Parish pump Hailsham - January 23, 2015

Alfriston

WINTER BREAK at Much Ado Books: The shop will be closed for its annual break and refurbishment from January 26 reopening on February 13.

MUCH ADO BOOKS’ Prospero’s Project this year raised a very substantial £3,120 for the library at a Healing, Focus school and orphanage in Uganda. Cate Olson and Nash Robbins spend a good part of their time designing and making the very popular unique Christmas stockings each year. These are then sold and the money raised for their charity Prospero’s Project. The donation is different each year and always connected to books.

A BURN’S NIGHT QUIZ will be held at the Smugglers on January 25 starting at 7.30pm in aid of the Chestnut Tree Hospice. There will be a prize for the most original Scottish outfit.

MAY THE FARCE BE WITH YOU is this year’s pantomime presented by the Alfriston Players. There will be three performances at the War memorial hall; Friday January 30 at 7.30pm and Saturday 31 at 2.30pm and again at 7.30pm. Tickets are available at Hicks, The Newsagents.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 6.30pm Sung Evensong. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion and children’s Sunday Club. St Giles, Dallington: 9.30am Morning Worship.

PARISH COUNCIL: Please see the Warbleton section.

FILM CLUB: This month the film is The Rocket, set in Laos and features a boy believed to bring bad luck to his family. He builds a giant rocket to prove he is not cursed. It has subtitles and lasts 1hr 36mins. Doors open next Friday at 7pm for coffee and cakes with the film starting at 7.30pm. Guests are welcome at £6 per head at the door.

Folkington

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Tim Fogden will lead Mattins starting at 10.30am. This Sunday celebrates The Conversion of Paul. On Sunday February 1 The Reverend Neville Manning will lead Holy Communion for Candlemas. All welcome to join our services and stay for refreshments afterwards in the church.

Hailsham

FRIDAY MARKET: Every Friday on the Cattle Market Site, from very early to 1pm there is a stall market and boot fair. You can buy fresh meat, fruit and veg, flowers, plants, pet food, clothes, eggs, household items. Pitches are available. Hardstanding, market café open, car parking. Details from South East Marts on (01323) 844874.

FAMILY QUIZ: Tomorrow, Saturday, evening at Summerheath Hall there will be questions for everybody from older family members to young children mostly on music throughout the ages and films with a sprinkling of general knowledge. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets £5 adult, £3 U16s. Refreshments in the break by donation. In aid of Environment Hailsham.

FM BIG QUIZ: Sunday afternoon 1.45pm for 2pm start at Grovelands School Hall. Doors open at 1.45pm. Tickets available from Helen Lawrence on 07812 337418 are £4 adults, £3 U16s, £12 family (two plus two). Max six per team. Individuals welcome. Raffle and refreshments and bring your own soft drinks and snacks. No alcohol. Hosted by and for Hailsham FM to fund and increase public awareness of Hailsham’s own radio station, returning to the airwaves during the town’s Arts Festival in September.

ST MARY’S: The third Sunday after Epiphany. On Sunday Holy Communion at 8am, Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups 10.30am, Encounters with Jesus The Insider, Evening Prayer is at Emmanuel Church, Hawkswood at 2.45pm and Holy Communion at St Mary’s at 6.30pm, Surprised by Jesus, Supernatural Love.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a Service at 11am followed by refreshments at Primrose Hall followed by refreshments. The medium is Gordon Harley.

HEALTHY LIVING GROUP meets weekly on Tuesdays at the Methodist Church Hall between 10am and noon and this coming Tuesday will include indoor curling. This is a new club for the over-50s that promotes social, healthy activity, some chatting and tea-drinking plus some boccia, table tennis, yoga and line dancing.

PCSO STREET MEETINGS: Coffee Morning and a chat with your PCSOs at Bowes House, Battle Road, on Tuesday from 10am to 11am. Police Surgery at Dippydoodahs, High Street on Thursday from 10am to 11am. Go along to discuss any ongoing issues and meet the local PCSO.

