Parish pump Hailsham - April 3, 2015

Alciston & Selmeston

NOT TO BE MISSED: St George’s Supper, Saturday April 18 in Alciston and Selmeston Village Hall, 7pm for 7.30pm start. This evening is always great fun with a three course dinner plus coffee and chocs to finish. Then there is the music and entertainment which always produces a response of various sounds from the audience adding to the evening’s merriment. We also are fortunate to have the services of the chairman of our local/Seahaven branch of the Royal Society of St George, who will be giving us a short talk about the society and its work. Patriotic dress, not necessary, but red and white would be good if you feel you would like to. Tickets £20 per person. Raffle and the bar will be open. To reserve your ticket please telephone Jan Matthews 01323 811380, Michele Boys 01323 870623 or Jan Allen 01323 871634 by April 14 for catering numbers. We are offering a vegetarian and non-vegetarian menu. Please let us know if you prefer the vegetarian option when you book. Surplus from the evening will go to Selmeston and Alciston churches.

Alfriston

CRICKET: The Alfriston Cricket Club is about to start its season. The club welcomes new members and anyone wanting to join should contact John Harmer on 01323 870272. Matches are played on Saturdays (East Sussex League) and friendlies are played on Sundays. However, before the season starts the annual fund raising Coffee Morning will be in the War Memorial Hall tomorrow, April 4, between 10am and noon. Besides refreshment there will be various stalls including books, tombola, bric-a-brac and cakes. Everyone is very welcome.

COFFEE MORNING: The Spring Tradecraft Coffee Morning will coincide with the Coffee Circle at the Old Chapel Centre on April 8 from 10am to noon. Tradecraft sells the UK’s widest range of fair trade products and campaigns to bring about trade justice. All are welcome.

THE CUCKMERE VALLEY Horticultural Society will be meeting at the War Memorial Hall on April 14 to hear Martyn Hird talk about High Beeches Gardens where he was the head gardener. There is an outing for CVHS members in May to High Beeches so this will be a timely introduction to the gardens. On the same evening there will also be a visit by the Rapkyn Nursery with a collection of plants for sale. Rapkins will be at the Hall about 6.30pm and the talk will start at 7.30pm.

ACTION FOR RURAL SUSSEX is collecting information in order to develop a Good Neighbour Scheme. A questionnaire has been delivered to households asking if help might be given or needed. Results from the questionnaire will determine whether the scheme will be developed. On the whole the village appears to care and neighbours do watch out for each other but I am sure there are some villagers who are more reclusive and could be helped by such a scheme.

Bodle Street Green

GOOD FRIDAY: St John’s Bodle Street: 10am An Hour at the Cross. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP). 11am All age service with Holy Communion. 6.30pm Evensong. St Giles, Dallington: noon an hour’s devotional service led by the rector. Heathfield Chapel: 10.30am Communion service led by Rad Upfield.

EASTER SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 3pm An Hour at the Cross. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Holy Communion Family Service.

Folkington

CHURCH NEWS: After a lovely Palm Sunday service we look forward to celebrating Easter. On Good Friday (today) there will be readings and prayers led by The Reverend Neville Manning, starting at 11am. All welcome to join us. On Easter Sunday we welcome The Reverend Malcolm Elwis officiating over a Family Service with Holy Communion (BCP) followed by refreshments in the church. Again, everyone will be made welcome.

Hailsham

BARN FINDERS: A new TV show is looking for sheds, barns and outbuildings. Do you have a shed full of stuff you would like to have restored to sell but have never got round to it? Well, HCA Entertainment Ltd, are interested in anything you have stored, from old wooden pallets to derelict cars and everything in between. Your barn clutter might be worth a mint and a new Channel 4 TV show Barn Finders aims to restore and sell your unwanted items and return any profits to you. So, if you fancy a good clear out and would like to see your items restored to glory and potentially raise some cash then come along and meet the researchers at Hailsham Farmers’ Market on Saturday April 11 between 9am and 12.30pm.

ST MARY’S: Good Friday, All Age Special at 10.30am followed by hot cross buns and coffee and craft activities for all ages. 2pm Meditation, a reflective service. 7.30pm Olivet to Calvary by Hailsham Choral Society. Easter Sunday, Holy Communion (BCP) at 8am, 10.30am Easter Family Communion followed by children’s Easter egg hunt in the vicarage garden, 6.30pm Easter Songs of Praise.

