Parish pump Hailsham - December 12, 2014

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Alfriston

CAROLS AT THE GEORGE: On December 16 from 8.15pm the Alfriston singing group, The Octaves, lead the singing of familiar songs and carols round the fire in the bar at The George. The Octaves have been singing together for two years meeting on Tuesday evenings at the Old Chapel Centre to sing the songs they like for the enjoyment of singing. Everyone is welcome to come and join in the singing on December 16.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Christingle Family Service. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship and Children’s Sunday Club. St Giles, Dallington: 5pm Village Carol Concert at Stream Farm.

FILM CLUB: Jersey Boys is the upbeat film story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and is full of their songs. Doors open next Friday December 19 at 7pm for 7.45pm start, with mulled wine and festive nibbles being served. Guests are welcome at £6 per head.

Folkington

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Mattins will be led by Alan Packard. There will be refreshments in the church after this service.

Hailsham

FESTIVE FARMERS’ MARKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am to 12.30pm is a special Festive Farmers’ Market at the Cattle Market site, with additional local producers and local crafters for this special event. Order or collect your fresh produce. HCC 6th form students will be selling their decorated baubles for their new enterprise project. Farmer Christmas will be giving out healthy goodies to the children. Living Word choir from 10am and Young Farmers carol singers from 11am, some of the cast of Hailsham Theatre’s forthcoming Wizard of Oz panto at the Pavilion in January will be dropping in throughout the morning. The raffle to win some lovely fresh produce and crafts from stallholders donated that morning will be to raise funds for the local East Sussex Association for the Blind and the Farmers Community Network. Other charities, the RNLI and Firefighters will be selling gifts and souvenirs and Cuckmere Community Buses will be hoping your New Year’s resolution will be to volunteer as one of their drivers. Then warm up with a nice cuppa or breakfast in the market café.

ST MARY’S: Third Sunday of Advent. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am. At 10.30am is Holy Communion with crèche and Children’s Groups, Recognising the Spirit’s Work. 2.45pm Holy Communion at Emmanuel. Next Saturday, December 20, at 3pm is a concert of carols and Christmas music with Wealden Brass and festive refreshments.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: There is a service on Sunday at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. The medium is Deborah Baker.

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday Daphne (01323) 845055 will lead the 5-mile Jevington circular via the Downs, Lullington Heath and Friston Forest. There are two ups and two downs. If you prefer a shorter stroll following the Eastbourne Heritage Walk then contact Nobby on (01323) 440624. If you would like to join either of these walks with Hailsham Ramblers give the walk leader a ring.

ANCIENT AND MODERN CAROLS At Hailsham Community Hall on Thursday from 7.30pm. Adults £10, under 16s £5 includes mulled wine and mince pies. Christmas gift stall in aid of Hailsham Food Bank. Tickets from Hailsham Camera Centre, WeGotTickets.com and on the door.

MINI MARKET: The Friends of Demelza (Hailsham) have their annual Christmas Mini Market in the Quintins shopping precinct from 8.30am to 1pm today, Friday, and you can pick up some last-minute Christmas gift bargains, take home some delicious homemade cakes, or try your luck on the tombola

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: This week was round two of the PDI Competition judged by David Eastley ARPS who has been to the club on many occasions. David is always very welcome and when assessing a print or projected image he gives really useful constructive advice as well as being supportive of the photographer. In the Swallow Cup for beginners two images were chosen to go through to the final. Nuts And Bolts, an image of an old wooden door with a lot of rusty hinges by Linda Busby, and Rusting Angel by Pam Maclay, a picture of the Angel of the North viewed from behind with a couple of people standing by the feet to give it great scale. For the intermediates, competing for the Sussex Shield, the following were successful. The Drone and Time For 11’s by David Philips, both stunning pictures of a bird of prey, one in flight and the other with its kill, The American Cemetery by Jean Mills, row upon row of white crosses to mark the graves of American Military who died in World War II, and November Afternoon by Peggy McKenzie, a misty wet street scene with a person walking out of shot complete with umbrella. In the advanced group for the Albert Hillman Cup five went through. Travels with My Chair Asda car park by Roger Scott, Glencoe by Gay Biddlecombe LRPS CPAGB, Juvenile Beech leaves by Janice Payne LRPS, Bexhill Cupola at Night by Ray Beckwith, and A Long Tail by Roy Morris ARPS. It was a real pleasure to see David again and a very enjoyable evening. His comments on how some images may be improved were invaluable as he is a very fine judge.

