Parish pump Hailsham - December 5, 2014

Alfriston

PRO MUSICA will be presenting their Christmas concert at St Andrew’s Church on Sunday at 6pm. The Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols composed around such tunes as the Sussex Carol and Somerset will give the programme a festive flavour. Also featured will be Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. Carols by composer Bob Chilcott complete the programme along with some traditional favourites for everyone to sing. Directed by Ray Maulkin, with the Florentine String ensembles and David Ollosson (organ) and Frank Fox-Wilson (Percussion); Michael Bunting is the soloist in the Vaughan Williams and Katie Walter sings the role of the boy soprano in the Bernstein. The evening concludes with a glass of wine. Tickets £12 at the door or from choir members.

CHRISTMAS MARKET in West Dean: The Dovecote Garden Christmas Advent Market in West Dean will be held on December 6 and 7, 10am to 4pm. With a wide variety of stalls including home grown Christmas trees which may be chosen and dug from the ground. There is free parking and well behaved dogs on leads are welcome.

300 CLUB this month will be held on December 9 at 8pm at The George. It is still not too late to join and a £10 membership (giving, each month, the chance to win £50 for two members) could be a novel Christmas gift.

Bodle Street Green

CHRISTMAS CAROL: Tomorrow evening at the Village Hall a Dickensian Evening A Christmas Carol. Due to a number of similar events in the area, this evening has been shortened and will now be 7pm for 7.30pm. A Christmas Carol a DVD featuring Anton Lessor as Charles Dickens with a two-course supper with coffee and mints. There will be a licensed bar for wines and beer. Tickets are £12.50 per person (special rate for families with children) from Bryan on 01323 833554 or Geoff on 01323 833343.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion, 11am Family Christingle Service. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Morning Praise.

Folkington

CHURCH NEWS: We celebrated a beautiful Advent service last Sunday and said goodbye to The Reverend Canon David Gutsell who has led many of our past services and also played the organ so professionally, as he did on Sunday. Thank you. Mulled wine and festive fare was enjoyed by all in the church after the service. On Sunday there is a service of Holy Communion at 10.30am led by The Reverend Malcolm Elwis. The second Advent candle will be lit.

Hailsham

HOME ALONE AT CHRISTMAS? The Home Alone at Christmas Scheme has been expanded from 40 places to 80 to welcome even more people who might otherwise be home alone at Christmas. Will you be home alone this Christmas or do you know someone who would be? Why not join in at The Link Coffee Shop in Market Square, Hailsham, for Christmas dinner on Christmas Day. Pick up a booking form from The Link or phone 01323 441079 (Kay) to book. They would love to see you. Booking essential and there is no charge. The Link Coffee Shop will be open from 11.30am for coffee and the meal is served at 12.30pm. Places are only offered to those on their own. If you are in need of transport this can also be booked and provided. There will be light entertainment.

BIKER TOY RUN: Tomorrow, Saturday, in support of The Salvation Army, ESAM (East Sussex Advanced Motorcyclists) are collecting unwrapped new or second-hand toys in good clean condition for all ages babies to teenagers from Tesco, Hailsham. The annual Toy Run will be leaving Wessons Café, High Street, Horam at 10am, then via all collection points, finishing at The Salvation Army Citadel, Langney Road, Eastbourne. Please leave your toys in store at the following collection points: Wessons Cafe, High Street, Horam, J S Gedge Motorcycles, Pevensey, Tesco, North Street, Hailsham, SafeStore, Brampton Road, Eastbourne, Tesco, Lottbridge Drove, Eastbourne. Be a Santa biker please donate a toy or join them on the day all toys are for local children and teenagers who are in need at Christmas. For more information contact 07720 033514.

STREET MARKET: This year’s Christmas Market will take place in the town centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 4pm. Vicarage Field will have stalls of regional fine food, Christmas gifts, decorations, cards, cakes, jewellery, roasted chestnuts, mulled wine, candy floss and mince pies. There will be festive entertainment throughout the day from the Jazz Caverners, Hailsham Choral Society, Herstmonceux Jazz and Rock Choir, The Memphis Flyers and pupils of Hailsham Community College. Santa and his sleigh will be outside the Quintins Centre as well as a Reindeer Rodeo in Vicarage Field. A road closure will be in place between 4am and 9am to erect the stalls and 4pm to 9pm to take them down.

