Parish pump Hailsham - February 7, 2014

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Alfriston

ALADDIN by Dave Jeanes was this year’s pantomime and played to enthusiastic audiences. There is always a large junior section of performers and over the years we have seen the little ones grow into big, talented players. Harry Savage, Pheobe Watkins, Emma Wadlow and Ed Jackman were once very young players in the children’s chorus, and are now completely at home on the stage with leading roles. The children’s chorus still has some familiar names: Seraphina and Xanthe Watkins, Arabella Wallwork Tobias and Eliza Lloyd, Anastasia Jay, Patrick and Connor McKenna, Eden and Beau Lewis, Gracie Davis and Peter Jackman. New comers include Harry Everden, Jess and Zara Downton. It won’t be too long before they too are playing leads. After the show the cast and most of the audience made their way to The George for the Alfriston Oscars and the distribution of gifts for those in the company who went that extra mile. This event ends with the presentation of the coveted Glass Head, as valuable in Alfriston as any Hollywood statuette. Directors Mandi Kegg and Sylvia Daw felt the pressure of choosing one recipient of the coveted Glass Head so have instated a second Glass Head to be presented to the leading light of the junior section of players. The first Junior Glass Head deservedly went to Harry Savage who played Wishee Washee with the Senior Glass Head going to Stephen Rabagliati. During the panto Stephen played the villainous Abanazar but on this particular moment in the evening he received rousing cheers, not boos that had greeted his every appearance during the play. Those involved in performing, building, painting, technicians, costume makers, back stage and the very talented musicians comes to seventy. I can’t name them all but they all deserve the applause they received at the end of the show.

300 CLUB this month will be meeting at The George at 8pm on February 11.

CANTILENA CELEBRATE 10 Years with a concert in St Andrew’s Church on February 16 at 6pm. The group was founded by Kathryn Sargent and will perform Vivaldi’s Gloria with all female voices. The varied programme, directed by Ray Maulkin, with David Ollosson playing the organ and featuring Cate Couch on saxophone and Frank Fox-Wilson on drums, will last just over an hour. Tickets cost £8 and include a glass of wine. All proceeds going to St Andrews Church.

CRICKET: The Alfriston Cricket Club is already looking forward to the 2014 season. New members are always welcome and should get in touch with John Harmer at 870270. Matches are played on Saturdays (East Sussex League) and Sundays (friendlies) and there are some mid week evening games. There are two pre-season events when players, supporters, friends and relatives are welcome. The annual dinner at Deans Place Hotel is on March 22 (please contact Geoff Ellis on 871586) and the annual coffee morning in the War Memorial Hall on April 10 from 10am to noon when there will be various stalls including books, tombola, bric-a-brac and cakes.

Bodle Street Green

TOBS: The Thespians of Bodle Street is putting on a Murder Mystery Evening tomorrow, Saturday, at 7pm for 7.30pm. This will be produced by Sue Ralph and is in aid of the Village Hall Project Fund. Who Killed the Director is set in a rundown theatre called The Floodlights Theatre in Finkleton Fold. It involves the local drama group’s rehearsals for their next production, when the inevitable happens. Get your little grey cells working, at this supper event. Tickets to include a two course supper are £12.50 and are available from Bryan (01323 833554), Sue (832542) or Geoff (833343). Bryan and Geoff are also selling tickets for the Strangeface production Shooting The Moon, based on the life of illusionist George Melies. This is also a theatre supper event. I forgot to mention the date last week, Thursday March 27 at 6.45pm for 7pm start. Tickets are also £12.50.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am family service. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong.

BSGWI: Pharmacists are an essential part of our health system, dispensing prescriptions issued by our GP and advising us about over the counter medicines etc. Come and learn more about their work as a pharmacist gives a talk on Tuesday at 2.30pm in the village hall. As to be expected at WI meetings there will be a tea after the meeting. For more information ring Judy on 01323 832491 0r Anne on 01435 841278.

Hailsham

THE FARMERS’ MARKET is tomorrow, Saturday, at The Cattle Market from 9am to 12.30pm. The Market Cafe will be open for hot drinks and food. Parking is alongside the market. Do go along and support your local farmers and growers. Next month several crafters will be there.