SHOE BOX APPEAL: Hailsham Lions presented Ruth Rooksby with a £500 cheque for the local Shoe Box Appeal. Several members of the club helped Ruth pack gift bags donated by Ralph Olesen from the Link Coffee Shop. The bag packing at one of the Lions’ houses accompanied by a glass of wine, a few nibbles and Christmas songs helped the conveyor belt of packers fill over 75 bags to the brim with goodies. These included shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, tooth brushes, soap, flannels, and hot water bottles with colourful covers knitted by members of the Knit and Natter Club and the Loom Mill. News travels fast and two hot water bottle covers were knitted by residents living in the Shetland Islands who saw the appeal on the Computers For Charities Facebook page. Fun items, toys and books were included in the gift bags for the children. This year the gift bags will be distributed locally in conjunction with Hailsham food bank, community nurses and Christians Against Poverty to ensure they go where they are most needed. For more information about the Shoe Box appeal, please email ruth@computersforcharities.org or phone 01323 840641.

BONFIRE BINGO: Today, Friday, doors open at 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm at the Charles Hunt Centre on behalf of the Bonfire Society celebrations which in 2015 will be on Saturday October 17.

HOPS: Thanks to all the support and dedication of HOPS members this year they have been able to present The Pavilion with a cheque for £17k, the largest amount ever raised by HOPS. If you are looking for an unusual Christmas present why not treat someone to their first year of membership. Gift membership is £10 individual or £15 joint from the box office.

100 YEARS AGO: The Parish Magazine report of December 1914: My Dear Friends. The fifth month of the Great War opens with the Germans holding a line from Ostend to Belfort, about 300 miles, and the Allies facing them and refusing to budge an inch, so to speak: the Russians fighting the Germans and Austrians on a line from Thorn, in East Prussian, to the Carpathians, much longer than that in the West Turkey has come in on the German side and is fighting the Russians just inside her border, near Erzerum, and we are watching her on and near the Egyptian Frontier, etc. It should be a subject of great thankfulness that the tremendous thrusts of the best German troops have been unable to break our line and that we are in peace and quiet in our island home, with time all on our side and against the enemy. Let us continue our prayers, believing that the fervent prayer of a justified man availeth much in its working, as I said before.

Hellingly, Horsebridge & Dicker

CHURCH SERVICES: At 2pm tomorrow, Saturday, there is a Christingle pre event for the making of Christingles and with other fun thrown in at Hellingly Church. Also tomorrow at 7pm there is a Christmas concert with the Salvation Army Band and choir from Hellingly School at Hellingly church. Hellingly: Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP), Sunday Holy Communion (CW) at 8am. On Sunday at 10.45am there will be a Christingle Service. This Sunday at Upper Dicker: Communion (CW) is at 9.15am. At 3pm there will be a service of Nine Lessons and Carols and on Wednesday Park Mead School will have their Nativity. This year’s Christmas Appeal is for the Children with Cancer Fund in Polegate and Christingle supports the Children’s Society. The Christingle Service for Upper Dicker will be on Sunday December 21 at 9.15am. Donations are welcome and there will be special collections at the Christmas Eve Crib services.

VOICES IN HARMONY: This evening, Friday, a Concert and Sing-a-long to Mr Blue Sky, Carols, other music with mulled wine and mince pies. Doors open at 8pm for 8.30pm start at Dicker Village Hall.

CHRISTMAS CREATIONS: A Fair in aid of St Pancras Church Funds is being held on Sunday at Arlington Village hall from 2.30pm to 5pm. Cakes, decorations and small gifts for sale as well as homemade sweets, live music, delicious refreshments and a draw for a Christmas hamper. Bring children and grandchildren and join them in creating Christmas decorations in the special workshops.

