Parish pump Hailsham - April 4, 2014

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Alfriston

THE ALFRISTON and Cuckmere Valley 2014 brochure is now out and may be found in village shops and in the tourist offices at both Eastbourne and Seaford. This is a most valuable guide listing details of where to eat, drink or stay; a calendar of the year’s events in the village and the valley and a Public Information list. Each household will have received a copy with their Cuckmere News, the Parish Magazine. The Cuckmere News is another useful source of information and news items, delivered monthly. Behind both these publications is an army of volunteers who work collating, checking, and distributing and who I, for one, am extremely grateful.

PRO MUSICA will be performing Mendelssohn’s oratorio, Elijah, at St Andrew’s Church on April 6 at 7pm. It will be presented in a sensitively abridged version with narration by Mary Sitwell and Kathryn Sargent (soprano), Sara Gourlay (mezzo-soprano) Robert Little (tenor), and Michael Bunting as Elijah. Tickets are £12 and may be bought from Ray or Kathryn or on the door.

FRIENDS OF THE CUCKMERE will be holding a meeting regarding Cuckmere River issues at the Smugglers on April 8 at 7pm. The talk will provide an update on current issues affecting the river, including the meanders, and give details about the various groups developing plans. The talk will be followed by an open discussion. The meeting is free and open to all.

THE 300 CLUB will meet at Deans Place Hotel on April 8 at 8pm. At last month’s meeting a cheque for £700 was handed to Chris Morley, Chairman of the War Memorial Hall. The money, raised by the 300 Club membership contribution, will go towards general maintenance of the hall, particularly repairs to the windows.

EASTER WALK: The Family Support Work will be holding their annual walk on April 21 starting at 9.30am. Last year’s walk raised nearly £12,000. This year’s walk will be the same circular route starting and finishing at the War Memorial Hall. It is approximately seven miles long. Even if you are unable to take part in the walk helpers are needed to supply refreshments and help register and guide walkers along the route. Registration and sponsorship forms are available from Geoff, telephone 871468.

SMARTCOOKIES is a children’s club that is being planned at the Old Chapel Centre. The aim is to work with children from five to 12 years, teaching basic cooking and craft skills. Run by a small group of older mums, who have many skills, it will provide the opportunity to make anything from a felt and button flower bag to animal face cup cakes. The sessions will include all the materials and the children will go home with a finished item they can be proud of. The first session will be on the morning of April 12 making a chocolate Easter Egg and basket. Anyone wishing to bring their child along can book by telephoning Liz on 07722484262 or email smartcookiesliz@gmail.com.

SELMESTON Village Hall is the venue on April 17 at 7.30pm for a talk by Dr Sue Harrington. Dr Harrington has written a paper on the recent dig in a field in Selmeston which revealed Anglo Saxon graves. Tickets, for sale on the door, cost £5 and include a glass of wine or soft drink.

DON’T FORGET: April 19 at 10am is the annual Alfriston Cricket Club coffee morning at the War Memorial Hall.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Holy Communion (CW). St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion (BCP).

EVENTS WEEK: This is a series of events, under the title Passion For Life, put on by Warbleton, Bodle Street and Dallington churches. The team from Oakhill Theological College arrive on Thursday. In the evening we have a Quiz Night at Bodle Street Village Hall with Bryan Whitton as quizmaster. Teams of eight or come along and join others. Suggested donation of £2 per head. There will be a short talk, the question Jesus asks us. Contact David on 01435 812870. On Saturday evening the film Good Will Hunting, starring Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Minnie Driver will be shown at BSG village hall. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start, with a short talk from one of the team. Contact Caroline on 01323 853392. Donations welcome. For more details of this week’s events please see the Warbleton section. More details of the following events next week.

Folkington

SERVICES: On March 23 we had a most inspiring sermon with The Right Reverend Lindsay Urwin OGS; and on Mothering Sunday our service was led by the Reverend Roger Marsh. Mums of all ages received gifts of spring flowers gathered from local gardens and we all enjoyed refreshments afterwards. This Sunday is Passion Sunday and it will be Holy Communion led by the Reverend Malcolm Elwis at 10.30am.

PERFORMANCE: Tomorrow, Saturday, there will be a dramatisation of the life and loves of Violet Gordon Woodhouse at Folkington Manor, who lived some years ago in this village. There is an afternoon performance from 1.30pm and tickets, to include tea and cake, are £7.50. In the evening a further performance from 6pm, to include a buffet, are priced at £27.50. This event is proving to be very popular, so if you are interested please call Folkington Manor on 01323 483946.