ST MARY’S: Sunday is The Presentation of Christ in the Temple. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), Tried and Tested. 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, The Tyranny of Time. 6.30pm Evening Prayers, Tried and Tested.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a service at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. The mediums are Malcolm and Lesleigh.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: The next meeting of the Hailsham and District Branch is on Tuesday at the Hailsham Club, High Street at 7.30pm. Car parking available at the Age Concern Waitrose car park. Following the meeting there will be a slide show of visits to Australia and Burma of two members. The Branch Standard Bearer, Steve Leonard, went to the county competition for experience and came away winning and has become the County Standard Bearer. After the short December meeting there was a buffet and carols with Peter Appleby on the keyboard. All serving, ex-service personnel and dependents, young and old, are welcome. Come along and make new friends. Following all meetings there is either a talk, slide show or game of bingo. On Sunday February 23 there is a Haig Memorial Service at St Mary’s Church. For further information contact Frank Berry, Vice Chair Hailsham British Legion on 07901 717354.

KNITTING GROUP: The January Knit’Inn Night at The King’s Head was quite a lively one, many topics came up for discussion, some related to knitting. The charity project we have chosen for this year has caused some headaches as the instructions are very specific, but those of us who have begun have varied in our interpretation. It was good to get the differences ironed out so early into the project. Knit nights are held regularly on the second and last Tuesdays each month. There are no fees, so if you are enthusiastic about knitting come to a meeting and enjoy the company of like-minded people. The next night is Tuesday at 7.30pm or phone Su (07951 631749) for more information.

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday Maisie (846737) and Liz (842022) will be leading a 4.5 mile Alfriston to Windover Hill circular. There are some stiles and a car park fee. If you prefer a shorter walk then Nobby (440624) will be leading a Bexhill to Galley Hill walk. If you would like to go on either of these walks, please contact the walk leader in the first instance for the details.

REVITALISATION: Hailsham Town Council is going to put money into some exciting schemes to revitalise Hailsham town centre and its surrounds. These include promoting the Hailsham Town and Business Directory, installing more town centre litter bins and erecting tourist signs on one of the main routes into the town. This will help the local economy and help revitalise the town centre and surrounding urban environment. There will be improved signage, including directional signage off the A22 and signage around the town centre and industrial parks achieved through the town and business directory for shoppers. QR Code and smartphone app signs, in shop window sticker format, are currently being distributed, larger signs will be produced, which will be posted in car parks around the town soon. The town council will also introduce a number of tourist style directional signs off the A22 into Hailsham, detailing its historic market town status together with symbols promoting the parish church, leisure centre and Pavilion cinema and theatre.

HISTORICAL and Natural History Society next meet on Wednesday and is an A-Z of Sussex Churches by local historian, Kevin Gordon. Doors open at Hailsham Methodist Church Hall at 7pm for tea or coffee for 7.30pm start. All welcome. Visitors £2.50. A good interesting talk with illustrations of the trade of trugs and trug-making was presented by Sarah Page. A country craft that is unique only in this part of the county at Herstmonceux and East Hoathly where the true Sussex trug was made out of chestnut and willow. Sarah showed how trugs were made, their different designs and usages, trugs for the gardener, log trugs, flower trugs, some even made for a crib. Also, she mentioned the characters of the past that made trugs, Reg Saunders who sat making trugs in the centre of Herstmonceux. Brother and sister Rupert and Molley Reed, who ran the business at Coopers Croft, Herstmonceux, from where Sarah runs the business now. The audience enjoyed the talk and there was some good participation in the questions and answers session. Many thanks to Sarah for giving a good evening.

ORGAN CLUB: On Wednesday Mark Thompson, the UK’s most popular Geordie organist, will be performing a really varied programme to suit all tastes at The Pavilion. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Non members welcome, just turn up and pay on the door. Please note that from March the venue will be the Charles Hunt Centre, Vicarage Field. All shows are on the second Wednesday of each month. There is plentiful free parking very close to the venue. Further information can be had from Charles Clegg on 01323 762411.

BONFIRE AGM: Hailsham Bonfire Society will be holding its AGM on February 14 at 7.30pm at the Charles Hunt Centre. All welcome.