OPEN EVENING: Arlington Arts Group have a Christmas Open Evening on Thursday at Arlington Village Hall from 7pm. Free entry, open to all. Drinks and nibbles, art and crafts. Regular attendees of the Thursday art sessions, bring along some of your work to show and anything you have created you wish to sell (no charge, no commission).

PARISH COUNCIL: The application to the British Heart Foundation for funding towards the defibrillators had been submitted. It would be some while before a decision was made. Once the defibrillators were in place it would be important to have people who would be able to operate them. It was noted Hailsham Town Council would be keen to co-operate in any training. The intention will be to try and start up a First Responders scheme in the area.

ARAWETE INDIANS IN BRAZIL: Report from Dr Colin Tourle: On the banks of the Ipexuna River deep in the Amazon basin, live a tribe of 270 Indians – the Arawete who still live by hunting and fishing, their lives still barely touched by the outside world. They are expert boatmen on the Ipexuna and nearby mighty Xingu Rivers and wonderful craftsmen; the skill in making their bows and arrows, is superb. The reddish cloth woven and dyed locally, beautifully complements their skin. The men have red war paint and usually carry bows and arrows. The women are bare breasted with small children beside them. The Arawete have the most beautiful thick black hair. Their attractive appearance belies the harsh world in which they live. The riverbank is not a clean place - malaria and disease are never far away. Mosquitoes and insects are abundant, reflected by the high mortality in children. In my recent clinics in Ipexuna it was common to see feverish children with malarial parasites showing up on a blood film. Skin infections are more common, wounds heal slowly because of poor hygiene. Helping me in Brazil was a lovely Christian man, a Baptist pastor called Oseas who spends his time travelling among the Indians. He asked me if I could help with the imminent cooking pot problem. The village eats cassava and one cooking pot is used to feed the whole village. Years of daily use over a wood fire have worn the cooking pot out. Two new flat utensils about five feet across, made of steel, will cost about £500. A very large sum of money for the Indians. When I had finished my medical work in Ipexuna, I thanked Oseas for the wonderful things he does and asked him to leave the cooking pot problem in my hands. In previous years you have generously supported Colin with gifts for the orphanages of Eastern Europe. This year we feel we would like to help solve the cooking pot problem and are asking for gifts of money. Please bring your contributions to Hellingly Church in an envelope marked The Arawete Pot, to one of the Christmas Services so we can reach a £500 target.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

SUNDAY SERVICES: On Sunday at 8am Holy Communion, Herstmonceux, 9.45am Holy Communion, Wartling. There is a Carol Service at St Mary Magdalene church in Wartling on Sunday at 6pm. Mulled wine and mince pies will follow. At the Free Church in Chapel Row there will be a showing of a DVD The Cross at 10.45am. The Advent Course, also run by the Free Church, is a chance to learn more about the Christian faith, examine your own beliefs and tackle the bigger questions facing humanity, in an informal atmosphere. To this end there is an evening of fellowship on Wednesday at Lime End Farm, Herstmonceux starting at 7.30pm to finish by 9pm. Transport can be provided. Contact Richard 833124 or John 832997 for details.

GEMINIDS METEOR SHOWER: Go along to the Observatory Science Centre tomorrow, Saturday, for an Open Evening for the Geminids Meteor Shower from 6.30pm to 11pm. Cost: Normal entrance fee.

SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS: The association has been busy preparing for their Spirit of Christmas event in the village. It will be tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm until 5pm. Father Christmas will be putting in an appearance around 4.30pm and there will be stalls based in The Sundial car park where you can get (or order) your Christmas Fayre pies, meat, game, jams, etc as well as stalls with suggestions for Christmas gifts. Please support the afternoon and enjoy the lights and trees the association has placed around the village. Weather has caused a few problems with the monthly market this year and the association is pleased we have a new venue and style from March 2015. There will also be a grand draw to raise funds towards the cost of the lights with some very good prizes. 2014 was a good year for the association and they look forward to promoting the parish even more next year.