Hailsham

NCT NEARLY NEW SALE: Tomorrow, Saturday, from 10.15am to noon at Grovelands Primary School, Dunbar Drive. Open 10am for NCT Members. Open to all. No buggies please. Entry £1.50 in aid of National Childbirth Trust Charity. Card payments taken on large furniture items. For more information or to hire a table for the next event please contact eastbourne.nct.nns@gmail.com

QUIZ NIGHT: Environment Hailsham presents a quiz night tomorrow, Saturday, at Summerheath Hall. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start. It is £5 per person and tea and coffee are included. Bring your own drinks and nibbles. All funds raised will go towards flowers and plants for the town centre.

ANNUAL SPRING CONCERT: Tomorrow, Saturday, Hailsham Choral Society’s annual Spring Concert is at All Saints Church in Eastbourne at 7.30pm. Performances of Rutters Mass of the Children and Durufle’s Requiem. Tickets £10 from the Hailsham Camera Centre, from members of the choir, online at wegottickets.com or by calling 01323 870515.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a service at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. The medium on this occasion is Tricia Bamsey.

CHRISTARS: The youth group meets at the Free Church on Mondays from 7pm to 8.30pm during term time. Last week they enjoyed an evening of laser quest at the David Lloyds Centre in Eastbourne. The group will not be meeting over the Easter break but will be back for a games night on April 28. The group of year 7 to 11s. Find them on Facebook at Christars HFC or just turn up at the church hall.

KNITTING GROUP: Knit’Inn Nights at The King’s Head will be on April 8 and 29. At the last meeting they were looking at old knitting books. The range of stitches in one published during WW2 were much greater than those in more modern books, and had quite amusing and some non-PC names, but we liked the sound of plaited brioche stitch and corn-on-the-cob stitch. Maybe the paucity of materials and a preoccupation with food led to the inventiveness and then naming of the new stitches. We discussed the possibility of making a sampler of some of the more decorative stitches as a future project. If such things appeal to you come and join the fun at a knitting night. For more information phone Su (07552229473).

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: A meeting of the Hailsham and District branch is to take place on Tuesday at 7.30pm at the Hailsham Club, Vicarage Fields. Following the meeting there will be either a talk by a representative of the Queen Alexandria Hospital Homes or a slide show. All ex-service, serving personnel and dependants, young and old, are welcome. Come along and make new friends. Car parking at the rear of the club. With the closure of the Chiddingly Branch, any Legion members or prospective member who would like to attend the Hailsham and District Branch are welcome to come along or contact Mike Weller on 01323 440749, Peter Clark on 01323 841809 or Frank Berry on 07901717354. At the March meeting, it was reported that two members, Arthur Light and June Exworth, had passed away and that the Branch was represented a their funerals. There was a visitor who intends to join the Branch. A quiz was organised by Mike Weller. The tombola that was held in the Quintins raised £114. Many thanks to members of the Branch who gave their time and to the public for their support.

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday Pauline (01323) 845129 is leading a 5 mile Alfriston to Berwick walk. There is one climb at the start. If you would prefer a short walk with Bonny (01323) 440624 for the Hampden Park Heritage Walk then they will be meeting at South Road Car Park, Hailsham at 9.30am or Hampden Park Tea Room at 10am. If you would like to go on either of these walks please contact the walk leader in the first instance for the details.

HISTORY AND NATURE: Hailsham Historical and Natural History Society meets on Wednesday when Helen Poole will be giving a talk on Charles II and his escape through Sussex. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start at the Methodist church hall. All welcome. Visitors £2.50 on the door. Last month members enjoyed a very interesting talk and slide presentation on hops and hop picking by Richard Filmer. It was Kent that is or was known as the hop garden of England, but Sussex a century ago also had many hundreds of acres put over to the growing of hops. Richard talked through the processes of hop growing, of planting, weeding and different methods of training the hops. The old method up a single pole and, as is seen today in the last remaining hop gardens strung up on wires, where men on stilts worked aloft. Also shown were old pictures of the hop pickers that came down from the East End of London on their annual break from the smog. Special trains were laid on to cater for the extra labour. The whole family would work for piece work, so much a bushel which was a dry measure of 8 gallons. If only these old photographs could speak for the old characters with their wiry complexion and old forgotten methods of work that could tell a million stories. For that at the time is not written, in later years to us will be lost. After his talk, Richard answered interesting questions about his presentation and produced out of a sack a heavy three square pronged fork, a hopspud, which was a fork for earthing up around the base of the plant to get air around the roots. The audience thanked Richard for a very good show. Anybody wanting information about the society can contact David Bourne on (01323) 440359.