HOPS: At the Hailsham Old Pavilion Society AGM it was announced that £15k had been raised during the year for the Pavilion and a cheque was presented by HOPS President June Bourne to Bob Macey, Chairman of Hailsham Old Pavilion Ltd. After the meeting members watched a special showing of The importance of being Earnest starring Colin Firth and Rupert Everett. The £15k was raised during the year through membership subscriptions and fundraising events such as golf days, quizzes, open days, special Pavilion and many other well-supported events. HOPS would like to thank its members for their continued support. Pavilion Manager, Paul Nunney, gave a speech explaining where the money was going. He emphasised that the money is earmarked for special projects outside of the normal day to day running expenses. The Pavilion is a listed building and a substantial amount was spent recently in refurbishing and painting the outside.

ROTARY SLEIGH: Hailsham Rotary Club would like to thank everyone who supported their sleigh collections at Christmas. Your magnificent efforts raised over £6k, which will used to support local charities.

100 YEARS AGO: In February 1914 FC Harvey reports: Dear Friends, Will the heads of the different branches of church work represented on the Church Council proceed to elect, if they have not already done so, their representatives for 1914 and let Mr Robert Hills have their names at once. Ringers, Choir, Girls and Boys Sunday School, Magham Down School, Women’s Bible Class, Missionary Societies, Church Attendance. We visited the institution at the Crossways January 30, the Sick Wards and all the others, and found them all apparently comfortable, 68 present in all. (The institution was the workhouse at Union Corner).

Hellingly & Horsebridge

STARGAZING: This evening, Friday, Michelham Priory has a Stargazing evening with Eastbourne Astronomical Society from 6pm to 8pm. Cafe open. Entry £2.50, children free.

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY: There is a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am until noon at 47 Hawks Road, Hailsham. Bring and buy table, homemade cakes and marmalade, raffle, Phoenix Cards.

HELLINGLY CUBS: 1st Hellingly Seeonee Pack has spaces in its cubs section. Cubs is for girls and boys aged 8 to 10 1/2 years. There is a massive waiting list for cubs elsewhere in the area so this is a great opportunity for some lucky youngsters. They meet on Wednesday evenings at the Scout Hut on Upper Horsebridge Road (near the vets) from 6pm to 7.15pm contact Andy 07460 447461 for more information.

HOLIDAY CLUB: Schools Out at the Bunny Run are planning activities exploring the woodlands around the site. You must book your child in prior to attending. This enables the correct staffing ratios to be in place as well as the right amount of meals ordered. Sadly over the Christmas break and on some inset days children have just turned up unexpectedly without phoning in advance and entry has had to be refused as there has been no confirmation of prior booking. Please contact 01323 848490 or Email: bunnyrun@btconnect.com for more information and to book.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: This week there was a three way print battle between Hailsham, Seaford and Mid Sussex Photographic Societies. The event was hosted by Hailsham and a very warm welcome was extended to all the members from the visiting camera clubs. The judge was Clive Tanner FRPS, a member of Maidstone camera club, who has been to Hailsham before for lectures. There were 60 prints in total for Clive to evaluate with 30 on display for judging in the first half of the evening. His critique was extremely valued with lots of good comments, but he also gave a humorous point of view, which added greatly to everyone’s enjoyment of the evening. After the tea break, which gave everyone a chance to study the second set of prints, the competition continued. Then Clive scored all the entries and earmarked seven prints which received top scores. At the end of the evening the marks were added up and the results were given. Mid Sussex won the competition (deservedly so, as Clive commented) with Hailsham second and Seaford third. He also said that the images were the crème de la crème of all three clubs and were absolutely stunning.

HEROES OF HELLINGLY: A very successful book launch was held in the Hailsham branch of WH Smith Ltd on Saturday to herald the arrival of the latest local history publication, The Heroes of Hellingly, moderately priced at £8. A further book signing will take place in Chapter 12, High Street, Hailsham tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon. David Dyer, a well-known local historian, has painstakingly researched the various Hellingly and Upper Dicker War Memorials, including the missing one from the Hellingly Hospital Chapel. This latest publication is fully illustrated and reveals the hidden history of the several War Memorials in the Hellingly and Upper Dicker area. It also details the lives of the many brave men and the one woman who died in both WW1 and WW2 and are commemorated on them. It includes much hitherto unpublished local history and uncovers some fascinating facts, not only about the local area but also about those brave souls who gave their lives for their country. David’s previous book, The Heroes of Hailsham, received much acclaim and copies are still available. Both books can be obtained either direct from David (Tel: 01323 845107) or through any of several locally publicised outlets. £1 from each book sold will be donated to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