METHODIST CHURCH: Good Friday, service at 10am, 5 April Easter Day Alleluia! Jesus Christ is Risen Today, come and celebrate with Holy Communion.

GOOD FRIDAY CONCERT: This evening the Hailsham Choral Society will be singing John Henry Maunder’s oratorio, Olivet to Calvary. This free performance will last for about an hour and will be a wonderful devotional experience on this special day in the Christian calendar. Starts 7.30pm. Retiring collection.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: This Sunday there is a Service at 11am followed by refreshments at Primrose Hall. The medium on this occasion is to be confirmed. Healing is always available.

OVER 50s: This Tuesday includes Qi Gong. Keep healthy and in good shape by joining the Healthy Living Club. Exercise, make new friends, try new activities and have fun. £1 a session. Refreshments. They meet on Tuesdays at the Methodist Church Hall from 10am to noon and run a variety of activities each week.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Last week the competition was for the PDI Photographer of the Year for the Southern Cross Trophy, designed to allow members of the society to submit a portfolio of six digital images that demonstrate the photographer’s versatility. There were 16 sets submitted altogether for judge Clive Tanner FRPS to evaluate and he commented on each picture individually in its own right then as a panel. Highly commended was awarded to three entrants, Sean Keen, Gerald Hartley and Bob Sherrard LRPS. In joint third place were Jean Mills and Janet Monk ARPS, second place went to Roy Morris ARPS and the winner was Gay Biddlecombe LRPS DPAGB for her six wonderful pictures, a monochrome of a spiral staircase looking upwards towards a circular window, a beautiful landscape in autumn colours and a river in the foreground with misty mountains, a close up of some rocks in lovely muted shades with a yellow pebble near the centre, a drop of water which created a bubble and ripples as it landed with a reflection, the stand-off between a wolf and bison in the snow, and an Indian child smiling straight into the camera in black and white. Clive made a very good job of appraising all the images with lots of amusing anecdotes and certificates were presented at the end of the evening.

BEST FRONT GARDEN: Environment Hailsham is launching its Best Front Garden Competition now. It calls all enthusiastic gardeners to enter their Hailsham front garden in this competition, which has been operating for over 20 years. All the entry gardens have to be visible from the road or pavement allowing passers by to enjoy their design and beauty. The aim is to encourage civic pride and enhance the look of the town. The judging will take place at the end of June. Application forms for entering the competition are available from Hailsham Library or the Town Council Offices in Market Street. Entry closing date is June 17.

HOPS CALENDAR: Local businesses and photographers from the Hailsham area have teamed up to support a 2016 calendar produced in aid of the Hailsham Old Pavilion Society (HOPS) which raises funds to maintain Hailsham’s iconic Pavilion cinema. Launched at a reception held at The Pavilion on Monday, March 23, the calendar shows 12 scenes taken by leading local photographers, most of whom are members of the Hailsham Photographic Society and all of whom have donated their images free of charge. Additionally, each month of the calendar has been sponsored by a different local business or interest. The calendar was the brainchild of HOPS chairman, Ray Beckwith, who is also chairman of the Hailsham Photographic Society. The calendar will be available from the HOPS stall at the Bluebell Walk being held at Bates Green Farm, Arlington, from April 9 to May 10, price £6 each or two for £10, or from The Nodding Cobbler or The Camera Centre, Hailsham, as well as The Pavilion.

CHRISTCHURCH: Crosslink Churches in Hailsham have arranged a General Election Hustings meeting for Monday April 13, 7.30pm at The Ropemaker Centre, Ropemaker Park. It is anticipated that all the candidates representing a political party with Westminster representation will take part in the event (ie Conservatives, Lib Dems, Labour, UKIP and The Green Party). The event will be hosted by Andy Johnston, pastor of ChristChurch, Hailsham, and chaired by David Bourne, vicar of Hailsham. The event is a public meeting and is open to everyone. Anyone wishing to ask a question on the night should send it to admin@christchurchhailsham.org by Thursday April 9.