ST MARY’S: This is the Second Sunday of Advent. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am. At 10.30am is an All Age Service with crèche, Bible Baddies: The Snake. 4pm all welcome to the Bedes School Carol Service.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: Service on Sunday at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. The mediums are Malcolm and Lesleigh.

RAFA CONCERT: The Hailsham branch of the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) is holding its Christmas concert on Sunday. The concert, which takes place at Hailsham Pavilion in George Street, will feature a wide range of Christmas tunes performed by Wealden Brass. All funds raised will go to the RAFA Wings Appeal, a fundraising project set up to provide welfare support for veterans from those involved in World War II through to today’s serving RAF personnel and their families. The concert starts at 3pm and will finish around 5.15pm. Tickets are priced at £6 each for adults or £3 for children (under 16 years) with limited seats available so early bookings are recommended. Tickets will be available within the Quintins Centre or can be reserved by calling the Hailsham Pavilion box office on 01323 841414. For more information about the appeal, visit www.rafa.org.uk/wingsappeal.asp

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: The next meeting of the Hailsham and District Branch is on Tuesday at 7.30pm at the Hailsham Club. Afterwards there will be a light buffet and carols with music provided by the maestro, Peter Appleby. Before the Remembrance Service at Hailsham War Memorial on November 9. The members were informed of a new clasp for the General Service Medal 1918-1962 for those who had taken part in the Berlin Airlift 1948-49 and a reduction in the number of days from 120 to 90 for those that had served in Cyprus 1955-59. There is an extension to the South Atlantic Medal without the rosette from the 12 July to 21 Oct 1982. Steve Leonard, the Branch Standard Bearer entered the Sussex County Standard Bearers competition again this year and was successful in becoming the County Standard Bearer for the second year in succession. Well done Steve. The annual general meeting was held following the branch meeting with reports given and the retirement of Revd Peter Clark as branch secretary a new secretary was required. Frank Berry volunteered for this and together with all other officers and committee members who volunteered to continue were elected unanimously. The branch accounts were presented and accepted. The chairman, Mike Weller, called upon the branch president, Robin Kempe, to make a presentation of a Certificate of Services Rendered to the retiring branch secretary, Robin made a point about Peter’s changes of career since leaving the Royal Navy and also the way in which he conducted the services at the War Memorial. Revd Peter had been secretary for the branch since 2007 this month. On accepting the Certificate, he said that he will still be attending the branch and barracking the chair.

KNITTING GROUP: The next meeting will be the last formal meeting this year. If your New Year resolutions include learning a new skill, taking up a neglected pastime or meeting new people with a shared interest, Knit’Inn Nights are held at The King’s Head twice a month 7.30pm until about 10pm on the second and last Tuesday each month. The December meeting is on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Phone Su (07552229473)or come along.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The next meeting of the Hailsham Historical and Natural History Society is on Wednesday at the Methodist Church hall at 7pm for 7.30pm. The speaker is Mary Mustin on How The Lady and the Ladies Changed my Life. Exactly what this entails you will have to come along and find out. The AGM in November flowed well with no changes to officers or committee. Just a reminder subscriptions for membership are now due. The business side was followed by treasurer, Richard Goldsmith, showing some pictures taken by the late Harry White during the 1960s around the town. It was interesting looking back to the shops and buildings of 50 years ago in the High Street, George Street and so on. Richard was thanked having ended the evening showing the signal box south of Hailsham Station with the Nursery Path going under the railway and the red phone box as the sun went down. David said that he too had ended a similar show of pictures at the old Community hall several years ago with the same picture Goodnight. David would like to thank everybody that has supported the society over the last year and ‘to Jenny Seale for putting my scribble into print’. The first meeting of 2015 is on January 14.

ORGAN CLUB: On December 10 imagine a cross between Les Dawson and Liberace. The event is at the Charles Hunt Centre, Vicarage Field and always on the second Wednesday of each month. There is plenty of free parking very close to the venue. Doors open at 7pm, shows start at 7.30pm. Call Charles Clegg on 01323 762411.

