Parish pump Hailsham - February 21, 2014

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Alfriston

ALFRISTON VILLAGE is Open for Business. Once again there is a Road Closed sign at the north end of the village. At the time of writing the water is covering the road beyond the High Street and part of the Willows car park but the access to the village from the south is flood free and a welcome awaits visitors. The traders in the village have been severely challenged in the early months of 2013 and 2014. Last year the drains were being replaced and the road closed signs kept visitors at bay. This year the flood water has meant the road closed signs are out once more and the village is quiet yet the shops, restaurants and pubs are open and village life is as usual.

ALFRISTON AND DISTRICT Amenity Society’s February talk will be an illustrated talk on The Friends of Eastbourne Hospital on February 25 at 2.30pm in the War Memorial Hall. It will be about the work of The Friends, what they have achieved, their relationship to the NHS and what they are aiming to achieve in the future. This is an opportunity to hear about their work for The DGH and to ask questions. The meeting is free to members but new members are always welcome. Membership is £3 per household per year.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer.Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion, 4pm Our Messy Church event 4ForAll at Punnetts Town Village Hall. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word. At 12.45pm, the congregations of the three churches will meet for a bring-and-share lunch at Bodle Street Village Hall to meet members of the team from Oakhill College who will be involved in our Events Week just before Easter. They will have been involved in the services during the morning. They say if you want something done ask a busy man. Well a very busy man has just been appointed the new Rural Dean for Dallington Deanery, our rector, Rev Marc Lloyd. Congratulations Marc.

ST DAVID’S DAY: Even if you aren’t Welsh, you can join in the celebrations at the village hall on Saturday March 1 at 6.45pm. The cost, including a two course meal, is £12.50 per head with special rates for families and children. See posters or the weekly bulletin for details.

FILM CLUB: Wadjda is the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia. It is the story of a young girl living in the suburb of Riyadh determined to buy a bike in a society that frowns upon women doing such a thing. It is also the first feature film made by a Saudi woman, Haifaa Al Mansour, who has broken many barriers with this film. It will be shown at 7.30pm next Friday February 28 in the village hall. Doors open at 7pm for drinks and cakes. Guests are welcome, tickets cost £6 on the door.

Folkington

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday we celebrate Mattins at 10.30am with Reverend Roger Dalling officiating. It is Creation Sunday. The usual tea/coffee and biscuits will be served afterwards. Everybody welcome.

Hailsham

CLAIRVOYANT EVENING this evening, Friday, starting at 7.30pm to 9pm with mediums Darren John and Adam Samuel.

BONFIRE BINGO this evening, Friday. Doors open at 7pm for eyes down 7.30pm at the Charles Hunt Age Concern Centre, entrance in Waitrose car park.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: The Royal British Legion Hailsham and District Branch is holding the Earl Haig Memorial Service on behalf of the Royal British Legion Sussex at St Mary’s Church, on Sunday at 3pm. The County Standard and various Branch Standards are to be displayed. The service is to be conducted jointly by Rev Peter Clark (Hailsham Branch Chaplin) and Rev Major Peter Mills. Ex-service, serving personnel, their dependents, forces widows and members of the public are cordially invited to attend. Frank Berry, Vice Chair of Hailsham British Legion, explains: ‘The Royal British Legion is commemorating the start of the Haig Fund (now the Poppy Fund) that commenced in 1921 following World War I by holding a service at St Mary’s Church, High St, Hailsham at 3pm. Representatives from various Branches and the local Cadet Forces will be in attendance. The County Standard and Branch Standards will be displayed. Members of the public are invited to attend the service especially as this year marks the commencement of the Great War that cost so many lives and affected so many families.’ If you would like to know more about the Hailsham British Legion contact Frank Berry on 07901717354. The group meets monthly at the Hailsham Club.

ST MARY’S: Sunday is the second Sunday before Lent. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), Rejection. 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, The Search for Satisfaction. 6.30pm Holy Communion, Rejections. There is Evening Prayer at 2.45pm at Emmanuel church, Hawkswood.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a service at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. The medium is Sheila Have.

SEX ED: If you would like to be involved in the sex education of your child then the next meeting of the Keeping Your Children Safe in Hailsham and Eastbourne group are meeting again on Monday at 7.30pm for 7.45pm at Community Wise, Ocklynge Road, Old Town, Eastbourne. An outline of a proposed new set of materials will be presented.