AUTISM EVENTS: Autism East Sussex is offering Easter events for everybody. On Wednesday there is a Battlezone, Close Quarter Battle for 12 plus years old. Meet at 1066 Business Centre, Ashdown House. The event runs from 5.45pm to 8pm and costs £20. On Saturday April 11 there is swimming for all ages at Hailsham Leisure Centre between 5.30pm to 7.45pm. The cost is £8.50. There is transport available from Sussex House, Battle, at 5pm arriving back at 8.15pm and the cost is £10.50. Places are limited. To book a space or for more information please contact Nina Wolecki on at childrenesx@autismsussex.org.uk, 0845 450 0060. Payment on booking.

ORGAN CLUB: On Wednesday Yorkshire’s star organist and funny man Andrew Nix is there to entertain you. You’ll love his music, and laugh till you burst with his wicked sense of humour. At the Charles Hunt Centre, and always on the second Wednesday of each month. Doors open at 7pm, shows start at 7.30pm. Non-members are very welcome indeed, just turn up and pay at the door. Further information can be had from Charles Clegg on 01323 762411.

SUSSEX CANALS: Hailsham Historical and Natural History society next meets on Wednesday at the Methodist church hall at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Nick Kelly will be talking to members on this most interesting subject. Sussex is a county that is not normally associated with having canals, like the industrial counties of the Midlands, where goods were transported on a large network of canals, before the railways took hold.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: At the last meeting local historian, Dave Dyer, was given a round of applause for the work that he has done in connection with a commemorative paving stone to honour Hailsham’s Victoria Cross recipient, company Sergeant Major Nelson Carter VC. There followed a talk by Sussex local history speaker, Ian Everest, an illustrated talk on the Women’s Land Army which, up until quite recently, were the unsung heroines of the last two World Wars. Ian explained how and why the WLA was formed for we all know that the numbers of men going to fight left the workforce at home short of labour. During both the first and second World Wars, women took on the role of working, doing the men’s jobs, work in munitions factories, engineering, driving buses etc and, because of U-boat attacks on shipping, bringing food to our island we were threatened with starvation, so to replace the thousands of farm works that had gone to war, the WLA was formed. These young girls and women came from our industrial towns and cities, not a clue about country, rural life. Some were homesick, and farmers sceptical about having young women working on their farms. They did the same jobs such as milking, lambing, managing poultry (this was the women’s job in Victorian, Edwardian times) digging ditches, farm maintenance and in the Second World War ploughing with the use of a tractor. The women also had their own uniform that of green jumper, brown breeches or dungarees, brown felt hat and a khaki overcoat, and a badge that depicted a wheatsheaf showing a symbol of their agricultural work. These young women did a great job at a time of need. The WLA was disbanded in 1950 and the women that worked with one another made lifelong friendships. Another interesting subject and Ian was thanked.

TOWN MEETING: A question was raised by a member of the public at the recent Town meeting regarding the double yellow lines in the High Street. This was following up from the same question posed last year which was whether, given that the yellow lines are unenforceable, would refunds be forthcoming for traffic tickets. The police had been asked for comment and a report and this is still awaited. The police officer present at this year’s meeting explained that these were broken lines and in a state of disrepair and this was why they were unenforceable and offered that the ESCC Highways Department were addressing the problem.

Hellingly, Horsebridge & Dicker

EASTER SERVICES: Today is Good Friday: 9am Morning Prayer Upper Dicker, 2pm Hour before the Cross, Hellingly. Tomorrow, Saturday, Easter Eve: 10am Making the Easter Garden at Hellingly church. Children with adults welcome to come and help. 7pm Stainer’s Crucifixion, Hellingly. Easter Day: People are invited to decorate the cross in the churchyard at Hellingly with flowers, 7.30am Holy Communion Hellingly, 9.15am Holy Communion, Upper Dicker. 10.45am Holy Communion, Hellingly.

ACTIVE PLAY: These continue this coming week on Tuesday and Wednesday at Hellingly Country and Roebuck parks and are run by Freedom Leisure. Sessions are from 2pm to 3.30pm but may be cancelled due to poor weather. If in any doubt, call Suzanne on (01323) 461390 to check and for further details. The events are sponsored by Orbit East and South and Hellingly Parish Council.