STREET MEETINGS: Come and meet your local PCSO to discuss local issues, crime prevention or any problems you feel we may need to know about at Freshfield Close on Sunday between 2pm and 2.30pm outside Summerfields Court and at Lindfield Drive from 2.45 to 3.15pm. There is also a police surgery on Tuesday at Dippydoodahs, High Street, from 10 to 11am, Wednesday at Blossom Walk between 6pm and 6.30pm. Elm Green on Thursday from 6pm to 6.30pm. There is a Christmas Party for disabled children from The RDA on Saturday December 13 from 2pm to 4pm at Dippydoodahs, High Street. If your children attend the riding school for the disabled in Eastbourne, this is the chance to meet your local PCSO, who has joined forces with the local Halifax Building Society, and Kate at Dippydoodahs to have a fun filled Christmas party, with presents and a special visit from Santa.

ROTARY SANTA: The Rotary Christmas Sleigh visits will begin on Monday and will continue throughout the month until December 22. Posters and flyers listing all the dates and where and when the sleigh will be in your area will be popping up in the town shortly and on their and the What’s on in Hailsham Facebook page. The sleigh and friendly, jovial, generous Santa will also appear in the Town Centre for the Town Festivities Day tomorrow.

PAVILION: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society (HOPS) held its AGM on November 24, which was well attended and the chairman and treasurer reported on an excellent year of fundraising. HOPS runs various events throughout the year to raise funds to support the Hailsham Old Pavilion and receives membership subscriptions from its members. The Pavilion relies on this fundraising to continue to operate as a cinema and live arts theatre. June Bourne, HOPS president, presented a cheque for £17k to Bob Macey, chairman of the Hailsham Pavilion Board. HOPS also held its annual movie poster auction at the Pavilion on November 22. Pavilion manager Paul Nunney took the gavel and conducted the auction. Some of the posters were quite collectable and fetched a premium price whilst others were being sold for a £1. Assistant manager Jane Pearson did an excellent job of cataloguing all the posters and making sure everything went smoothly behind the scenes. In total over £700 was raised for HOPS towards the upkeep of Hailsham Pavilion. There has never been a better time to become a member of HOPS. Members receive a 10 per cent discount on their cinema tickets. Annual membership is only £10, or £15 for a joint membership. Details from the Pavilion box office.

DEMELZA: The Friends of Demelza (Hailsham) are gearing up for a burst of fundraising activities leading up to Christmas. Last weekend they were in their clown outfits, bag-packing at the checkouts at ESK in Eastbourne. On Wednesday they will be gathering at the Ripe headquarters of Demelza Community to present a cheque for the money they have raised throughout the year. Next Friday is their annual Christmas Mini Market in The Quintins shopping precinct from 8.30am to 1pm where you can pick up some last-minute Christmas gift bargains, take home some delicious homemade cakes, or try your luck on the tombola. You might even see some more clowns. On Sunday December 14 Demelza hold their grand Carol Concert at 3pm at Eastbourne College Chapel. This features the Phoenix Choir from Eastbourne, some special guest readers and traditional Christmas carols. For tickets for the carol concert go to www.demelza.org.uk or call 01795 845288. Tickets cost adults £10, children £5.

WINDOW DISPLAYS: Shopkeepers in Hailsham are being invited to take part in this year’s Best Shop Christmas Window Display competition. Traders across the town are encouraged to create bright and decorative displays with a special award being given for the best efforts before judging which takes place on Monday December 15.

FESTIVE FARMERS’ MARKET: Saturday December 13 from 9am to 12.30pm. Free on-site parking and market café open at the Cattle Market site. All the usual producers for your festive and usual food shop and crafters for the more unusual gifts and many more stallholders. There will also be students from Hailsham Community College sixth form New Enterprise Initiative who will also have a pitch. Father Christmas, from 10am Living Word and Young Farmers carol singers, the cast of Hailsham Theatre’s forthcoming Wizard of Oz panto will all 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. Look here next week for an update of all the stalls and or please visit their facebook page at www.facebook.com/hailshamfarmersmarket. For more information contact the Farmers Market manager on 07887 910150.

Hellingly, Horsebridge & Dicker

CHURCH SERVICES: Hellingly: Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP), every Sunday Holy Communion (CW) at 8am and 10.45am. This Sunday there is an Advent Family Service at 10.30 and on Wednesday Hellingly School concert is in the church at 6pm and also at 2pm on Thursday. This year’s Christmas Appeal for Hellingly is Dr Colin Tourle’s medical charity in helping Syrian refugees. Upper Dicker: Communion (CW) is at 9.15am. This Sunday there is Music for Advent at 6.30pm St Bede’s Choir. All welcome. This year’s Christmas Appeal is for the Children with Cancer Fund in Polegate and Christingle supports the Children’s Society. Donations are welcome and there will be special collections at the Christmas Eve Crib services.