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday Bill and Judith (01323) 842441 are leading the Crowlink Circular of 4.5 miles. There are some hills and they will be stopping for coffee at Birling Gap. If you prefer a stroll with the short walks group then Jill (01323) 843530 will be leading the group from Eastbourne Tennis courts to the pier and return, stopping for coffee in Fusciardi’s.

LINE DANCING: If you would like to try a new fun and social way to exercise then there is a new line dance group meeting at Grovelands School from 6.30pm to 7.30pm on Wednesdays. You do not need a partner, go along with friends or on your own. They dance to all kinds of music, traditional country tracks and top 40 hits. No prior dance experience necessary, all ages and abilities welcome. No special clothing or equipment required just flat shoes or trainers. Classes are very friendly. For more information and to book a place, call Helen on 07612 337418 or email RJLiners@gmail.com or visit www.RJLiners.co.uk.

COLOUR SHOW: Hailsham Photographic Society present their annual audio visual event on Friday March 7 at 7.30pm and Saturday March 8 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm at Hailsham Community Hall, Vicarage Lane, (entrance next to Freedom Leisure Centre). This year they are supporting MS Family Support. Tickets are £5 from 01323 845569, The Camera Centre, or The Nodding Cobbler.

KNITTING GROUP: The next Knit Inn Night will be Tuesday at 7.30pm. New year had everyone taking stock, and at the last meeting we were considering storage. If you are a logical, organised, tidy, sort of person, there are lots of ready-made solutions. Boxes, drawer units, folders, wraps etc. and all that needs doing is labelling. To a greater or lesser degree we aspire to this ideal solution for storing our hobby bits and pieces, but it became apparent there is quite a variation in chosen storage and many customised pieces used, after a previously useful existence as something else. We should consider an award for the most original conversion. If you enjoy knitting or crochet and would like to share thoughts and ideas with like-minded people join us at The King’s Head any second or last Tuesday in the month. For more information phone Su (07951 631749).

100 YEARS AGO: In February 1914 FC Harvey reports: The Hailsham Christmas Tree was lighted. 73 girls and 28 boys received presents. Some of the girls were too old; they can hardly be called infants that should be corrected before next year. The Magham Down Tree was lighted. Here things are very primitive and patriarchal. Every boy and girl in the Sunday School receives a prize; and at the end, Parsons, Superintendent, Teachers, Parents, boys and girls, all dance round the mulberry bush, or rather the Christmas Tree, and spend a jolly evening. The Carol Singers collected 9/3 in their box for the Poor Fund.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

CHURCH SERVICES: Hellingly church: Regular Services, Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP). Every Sunday, Holy Communion (CW) at 8am, 10.45am Holy Communion (CW), 6.30pm Evensong. Upper Dicker: 9.15am Holy Communion (CW).

BREAKFAST: There are still places for the annual Farmhouse Breakfast in aid of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution on February 27 starting at 9am in Hellingly Village Hall. The last sitting will be at 1.30pm. Pre-booking is essential. For further information and to book, contact Gill and Bryan Hesselgrave, 01323 844613 or email them at stonehouse@hessel.force9.co.uk.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Last week the guest speaker was Dave Brooker DPAGB ARPS from Tonbridge Camera Club in Kent. Dave has always been passionate about landscape photography and makes Audio Visual presentations with graphics and maps to music but without commentary. The first AV was of Ashdown Forest, one of Dave’s favourite places for photography, where he frequently walks his dog. There were many scenic views including sunsets, snow scenes, benches, waterfalls and ponds, cattle and sheep, flowers, moss and fungi, and the ice cream van which is there every day. There were also pictures of AA Milne’s famous Pooh sticks bridge, and the site at Kings Standing WW11 broadcasting station, later a nuclear fallout station, now a grade 11 listed building with three floors of underground operational areas. There was also the Airman’s Grave, a memorial to all six of the crew who died when their Wellington bomber crashed there on its return from a raid on Cologne in 1941. After the tea break, a trip to Bruges to the Xmas market with photographs through shop windows of lace goods toys and chocolates, people taking horse and carriage rides, canals with boat trips, the market square and the famously historic belfry. The final AV was Dubai, with aerial views of the city at night from the world’s tallest building, The Burj Khalifa. It opened in Jan 2010 and took four years to build. The viewing deck is 160 floors up, which gave stunning sights of the city skyscrapers, with still 36 floors to the top. A very interesting evening was brought to a close and Dave was thanked for bringing some prints for members to enjoy after the AVs.