EASTER TRAIL: Seasonal hands-on activities for all ages, children’s trail, workshops and demonstrations over the weekend of April 3 to 6 at Michelham Priory. Usual opening times and admission prices apply.

BLACKSTOCK FARM: On Easter Day get the whole family together, enjoy lunch and go out into the fresh air. The grounds are open 10am to 4pm for you to enjoy walks where you can see lakes, woodland, wildlife and other animals. The children’s indoor play area will also be open. Reservations for lunch via online booking only at www.blackstockfarm.co.uk.

BLUEBELL WALK: The 43rd Arlington Bluebell Walk and Farm Trail will be open from April 9 to May 10. The schedule of charities running the walk and providing refreshments each day has been finalised. Whether nature decides the 2015 spring will be early or late cannot be anticipated so once open, there will be updates each Friday on the website to say how the bluebells are looking. You can check all the details on the website at www.bluebellwalk.co.uk. New this year there is a menu board by the entrance door which lists the food and drink that each charity provides inside. There is better signing on the walks, to try and minimise those visitors that get lost, especially on the six walks over farmland. There is a new toilet for the disabled, adjacent to the existing toilet block. Much of the wild raspberries and brambles have been removed as they were rampantly growing and masking the vistas of white wood anemones and bluebells. The memorial book situated in a corner of the Book Room has more tributes added, to remember loved ones who used to enjoy visiting the Arlington Bluebell Walk. Children can always enjoy the Arlington Bluebell Wood all the year round by booking to join one of the exciting Outdoor Adventures and Inspirational Courses throughout the year, but not during the Bluebell Walk opening dates. View www.cherrywoodkids.co.uk.

SPRING SALE: Hellingly Mothers Union has their spring event on Saturday April 11 from 10am to noon in Hellingly Church. There will be stalls with good as new clothes, bric-a-brac, books, jewellery and toiletries, cakes, a raffle and refreshments.

CRAFT FAIR: On Sunday April 12 Blackstock Farm has the first of its popular indoor craft fairs this year from 10am to 3.30pm. Support local craft makers and stallholders. There will be something for everyone including traditional and modern crafts, jams, toys, cakes, sweets and much more. No booking required, free entry and parking. The café will be open. The grounds will be open and entry is £4 per person, tickets may be purchased from inside the café.

BUS SERVICE: Bus numbers 42 and 44 services changing with effect from Sunday April 19. Details are on the ESCC website. You can also call Traveline on 0871 200 2233 between 7am and 10pm seven days a week. Changes are being made to bus services in East Sussex and are being phased in from 12 April. Please visit http://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/ roadsandtransport/public/ buses/changes.htm for details.

PARISH COUNCILS: Hellingly: Seven members of the public were present. The Residents Association of Roebuck Park expressed concerns about an official opening of the park in particular about parking issues. They had met with the NHS to discuss parking and had come to an agreement for the weekend and evenings but parking during the week still remained an issue. It was confirmed that the Residents Association would be consulted on any plans for the opening of the Park. Arlington: A member of the public asked about plans for fencing at the Village Green. People were driving too close to the posts and the grass needs cutting. The contractor will be contacted to find out when the first cut will be undertaken. A member of the public also highlighted that it can be dangerous when exiting the Village Shop road onto Coldharbour Road due to the lack of visibility caused by parked cars either side of the exit. The speed of cars was also highlighted and it was questioned whether double yellow lines could be added at the exit. At the SLR meeting with ESCC Highways it had been suggested having a solid white line at this junction and this was now being looked into. Dr Maloney, headmaster at Bede’s School was grateful for the help and advice received from the PC and residents, to the school’s application regarding the sports pitches. He felt that they had now covered the constraints during construction that were raised and felt that the timings proposed for use of the pitches were unnecessary and impractical, as the pitches wouldn’t be used for more than two hours at a time, nor would they be played on late into the evening. If, during construction of the pitches, there are issues that impacted residents that they are kept fully informed.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

EASTER SERVICES: Good Friday at 9.45am Wartling Family Service, 2pm Herstmonceux Service of the Cross. Sunday, Easter Day, 8am Wartling Holy Communion (BCP), 9.45am Herstmonceux Easter Family Service Holy Communion. 6pm Wartling Easter Praise.