KNITTING NIGHT: The first meeting of the year allowed everyone there to project their hopes and expectations for the year. Excitement was generated when two of the group told of a course they were attending later in the spring. The course is called Mystery Cushions, and some work was to be done before the course began. Speculation was rife, but this raised the bar for setting plans. One of the group hoped to make something for themselves, as they had had a year of knitting for others, and one was the other way round. Thoughts about the charity the group will support this year followed. Initial ideas are to look locally for small items that can fit in between longer projects. Firmer ideas will be aired and a choice made at the next meeting on Tuesday at 7.30pm at the King’s Head. For information phone Su (07552 229473).

WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: This coffee morning is at the Methodist Church between 10am and noon on Friday January 30. This year Together in Prayer is led by the women of The Bahamas who have chosen the theme, Jesus said ‘Do you know what I have done to you?’ John 13 1:17. The Women’s World Day of Prayer is on March 5. All welcome.

TWINNING ARTISTS: There is a great opportunity for our local artists to exhibit in Hailsham’s twinned town, Gournay en Bray, who are looking for work to exhibit at their exhibition from April 10 to 19. The exhibition will last for a week and Hailsham Twinning Association artist, local potter, Geoff Pittman, is travelling over with his pottery. Keith Townsend, chair of the association says they feel privileged to be asked to join in the exhibition once again and would encourage local artists to take up this wonderful offer. Artists have the option of sending their work to France or accompanying their paintings, sculptures, photographs, quilting and craft work and staying with local host families. Please contact Pauline Townsend on 01323 846539 (secretary of Hailsham and District Twinning Association) as soon as possible.

BAD BONES, muscles and joints? A new NHS service to treat local patients with muscle, bone and joint conditions is now available in Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford. Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford and High Weald Lewes Havens Clinical Commissioning Groups, the GP led bodies responsible for planning local health services have procured the new NHS service from Sussex MSK Partnership, a local not-for-profit consortium of NHS, charitable and independent providers that brings together local experts from primary care, physical and mental health services. The new service will be rolled out over the coming months in phases and will begin by receiving all referrals from GPs for their patients who have conditions affecting their bones, muscles and joints and who require onward diagnostics, care and treatment.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: This week at the club there was a special competition. The subject changes each year, and this time it was Yellow. There was a separate print and PDI section and a huge variety of images were entered by members ranging from flowers, birds, fields of buttercups to cheeses, mustard and sweet corn. In the print section, third place went to Terry McGhie ARPS for Southern Yellow Billed Hornbill, second place was awarded to Wendy Chrismas LRPS for On The Wing, and the winner was Rob Shepherd for Iceland Poppy, a beautiful close up of an open pale yellow flower. After the break, it was the PDI section. Third place went to Alison Morris ARPS for Admiring the Palace, second place was awarded to Gay Biddlecombe LRPS CPAGB for Misty Dawn Walk, and the winner was Peggy McKenzie for The Yellow Umbrella, an atmospheric picture taken down a side road of two people walking along a wet pavement and holding up umbrellas against a really misty rainfall. The judge was Glyn Bareham LRPS CPAGB, who has been to the club to give talks in previous years, and although it was a difficult subject to assess, Glyn did a really super job. He gave considered judgement with good reasoning behind all his comments.

TOWN COUNCILLOR: If you would like to play a part in making decisions affecting Hailsham and you have some spare time. You can become more involved in your local community and influence the way services in and around Hailsham are provided. Maybe you are already involved in local affairs and want to take the next step. Consider becoming a Hailsham town councillor and put yourself up for election on May 7. To stand for election, candidates must, on the day of nomination, be 18 years of age or over, have UK, EU or Commonwealth citizenship and be registered to vote within the parish of Hailsham (or have lived or worked in Hailsham for at least one year). Nomination packs will be available from 23 March. People interested in becoming a candidate should email Wealden District Council’s elections team on elections@wealden.gov.uk and they will send a nomination pack at the appropriate time. If you would like an informal chat about the role in the meantime, contact John Harrison, Town Clerk, on 01323 841702. Information on the Town Council’s objectives, policies, standing committees and services to the community can be found at hailsham-tc.gov.uk