CAROLS AT THE CASTLE: Get your tickets now for this event on Sunday December 21 at 2.30pm with the Aaana Colls Singers in Herstmonceux Castle. Tickets in advance by sending cheque (payable to HCE Ltd) to Carol Concert Tickets, Herstmonceux Castle, Hailsham BN27 1RN. Adults £12.50, senior concession £10, children £7.50, includes mulled wine, mince pies and a present for the children from Father Christmas. 01323 834479 and www.herstmonceux-castle.com

THE WALKERS enjoyed a brisk walk from Hailsham to Polegate through Abbots wood last Sunday and returned via the Cuckoo Trail. The route was relatively dry underfoot, a nice change from recent weeks, and the weather stayed pleasant. The next walk will be after Christmas on Sunday December 28 meeting at the Cuckoo Trail car park in Hellingly for a gentle stroll of about four miles, followed by soup and mince pies.

WINDMILL GRANT: The Windmill Hill Windmill Trust was awarded £80,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to restore the machinery and sweeps at Windmill Hill Windmill. Led by volunteers from the local community, the exciting project to restore the mill to working order, grinding flour once again is due to start this month and be completed in the autumn of 2015. The project will restore the machinery - sweeps, the unique patented governor designed to control the speed of the sweeps and restore the original outside stairs for easier visitor access to the trestle (first) floor. The restoration will be documented by the local photographic society who will mount exhibitions in the area, and a historian will research the story of early millers of the windmill. As a result of the restoration there will be numerous opportunities for volunteers to witness, experience and keep alive the practice of operating a windmill and producing stone ground flour.

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

POLICE NEWS: Our PCSO, Daryl Holter, has advised of 6 Nordman Fir Christmas trees that were stolen from the Hooe area, overnight December 3/4. REF 0334 04/12/14 is in relation to the theft. Should anyone have seen or heard anything call 101 quoting the above references.

U18S FOOTBALL: Kevin Regan is keeping us all informed with the progress of Ninfield’s Under 18s football: Ninfield Under 18s had a frustrating match against Rusthall on Sunday. Firstly the kick off was delayed for an hour, which doesn’t help lads of their age to keep focussed. They did start well and for the first 25 minutes dominated the exchanges, and deserved to take the lead with great team work and excellent finishing. Whether they then felt it was job done or not, they eased the pressure and handed the initiative to Rusthall who came back strongly, especially in the second half when their pressure began to tell. The defence was getting swamped and long ball clearances were simply falling to their attackers, so the pressure was immediately back on. Rusthall managed an equaliser and almost took all the points for a win at the final whistle. If nothing else, the keeper proved his worth with a string of saves, but it was starting to look desperate and the team need to understand that is exactly what they are - a team, not a collection of talented individuals.

HOUSING: In response to the Parish Council Housing Survey in August, the Ninfield Action Group (NAG) was formed as a result of the enormous response from residents against the threat of over development in the village. Rydon Homes recently submitted outline planning for 55 houses at Ingrams Green and the parish council had to submit their response to Wealden District Council by December 9. The general public have up to December 19 (at the very latest) to submit their objections. We need to present a strong case to Wealden District Council that this development is too large for the facilities of the village and infrastructure to cope with. NAG are circulating flyers and posters for residents to display, with all the information you need, the posters are already laminated for external display or in cars. To object to the application, write (in your own words) to: Claire Turner, Planning Officer, Wealden District Council Planning Department. Council Offices, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham BN27 2AX. Outline Planning Application: WD/2014/2359/MAO: Land at Ingrams Farm, Ninfield, East Sussex. If this goes through it weakens our stand against any future development proposals. Don’t let the developers turn Ninfield into a suburb of Sidley or Bexhill. The group also have a closed group facebook page Ninfieldactiongroup for residents to register and see what is going on. The support from the display of the posters has been extremely good. If you have any questions or comments, please use the facebook page to get involved. The NAG team end with: ‘We needed to put up a strong case for Objection on Ingrams Farm as otherwise more potential sites around the village will be harder to defend. We’ll have to wait to see how much Wealden listen to us or the developer.’