ANTIQUES: An antiques and collectors fair is being held at Reid hall, Boreham Street on Sunday from 9.30am to 2pm. Admission is 50p. There is easy parking, refreshments and enquiries can be made on (01323) 410727.

SOUP AND SWEET: At Hailsham Methodist Church on Saturday April 12 you can go along for home made soup and a sweet served from noon until 1pm for only £5 per person. There are several choices for you to choose from. A silent auction will also be taking place on the same day and bidding starts from 11am when tea and coffee will be served until 2pm. Bidding closes at 1.30pm. Tickets available from Carole on (01323) 325916.

BONFIRE SOCIETY: Hailsham Bonfire Society raised funds all year to put on their event, which is free and this year will be on October 18. They also collect money on the night which goes to charity. It costs about £7k to £8k to put on the bonfire celebrations and other than a small grant from the Town Council, the rest they have to raise themselves. They are hoping that this year some businesses will help by sponsoring some events and that the public will support their quiz, beetle drive, jumble sales and their monthly bingo. The society goes to different towns and villages from September to November every Saturday in Victorian or smugglers’ costumes. If you would like to become a member contact Rose Piggott, Chairman, for more information on (01323) 849562. The next bingo night is on Friday April 25 at the Charles Hunt Centre. Doors open 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm.

AUTISM FRIENDLY: A Social Worker closely involved with Eastbourne-based charity Families for Autism was looking for a venue which could provide autism friendly cinema screenings for children with autism. Paul Nunney, manager of The Pavilion was only too happy to oblige. The Pavilion is committed to being available and welcoming to all sectors of the community. The first screening took place last year when a group of 58 from the charity came along to a special showing of Disney’s Planes. The families were so positive that the screenings now form a regular part of the programme, with one Sunday morning each month set aside for autism friendly performances. The invitation includes any family with a child or young person on the autistic spectrum. The screenings enable children with autism to experience life in the safety of their own peer group without outsiders making judgements. In many cases the children experience sensitivity to sound, light or colour, something of a challenge when it comes to showing films in a cinema. The biggest hurdle is the environment in which the film is shown. At The Pavilion it is the families who have the say in how bright or dark the auditorium is, how loud or quiet the soundtrack is and, who can stop the screening at any time so the children can run around. The whole idea is for flexibility and tolerance to the group’s needs. Everyone pays the regular ticket price of £5 per person and there is a link to The Pavilion website which shows the autism friendly films scheduled.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

SUNDAY SERVICES: Hellingly church: Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP), Sunday Holy Communion (CW) at 8am, 10.45am Sunday Service, 6.30pm Evensong Upper Dicker: Sunday 9.15am Sunday Service. Holy Corner. Meet the Vicar at the Village Shop and Café on Tuesdays from 9.30am to 10.30am.

MOTHERS UNION: The next meeting is on Tuesday at Hellingly Church starting at 7.15pm. The subject is Fire Safety in the Home. There is also a raffle. All welcome.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

SILENT AUCTION at the Reid Hall in Boreham Street tomorrow, Saturday, in aid of Wartling Church. An excellent selection of items and promises and to give it all just a slight twist, the bidding will be done on paper carrying on until the lit candle fizzes out. Doors of the hall will be open from 7pm with the auction commencing at 7.30pm. £6 entrance includes your choice from the running buffet. There’s plenty of free parking at the Reid Hall. If you need any further information please contact either Pam on 833079 or Stella on 833445.

WALKING CLUB: On Sunday meet Nicola and Dave at the Cuckoo Trail car park at Horam for a walk in the Weald, a four to five mile walk of the Heathfield area. All are welcome, including family friendly dogs. All other information please call 848790.

BOWLS CLUB: Definitely spring now, the bowls club are due to hold their Signing On Day at the clubhouse on the recreation ground. On April 20 the Greens will be officially open ready for members old and new to go along and have a go at a few ends of bowls. If you need more information please call either Sue on 833403 or Terry on 832380.