THE CHRISTMAS FAYRE at Hellingly raised about £860. Thanks to all who organised, contributed, helped on the day and came along to buy.

MOTHERS’ UNION: Scampy came to visit the MU in November. Scampy is a hearing dog for deaf people and she is friend, helper and companion to June Ironside who lives in Eastbourne. Mrs Ironside brought Scampy along when she came to talk about Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and to demonstrate the help Scampy gives. Scampy is able to show when the telephone, the alarm or the cooker timer rings by taking her to the appropriate place. If the fire alarm were to ring the response would be different so that Mrs Ironside would be aware of danger. It is expensive to train these dogs, who are usually rescue dogs and the charity has had to close one of their training centres through lack of funds. Mrs Ironside said that Scampy had totally transformed her life.

SCHOOL LINK: At the time of writing the result of the Christmas Fair was not known but hopefully everyone had a good time and lots of money was made towards the next project to replace old computers. The children raised £130 for Children in Need in November. Cakes and other items were sold in school and donations from the tuck shop added to the total. December is a very busy month moving towards the Christmas holidays. The children, and staff, will be working hard in order to put on the nativity play for Key Stage 1 pupils and the church service for Key Stage 2. The children all love to perform to their parents and, of course, the parents thoroughly enjoy watching their children. Towards the end of term Christmas dinner is served to the children, usually by the Governors and staff, suitably attired in party hats plus. The children also have class parties and lots of fun. In between though there is certainly an enormous amount of school work to achieve. And the children have a Disco as well.

PARISH COUNCIL: Hellingly Country Park and Roebuck Park: Active Play: During the recent October half term holidays it was noted a number of children were keen to be involved in the design of the BMX track, although the children expressed a wish for a skate park rather than a BMX track. It was noted Persimmon had offered to construct the BMX track as part of the Country Park development and would be at no cost to the council. More information was needed and this will be investigated further but not to raise the children’s expectations. The council walked round the park in November. The weed and growth around the ponds had been cleared and structural planting was in place. This needed to be checked against the planting plan. Persimmon agreed the paths would be cleared and made good and some paths would be upgraded to hogging paths. It is likely to be six to nine months before the council takes over this area. The contractor would be asked to strim the brambles and cut back the paths, there would be an inspection before transfer to the council. The cricket pitch has taken well, the water supply is still to be fitted. The council had been asked to request the cricket club to make contact with Kestrel in respect of the cricket square. The council is still waiting for the detailed tree report and this would be requested again.

CAFÉ AND CAROLS: On Monday at 6pm there will be Carols, Santa and Mulled Wine on the Green outside Dicker Café on Coldharbour Road.

CHRISTMAS QUIZ: At The Plough Inn on Tuesday at 8pm.

CHRISTMAS DECS: On Wednesday children can join in the Christmas decorations making from 5pm to 6pm with Dicker Residents Association at Holy Trinity Church.

COFFEE MORNING: Cake and mince pies are on offer on Thursday from 10.40am to noon in Dicker Village Hall.

VOICES IN HARMONY: A Concert and Sing-a-long to Mr Blue Sky, carols, other music with mulled wine and mince pies next Friday December 12. Doors open at 8pm for 8.30pm start at Dicker Village Hall.

CHRISTMAS PARTY: For the Children’s Christmas Party on Saturday December 13 between 3.30pm and 5.30pm hosted by the Dicker Residents Association at Dicker village hall, bring a plate of food to share but email Marian on mcdrichards@btinternet.com by 8 December with your child’s name or they will miss out on a present from Father Christmas.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH: The village Christmas lunch on Sunday December 14 from 12.30pm at Dicker village hall. It is £3 per person. To book contact Marian on 441458 or email mcrickhards@btinternet.com.

TUDOR CHRISTMAS: Find out how the Tudors celebrated Christmas with food, archery, crafts and traditional entertainment this Saturday and Sunday at Michelham Priory. Normal admission applies.