PARISH COUNCIL THANKS: The parish council would like to thank everyone that assisted with putting together our response to the Ingrams Green outline planning application. If it wasn’t for all of the time residents spent reading through various reports and researching key information, we would not have been able to submit our detailed five page response within the very tight time-frames set. The full response will be uploaded to our website for all to view. If you would prefer to have a printed copy, please contact either the clerk or Kaye Crittell.

STAMPS: Ninfield Working Men’s Club are asking you to save your stamps for their charity, Canine Partners, who work in conjunction with Guide Dogs for the Blind. Stamp donations can be dropped off to the working men’s club or you can call Marjorie on 892239.

HOOE OPEN GROUP: The Hooe Open Group (Ladies Club) December meeting is the club’s Christmas luncheon at the Cooden Beach Golf Club, when guests are invited to join in the celebrations. If you are interested in joining Hooe Open Group (Ladies Club) why not call Edna on 01424 842591.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: On Monday it is their members’ Christmas Evening at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. The committee are planning some games and will provide drinks. Edible contributions would be appreciated. Do go along, you might win a prize.

METHODIST CHURCH: Ninfield Methodist Church looks forward to celebrating Christmas. A new event for their Church will be a Christmas Tree Festival, with decorations by local groups, on Saturday and Sunday, December 21 and 22, noon to 4pm when you can go and see the trees. On Sunday December 21, the Festival will include a Family Carol Service at 2.30pm. This will be a special family service, with their Minister the Rev Ian Pruden, where you will be able to sing and join in with all your favourite carols and eat some mince pies. Some young people from the village will also be taking part. Then on Christmas Eve (December 24) at 4.30pm, they will enjoy and worship God together in a Christingle Service for all ages. The Ninfield Scouts and other young people will take part as they share together in a service that shows Jesus as The Light of the World. The outside of their church will be lit by lanterns and inside by candlelight. Do go along and enjoy this service as you prepare for Christmas.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Parish Eucharist. Ninfield Methodist Church, 2.30pm Holy Communion with Revd Derek Brice.

Polegate

FOR DETAILS of Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society annual dinner today, Friday, please contact Margaret on 484293,

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

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Christmas Cheer with leader Graham T. Meet at Meads Street, Tesco 10.10am. Bus No 3 9.50am Terminus Road, stand M. level seafront walk to Langham Hotel, West Dean Suite downstairs for coffee and biscuits. Or a brisk pace walk West Firle Way, 8 miles with Pat B. Meet at the Avenue 9am walk starts at Firle Beacon CP at 9.30am GR 468058 map 123. On Sunday, Mind the Gap, Figure of Eight, with Graham T. Meet bus No 12, 9.46am Terminus Road stand J. AM walk starts at East Dean CP 10am, 4 miles one climb, dry lunch pub or café nearby. PM walk starts East Dean CP at 1pm, 3.5 miles two climbs, coffee stop at Birling Gap. On December 17 Linear from the Southease 14 miles with Clare K. Meet at Eastbourne Railway Station at 8.40am for 8.56am train to Lewes arrive 9.16am then change to 9.30am train to Southease, arrive 9.36am where walk starts. Early lunch at Alfriston.

WILLINGDON Community School are hosting a Xmas Factor Christmas Fair with stalls tomorrow, Saturday. Food and music for the local community from 10am to 1pm. An opportunity to buy Christmas gifts and see local arts and crafts whilst raising money for St Wilfrid’s Hospice and the schools drama dept. Everyone welcome.

POLEGATE WINE and Social club are meeting on December 16 when we will be having our Christmas Party and Buffet. For more info on our meetings contact our secretary Alf on 485134.

TICKETS now available for Polegate Drama Group’s pantomime Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Available online at www.polegatedramagroup or visit Archer and Partners, High Street.

SOCIAL BINGO meet on Monday evenings at Polegate Community Centre in the main hall. Do come and join us. Doors open at 7pm, bingo starts at 7.45pm. For more information call Shirley on 488035.

POLEGATE CAFÉ is open for refreshments and to local groups Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm.