HELP AND ADVICE: Young people in Hailsham can get free support, guidance and personal development services at Infopoint, the drop-in centre located in Market Square. Here, young people aged between 11 and 19 years (and older for those with special educational needs) have access to information and advice on all the issues that are important to them, including bullying, health, drug issues and sexual health. The Infopoint drop-in centre is open Monday to Friday from 7pm to 9pm. Sexual health meetings, which offer free support on relationships, pregnancy and sexual health issues take place at Infopoint on weekdays (7.15pm to 9.30pm). Free pregnancy tests and chlamydia tests for young people under the age of 21 years take place Monday to Friday (7pm to 9pm). For further information, call 01323 843377 or text your message to 07957 242805.

Hellingly, Horsebridge & Dicker

CHURCH SERVICES: Hellingly Church, Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP), every Sunday Holy Communion (CW) at 8am and 10.45am. Fourth Sunday Family Service 10.45am. Upper Dicker: Sunday Services 9.15am.

TRANSPORT FESTIVAL: The Eastbourne Historic Vehicle Club recently donated £2,000 to the Eastbourne Branch of the Royal British Legion from the proceeds of the Hellingly Festival of Transport held over the last August Bank Holiday weekend. The club decided to support a service charity in 2014 as part of its WW1 Commemoration. The cheque was presented by EHVC vice-president, Mike Bray, to Dave Smedley of the Legion, at a recent club meeting. Club chairman, John Bishop, said that despite the weather not being kind over the bank holiday weekend, the show was a great success with record numbers of both entrants and public attending. This has enabled the club to continue their annual donations to local charities, which over the years have totalled in excess of £100,000. 2015 will see the 40th anniversary of both the Eastbourne Historic Vehicle Club and the Festival of Transport held at Broad Farm, Hellingly, The event has grown from small beginnings to an event displaying over 1,000 varied, historic transport exhibits. The EHVC meets on the 4th Thursday of the month at the Red Lion public house at Stone Cross. New members are always welcome. Contact the secretary, Dave Bone, on 01323 843186, for details.

MOSES’ STORY: Dr Colin Tourle reports that he has recently been in Ethiopia with his good friend Fitsum, the eye surgeon, and re-lived the true story about his son Benjamin, who is now about 27 years old. Twenty seven years ago there was an appalling civil war in Ethiopia, at that time Ethiopia was ruled by Mengitsu, a communist dictator. They were fighting the Tigray separist movement in the north. Fitsum was a young doctor of 23 years old. He was banned from Tigray, his homeland, and sent to the south of Ethiopia to work in a small hospital. One night the police brought in a new baby, found under a bush, near the hospital. He had been left by his mother, unwashed, covered in meconium, a brownish fluid that covers some new babies. Fitsum, who was unmarried, describes the moment emotionally. He told Colin that he looked at him and instantly loved that baby. Fitsum had a mother living at the time and he had about nine brothers and sisters. The family was against him having the baby. They thought it was his undeclared baby and the found under a bush story was false. Only one person supported him and that was his brother-in-law who said to him that this child was a gift from God. You bring him up. Fitsum paid for nurses and housekeepers whilst he did his training as a young doctor. Then years later he married and Benjamin was part of his new family. Colin has met Benjamin, a lovely chap, very fit and a professional cyclist. He asked Fitsum if he had a girlfriend yet and he replied ‘yes, but he has not introduced her yet’. Colin says he is reminded of the story of Moses being found in a basket on the edge of the Nile.