HEROES OF HELLINGLY: Did you know that Hellingly was the first village in the district to complete the erection of its War Memorial or, that over 50 per cent of the Hellingly men killed in WWI were under 25 years of age or that the vicars of both Hellingly and Upper Dicker Churches each had a son who was killed in WWI. Dave Dyer’s book includes much hitherto unpublished local history and uncovers some fascinating facts about the local area and about those brave souls who lost their lives. The Heroes of Hellingly documents the lives of people lost in the two World Wars and who are remembered on the Hellingly war memorial. To order a copy of this fascinating book contact David direct on 01323 845107 or find it in local outlets. £1 from each book is donated to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

QUIZ NIGHTS: Every Tuesday starting at 8pm at The Plough, Upper Dicker, there is a weekly prize of a bottle of wine. There is also live music every Friday and if you would like to perform contact Angelina on (01323) 844859 for an audition. There is live music on Sunday afternoons starting at 3pm for a couple of hours.

DICKER NEWS: At recent parish council meetings there had only been three responses to the Equestrian Survey, people were encouraged to respond. Regarding CPRE Funding, a member of the public requested the PC support the fighting fund being built to defend against Mayfield’s new town and other inappropriate development in Sussex. It was advised that the Arlington Road West, The Glade and Robin Post Lane (north) Residents’ Association had donated £100 to CPRE’s campaign to defend against the Mayfield proposal and other similar developments. With the possible increase of fracking the member asked for the PC to also donate £100 to CPRE. Bedes are trying to reduce their carbon footprint. Michelham Priory advised they had taken action to ensure no-one can over-ride the sound limiter at the barn. Parking arrangements and events management have been revised. They have met with neighbours and WDC planning dept. Use of the barn affects the financial viability of the site. Some members of the public commented they were pleased the managers of the site had been working with close neighbours. Concern was expressed over night-time events, of the number being requested and that these could be held on consecutive evenings. It was confirmed that the management was able to switch off the power for sound equipment at 11pm.

MEDICAL HELP FOR SYRIA: It was decided the funds raised for the Christmas collection would be used to help with the purchase of an anaesthetic machine for use in the field in acute medical situations in Syria. The results were wonderful. The anaesthetic machine has now been paid for and it was successfully delivered to Syria in October. You can see the machine that was sent at http://www.safe4all.org.uk/. There is also a YouTube presentation which lasts about seven minutes.

About six minutes into the film Dr Tourle’s friend Dr Roger Eltringham, who invented this machine, presents the portable machine sent to Syria. Dr Tourle says: ‘On behalf of those patients who have been put to sleep before necessary procedures are carried out, I would like to pass on a huge thank you. The purchase of such an invaluable machine would not have been possible without the generosity of everyone who contributed.’ Hellingly Church Harvest Supper raised £288, plus £711 at Christmas and £265 at the special Carol Auction.

BOOK A STALL: The Hailsham Lions Country Fayre is back by popular demand on Sunday June 8 at Broad Farm, Hellingly. This is an advance notice to all potential stall holders and exhibitors who would like to join in the fun. Here are the all important details: single pitch fee £25, double pitch fee £45, charity pitch fee £10. Due to the big uptake already, the Lions recommend an early reservation. Please contact Lion Keith Shonfeld on 07818154668 or apply through the Lions website at www.hailshamlions.co.uk or its Facebook page. Like all the Hailsham Lions functions and events all proceeds from this Country Fayre will be donated to local good causes.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

BONJOUR: Conversational French lessons are about to start in the village. Strictly for beginners, these gatherings will start on Tuesday at 3pm, although that might still be under discussion. They’ll be held in the village and if you would like to find out more please telephone 447900283473 for information.