LIME CROSS EVENTS: Darlac Tools Demo: Saturday April 11, 10am to 3pm at the Nursery. Damian and Paulyn from Darlac Tools will be on hand to demonstrate and explain the benefits of the Darlac tool and accessories range. They will give helpful advice on tool care and maintenance as well as answer your questions about choosing the right tools for the job and you. Have-a-go yourself and try out a selection of secateurs and loppers ready for the new season in your garden. Terrarium workshop: Emma and Tom from London Terrariums present a creative planting workshop at 5.30pm on Sunday April 12 at Lime Cross Nursery. They will show you how to create a mini living landscape terrarium for you to take home. This is sure to be an enlightening and fun session and includes all materials, detailed instruction and a glass of fizz. (Booking essential please ring 01323 833229).

EASTER EVENTS: Starting tomorrow at Lime Cross Nursery there is a Winnie-the-Pooh Easter Egg Hunt running daily. Closed on Easter Day. Create an Easter bonnet or hat and you could be a Lime Cross lucky winner! Suitable for ages four to 12 years, be in with a chance to win a £10 shopping voucher. Full details from Lime Cross Nursery.

SCIENCE CENTRE: Throughout the Easter break until Sunday April 12. Interactive hands-on exhibits and daily telescope tours and spectacular science shows. Telescope tours usually at noon, 2pm and 4pm. Spectacular science shows usually at 11am, 1pm and 3pm

1960s DANCE: Tickets are still available for this very popular event which will be on Saturday April 11 in Herstmonceux Hall. Doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm, start dancing the night away to live music by City Road Sounds until 11.30pm. The tickets are £12 available in advance only from Dawn and Cecil on 01323 832304 and include a ploughman’s supper. There is a licensed bar. Profits to Parkinsons UK.

RAY AND SHELDON: At the club on Friday April 10 there is musical entertainment by Recycled. This club for over 60s is at the village hall from 2.15pm. Enquiries to Anne on (01323) 441244.

RACE NIGHT: On Saturday April 11 at the village hall, this is the second bowls club fundraiser. This is the manual game and sponsors would be welcome for each race. There is a fish and chip supper included in the ticket price of £10 for which advance booking is required with payment on the night. Call 01323 833403 or 07730 805105 or 07730 805100.

SCOUTS FUN DAY: Plans are afoot to hold the next Scouts Fun Day a little later in the year in August as the weather was a little disappointing for the event last year. Despite this in excess of £2k was raised. Grand raffle tickets will be going on sale shortly and prizes will be gratefully received from local businesses. If you wish to have a presence at the event with your crafts, produce or products then watch this space as details will be released very soon.

SCIENCE EVENTS: At the Observatory and Science Centre over the Easter break there are a number of exciting events. On Wednesday Rocketry half day workshops: Learn all about the mighty rockets that launch robot explorers to the planets and fly men and women into space. Make and launch your own balloon and water powered rockets. 10.30am to 1pm or 2pm to 4.30pm. Cost is £10.75 per child, this is for the workshop only and suitable for age six to nine years. Booking essential. Thursday Who Dunnit? half day workshops: Test your investigating skills using forensics and science technology to help follow the clues and solve the mystery of Who Dunnit! 10.30am to 1pm or 2pm to 4.30pm. Cost £10.75 per child, this is for the workshop only and suitable for ages six to nine years. Booking essential. For the Open Evening on Saturday 11 from 8pm to 12.30am no booking is required and the normal admission price applies. Enquiries and bookings to (01323) 832731.

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Friday: Ades Field, Wilmington 12.50pm-1.15pm.

Ninfield & Hooe

EASTER PRAISE SERVICE: Ninfield Methodist Church are holding an All-age Easter Praise Service (including an Easter Egg Hunt) at Ninfield Methodist Church on Easter Sunday morning at 10.30am. All are invited to this special Easter service when they celebrate the new life of Easter. The young people will be asked to explore a local garden for new-life eggs.