CHOIR NEWS: Following the announcement of a new contralto, choirmaster of Hellingly, John Francis, has been able to secure the services of an additional bass, increasing the numbers from two to three. Graham Little, who is an experienced singer, having commenced his musical association by being a treble at the age of seven, in his local church, and needs no introduction in what is required to become a full choir member. New RSCM medals and ribbons have been obtained ready for the two new singers to be officially instated by the vicar.

BRIDGE REPAIR: Sussex Ramblers will be pleased to learn that at Arlington Byway 60b at TQ 543/081 an 11 metre bridge (B0804) on Arlington Byway 60b has recently been replaced by ESCC’s maintenance rangers.

UNION FLAG: The family of the late Lez Smith have donated a Union Flag to Holy Trinity Church, Upper Dicker, and it can be borrowed for village events.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

FREE CHURCH SERVICES: This Sunday service is at 10.45am in the Free Church, Church Road. The Breakfast Club is from 10am to noon at Herstmonceux Village Hall on the first Sunday of each month. All Saints Church, Herstmonceux, and St Mary Magdalene Church, Wartling: Sunday 8am Holy Communion Wartling, 9.45am Herstmonceux.

MESSY CHURCH happens at the Reid Hall usually on the third Sunday of the month at 3.30pm. This meeting is for all ages and includes games, crafts, teaching and an act of worship. It concludes with a light tea at 5pm.

ALPHA COURSE: If you are interested is an excellent course studying the meaning of life from the Christian perspective. This is an introduction to some main aspects of the Christian faith. Please phone 01323 833124 for information. A morning Alpha course starts on Tuesday from 10am to noon at Scolfes Restaurant, Boreham Street. A crèche is provided.

SCIENCE CENTRE: There is an open weekend tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Last admission is at 3pm. For more information visit http://www.the-observatory.org or phone 01323 832731.

WALKING GROUP: The next walk is on Sunday and is 5 miles to Little London. The group will meet at the Cuckoo Trail car park in Heathfield at 10am. If you would like to go along contact Sue on 848790 or 07512 652962.

THE WINDMILL at Windmill Hill. It is exciting news that the windmill machinery will be restored. Windmill Hill will have a working windmill that produces flour, what an exciting thought. There are many opportunities for members of the community to become involved. As always with a Heritage Lottery Grant, there is a large element of volunteer labour that we need to include. For instance, if you can do practical work, whether skilled or unskilled, they would love to hear from you. Can you help on days it is open to the public? People are needed to meet and greet visitors - no special knowledge required, they just need to be made welcome. Can you help on National Mills Day in May manning stalls, providing cakes and plants? There are opportunities for all members of the community to be involved in your very own, soon to be working windmill. If you feel you may be able to help in any way, and would like to find out more please contact

Bee Frost 01323 833033 bee@windmillhillwindmill.org

RAY AND SHELDON: On January 30 members will welcome the ever popular local Di Arndle on the subject of Sweet Making at 2.15pm. This club for the over 60s meets on the second and fourth Friday of the month between 2pm and 4pm in the small village hall and has a varied selection of speakers, slide shows, quizzes, music and most of all enjoyable company. Membership is £4 annually and £2.50 per meeting. All welcome and transport can be arranged. For more details, please contact Anne on 01323 441244.

HEALTH CENTRE: There has been a very kind and generous donation of climbing plants to the surgery which will be planted along the walkway from the health centre to the pharmacy, from passion flowers to honeysuckle, which should make the short walk even more pleasant. Thank you to all who donated food for the Hailsham food bank through the food basket, Julie at the food bank was extremely grateful and all the food went into the Christmas boxes. You can now purchase your parish magazine from the Health Centre. Watch this space, keep your eyes peeled for more information regarding a Herstmonceux Wellbeing Day coming soon.