AGM: The newly formed Polegate Plodders will hold what is hoped to be their very first Annual General Meeting at The Dinkum public house in the High Street, at 5pm on Wednesday. All local runners, joggers or beginners please come along and see what this new club is all about or phone Brian Winn to find out more on 07765 216990.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship and Children’s Sunday Club. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Christingle Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 5pm Village Carol Concert at Stream Farm. Heathfield Chapel: 3pm Carols By Candlelight led by Rev Robert Scott.

CAROLS ON THE GREEN: Each year Coffee and Company organise carol singing outside Osborne House. This year’s event will be on Wednesday at 7pm, with music provided by members of Warbleton Brass Band. Please wrap up warm and bring a torch. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served in the Community Room afterwards.

HISTORY GROUP: We had a good Christmas party on Monday with lots of lovely food. Our entertainment was provided by local group Recycled, who kept our toes tapping to the tunes of yesteryear. Our next walk will be the Boxing Day one, a good opportunity to burn off some of the calories consumed the day before. As usual we meet at the lych-gate of Warbleton Church at 10.30am.

DUNN VILLAGE HALL: The AGM was held recently. Chairman John Gunn reported on a good year, with a good number of bookings, and maintenance of the hall keeping it in good condition. The hall had been repainted and the floor re-sealed. Work to repel damp on the north wall is also being done. Several fund raising events were held during the year. A Wine and Cheese evening in February raised £1,000, the Auction of Promises £500 (plus another £500 to Children of Gambia Services) the art show in September raised c£70 and the film show £300. He expressed his thanks to the committee for their hard work during the year. Elections: Auditor Ray Whittaker, chairman John Gunn, vice chair Katie Bodley Scott, Trish Radcliffe secretary, treasurer Nick Morgan, booking secretary Denise Bailey, committee, Pauline Clifford (retired as treasurer and thanked for her labours), David Clifford, David Turton (parish council rep), Gilly Graham, Lynne Axon and Sarah Turner. Lowell Rhys stood down from the committee and was thanked for his years of service. One improvement being considered is new lighting. On the 18th April there will be a talk on windmills. The next AGM is on 8 December 2015. Seasonal refreshments were served after the meeting.

VILLAGE PLAYERS: Our production of There Goes The Bride was back in November, and I must apologise for the delay in my report on this. The farce by Ray Cooney and John Chapman features the morning of the wedding of Judy Westerby (played by Sue Bowers) to Nicholas Babcock who we never see. Her father Timothy (Richard Evans-Thomas), a harassed advertising executive, has his mind on an account with Perkin’s Bras, rather than his daughter’s wedding, which causes chaos when he receives a bump on the head as his father-in-law Gerald (Jim Edmonds) opens the door. As he rises from behind the sofa, so does a 1920s flapper, subsequently named Polly Perkins and played by Kate Rolff. The problem is that she is only visible to him, and us of course. So his wife Ursula (Lizzie Hutcheson), business partner Bill (Clyde Young), mother-in-law Daphne (Jane Uren) and Nicholas’ father Charles Babcock (Jonathan Gray) along with Gerald and Judy, become increasingly concerned with his odd behaviour; talking into thin air, singing and dancing 1920s songs etc. With all the usual twists and turns to be found in farces this lead to a hilarious evening, with great characterizations by the cast. In between the acts guests were served with a three course meal expertly provide by Mary Dick-Cleland, we as cast and crew are able to take part in this at the cast party, many thanks Mary. The play takes place in the drawing room of the Westerby’s house, a set beautifully designed and built by John Gunn and Pam Edmonds with help from Graham Stoner and members of the cast and crew. Pam directed the play with Anita Gunn as producer. Props and set dressing, which bring the set to life were provided by Yvonne Mitchell and Jane Leney. Sound, Jonathan Austin and lighting Andrew Nairne. Prompts Moira Bowles and Christine Cogdell. Wardrobe, Libby Montagu and Sue Wilson. Sue also provided her horsebox for transporting the set components to and from their storage. Inyca Humphreys, a new recruit to the players, provided general assistance in many ways, reading in for actors unable to make particular rehearsals, and prompting during rehearsals, and in many other ways. Richard Evans Thomas, another new recruit, in his role as Timothy brought great energy and talent to this demanding role, which requires him to be on stage for a large proportion of the time. The highlight was I think his falling out of the window at the end of a dance. This brings down the marquee in the garden, causing chaos there. Shortly after he appears, back to normal, champagne in hand, top hat on, immaculate and calm. Our next production will be the thriller An Inspector Calls by J B Priestly, to be put on May 13 to 16. Auditions for this production will be at the Dunn Village Hall on Saturday January 10 (10.30am to 12.30pm) and Wednesday January 14 (8pm to 10pm). Audition pieces will be on the website in the near future. When searching for the Village Players don’t forget to include Rushlake Green, it will narrow down the results considerably.