DIARY DATE: This year’s annual Colour Show staged by the Hailsham Photographic Society will be held in the village hall on Wednesday April 23 commencing at 7.30pm. It’s a great evening of colour and visual entertainment with admission to the hall being just £5. Profits go towards the work of the Friends of All Saints Church who endeavour to maintain the building and fabric of this, our beautiful, 11th century church.

TOM FITZPATRICK (Crooner) will perform at the Woolpack Inn on Saturday April 26 on what has now become fondly known as Tom’s Night. Tickets at £16.50 are now on sale but they are going quite quickly. An Italian three course meal is included in the price of the ticket. To have a look at the menu and book pop into the Woolpack Inn or call them on 833270.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) along with Evensong will be held at Wartling church at 8am and 6pm respectively with the Family Service being held at Herstmonceux church at 9.45am.

EASTER EGG HUNT: Lime Cross Nursery are inviting us all to join them in the garden from tomorrow, Saturday, to April 19 for a grand Easter Egg hunt. For a £1 entry you can have a go at hunting for the hidden eggs around the nursery, solve the puzzle clues and win a delicious chocolate prize. They’ll also be running a special Easter Draw in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice where you could win a 1kg luxury Easter Egg. Tickets for the draw cost £1 and are available from the shop. Tomorrow, Saturday, it’s Orchid Day and orchid expert, Joseph Ford will be explaining his passion for orchids and will be holding a Q&A session throughout the day. If you have an orchid that needs a little bit of attention then take it along and Joseph will do his best to help.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will visit the following areas this week. Today, Friday: Wannock village hall 9am to 9.30am; Ades Field, Church Bailey, Westham 10am to 10.40am; Ades Field Wilmington 3.15pm to 3.35pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11am; Village Hall Arlington 11.15am to 11.40pm; Laughton village school 2.45pm to 3.30pm. Wednesday: Hurst Lane, Windmill Hill 9.50am to 10.20am; Bodle Street Green village hall 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; Punnetts Town School 11.45am to 12.25pm, Catsfield village hall 3.45pm to 4.15pm. Thursday: Ashburnham 9.50am to 10.10am.

Ninfield & Hooe

CARNIVAL QUEEN: The application forms for this year’s Carnival Queen and Princesses are available at Ninfield Village Stores until close of business today, Friday. For further information, please enquire within. The crowning of the Queen and her Princesses will be announced at the Pram Race on May 5.

THE FLOWER GROUP are meeting on Monday at the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm. This month they welcome Robin White with his demonstration entitled Floral Formations. Non members are welcome at a cost of £4, to include refreshments. All floral arrangements demonstrated are raffled off at the end of the evening. Future events include: May 12, A Basket for all Occasions workshop and June 2, Gaenor Circus with a demonstration called Fabulous Flowers. For further information from Jennifer Collett on 01424 892878 or email ninfieldflowergroup@hotmail.co.uk.

FIRE STATION: East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service are once again looking to down grade Battle Fire Station, which covers Ninfield and Hooe. Having a short period for consultation, the crew at Battle are asking your help to fight this decision. You can aid them by completing an online questionnaire at www.esfrs.org/publicconsultation, which lodges your objections. There will also be a public meeting at the Memorial Hall, Battle, on April 7, 7.30pm to which you are invited to attend.

HOOE OPEN GROUP are meeting on Friday, April 11, at 2.30pm. Their talk will be entitled Tax, Care and Toy Boys, they wait to find out. For information on Open Group Activities contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

LENT PLAY: Christian Voices are performing their Lent play, Let His Light Shine, at Ninfield Methodist Church on Saturday, April 12, at 3pm. The play is written by Alan Young, the songs composed by Dave Chamberlin and Alan Young and is directed by Caroline Cox. All are welcome to attend.

HISTORY SOCIETY: At the next meeting of Hooe History Society, they will be welcoming Julian Porter who will be giving a talk on The Brassey Family. As Julian is an expert on this subject the evening should be really interesting. The date for your diary is Thursday, April 17 in Hooe Village Hall at 7.30pm. Guests are warmly welcomed and at a charge of just £2, to include a cup of coffee and a biscuit, it must be the best value for money entertainment in Sussex. Further details from the chairman, Heather Sinden, 01424 893422 or Pam and Peter Doodes 01424 892329.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s, Ninfield, 9.30am Family Service. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s, Hooe, 11.15am Family Service. Ninfield Methodist Church, 10.30am Family Service.