Laughton

BOOT SALE: Indoor Boot Sale, Laughton Parish Hall, on Sunday. Doors open 10.30am, £5 a table. Refreshments available. For information or to book a table please ring 01323 811385. Also boot sales will be held on February 22 and March 29.

mobile library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Friday: Normans Bay 9.40am-10.10am; Opposite Denbeigh Court, Hooe 10.40am-11.10am; Downsview, Ninfield 11.20am-11.45am; Catsfield Village Hall 11.55am-12.30pm; Hoath Hill, Mountfield 1.50am-2.45pm; Ridgeway, Herstmonceux 2.55pm-3.30pm.

Ninfield & Hooe

GROUND MAINTENANCE: Ninfield Parish Council is offering the opportunity to tender for their grounds maintenance contract. Contact Jackie Scarff, the clerk, for an information pack: The Red House, Lower Street, Ninfield TN33 9ED. Tel: 0772 584 3505 ninfieldpc@btinternet.com.

POLICE MATTERS: Our PCSO, Daryl Holter, advises the police received a report on February 12 of a suspicious Ford Transit stopping close to a skip in Hooe, looking to remove scrap from within it. CAD 0719 12.02.15 refers. The police have also received a report of a small blue/green car, possibly a Vauxhall Corsa size, in the High Street area of Ninfield during the day time and evening of January 9. This car and its occupants were acting suspiciously. CAD 1603 09/01/15 refers. Lastly they have had a report of an attempted theft of a Landrover Defender in Ninfield on January 12 at 7.53pm. CAD 1331 12/01/15 refers. If anyone saw or heard anything in connection with any of these cases, call 101.

U18S FOOTBALL: The weather has hampered the U18s matches once more, with last week’s game being postponed again. The team are at home this Sunday, 10.30am on Ninfield recreation ground. Fingers crossed they get their first game of the new year. They would love to see some new supporters.

MESSY CHURCH will take place again at Ninfield Methodist Church on Wednesday, from 3.30pm to 5.30pm. It is especially for children ages four to 11 with their parent or carer. The theme is Growing up with Jesus and the afternoon will include all sorts of creative activities, a short celebration and a meal together.

JUMBLE SALE: 1st Ninfield Scout Group are holding their annual winter Jumble Sale on January 31, 2pm, at Ninfield Memorial Hall. Entrance is 50p. Along with bargains, there is a raffle and refreshments. If you have any jumble you would like to donate, you are able to drop it off at the Memorial Hall on Friday January 30 after 7pm or on Saturday January 31 after 8.30am. Alternatively, jumble can be collected the week before by contacting Dick Creasey on 07970 559226 or Rosemary Cooper on 01424 892681.

FIRST RESPONDERS: The Bexhill and District Community First Responders will be meeting on Wednesday, February 4 at Bexhill Fire Station at 7.30pm. They meet every first Wednesday in the month. If you are interested in finding out more contact team leader, Mike Dean on 07970024135.

NINFIELD PARISH COUNCIL are meeting on February 5, 7pm at Ninfield Methodist Church hall.

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 Mrs Topsy Brice.

Polegate

POLEGATE CAFÉ has now started a Knit and Natter group upstairs in the café on Friday from 10am to 12.30pm. £2.50 per person includes tea, coffee and cake. A chance to meet friends whilst bringing your knitting. All crafts folk welcome, contact Anabel on 487340 or email thepolegatecafe@hotmail.co.uk

POLEGATE PANTOMINE is Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, from today, Friday, till January 25 inclusive at Polegate Community Centre. Adults £10, children £6. Tickets available from Archer and Partners, High Street, telephone 483348 or online from www.polegatedramagroup.co.uk

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

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Winter Wonderland Views, 5 miles with Greta W. Meet Wilmington Car Park 10.30am bus No 126 9.48am Terminus Road, stand M. Coffee stop at Alfriston, return bus 1.40pm. On Sunday, Buckle My Foot, 14.5 miles with Clare K. Meet 9.07am bus No 12 Terminus road to Hill Rise. Walk starts at 9.45am GR 486002. Dry lunch Litlington. Drop out points 6 miles, Exceat possible bus 13X at Birling Gap. Then to Eastbourne bus No 3 at St Bedes School. Continue to Eastbourne if daylight permits. On Saturday January 31 Chilly Farm Circular, 4.5 miles with Mavis M. Meet at Pevensey market square 10am bus No 99, 9.23am Terminus Road stand E to Pevensey Memorial Hall.