RAY AND SHELDON: Just to let you know that there will only be one meeting of the Ray and Sheldon club this month and that will be held on Friday February 28 and will be dealing with Collective Legal Solutions. If would like to find out about the club and are over the age of 60 years then join them in the village hall, they start at 2.15pm,

HEALTH CENTRE: A reminder that Dr Simmons and Dr Dodge, who are now at their new premises on Hailsham Road next to the village hall, are now expanding their patient list and taking from as far as North Hailsham and Hellingly in one direction as well as Boreham Street and Ninfield in the other direction. Anybody wishing to sign up with them should contact them on 833535.

WALKING CLUB: Meet John at Hailsham Leisure Centre on Sunday at 10am for a 6.25 mile through the Wilmington/Lullington area. Anybody wishing to join them will be made most welcome. If you need further information or a lift call 848790.

THE WINDMILL TRUST are pleased to be able to present, Rene and Alan Marriot and their Lantern Show, which is a little peep into the past on Friday February 21 at the village hall. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Entrance. which includes tea and coffee .will be £6 with all proceeds going to the restoration of the windmill. All ticket will be available on the door.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) along with evensong (BCP) will be held at Herstmonceux church at 8am and 6pm respectively, with Holy Communion (CW) along with Worship and Prayer being held at Wartling church at 9.45am and 11am.

FEBRUARY 14, Valentine’s Day, is now the day which will start the National Nest Box Week and Lime Cross Nursery will be holding a special Bird Week to support the campaign. The aim is to encourage us to put next boxes in our gardens which will help in the conservation of our breeding birds and wildlife. The RSPB, as well as Pevensey Wildlife Rescue, will be on hand to answer any questions and a display by Sussex Falconry on certain days will definitely be an attraction. In the craft corner they’ll be encouraging everybody to Make a Crazy Bird with their children and grandchildren.

VILLAGE HALL: The AGM for the Village Hall Management Committee will be held on Monday and everyone is welcome to attend whether they be a hall user or not. They are in need of a new secretary. If you feel that you would be okay minuting meetings on a monthly basis and you can use emails, give Mary McBurney a call on 832212.

THE REID HALL: Any parishioners wishing to book the Reid Hall for New Year’s Eve 2014 should apply before February 28 after which the opportunity will be thrown open to non-parishioners on a first come first serve basis. All enquiries to 833775.

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 have received reports of leaflets offering work being posted in the Bexhill Road area of Ninfield, it has not been established at this time the nature of the work being provided or the authenticity of the providers. Should anyone have had any leaflets or have any information regarding this matter please contact Daryl Holter, Battle neighbourhood policing on 101.

NEW CLASS starting soon. Saturday mornings 9.30am to 10am, Dance and movement with Melody Bear and Milligan Bear for boys and girls aged 2 to 4yrs. Fun and friendly classes. Get in touch if you would like to take your little one for a free trial class. Contact Kirsty at Little Stars School of Dance on 07582 269 164 email info@littlestar.vpweb.co.uk.

HOOE OPEN GROUP’S next meeting will be held on February 14, commencing at 2.30pm at Hooe Village Hall. There will be a talk by Barry Wilkinson on his experiences working in Lewes Prison. For further information contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

NINFIELD Local History Group are meeting on February 20, with Jan Cooper and Liz Darbyshire giving a talk on the Lost Shops of Ninfield with help from some NLHG members. For further information, please contact Rod Ffoulkes, acting chairman NLHG 01424 893635 or email ken.ffoulkes@which.net

HOOE HISTORY SOCIETY meet in Hooe Village Hall on Thursday, February 20, at 7.30pm. By popular demand, Barbara Strevett is returning to continue her stories about her days growing up in the village. Last year her talk was so well received it left people wanting to hear more and she kindly agreed to talk to them again. The Society’s meetings are open to everyone, a warm welcome awaits! Further details can be found on their website hooehistory.wordpress.com or from the chairman Heather Sinden 01424 893422, Peter Hayward 01424 892009 or Peter and Pam Doodes 01424 892329.