Polegate

WANTED information on a cycling club by the name of Bachelors, or Eastbourne Batchelors, sometime before the First World War, and one of its members, Arthur Winton. Any info of this cycling club and its members. Please contact Maureen on 485971 or email maureencopping@yahoo.co.uk

TRINITY Community Market is now open every Wednesday from 9.30am to 12.30pm in Trinity Church Hall, Lower Willingdon. We are on a bus route, bus Nos 51, 56, 126 and 143 stop outside, whilst bus Nos 54 and 98 stop nearby on the Triangle. Come and visit our various stalls including fresh fruit and veg products, crafts, haberdashery, cakes, household goods, books, remedies and refreshments. Come and browse or stay a while. For more details contact Wendy on 489002.

TICKETS for Polegate Drama Group’s next production of A Vicar of Dibley Christmas, the second coming, at Archer and Partners, 48 High Street or telephone 483348. adults £9, children £6.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, is hosted by 1st Polegate Scouts. All welcome in the lounge from 10am at the Community Centre.

SOUTHDOWN STROLLERS’ walk on Monday, Foot of the Downs. At Di’s for coffee. Meet at the Co-op, Albert Parade at 10am with Diana. Programmes available from 735714.

THE LADIES CIRCLE meeting on Tuesday when Gillian Wood will be giving a talk on the Blue Danube, which will be illustrated with pictures. We meet in the lounge at Polegate community Centre on the second Tuesday of the month at 2.30pm.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Holy Communion (CW) this is a change from the normal pattern as we had a family service last week for Mothering Sunday and Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday have family services. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion (BCP). Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning Worship and Communion, 6.30pm Evening Service. The preacher at both services will be Ray Dadswell.

EVENTS WEEK: This is a series of events put on by Warbleton, Bodle Street and Dallington churches. The team from Oakhill Theological College arrive on Thursday, and it is hoped that some will be present at Coffee and Company that morning (10am to noon). In the evening we have a Quiz Night at Bodle Street Village Hall with Bryan Whitton as quizmaster. Teams of eight or come along and join others. Suggested donation of £2 per head. There will be a short talk, the question Jesus asks us. Contact David on 01435 812870. Next Friday, April 11, at 10am there will be a coffee tasting at the church rooms Warbleton, with a short talk Taste and see the Lord is Good. Contact Marc on 01435 830421. Suggested donation of £2. At 2pm Warbleton Walkers start from the Church Rooms for an easy walk of about one hour ending back at the rooms, for coffee, cake and a short talk Why Creation Declares God’s Glory. Dogs are welcome. Contact Judith on 01435 830481. In the evening we have a rugby dinner (£12 per head) with guest speaker Peter Nicholas, an Oxford Blue who has also played for English Students and Henley Hawks. Details and tickets from Tony on 01435 812514 or 07921 159211. Booking is essential. More details of the following events next week.

CHURCHYARD CLEARUP: The spring clear up will start at Warbleton churchyard at 10am next Saturday, April 12. A variety of jobs will be undertaken, and a light lunch will be served at the end of the morning, ending with a short talk.

JUMBLE SALE: Last week’s jumble sale, in aid of Ebeneezer social outreach in India, raised over £450 towards the new jeep needed to transport staff and children. Judith and Maggie are very grateful to all those who supported this event. I gather they are just £900 away from their target.

QUIZ NIGHT: Glen Hadlow stretched our little grey cells with the well attended quiz last Saturday. The numbers progression round was particularly taxing. The team I joined managed to get some right, but using different processes from Glen’s. The team using the name The Chatterboxes came out top. I am not sure how much was raised towards the Village Players’ next production Carousel, but thank you to all who supported this event. It was a good, if slightly long, evening.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

CEMETERY MANAGER: Nicola Williamson is to be the new cemetery manager for Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council and starts work on April 14. She previously worked at Eastbourne Crematorium so understands the nature of the role. Nicola will also be helping parish clerk Andy Beams.

PLAY EQUIPMENT: The grand opening of the new play equipment at Tott Yew Recreation Ground will take place at 1.15pm today, Friday. The opening ceremony will be performed by the chairman of Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council Cllr John Pritchett and it will be attended by children and staff from Willingdon Primary School.

INFORMATION DAY: Following the success of last year’s information day, Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council is now holding another information event. It will take place from 10am to 4pm on Wednesday at Willingdon Community School. A large number of local organisations, community groups and charities will be there to show displays and offer information or advice. There will also be the opportunity for residents to talk to members of the parish council and gain more information about what goes on in the parish.