WE WOULD like to provide a service where local people can meet and have a chat over lunch or tea. If you find you would like to come along for a social afternoon contact Heather on 370709 or find us on Trip Advisor and www.facebook/thetrianglecafe. Meet at the Triangle Café, 3 Orchard Parade, Lower Willingdon. Email hbbatkin@gmail.com

MEETING: Polegate Wine and Social Club are meeting on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Community Centre. There will be wine tastings and a talk given by Rodney and Pat Reeve.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

WALK: Our next history group walk is tomorrow, Saturday, meeting at 2pm in the yard at Broad Farm, Hellingly (by kind permission), which is on the A267 north of the Boship roundabout, opposite the Festival of Transport site. Our next meeting is on February 9 when Peter Gillies will use his Magic Lantern to take us on A Meander Through the Victorian Weald.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion and children’s Sunday Club. St John’s Bodle Street: 6.30pm Sung Evensong. St Giles, Dallington: 9.30am Morning Worship. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship led by Robin Timms.

PARISH COUNCIL: One thing was on the minds of the council and public at the meeting last week, the state of our minor roads in the parish. This was not only the potholes we think of as being the problem, but also the state of the drains, and the fact a lot of land-owners seem to think they don’t need to cut their roadside hedges. County councillor Rupert Simmonds said year by year grants from central government were being cut and a cap was put on council tax increases. ESCC were going to have to make an additional £90m savings over the next three years. In his report Rupert announced the Post Office would reopen in April, see separate item. Progress is being made on the rollout of superfast broadband. To see if you will be able to sign up soon for it, go via the ESCC website and enter your phone number. Cllr McKeeman (WDC) said the British Heart Foundation agreed to provide defibrillators at Rushlake Green and Bodle Street, at a heavily discounted price. Work is progressing with obtaining cabinets to house them, and train first responders. If you would like to be involved please contact Nigel or one of the parish councillors, or I can pass your name on. Donations are also welcome. Applications for units at Punnetts Town and Three Cups are being considered. Planning applications for a replacement dwelling in Bakery Lane and a phone mast at the top of Rookery Lane are being considered.

FLOWER SHOW AGM: I wasn’t able to attend the AGM and am grateful to Isabel Collett, the society secretary, for providing me with the information. Forty eight people attended the meeting which started with the usual preliminaries. The treasurer, Mary Groves, reported an increase in the surplus made at the annual show. Donations were made to the following: Warbleton Church Bell Fund £300, Friends of Eastbourne Hospitals £60, 1st Heathfield Scout Group £100 and the Warbleton and Rushlake Green Bonfire Society £25. Chairman Wendy Greaves said entries were up last year, particularly in the children’s classes, this a result of co-operation with schools. Thanks were due to Bobby at The Stores for all his help with issuing schedules, collecting entries etc, and all those who worked so hard to prepare for and run the show, especially the committee and their other halves. Elections: chairman, Wendy Greaves, secretary Isabel Collett, treasurer Mary Groves, membership secretary Margaret McCarthy and show secretary Rosemary Wootton-Whitling. The committee members are Helen Bostock, Pauline Clifford, Lin Collins, Robin Groves, Richard Lambert-Gorwyn Julia Padbury and Gill Snook. Subscriptions remain at £4 per year, and are due now. The evening entertainment will be Crystal Clear, who can be seen on YouTube. After the business concluded members were treated to an enjoyable and informative talk Inside The Beehive by Chis Hone.

POST OFFICE: I am pleased to report we get a Post Office Counter back at The Stores from Friday April 17. It will be open from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and until 1pm on Saturdays, and is run under the Post Office Local way of working which is slightly different from the old sub post office regime. Thanks are due to Bobby for being willing to take this on, and to our county councillor, Rupert Simmonds, for all his hard work in assisting with negotiations. It will be up to us to use it, to make it profitable.