BAND CONCERT: One of the features of the build up to Christmas in this parish is the Warbleton Brass Band’s Christmas concert, and last Sunday did not disappoint. A wide range of music from Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance through to the shepherd’s song from the Songs of the Auvergne, well played under the baton of Sian Buss. The latter tune featured soloists Martin Buss on cornet and Paul Labus on euphonium. After the opening number It’s Raining Men (the Weather Girls hit) came a real test of stamina with a South Pacific medley with wonderful tunes like Bali H’ai, Some Enchanted Evening, I’m Gonna Wash That Man etc. The horn section featured in Procul Harem’s Whiter Shade of Pale. After the tea interval five trainee members of the band played a couple of tunes showing that the future of the band is in good hands. New members of all ageas are welcome and training is given. Some instruments are available as well. Practice night is Friday at the Dunn Village Hall. The Band returned with festive headgear, including some very inventive creations, for the second half mainly featuring Christmas music, concluding with Sussex By The Sea. The proceeds of the raffle and the retiring offering will be donated to the Sussex, Surrey and Kent Air Ambulance. This charity provides emergency attendance via a helicopter, which has a paramedic and doctor on board to provide emergency treatment on the scene and then rapid transport to hospital.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

GLEN CHORALE: It was a dreary day on December 1 but Wannock Hall was warm and inviting for the Glen Chorale’s Christmas Concert entitled ‘ring Christmas bells’. With most of the choir already in place in their attractive outfits, a small group of singers entered from the back of the hall singing Ring Christmas Bells first one voice, then another, with the musical director Ansy Boothroyd following the small procession. The voices started softly, gradually reaching a crescendo as the whole choir joined in and then the diminuendo, it was very effective. The programme was varied with lovely harmonies and voices blending well together, and the diction was clear. The zither carol was a particular favourite and then followed Janet Togut’s solo Bring Your Torches which she sang in French. It was well received by the audience. ‘It wouldn’t be Christmas without John Rutter’ said the conductor and so followed the beautiful Nativity Carol. Counter tenor David Thorpe had a solo part in Gustav Holst’s Lullay my Liking with backing from the choir. It was unaccompanied and seemed to have a medieval influence. A very difficult piece to sing, but it showed what this choir is capable of achieving. The final carol in the first half of the concert was Come to Bethlehem lively, and I noticed people tapping their feet. There were well known carols throughout the concert with audience participation. In the second half, three of the pieces were arranged by Esther Bird, who conducted The Glen Chorale some years ago. They included The Cowboy Carol which was unaccompanied and well performed. Janet Short-Windsor sang The Twelve Days After Christmas which never ceases to amuse, and David Nunn, in woolly hat and scarf, sang another humorous song The Carol Singers and explained to the audience what a wait was, a group of musicians who travel around singing carols. The final piece in the concert was We Wish You a Merry Christmas arranged by one of the choir members Graham Dibbens who was also the pianist for this carol. It was a jazzed up arrangement with a syncopated rhythm, catching the choir out a few times, but it was all good fun and nobody minded. I am sure that Ansy Boothroyd would have been well pleased with the concert and she is fortunate in having a number of very good singers - and of course her pianist Coryn Roberts. A retiring collection was taken for The Beachy Head Chaplaincy.