DEFIBRILLATORS: Arlington Parish Council has had two defibrillators installed as part of the support from the emergency services, and other organisations, to the community. They are located at Arlington Village phone box (outside the Yew Tree Inn) and Bede’s Porter’s Lodge (main car park entrance, Michelham Priory Road). Training will be given by SECAmb, however, anyone is allowed to use this equipment in an attempt to resuscitate a person whose heart has apparently stopped beating. The equipment will prevent it being used on a person whose heart is still beating and the machine will provide verbal instructions to the user on what to do. If the equipment is required in such an emergency it is important someone has phoned 999 before, or during, its use to alert the emergency services.

SOLAR FARM: Behind the scenes the plans for the community solar farm at Berwick have been progressing. Updates have been delayed as it is in the nature of doing something that has not been done before that there are changes along the way. The complexities of the project have not been helped by significant changes in government policy, which have meant that commercial partners have needed to hasten their part of the project. As many of you will be aware, the commercial side of the Berwick solar farm is well underway now. The piling is complete for the posts that support the panels and so the noisiest part of the process is now finished. This solar farm will provide enough electricity for 2,500 homes and it will start to supply green energy into the grid early in 2015. Local solar power also builds the resilience and efficiency of the grid by obviating the need to carry electricity long distances, which nationally results in about eight per cent losses. Susenco, the people who have developed the solar farm, are genuinely passionate about how to improve the biodiversity on the land. They want to work with local people to achieve this; plans include building a swift tower, planting 900 metres of new hedges and trees, and managing the ponds on the land for wildlife.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

WALKERS: On Sunday the walking group will meet at 10am. Park at the Old Loom Mill, Ersham Road, Hailsham for a walk along the Cuckoo trail with Judith and Sally (485769). There will be tea and cake in Polegate before return.

CHURCH FAIR: The annual All Saints Church Fayre will be held tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon in the village hall. There will be a range of stalls to help you start the Christmas shopping, refreshments and a children’s Nativity Play performed at 11am. Also for the children there will be crafts, face painting and Father Christmas.

HORTICULTURAL AGM: The AGM is tomorrow, Saturday, 2pm for 2.30pm at The Reid Hall, Boreham Street, followed by A Sussex Christmas with Slides and Songs by Mick Lynn.

WINE TASTING: Lime Cross Nursery has a Christmas try before you buy wine tasting evening on Thursday at 6pm (£5 per person), drop in between 6.30pm and 8pm to taste eight different wines, with nibbles and case rate discounts followed by late night shopping until 8pm. Spittoons provided for drivers. Ring 01323 833229 for details and booking info. Late night shopping Thursdays December 11 and 18 from 5pm to 7.30pm and 8pm on December 11.

EVENING WI: The Christmas Party is on Wednesday and will be a fun and festive evening. There will also be a spot of Christmas DIY on offer, as they have invited Sandra Hyde to come and show members how to make their own Christmas boxes. Do not forget to take along a Christmas present to the value of £3. 7.30pm in the village hall. Contact secretary Sue Stewart on 01323 833450.

CAROLS BY STARLIGHT: Join the Southdown Singers on Sunday at the Observatory Science Centre for an evening of Christmas Carols. Enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie and take the opportunity to view the sky through the historic telescopes (weather permitting). The price of your ticket includes Carol concert, hands on exhibits, historic telescopes available for viewing (normally closed to the public), mulled wine and mince pie (alternatives for children). There will also be a fundraising tombola and 20 per cent off your Christmas shopping in the gift shop. 5pm to 9pm. Cost: £10 per adult or senior, £8 per child. Booking essential.

GEMINIDS METEOR SHOWER: Go along to the Observatory Science Centre on Saturday December 13 for an Open Evening for the Geminids Meteor Shower, 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 on Saturday, December 13, 2pm to 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 of pies, meat, game, jams, etc as well as stalls with suggestions for Christmas gifts. Weather has caused a few problems with the monthly market this year and the association is pleased to say 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. Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: Norman’s Bay Caravan Park 9.45am to 10.15am; The Ridgeway, Herstmonceux 10.40am to 11.15am. Tomorrow, Saturday: Opposite Denbigh Court, Hooe 1.50pm to 2.35pm; Manchester Road, Ninfield 2.50pm to 3.25pm; Downsview, Ninfield 3.40pm to 4.05pm. Wednesday: Deanland Mobile Home Park 9.15am to 11.20am; Chiddingly School, noon to 12.30pm; Community Centre, Hailsham East 12.55pm to 1.25pm; Southdown Court, Bell Banks Road, Hailsham 2.20pm to 3.05pm; Cedars, Milland Road, Hailsham 3.40pm to 4.20pm.