HERSTMONCEUX PLAN: The school hall was packed last week when a meeting of the Neighbourhood Plan, Steering Group met. Representatives from Wealden Planning gave a presentation and did their best to answer questions from both the steering group and the floor. It was confirmed that the 70 homes being allocated to Herstmonceux were now for the village and not, as first thought, for the parish. It was pointed out that a number of inaccurate leaflets were delivered and that overall 330 replies were received to the leaflet put out by the parish council during the consultation period while Councillor Bill Gower was able to assure us that the Steering Group which is made up of seven councillors and 11 parishioners, had complied absolutely with the Code of Conduct and the proposal was to of reducing the number of members was to ease the process which should ensure the minimum of disruption at meetings and allow the Neighbourhood Plan to progress in the most efficient manner. As far as I am aware the next move will be for the Steering Group to meet up with WDC Officers and professional advisors from Action in Rural Sussex to discuss the following options; Whether to proceed with the evidence from the Neighbourhood Plan process with some modifications, to prepare a new Pre Submission Plan for consultation or to abandon the Neighbourhood Plan altogether thereby allowing Wealden District Council to undertake the selection of sites for the 70 new dwellings allocated to us by the Wealden Local Plan. The Herstmonceux Action Group were also pleased with the turnout at the meeting and suggested this showed a powerful opposition to the Plan and, to that end, feel the time has come for members of this group to identify themselves so their view cannot be dismissed. They would like to hear from both those who would agree to have their names included on a public list and those who would not as this would give as complete a list as possible and add significant weight to their future comments. The email address for this and any questions you may have for the HAG is hxactiongroup@hotmail.com and should you wish more information from the parish council about the Plan please go to their website on www.herstmonceuxparish.org.uk or contact the parish clerk.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) along with Compline will be held at Herstmonceux church at 8am and 6pm respectively, with Morning Prayer being held at Wartling church at 9.45am.

LANTERN SHOW: Rene and Alan Marriott will be giving us a little peep into the past when they present their Lantern Show in the village hall today, Friday, in aid of the Windmill at Windmill Hill. The doors will open at 7pm ready to start the show at 7.30pm. Tickets will be available on the door at £8 each which includes tea or coffee and it goes without saying that all are welcome and that all money raised will go towards the restoration of our very own windmill.

WALKING CLUB: Our walking club are having a bit of a problem with routes at the moment and the next walk they have scheduled should be on Sunday where they were going to meet in Herstmonceux car park at 10am for a walk of 5 to 6 miles via Bodle Street. However, that route is proving to be a little damp at the moment and so if it continues, which it looks to do so, Sue will be leading a similar distance walk but from Hailsham, making use of the Cuckoo Trail. To be sure of where they are going on Sunday please call them on 848790.

FRIENDS OF ALL SAINTS: The recent Bingo afternoon was great, with almost 80 people attending raising in excess of £500 for the Friends fund. Grateful thanks must go to Hazel Head and her team of helpers, Jane, Teresa, Dave and Bryan and to all those who donated the lovely raffle prizes and food for the buffet. They have two more events planned for later this year, in April it’ll be the annual Colour Show and in October a Beetle Drive.

BODEN CLOTHING SALE which was advertised in last week’s paper was slightly wrong, the venue should have read as The Reid Hall at Boreham Street and not the village hall. However, everything else was correct, there will be a selection of clothing on offer and if you can introduce a friend and you place an order on the day, you will receive a £25 credit on your Boden account and one of the prizes on the raffle will be a £50 voucher to spend at the sale. Cakes and hot drinks will be available throughout the morning with the doors of the hall open between 9.30am and 12.30pm.

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

OUR PCSO, Daryl Holter, has reported police have received a report of five sheep being attacked by a believed dog just off the A259 Marsh Road in Hooe, over the time period 11/02/14 to 12/02/14. Should anyone have seen or heard anything in connection with this please can they call 101 quoting serial 1130 12/02/14.

MURIEL LOVELL: I have been asked to mention the funeral of Muriel Lovell. Muriel was a member of the Ninfield Methodist Church congregation until a few years ago. Her funeral is taking place today, Friday, 12.15pm at Eastbourne Cremation, in the large chapel.