DEMONSTRATION: The flower club will be meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall when Sue Hoon and Wendy Jacques will be giving a demonstration entitled Double Take.

A QUIZ NIGHT hosted by Maureen and John Males at the Cottage, Dittons Road, Polegate, will be held from 7pm tomorrow, Saturday. It is being organised by Sandy and John and is in aid of the JPK Sussex Project. Tickets, to include suppe,r are £8 each. Please contact Maureen on 01323 482011.

NYXICUS the IT specialists have joined forces with the JPK Sussex Project and are offering special rates to all JPK members and supporters. Their website is impressive so if you live in the East or West Sussex area and need your computer or laptop repaired, a virus or spyware removed, your wireless internet fixed, important data recovered, Nyxicus should be able to help. A fixed pricing policy means that costs won’t spiral out of control. Half the total cost will be donated to the JPK Sussex Project.

MEMBERSHIP: Please contact the JPK Sussex Project co-ordinator Wannock resident Jill Parker on 01323 486179 to enquire about membership. It is just £10 a year and regular newsletters will be sent or emailed to you to keep you informed, the April one has just been distributed. Do also look at their website www.thejpkproject.co.uk .

STAINER’S CRUCIFIXION will be performed at St Mary’s Church at 6.30pm on Sunday. Conducted by Michael Stumbles it is the Passiontide Story with the augmented choir and organist Fr Michael Maine taking part. Rodney Brown (tenor) and Mike Barber (bass) are the soloists. There is no admission charge but a retiring collection supporting local charity Children with Cancer.

THE PARISH COUNCIL will be holding a planning meeting at 7pm on Monday followed by a recreation meeting at 7.30pm at Willingdon Community School. Meetings are open to the public. Please ring 01323 489603 for further information.

THE 3 MMM’s will be meeting at 8pm on Wednesday at St Mary’s Church Hall for the AGM. There will also be a charity talk.

THE GRUMBLEWEEDS growers group will be meeting at 6.30pm on Thursday at the Red Lion. Ian Richards, one of the group’s members, will be departing from the usual gardening topics and instead will be talking about the benefits of badger vaccination as opposed to culling.

WILLINGDON WI will be meeting at 2.15pm on Thursday at the Memorial Hall when Gilly Halcrow will be giving a talk entitled A History of Food, Drink and Table Manners’.

JEVINGTON AND FILCHING WI will be meeting at 2pm on Thursday at Trinity Church Hall. The craft topic is entitled Fun, Fascination, Flattery but no Fortune. The meeting is led by Eileen Heasman and members are asked to bring along their favourite cushion/cover.

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm on Friday April 11 at St John’s Church Hall, Polegate, when there will be a talk by Patrick Coulcher entitled A Natural History Around Eastbourne. Please ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 01323 486208 for further information.

THE LICENSING of Fr Kevin Agnew as the parish priest of St Mary’s Church will take place at 7.30pm on Tuesday at a Eucharist at which the Bishop of Horsham, the Right Reverend Mark Sowerby will preside, assisted by the Archdeacon of Lewes and Hastings, the Venerable Philip Jones. Following the service there will be a reception in the church hall.

SING-ALONG: Concentus Chorale are organising one of their popular Sing-Along evenings at Willingdon Community School from 7.30pm on Saturday April 12. This year it will be a version of the musical Grease with the same songs but a different story line, set in Greece. The idea is that the conductor Adrian White, along with the storyteller and soloists from the choir are on stage, dressed in appropriate outfits, while the audience seated round tables in the hall make up the chorus. Song sheets are provided along with nibbles and soft drinks but do take along your own picnic or any additional drink you might want. There will be a fantastic raffle, proceeds of which will benefit the choir’s chosen charity the JPK Sussex Project. Tickets for the Sing-Along are £10 each and can be obtained from Lyn Betteley on 01323 763273 or email lyn@southernmobility.com Dressing up is encouraged, something Greek would be good - to add to the atmosphere.

FRIENDS of Willingdon Community School invite you to ramble with them across the Downs. You can join The Friends for an invigorating free guided walk in the countryside starting from the school in Broad Road at 10am on Saturday April 26 taking in views of Jevington, Wilmington, including The Long Man, Alfriston, with a stop off for lunch and refreshments before returning on a lower route. Everyone is welcome but places must be booked in advance via friends@willingdonschool.org.uk