HEATHFIELD U3A: I have heard from Ray Tratt we now have a U3A (University of the Third Age) in Heathfield. Our U3A provides social and educational activities for residents of Heathfield and district. The first monthly meeting will be on Tuesday February 17 at Heathfield Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane, between 2.30pm and 5pm. Planned group activities range from languages, book group, outings, music, art appreciation, craft, art, history/local history, theatre, gardening, IT, photography, to walking. Come along and meet us. Our website: www.HeathfieldandDistrictU3A.org.uk

PHONE MAST: The government organisation Arquiva have applied to erect a 30m phone mast at Colliers Farm, Rookery Lane. This would support all four networks via the same set of aerials, and cover an area in which mobile communication is poor to non-existent. A small compound would be erected at the base of the mast in the corner of a field surrounded by woodland, which would screen the bottom half of the mast. At the parish council planning committee on Tuesday, unanimous approval was given to recommend to Wealden that this be approved. The reasons were that it would provide vital infrastructure in a rural parish where mobile communications are difficult, allowing growth of rural businesses and a significant improvement in the area for rural workers and visitors should an emergency occur. This includes farm workers and others working on their own. The emergency services rely heavily on mobile systems, and there is local support. The council felt the position of the site has been carefully researched, with exhaustive options considered to result in the current location. The applicant has taken into consideration both aesthetic and technical aspects to the full.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

ALADDIN: Willingdon Church Players’ pantomime Aladdin will be staged in Willingdon Memorial Hall on the evenings of Wednesday to Saturday, January 28 to 31, with a matinee on the Saturday. Tickets are still available for the Wednesday and are £6 for adults and £3 for children aged 16 years and under. There may also be a few seats left for the Thursday and Friday evenings. Contact the pantomime secretary Lesley Etwell on 01323 504901 or 07708 05 16 63.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Jonny Fitzpatrick and Kate, known as Me Myself and Her will be entertaining with their acoustic covers from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. On Sunday pianist Ross Skilbeck will entertain from 1.30pm. The end of the month meat raffle and cash draw will then take place about 2pm. The quiz is on Tuesday at 8.30pm. On Wednesday it is open mic night from 8pm, hosted by Paul Watson.

LAST SERVICE: Curate Fr Michael Maine will be conducting his last combined service at St Mary’s Church at 10.30am on Sunday February 1. The later than normal service will give the catering staff more time to prepare the buffet in the church hall for after the service. A leaving gift will be presented to Fr Michael who is to become the vicar of Cuckfield Church. Coaches have now been booked for Fr Michael’s induction at 7.30pm at Cuckfield Church on Thursday February 26. One coach will leave St Mary’s Church at 5.45pm and the other at 6pm. A reserved list is at the back of the church.

PARISH CLERK: Andy Beams has recently accepted a full time post at Battle Town Council and Nicola Williamson is currently the acting clerk for Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council. The parish council is advertising for a parish clerk and responsible financial officer for about 30 hours a week to include attendance at evening meetings. For an application pack please email lcrecruit@ssalc.co.uk. The closing date is January 30.

MEETINGS: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will hold a recreation meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon Community School. Information from 01323 489603.

THE EIGHT BELLS: Every Monday from 7pm The Hot Club of Jevington, a gypsy swing band, entertains at the Eight Bells in Jevington. Tuesday night is quiz night from 8.30pm. It is advisable to book for a table. Ring 01323 484442.

WANNOCK ARTISTS hold their first demonstration of 2015 on Friday January 30 from 7pm to 9pm. Following a change in programme, Nick Englefield, well-known local artist, will demonstrate perspective and buildings in watercolour. New members are welcome at £16 per annum. Visitors are also welcome at £4 per demonstration. Contact 07789 001256 for further information.