HOOE OPEN GROUP met last Friday February 14 however, it should have been Friday 13th as the ‘Devil had his tail’ on the day. It just blew and poured down most of the day, getting worse as the afternoon approached and a decision had to be taken by noon to cancel the speaker and call the meeting off. The theme of the meeting was to have been reminiscent of Valentine’s Day with chocolate hearts wrapped in red foil for each member to eat or take home, which will now have to be distributed on some future appropriate occasion. Barry Wilkinson was booked to give a talk on life, as he was for many years a warder at Lewes Prison. He fully appreciated the reason for the cancellation and said he will be pleased to come to speak at a future meeting of the group. It is hoped all our future meetings will not be cancelled due to bad weather, but who knows? the weather is a very unpredictable force. The next meeting will be on March 14, when a member of the Air Ambulance Service will be giving an illustrated talk on the work of the service. The meeting will commence as usual at 2.30pm at Hooe Village Hall, visitors and joining members are always welcome. If you would like to have a copy of the annual programme or any other information about this ever expanding ladies social club, why not contact the organiser Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

CHRISTIAN VOICES, the Musical Drama Group, present their latest play Ezra tomorrow, Saturday, in Ninfield Methodist Church Hall at 3pm. The play was written by Alan Young and the songs composed by Dave Chamberlin. The play, based on the story in the Old Testament, tells of how one man went to Jerusalem, and through his Devotion and teachings, repaired the damaged relationship its people had with God.

PANCAKE LUNCH: St Oswald’s are holding their annual Pancake Lunch for Shrove Tuesday on March 4 between noon and 2pm in Hooe Village Hall. There is no requirement to book your place, just pop in. Donations towards costs are welcome. You will also have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets.

N WATCH: Ninfield Neighbourhood Watch is next meeting on Tuesday, March 4, 7.30pm in the Reading Room. More information regarding the March meeting will be nearer the time. For more information regarding Ninfield Neighbourhood Watch, please call Thelma on 892421.

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 Local arrangement.

Polegate

TRINITY DINERS next lunch club takes place today, Friday. Doors open at noon for lunch at 12.30pm. To book your place please contact Jennie on 484189. Vegetarian option available. Meet at Trinity Church Hall, Lower Willingdon.

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

SOUTHDOWN STROLLERS walking programme for January to March 2014 is available by calling 735714. Most walks are on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Monday February 24, Through the Valley to East Dean, 3 miles medium walk meet at YHA East Dean Road, bus back with Pat.

SENIOR CITIZENS: We are continuing to have a very good attendance despite the inclement weather. We enjoyed our Christmas party in December. The games we play at our meetings are varied and include Crib, Scrabble, and several versions of dominoes, rummikub and a variety of card games. We are always happy to try something different. Visitors are always welcome on Monday afternoons in the lounge at Polegate Community Centre, 2pm to 4pm.

RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on February 27 include Seaford to Newhaven to Seaford, 5 miles Seaford and Newhaven, not difficult, three stiles with Ted R. Or Another 6 Tons of Snowdrops – I Hope, 10 miles local downland villages, could be muddy in places, take picnic with Pauline. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

Seaford

BARN DANCE: Seahaven Lionesses are organising a Barn Dance on Friday March 7, 7.30pm to 11pm at the Constitutional Club in Seaford. Tickets are £8 from Newberry Tully Estate Agents or by phoning the Lionesses on 01273 513015. There will be a live band called Ded Effnik and caller, plus ploughman’s supper and raffle. All in aid of Leo House at Home.

HARD OF HEARING CLUB: Seaford Hard of Hearing Club was saved from closure by volunteers to take over the committee. The club has been going for 50 years and the new chairman is Pauline Howard, the new treasurer is David Clark and the new secretary is Pauline White. The club meets on the first Friday of the month at St James House, Blatchington Road, at 2pm. Travel in the Lions Minibus is available to members. If anyone has any queries or wishes to come along and join us we would be pleased to see you. The next meeting is Friday March 7 and there will be a talk by Alan Hodges on Old Transport. Tea and biscuits is also provided. Contact details for the club are 01323 895216 or white-c7@sky.com.

CONCERT: Seaford Music Society present Phoenix Piano Trio, 7.45pm today, Friday, at Cross Way, Steyne Road. Information from 01323 895812 or visit www.seafordmusicsociety.com.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion, 4pm Our Messy Church event 4ForAll at Punnetts Town Village Hall. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word. At 12.45pm, the congregations of the three churches will meet for a bring-and-share lunch at Bodle Street Village Hall to meet members of the team from Oakhill College who will be involved in our Events Week just before Easter. They will have been involved in the services during the morning. They say if you want something done ask a busy man. Well a very busy man has just been appointed the new Rural Dean for Dallington Deanery, our rector, Rev Marc Lloyd. Congratulations Marc. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Robin Lacey.