NINFIELD VILLAGE SOCIETY are holding a meeting and their AGM, in the Reading Room, Church Lane at 7pm on Tuesday. The meeting is open to all and they would like to invite anyone to join them who have an interest in helping to maintain the amenities of our village. After the AGM, there will be a brief report on the work undertaken during the past year and a discussion of future projects. Following a refreshment break, they have their guest speaker Julian Porter from Bexhill Museum, who will talk about the interesting archaeological finds made on the new Bexhill-Hastings Link Road route. For further information, please contact either Martin Wood, chairman (892895) or Robin Goldsmith, treasurer (892778).

GOURMET LUNCH: A special lunch has been organised on Wednesday between midday and 3pm at Blackthorne Cottage, Ninfield Road. The food is all being home made and cooked by a gourmet chef. Tickets cost £10 per adult; £2 per child. There will also be a raffle and a bring and buy handbag and shoe sale. All the proceeds from this event will be going towards Team Kilimanjaro 2015, who are raising money to fund a hot tub so that Ninfield boy Edward Tomasetti can have daily hydrotherapy and also for Charity For Kids (CFK). Tickets can be reserved or purchased from Lorna 07880501805 or Rebecca DePeyer 01424893744.

HOOE OPEN GROUP: The next meeting of the club will be on April 10, commencing at 2.30pm at Hooe Village Hall when the speaker will be Elizabeth Downs giving a talk entitled Assisted Dogs. Visitors are more than welcome on payment of £2 and if you choose to become a full member the annual fee is currently £10, which includes two subsidised events. For further information, please contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591 or e-mail: nickimurphy3@sky.com.

CHRISTIAN VOICES, the Musical Drama Group, will be performing their next play in April. It is called Malachi and is based on what happens when the prophet Malachi meets Christian people leading unchristian lives. The play was written by Alan Young and the songs composed by Dave Chamberlin. Christian Voices will be performing at Ninfield Methodist Church Hall, on Saturday, April 11 at 3pm. As usual, the admission is free and all are very welcome to attend.

FLOWER GROUP: On Monday, April 13, in the Memorial Hall they welcome Lynn Carter with her demonstration entitled Floral Fantasia Colourtastic. Non members welcome at a cost of £4 to include refreshments. All floral arrangements demonstrated will be raffled at the end of the evening. Should you wish any further information regarding the group please telephone Jennifer on 01424 892878 or email ninfieldflowers@gmail.com.

ARTHRITIS RESEARCH UK: On Wednesday April 15, the Arthritis Research UK are holding a coffee morning from 10.30am until midday in the Reading Room, Church Lane, Ninfield. Non members and new members will be most welcome. Contributions for Raffle and for the Bring and Buy stall would be appreciated. Entry £1 includes coffee and biscuits! Registered Charity No. 207711, SC041156.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s, Ninfield, 9.30am Easter Day Eucharist. St Oswald’s, Hooe, 11.15am Easter Day Eucharist. Ninfield Methodist Church, 10.30am Easter Sunday with Deacon Jean Duckworth-Lloyd (see above).

Polegate

HAS ANYONE mislaid a journal? If so visit the Reference Library in Eastbourne and ask for Rosie Powell who will let you take a look at it. Email library.eastbourneref@eastsussexgove.uk or telephone 0345 6080196.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Above the Haven and Downland Bottoms, 5 miles with Colin W. Meet at Exceat Visitors Centre 10am GR 519995, bus 12A 9.25am stand J. On Sunday, Train Linear, 13 miles with Clare K. Meet at Eastbourne Station for 9.34am train to Glynde station. Walk starts at Glynde recreation at 10am, GR 457088. Drop out after 9 miles afternoon hilly walk finishing at Lewes Station. On Wednesday, Willingdon to Half Way Houses, 8 miles with John and Esther. Meet bus 98, 9.36am from Terminus Road stop H to the Triangle, Lower Willingdon, where walk starts at 10am GR 585032. Bus No 12 back to Eastbourne.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, is hosted by Centre Fundraising for Open Day. All welcome in the lounge at Polegate Community Centre from 10am until noon. On Saturday April 11 the coffee morning is hosted by Polegate Wine and Social Club. We will also be selling home made wine and cakes and other usual things will be on offer.

LOCAL HISTORY: Eastbourne Local History Society next meet on Tuesday afternoon when our speaker is Ken Brooks talking about Geology and Fossils. Meetings are held at St Saviour’s Church Hall, South Street, Eastbourne. Doors open at 1.30pm, meeting starts at 2 pm. Visitors welcome.