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 Worship and Praise with Deacon Jean Duckworth-Llloyd.

Polegate

AGM meeting for Polegate Rambling Club held today, Friday, at St Johns Church Hall. Coffee will be served at 2pm the meeting will start at 2.30pm. £3. Subscriptions.

SOUTHDOWN STROLLERS walking programme for January to March is available by telephoning 735714. Most walks take place on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Monday, meet at Chalk Farm at 10am for transport up and walk down Butts Brow with John. Medium to hard walk. Wednesday, meet at Pevensey Castle car park at 10am for an easy three mile walk with Hilary. Monday, February 17, meet by Chalk Farm, Coopers Hill, at 10am for a medium hard walk with David and Joan.

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

THE SKETCHING and Painting Group are in need of more members both on Tuesday mornings and Monday evenings. We are expecting to hold our next exhibition on Saturday February 15, at Polegate Community Centre.

RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on Thursday include Friston Frolic Fro’ The Flowers, Will the Snowdrops Be Out. Nearly five miles of forest, woodland and some paths with Roger S; Or, River Lake, Castle and Birds, nearly 10 miles fairly flat , some narrow roads, some muddy fields, optional pub or picnic, 10 stiles with Angela. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

SINGING IS ADDICTIVE: Fellow singers, we know you are hiding your voices and talents. We are waiting to welcome you to our small and friendly choir. Our repertoire is varied, ranging from musicals to songs of yesterday and tomorrow. Gentlemen we need you especially to give harmony and balance. Do come and have fun on Thursday evenings. The Downland Singers, Trinity Church Hall from 7.30pm to 9pm. We need your voice. To find out more telephone 484189 or email downlandsingers@gmail.co.uk

VALENTINE’S Coffee Morning morning at Polegate Community Centre on Saturday February 15, from 10am to noon. Raffle, hamper, jigsaws, bric-a-brac. For more information contact Wendy or John on 484631.

PcaSO: Eastbourne Support Group. The first meeting of 2014 included another comprehensive, illustrated talk from consultant histopathologist Dr Keith Ramesar. His topic, The Role of Histopathology in Prostatic Cancer, included an update on template biopsies. This entails taking more samples of the prostate for analysis in a more evenly distributed manner so that sections of the gland do not get missed. The group’s current fund-raising initiative is to contribute towards the purchase of the template biopsy kit so that local men can benefit. Dr Ramesar’s talk also included information on magnetic resonance imaging to help guide the template biopsy. Questions afterwards provoked some interesting discussion which continued over tea and coffee. At the end of January, brother and sister Graham and Debbie Hatfield were delighted to receive a cheque on behalf of the group from Lottbridge Golf Club. Martin Healy, the main club captain, and Seniors section captain Chris Mottershead decided to support PCaSO for the 2013 season. They raised a generous £1,500 for future PCaSO Eastbourne projects. In February the group will be hosting the annual general meeting of the PCaSO East Branch. The guest speaker will be consultant oncologist Dr F Mckinna who will give an update on local radiotherapy services. Next meeting is on Thursday 7pm in the Post Graduate Centre, Eastbourne District General Hospital. All are welcome. Please contact Graham Hatfield on 01323 749258 / 641513 or e-mail graham.hatfield@btopenworld.com if you require further details.

Ringmer

FAMILY QUIZ: At Ringmer Primary School tomorrow (Saturday) 6.15pm to 8.15pm. Once again Bob Cairns has kindly set the questions for all ages and has agreed to be our quiz master for the evening. Teams of up to six people must include one adult and one school aged child (reception to 16 years) phone 01273 812463/813860 for info or tickets. Team ticket £18, adult £5, child £2.50. All prices to include food. Licensed bar available. Organised by Ringmer Primary Home School Association.

ACOUSTIC MOODS: Talented local musicians will come together again for an unforgettable evening of folk, blues, rock and pop tomorrow (Saturday) in the village hall. Doors open at 6.45pm for 7.15pm start. Tickets at £7.50 are available from Esther or Mark on 01273 813 698 or e-mail ringmeracousticmoods@gmail.com. Proceeds from this event will go the MS Society.