RGWI: Judith Bastide will provide Surprising Facts about Sussex Writers at the meeting at 7.30pm on Thursday in the Dunn Village Hall. There will be a market stall at meetings this year with 10 per cent of profits going to WI funds. For more details or help with transport, please contact Marion on 01435 831653 or Sharon on 812388.

AUCTION OF PROMISES: This is on Saturday March 22 at Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green. Doors open at 6.45pm and the auction starts at 7.15pm. There will be a licensed bar and light refreshments. The proceeds of the evening will be shared jointly between Children of Gambia Services (COGS) and The Dunn Village Hall Fund. Many fantastic lots including tickets to a range of attractions, hamper of food, selection of wine, MOT, fantastic homemade cakes and many more interesting and unusual lots. Catalogue and more information are available from Nina or Sarah on 01435 863727. Sealed bids will be accepted. Guaranteed to be fun and enjoyable.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

HOMING SOCIETY: The Eastbourne and District Homing Society is meeting at the Red Lion on Wednesday to hand out trophies won by members throughout the previous year. The flying season starts in late April and continues until September. During that time club members go along to the Red Lion on Friday and Saturday evenings where their pigeons are marked and registered and placed into a special modern road transporter. The lorry will pick up other birds within the federation which includes Bexhill, Lewes, Brighton, Newhaven, Littlehampton, and Bognor Regis. They are then driven to a site designated by the Royal Pigeon Racing Association such as Lindhurst or further afield. The birds have a special electronic timing device fitted to them and when they are released, barring accidents, they fly home. Their results can then be calculated from the speed and distance that each bird has covered. Pigeons were particularly important during the 2nd World War where a quarter of a million birds were used by the army, RAF and Civil Defence services for important assignments. Some of the birds were awarded the equivalent of the animal Victoria Cross. The sport then grew in popularity after the 2nd World War and into the early fifties. Pigeon racing is an interesting sport which can be taken up by the whole family or any individual regardless of their own personal fitness. The birds are valuable and are vaccinated each year but those interested could start this sport with just one bird and progress from there. For further information contact the club secretary Miss Sue Gore on 01323 891502, or the president of the Eastbourne and District Homing Society Fred Hutton on 01323 641115 or email him on beachyheaduk@yahoo.co.uk. For general information you could also visit the website of The Royal Pigeon Racing Association.

ART: Teresa Currie, professional artist and tutor, now teaches three art groups, Church Street Art Group on Mondays from 3pm to 5pm at St Mary’s Church Hall, Trinity Art Group from 7pm to 9pm on Wednesdays at Trinity Church Hall and more recently a new group which meets at St Mary’s Church Hall, Decoy Drive, Hampden Park, from 12.30pm to 2.30pm on Wednesday afternoons. The new group has started off well with a nice friendly group. There are still a few spaces left if you are interested in joining them at the Hampden Park venue. Alternatively there is a space at Trinity Church Hall. People of all abilities are welcome to go along and develop their artistic skills in a friendly and relaxed environment from beginners to the more experienced. Subjects covered will be drawing skills, painting techniques, figure drawing perspective and more. Refreshments are provided and there are disabled access and car parking facilities. For more information please contact Teresa on 01323 501213 or 077080 56128 or via email taccurrie@aol.com

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 2pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall for a practice meeting. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

CANDLELIGHT: Tomorrow, Saturday, from 7pm a romantic dinner evening by candlelight is being organised at Edgmond in Old Town in aid of the JPK Sussex Project, which is aiming to provide supported residential accommodation on the site for people with a learning disability as soon as sufficient funds have been raised to start building. Tickets are £10 and are available from the project co-ordinator, Wannock resident Jill Parker. Please ring 01323 486179 or email jill@thejpkproject.co.uk.

ANDY MILLEN will be entertaining customers at the Wheatsheaf at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding a finance and policy meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon Community School. Meetings are open to the public. Please ring 01323 489603 for further information.

KAREN CROWHURST resigned as assistant parish clerk and cemetery manager for Willingdon Parish Council on February 14 and is taking up a new post as parish clerk for Ringmer. Her previous positions have now been advertised.

THE 3 MMMs (Mrs Miss and Ms) will be meeting at 8pm on Wednesday at St Mary’s Church Hall. The topic is entitled Say Cheese, a talk by Eleanor and David Robins.

WANNOCK ARTISTS will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm on Friday February 28 at Wannock Village Hall. Julian Sutherland-Beatson will be giving a talk on presentation and selling paintings.