HISTORY OF THE LINE: Guided visits commemorating 30 years since British Rail closed the line in July 1985. Spa Valley Railway are celebrating this event, by recreating the Demu experience of the 1980s. To find out more look at their website www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk or telephone 01892 537715.

MARKET: Willingdon Community Market is on Wednesday in Trinity Church Hall, Lower Willingdon, from 9am to 12.30pm. Free entry. Come and browse or stay a while, raffle for a local charity. To book a stall contact Wendy 489002.

QUIZ NIGHT: Polegate Twinning Quiz Night will be held at Polegate Community Centre on Saturday April 11. All welcome from 7.30pm.

AGM for the Stud Farm Allotment and Garden Society is on April 15 at 7.30pm in the function room at the Thorobred Inn.

TALK for JPK Project on April 17 by Alan Hodges called Maybe It’s because I’m a Londoner. The talk will take you on a postcard journey starting in the 17th century and concluding in the 1960s. Admission is £5 per head which includes tea and coffee plus biscuits during the interval. The venue is Egmond Hall, High Street, Old Town, Eastbourne, at 7.30pm.

POLEGATE RESIDENTS Association meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 10am at St Johns Church Hall. Visitors welcome.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

GOOD FRIDAY: Warbleton Parish Church: 3pm An Hour at the Cross. Hot cross buns will be served after the service. Our annual meetings are on Monday April 20. St John’s Bodle Street: 10am An Hour at the Cross. St Giles, Dallington: noon an hour’s devotional service led by the rector. Heathfield Chapel: 10.30am Communion service led by Rad Upfield.

EASTER EGG HUNT: Warbleton Church will be buzzing with eager Easter egg hunters tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm. Come and find out more about Jesus the King, and take part in games, a treasure hunt, refreshments and chocolate eggs.

EASTER SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP). 11am All age service with Holy Communion. 6.30pm Evensong. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Holy Communion Family Service. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Family service led by Rev Philip Laver. 6.30pm Songs of Praise service led by members of the chapel. Evening services recommence today.

ELVIS: Now, that will have got some people’s attention. Elvis will be in the building (Dunn Village Hall) when Warbleton Horticultural Society put on an evening with Suspiciously Elvis on Saturday April 25 at 7.30pm. For more info and tickets contact Gill on 07939 515072 or 01435 868246 or get your tickets from The Stores, Rushlake Green. Tickets are £10 and include a filled jacket spud.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

CHURCH SERVICES: Today, Good Friday, at 10am Children’s Good Friday Worship will be followed by hot cross buns in St Mary’s church hall. At 1pm there will be a devotional hour and at 2pm Liturgy of the Cross and Holy Communion. Tomorrow, Saturday, morning prayer is at 8am and the Easter Vigil is at 8pm. On Easter Day Sunday April 5 Holy Communion is at 8am, Parish Eucharist and Sunday School is at 9.45am, Family Eucharist is at 11.30am and Evensong is at 6.30pm. Please take hard stemmed flowers to the 9.45am service on Easter Sunday to transform the cross from gloom to glory.

A CHARITY QUIZ is being held at Willingdon Golf Club with live entertainment from 7pm to 11pm tomorrow, Saturday. Young magician of the year Kristopher Singh will be there to add to the enjoyment as well as illusionist Chris Chapple. The raffle will be drawn by Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd. To book a table or for more information please contact a.mcphee05@hotmail.co.uk or ring or text Don on 07791 476669. Admission is £5 per person, with up to five people in a team. Proceeds are in aid of The Homeless and Vulnerable in Eastbourne and Rockinghorse Children’s Charity.

THE WATSON BROTHERS will be entertaining customers at the British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. The British Queen is also hosting a coffee morning from 10am to noon on Thursday April 23 in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice. There will also be a book stall and St Wilfrid’s stall. Coffee or tea and a biscuit or cake is just £1.50.

WAKIN’ SNAKES will be providing the entertainment at the Wheatshaeaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. On Sunday the Wheatsheaf is hosting an Easter Barbecue with pork and ham rolls, burgers and hot dogs plus unlimited salad. The cost is £10 for adults (two items) and £5 for children (one item). Live music is from 1pm.