CHURCH SERVICES: The services on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist, 6pm Evensong.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday January 29, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Dianne and Mike Preece; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

ZAFFRE DUO CONCERT: Many thanks to the very appreciative audience who turned out to support the Flute and Harp concert in St Mary’s last Sunday, despite very stormy wet weather. It was good to be joined by Paul Lewis, the composer of the beautiful Norfolk Idyll which opened the concert. There was a variety of music from Bach to Bartok, and all enjoyed tea and biscuits and a good chat afterwards. A retiring collection raised a total of £155, of which £30 was donated to St Mary’s and £125 to Great Ormond Street Hospital, taking total donations to Anne Hodgson’s India cycle charity challenge to over £3,500, a wonderful result. Huge thanks to Will Pratt and all from St Mary’s for making us so welcome once again.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

QUIZ NIGHT: Warbleton Horticultural and Poultry Society is holding a Quiz Night tomorrow, Saturday, night in the Dunn Village Hall at 7.30pm for 7.45pm start. The cost is £10 per table of six or £2 per person to join a table. To book tickets call 01435 830263. There will be a bar and raffle. All proceeds will be divided between the annual flower show and the Warbleton Churchbells appeal. The society needs your support. Why not become a member? Benefits include free and early entry to the marquee on Show Day, July 26 this year, reduced cost of RHS membership, garden visits and discounts at local nurseries. Call Margaret on 01435 830560 for details. Membership is just £4 per annum. I have no doubt you will be able to join at the quiz night.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Communion. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am family service. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship led by Robin Timms.

HISTORY GROUP: Shepherds’ Huts is the title of Jillian Beecher’s talk on Monday. We meet at 7.30pm for 8pm start at the Dunn Village Hall. Coffee is served prior to the meeting and we have a bookstall.

CAROUSEL: Rehearsals for the Village Players production of this classic musical have begun. We have the main parts cast and a strong female chorus. We could do with more in the men’s chorus though, so come on chaps give Anita a call on 01435 873226 or Lizzie on 01435 830998, or just turn up and give it a go. Rehearsals are usually on Saturday mornings, including tomorrow, and Monday evenings, with the occasional Wednesday. The performances will be from May 14 to 17.

PROMISES AUCTION: Looking ahead a little the Dunn Village Hall will hold an auction of promises on March 22. Doors open at 6.15pm for 7.15pm start. It will be in aid of the hall and Children of Gambia Services. We need, of course, promises and items to auction, so if you can provide a service or something to auction, then please contact Sarah on 01435 863727.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

THE WHEATSHEAF: Jazz and blues singer Penny Page will be entertaining customers at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. On Sunday the meat raffle will be held at 2pm. Tickets are £1 each. On Monday it is jazz and dinner night with the Happy Day Band playing from 7.30pm. The Wheatsheaf quiz is from 8.30pm on Tuesday February 11. Chef on Tour night is on Thursday when customers can order an authentic three course meal from a different region of Italy.

DEMONSTRATION: Willingdon Flower Club will be meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall when Graham King will be adding A Splash of Colour to his arrangement. The competition is entitled My Favourite Read.

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. All 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. For more information, please contact Rowena Gausden on 01323 484165.

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

THE 3 MMMs will be meeting at 8pm on Wednesday at St Mary’s Church Hall when David Jones will be giving an illustrated talk on the Bluebell Railway.

THE GRUMBLEWEEDS will be meeting at 6.30pm on Wednesday. Guest speaker is Ray Waite who will be talking about his time as glasshouse superintendent at Wisley.

WILLINGDON WI will be meeting at 2.15pm on Thursday at Willingdon Memorial Hall when Judith Bastide will be giving a talk entitled What the Dickens.

JEVINGTON and Filching WI will be meeting at 2pm on Thursday at Trinity Church Hall. The topic will be Sussex Caring Pets – animal assisted therapy with cats and dogs. Bring an animal tea towel.

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm on Friday February 14 at St John’s Church Hall, Polegate, when there will be a talk on Stone Cross Windmill. Please ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 01323 486208 for further information.

CHURCH CONCERT: St Mary’s Church is the venue for a concert which will be taking place at 7.30pm on Monday February 17. The concert, directed by Michael Stumbles, will include choir pieces, vocal ensembles and various instrumental items. Fr Michael will also be playing some organ solos. Admission is free. There will be a retiring collection for locally based charity Children with Cancer.