HELLINGLY CRICKET: Training starts tomorrow, Saturday, at Horsebridge Rec. There are four Saturday Elevens, women and girls, the Sunday Eleven, and mid-week cup and friendly matches, junior teams 10 to 19 years. If you would like to get involved turn up at 2pm to 3.15pm for under 11s, or 3.25pm to 5.55pm for U16s. £3 a session.
WEDDING SHOWCASE: If you are planning a wedding visit Blackstock Country Estate, Grove Hill, on Sunday January 28 for a walk around the grounds, sample the wedding menu foods, meet the wedding team and see both of their barns dressed and ready for a wedding. Entry is free between 10am and 3pm. No appointment necessary.
PARISH AGM: The parish of Hellingly and Upper Dicker is a new parish. The special AGM on January 29 will see the election of a new PCC and officers. Nomination forms for PCC members and wardens are available, please prayerfully consider this matter and complete nominations by Friday January 27.
COMING EVENTS: Sunday January 29 10am Hellingly Church, Combined worship for Hellingly and Upper Dicker Churches followed by AGM and lunch. Nominations for PCC members and wardens is now open (see above). Saturday February 11, Valentine Events, 9am Men’s Breakfast, (venue to be confirmed) Paul Wilson on being a Christian Police Officer, 10am Valentine Coffee Morning at Hellingly Church, have a coffee and buy from the cake stall, bring-and-buy and others. Always good value. 7pm for 7.30pm start Valentine Quiz and Supper, Upper Dicker Village Hall. £7.50 per head. Book with Liz Major on 01323 841541.
HOLY TRINITY: Sunday January 29 there will be no service at Holy Trinity, Upper Dicker. There is a combined service at Hellingly Church at 10am which will be followed by the church annual general meeting.
CHRISTMAS LUNCH: Thank you to all who came to the Christmas lunch, £165 was raised for Brain Tumour Research. The BTR has been Holy Trinity’s charity of the year and they have sent a total of £743.45 to them for 2016. Hellingly church are also supporting this charity and will be sending £604.15.
DICKER RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION: Meeting Thursday January 26, 7.30pm at Upper Dicker Village Hall. The DRA is here to inform about issues and changes affecting local amenities. It works by identifying and addressing those matters of importance to residents to enhance the quality of life for all, by all appropriate means. Without the attendance and support of residents, the Association cannot function effectively in addressing local issues and arranging social events. Therefore, we encourage you to come along and be involved in representing your village.
PLANNING MATTERS: Application WD/2016/2923/F Land adjacent to Mount Pleasant Farm, Coldharbour Road. Proposed four dwellings with garages and formation of new access from Coldharbour Road. Deadline for comments to WDC January 27. See www.planning.wealden.gov.uk.
CAROL SINGING: Just before Christmas three young carol singers may have knocked on your door in Upper Dicker. Emily Lapworth, Millie and Hugh Cranston sung their way around the village one cold evening in an effort to raise money for a charity called The Connection at St Martin in the Fields, London. The Connection at St Martin’s is London’s busiest homeless charity helping rough sleepers recover from homelessness and find housing and work. The generous residents of Upper Dicker donated a staggering £35 for the children’s efforts, and a few chocolates and mince pies too. The children and the charity wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who opened their doors. Simone Cranston says that ‘The money was donated the next day and the children loved their edible goodies.’
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