EASTER WALK on Monday for Family Support Work is taking place from Gills Lap car park in Ashdown Forest starting at 10am. It is approximately eight and a half miles long. For further information please contact admin@familysupportwork.org.uk or ring 01273 832963.

MEETINGS: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding a planning meeting at 7pm on Tuesday at Willingdon Community School followed by a recreation meeting at 7.30pm. Please ring 01323 489603 or 01323 489104 for further information. Meetings are open to the public.

THE MOTHERS’ UNION will be meeting at 2pm on Tuesday in St Mary’s Church Hall when Elsie Sanmogen will be giving a talk on St Francis.

THE 3 MMMs will be meeting at 8pm on Wednesday at St Mary’s Church Hall for their AGM. This will be followed by a talk from Jill Parker, project co-ordinator of the JPK Project.

ASTRONOMY: Eastbourne Astronomical Society members will be meeting from 7.30pm to 10pm on Saturday March 11 at Willingdon Memorial Hall. The speaker is Prof Mark E Bailey and his subject is entitled ‘Minor bodies of the solar system’.

WILLINGDON WI will be meeting at 2.15pm on Thursday at Willingdon Memorial Hall when the speaker Gilly Halcrow will be giving a talk entitled Churchill’s Secret Army.

THE GROWERS’ GROUP will be meeting at 7pm on Thursday at the Red Lion in Willingdon Village.

JEVINGTON AND FILCHING WI will be meeting at 2pm on Thursday at Trinity Church Hall when Christina Lynn will be discussing woolcraft.

BLUEBELL WALK: Bluebells will soon be flowering and Bates Green Farm at Tye Hill Road will be open to the public for the annual bluebell walk. There are also an abundance of primroses to be seen plus the animals and activities for children. The gates open at 10am and close at 5pm. JPK Project supporters will be running the café on Thursday April 9 and Friday April 10 and the charity will receive the proceeds. Jill Parker, project co-ordinator, said that she is grateful to all the volunteers who will be helping. They will be selling coffee, lunches and teas.

SING-A-LONG-A Saarf Specific: This is an alternative version to Rogers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific and will be performed by Concentus Chorale at 7.30pm on Saturday at Willingdon Community School. It is a fun evening with plenty of audience participation. Soft drinks and nibbles are included in the price of £10, but you can take your own picnic and stronger drink if you want to lubricate the vocal chords. Tickets sell fast and are available from Lyn on 01323 763273 (after 7pm) or email lyn@shouthermobility.com. A raffle will be held in aid of the JPK Project.

BRIGHTON MARATHON: Sandra Fowlie and Wendy Quinn will be taking part in the Brighton Marathon on Sunday April 12 in aid of the JPK Project and are looking for sponsorship. They are hoping to raise as much as possible for this worthwhile charity which aims to provide a supported living centre for people with a learning disability. You can donate through the JPK website www.thejpkproject.co.uk and click donate, choose your method of payment and enter the event and whom you are supporting.

A JUMBLE SALE is being held at St Wilfrid’s Church from 10am to noon on Saturday April 18. Admission is 20p. The jumble sale is being held in aid of Brain Cancer Research.

AGM: Willingdon Residents Association will be having their annual general meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday April 15 at Trinity Church Hall. Speaker is Kevin Clark from South East Water.

QUIZ: Willingdon Resident’s Association is also organising a quiz and ploughman’s supper at 7.30pm on Friday April 24. The cost is £7 per person to include supper and a free raffle. There can be up to six people in a team. Tickets sell out very fast. Please ring Richard Nunney on 01323 501238.

DIARY DATE: Do keep Saturday June 13 free as Jevington Village Fete is being held that day from 1pm to 5pm in the rectory fields next to St Andrews Church. It will be well sign posted and there will be free parking. Attractions include Punch and Judy, craft stalls, hog roast, plants, produce stalls, tombola, cream teas, drinks tent with real ale, fun dog show, artisan bread, card stall, book stall, bric-a-brac, clairvoyant, coconut shy, Sussex cheeses, barrow of booze, and Matthews mouse town. There will be live music from the Hot Club of Jevington, Gypsy Jazz Quartet.