‘X’MAS FACTOR: Friends of Willingdon Community School are presenting the ‘X’ Factor Christmas and craft fair from 10am to 1pm tomorrow, Saturday. Attractions at the school include local craft stalls, charity stalls manned by students in years 7 and 8, a visit to Santa, live music from students of Willingdon and a raffle and a variety of refreshments. If you would like to take up a stall yourself please ring 01323 481101 or visit friends@willingdonschool.org.uk

TRIANGLE LACE CLUB members will be meeting at Trinity Church Hall from 10am to 2pm tomorrow, Saturday. This is an active friendly club promoting all forms of bobbin lace. Lace makers of any age are welcome. There is a trade stand with lace supplies and equipment, and guidance on the art of lace making can be given. The cost, including refreshments, raffle and insurance, is £5. This particular meeting is Christmas themed with sausage rolls and mince pies. For more information, please contact Rowena Gausden on 01323 484165.

JEVINGTON CHURCH: On Sunday there will be a carol service at St Andrew’s Church at 5pm.

VOICE WORKS: This vibrant choir meets at JPK Edgmond for their weekly rehearsals. At 3pm on Sunday the whole Company of Singers will be performing carols under the Christmas tree at Trafalgar Square in support of JPK whose aim is to provide supported living accommodation for adults with learning disabilities once sufficient funds have been raised. On Tuesday December 16 Voice Works will be performing at All Saints Church in Grange Road, Eastbourne, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £4 and can be purchased at the door. This concert is also in support of the JPK Sussex Project.

CONCENTUS CHORALE has once again chosen the JPK Sussex Project to benefit from the retiring collections of both their Christmas Concerts. The first performance will be held at St Leonards Church in Seaford at 5pm tomorrow, Saturday, and this will be repeated at St Saviours and St Peter’s Church in Eastbourne at 4pm on Saturday December 20. For further information and tickets please contact Evelyn Smith on 01323 643358.

MUFTI DAY: Students from Willingdon Community School will be able to go to school in non-uniform clothes on Thursday. Money they raise from being sponsored will be donated to Matthew 25 Mission. This is also the last day of the term as Friday December 19 is an inset day and the school is closed to students. The new term starts on Monday January 5.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Tomorrow, Saturday, Penny Payne will be entertaining customers at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm. On Sunday the meat raffle draw will take place at 2pm. On Tuesday there will be a special Christmas quiz starting at 8pm with prizes for the winners. On Thursday it will be Mel Hayes and Terry’s album launch at 8pm. December 19 is the nativity night and the Long Man Morris Men will be leading the carol singing from about 8pm.

CHURCH STREET NATIVITY starts inside St Mary’s Church at 6pm on Friday December 19. The Holy Family have been chosen - Natasha and Lee and their baby Bethany. Lesley Etwell will be Angel Gabriel and Stuart Freeman, and Pam and Paul Martin will be the kings, but there is plenty of room for more kings and shepherds, angels and even sheep. The nativity story is re-enacted as Mary and Joseph and the crowds flocking out of church make their way to Bethlehem while Fr Michael or Fr Kevin recount the bible story and sing carols along the way. The three kings are waiting inside Anji’s hairdressing salon and the garden of Flint House represents the shepherds’ fields. Finally the Wheatsheaf inn is reached where the landlord Martin Hughes says that there is no room at the inn and redirects everyone to ‘the stable’ across the road where baby Jesus is wrapped up warmly in a manger. Martin usually lays on mulled wine and mince pies for the crowds, which is very generous of him, and then everyone flocks into the pub where the Long Man Morris Men will be leading the carols.

TRINITY DINERS: A traditional Christmas dinner will be served at noon on Friday December 19 at Trinity Church Hall. The cost is £6.50. To reserve a place ring 01323 484189.

THE EIGHT BELLS: Every Monday evening from 7pm The Hot Club of Jevington, a gypsy swing band, entertains the customers at the Eight Bells. Tuesday night is quiz night from 8.30pm. Pete Martin will be providing live music with 50s covers from 9pm on Friday December 19. It is advisable to book for a table. Ring 01323 484442.