the Swallow Business Park but only subject to funding being made available. Consultation started on 7 September until 19 October on the designation of the Neighbourhood Plan Area. The Chairman had received a request from the Chairman of Hailsham Town Council that they join together in producing a Neighbourhood Plan. It was agreed, that this was not the best option for Hellingly as the Council had already started producing the plan ad the plan for Hailsham would have very different requirements to Hellingly due to the rural vs urban natures of the areas. However, Hailsham Town Council would be offered a place on our Steering Group and it was hoped that Hailsham would offer a reciprocal arrangement. Regarding Planning and Environment and a list of buildings of historical interest, it was noted that WDC were considering resurrecting this list. It was also noted that when a planning application was received concerning the Potters Arms that the Council should comment then about the historical interest of the building.

MOTHERS UNION: Twenty-five MU members and friends came on the walk and lunch in August for a muddy but very enjoyable trek from Alfriston to Littlington, along the river bank. Not without incident, as everyone 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 Litlington in time for a coffee tea break. Thence back to Ye Olde Smugglers Inn, a charming slice of old England, set in the heart of the picturesque village of Alfriston, for our lunch, when several members unable to do the walk, joined them. Two efficient young men were waiting to take 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 in the annual MU walk, so do go along and join them in August 2016.

The next meeting welcomed Jo Egan on The Women’s Refuge.

CHURCHYARD GARDENING CLUB: This group first got together in 2012 and has met around twelve times, sometimes working in the drizzle. David Hill was a regular member of the group from the beginning and always worked very hard until his health prevented him taking part. His efforts were much appreciated. One lady, Joyce, (sister of Trixie Garrett) travels from Hampden Park to sweep paths at Hellingly Church now with a friend, and sometimes with a grandson, on a day to suit herself. It all began when one Sunday in 2012 she came to church with Trixie and Alan and said to Trixie “this path needs a jolly good sweep.” In the church notices she saw the date for the first Gardening Club meeting and decided to join. They were quite a large group in the beginning and now is a smaller group of regulars – Chris, Gerald, Josephine, Rosemary who has now retired, Tess and Simon. There are many people who come occasionally and it is always a pleasure to see them. Not to forget Brian who regularly sprays the paths to keep them weed-free. Pat, who initiated the gardening club, has received many compliments recently about the churchyard and so thanks all those who have helped and worked so hard. The next meeting is planned for Tuesday 29 September, 9.30am to 12noon or as much time as you can spare. Refreshments provided at half time! Please bring your own tools. Contact Pat Booth 01323 844511.

DICKER SUNDAY SERVICES: 9.15am Holy Communion – Upper Dicker. Upper Dicker Harvest Supper and games evening is on Saturday 3 October at 7pm Dicker Village Hall. Tickets available now from Herbie on 01323 844522 or Liz 01323 841541. Adults £7.50, children £3.50 includes supper with tea or coffee. BYO other drinks.

GARDEN TOUR: Tomorrow, there is a 90 minute tour exploring the seven acres of historic gardens at Michelham Priory with the head gardener, James Neal. Price includes entrance to the house and grounds, tour and soup and fresh bread roll in the café. Tour starts at 11am. £15 for Non-members. £10 for Sussex Archaeological Society Members and Friends of Michelham Priory. Numbers are limited so please book in advance. Call 01323 844224 or email adminmich@sussexpast.co.uk

COFFEE MORNINGS: There are weekly coffee mornings with a book exchange at Dicker Hall 10.40am to 12noon every Thursday. Book Exchange or purchase 20p.

SOLAR FARM: Regarding the community solar farm just north of Berwick Station. Alister Scott, Chair of Cuckmere Community Solar, which is leading the way with the UK’s first joint commercial-community solar farm, has now applied for planning permission for this pioneering scheme. This project has taken an enormous amount of commitment from not only a group of local people but also the developers of the existing commercial solar farm, who have put in a huge amount of time and money to get us to this point, entirely at their own risk. Consequently, you are invited to a community information drop-in event to find out about plans to build the first community owned solar farm in Sussex at Dicker Village Hall, Coldharbour Road on Friday 9 October from 4pm to 8pm and Saturday 10 October from 9am to 12pm. Come and meet the Cuckmere Community Solar Company and find out about this exciting project which, if approved, will be discretely located adjacent to the existing Berwick Solar Farm at Wick Street. The planning application should be live on the Wealden District Council web site by the time you read this – full details at the event. There are many opportunities to be involved from helping us build bug hotels, to choosing wild meadow grass, planting trees, becoming a shareholder and developing the criteria for our community fund. Community benefit is at the heart of this initiative, so we need as many people involved as possible. For more information or to be in touch, visit our website www.cuckmerecommunitysolar.com.

MICHELHAM PRIORY EVENTS: For more information visit www.sussespast.co.uk but in summary coming up soon is a Halloween event on Saturday and Sunday 30 and 31 October. Traditional entertainment with Punch & Judy, drama sessions, crafts and Hallowe’en fun. And a Ghost Walk on 31 October.

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