Ninfield & Hooe

CRIMINAL DAMAGE: Our PCSO, Daryl Holter, advices the police have received a report that overnight November 26/27, a vehicle was subject to criminal damage at the junction of Manchester Road and the Green Ninfield outside the Blacksmiths Inn. Should anyone have seen or heard anything in connection with this contact 101.

U18S FOOTBALL: Ninfield United U18s went down 2-5 to a rampant Riverhead side that worked closely together. Despite having the better run of the play in most of the first half, lapses let Rusthall have an easy 3-0 lead early on. To be fair, one goal would have been a difficult save for a premiership goalie. Ninfield’s goalie also made two superb saves, to keep the goal score reasonable. We need performances like that from everyone every week. It comes together well on the training pitch but astro turf is not the same as a muddy pitch, that saps stamina, especially for the younger lads. Ninfield pulled one back before halftime but hadn’t come out for the second half focussed enough and let in two more, before another Ninfield goal brought the deficit down to a more respective 2-5. Sunday is an away match at Rusthall, noon kick off, so go to the Ninfield United FC facebook page for more details.

FLOWER GROUP: Ninfield Flower Group next meet today, Friday, in the Memorial Hall, at 7.30pm. They welcome the talented Craig Bullock, with his seasonal demonstration entitled Winter. Tickets are £10 to include refreshments, available from Ellie Barron on 01424 893385. All flowers demonstrated are raffled at the end of the evening as well as the Flower Group Raffle. Contact Jennifer on 01424 892878 or email: ninfieldflowers@gmail.com.

BLUEGRASS PRESENTS: Following the recent successful presentation of The Whitetop Mountain Band USA, The Bluegrass Plus Club presents The Corn Potato String Band plus Alive and Picking. This American Acoustic Concert will be held tomorrow, Saturday, 8.30pm to 11pm at Ninfield Memorial Hall. Tickets are £10 per person, available from Ninfield Post Office or Ray and Sheila on 01424 893390 or 07956266534 / Email: sheila@bluegrass-plusclub.co.uk. You can check out their website at: www.bluegrass-plusclub.co.uk.

CAFE CHURCH: Ninfield Methodist Church are holding a Cafe Church on Sunday, 10.30am to 11.30am. You are invited to their monthly family service which includes breakfast. Cafe Church services take place on the first Sunday each month.

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. Call Edna on 01424 842591.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: On Monday December 15, 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.

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

Polegate

THE DICKER Cabaret are performing at Polegate CP School today, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday. Doors open at 7.30pm for 8pm. Adults only, not suitable for children. Tickets are £10 if booked in advance or £12 on the door. Tickets available from ticket source or from Tracey@sussexoakleaf Old Chapel, 1 Carriers Path, Hailsham.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, in the lounge at Polegate Community Centre, is hosted by the Social Section, 10am to noon.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Sea, Dean and Course, 5 miles with June H. Meet at Marine Gate 10.30am bus No 12, 9.13am Terminus Road stand J. On Sunday, Highs and Lows, 10 miles with Glyn R. Meet at The Avenue 9.15am. Walk starts at Mountfield Road CP, Lewes 10am GR 416097. Dry lunch, tea stop if time permits.

FESTIVE FUN begins at Trinity Church tomorrow, Saturday, with the Christmas Gala, at 2.30pm. The Downland Singers will be joined by Wealden Brass for an afternoon of rousing Christmas music during which seasonal refreshments will be served. There will also be the opportunity to join in with some traditional carols. Programmes priced at £5 can be bought in advance by calling 484189 or emailing secretary@trinitylep.plus.com or will be at the door.

POLEGATE LADIES CIRCLE meeting on December 9 where they will be entertained by Vera and Ken. Go along to Polegate Community Centre lounge at 2.30pm or ring Shirley Hannam on 488035.

CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES are taking place on Willingdon Triangle on the evening of December 11 starting at 6pm. Trinity Church Hall will be open with various stalls. Brains Butchers will be offering hot snacks and there will be carol singing. Father Christmas is visiting Willingdon Library.

FOR DETAILS of Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society annual dinner on Friday December 12, please contact Margaret on 484293.

TICKETS are 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.

POLEGATE WINE and Social Club meeting on December 16 for their Christmas Party and buffet. Contact Alf on 485134.

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

TRINITY COMMUNITY MARKET is still open until Wednesday December 17 from 9.30am to 12.30pm at Trinity Church Hall, Lower Willingdon.

Warbleton & Rushake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion, 11am Family Christingle Service, when we celebrate Jesus as the Light of the World. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Morning Prayer (CW). Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion led by Rev Philip Laver.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

SUNRISE SENIOR LIVING: The lighting of the Christmas tree accompanied by the Sunrise Choir will take place at Sunrise Senior Living at 6pm today, Friday. Tomorrow, Saturday, the Christmas Fete will be held at Sunrise from 2pm to 4pm raising funds for the Eastbourne Talking Newspaper. Refreshments available.

DEMONSTRATION: Willingdon Flower Club meet at 1.45pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. The demonstration is by Stephanie Laing and is entitled With Christmas in Mind.

CHRISTMAS GALA: The festive fun begins at Trinity Church tomorrow, Saturday, with a Christmas Gala which starts at 2.30pm. The Downland Singers will be joined by Wealden Brass for an afternoon of rousing Christmas music during which seasonal refreshments will be served. There will also be the opportunity to join in with some traditional carols. Entrance programmes priced at £5 from 01323 484189, email secretary@trinitylep.plus.com or at the door.

STONE JUNCTION with their contemporary and transatlantic folk music will be entertaining customers at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

WILLINGDON SCHOOL OF DANCE present Forever England at the Floral Hall in the Winter Garden, Eastbourne, at 2.30pm and 7pm on Sunday supported by Eastbourne Silver Band. Tickets are £7 or £6 concessions. Ring the box office on 01323 412000. Donations will be given to Matthew 25 Mission and the Eastbourne branch of the Alzheimer’s Society.

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSES: Over 50 artists have been showing their work in various venues around Eastbourne during the weekend of November 29/30 and will continue to do so over the weekend of December 6/7. The first weekend was busy for Jennie Binnie and she will again be at the Old Schoolhouse in Jevington from 11am to 6pm on the second weekend when visitors can see her paintings, drawings, limited edition prints and festive fare. Ring 07534 208402, email jensbinnie@gmail.com or visit www.jenniferbinnie.co.uk .

A CHRISTMAS BAZAAR, organised by the Micheldene Women’s Institute, is being held at East Dean Village Hall from 10am to 12.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. Attractions include gifts for adults and children and Christmas decorations and accessories. Father Christmas assisted by his elves will be ensconced in his Winter Wonderland with a supply of presents. Also for younger visitors, there will be games and treats, plus a free drink and cake. There will also be a fantastic raffle and tombola with prizes for all ages. Visitors can peruse shabby chic painted furniture, stock up on beautiful hand-made greetings cards, Christmas wreaths, local art, and a fabulous range of local crafts. New for this year is a vintage clothes stall. No WI event would be complete without a fabulous cake stall. Entry to the bazaar is free for children and just £2 for adults, which includes tea or coffee and a warm mince pie.

THE PRE-SCHOOL NATIVITY is in St Mary’s Church Hall at 9.30am tomorrow, Saturday, followed by a Christmas Fair in the church hall.

TICKETS for Willingdon Church Players pantomime Aladdin to be staged at the end of January will be on sale in the church hall after the 9.45am Parish Eucharist and Sunday School on Sunday. At 11.30am is the Christingle service. Oranges supporting candles will be held by children to light up the church.

MEETINGS: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council hold a planning meeting at 7pm on Monday followed by a full council meeting at 7.30pm at Willingdon Community School.Ring 01323 489603.

CAROL EVENING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council hold their annual Christmas carol evening on Thursday at Willingdon Triangle. The Kingfisher Scout Band start at 6.30pm followed by carols accompanied by Wealden Brass outside Brains the Butchers. Sheet music will be available for everyone to join in. It would be a good idea to take a torch or lantern. The parish council will supply mince pies and mulled wine and there will be food provided by Brains. Father Christmas will be in Willingdon Library where there will also be activities for children. There will also be a variety of stalls in Trinity Church Hall and perhaps one or two outside Terry’s the greengrocers. When the activities are closing down some will probably make their way to The British Queen where there will be a barbecue with hot dogs and burgers outside and a quiz.

‘X’MAS FACTOR: Friends of Willingdon Community School are presenting the ‘X’ Factor Christmas and craft fair from 10am to 1pm on Saturday December 13. 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