Parish pump Hailsham - March 13, 2015

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Alfriston

THE CRICKET CLUB members are not yet playing cricket but held a quiz night at the War Memorial Hall last Saturday. The support for these events is always substantial and enthusiastic and raises money for the club. Once again Barbara Harmer and her team provided a splendid supper; the quiz master, Tim Hurst, and his team provided challenging questions. Over £700 was raised to improve the storage facilities for the club, making it a very successful and enjoyable evening.

THE SKILLS CAFE will be open on March 21 from 10am to 4pm at the Old Chapel Centre and the War Memorial Hall. Admission is free for talks, stands and demonstrations of crafts and skill either as ways of making a living or something to learn about for fun. Among those taking part will be a local upholsterer, a wood turner, a beekeeper, a computer specialist, a forager and a forest skills expert. There will also be some locally made refreshments and Sussex products to buy. Members of the Cuckmere Valley Transition will be on hand to chat about nature, local heritage and sustainable living. All are welcome.

CAROLINE ADCOCK has lived in Alfriston for over 30 years and served on the parish council for 12 years, she is now standing as a Liberal Democrat District Council Candidate. On March 28 Norman Baker MP and Caroline will be at the Old Chapel Centre to discuss what the Liberal Democrats are doing in the local community and get an update on key issues such as the latest plans for the A27. Coffee and biscuits will be available. Drop in any time between 11.30am and 1pm.

Bodle Street Green

MOTHERING SUNDAY: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 9.30am (BCP), 11am All Age Service. St Giles, Dallington: Mothering Sunday service with Holy Communion.

LUNCH CLUB: The village’s lunch club meets from 11.30am to 2.30pm on Monday at the village hall.

GARDENING CLUB: Dan Manning, a willow artist, will be the speaker at the meeting on Tuesday at the village hall at 7.30pm. The start of a new year is a good time to join, only £10 per year.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at 7pm on Thursday in the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green. As usual the meeting is open to all and parishioners have an early opportunity to raise matters.

Folkington

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday we celebrate Mothering Sunday at the later time of 11am and welcome Tim Hough who will lead the service. Spring posies will be distributed to all mothers in the congregation and refreshments served after the service. All are very welcome to join us.

ST PETER’S is now officially part of the United Benefice of Alfriston with Lullington, Litlington and West Dean as of March 1. The Priest in Charge is the Reverend Daniel Merceron who we have already welcomed to one of our earlier services and look forward to his officiating over many more.

Hailsham

FARMERS’ MARKET tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am to 12.30pm. It is almost Mothering Sunday so come along and pick up a card, gift and something special for tea. Hailsham Farmers’ Market is on the Cattle Market Site. Lots of ideas for Mother’s Day and all the usual producers will be there. Cuckmere Buses would like to recruit more volunteer drivers and will also be at the market when you can drive a Cuckmere Bus on production of your D1 drivers licence and find out more. For more information visit www.hailshamfarmersmarket.co.uk. Enquiries to 07887 910150.

ST MARY’S: This is the fourth Sunday of Lent and Mothering Sunday. Holy Communion (BCP) at 8am. Mothering Sunday All Age Special with crèche is at 10.30am. Evening Prayer at 6.30pm, I Wish Jesus hadn’t said that, Here are my mother and brothers.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: This Sunday there is a Service at 11am followed by refreshments at Primrose Hall. The medium is Rev Denise Maserrerpa. Healing available.

RAMBLES: On Wednesday there are two walks. The longer is a five mile ramble with Anne and Mike 844516 and John 841370 around Battle. There are no stiles, some hilly sections and it can be muddy. The shorter is Eastbourne heritage walk number two with Mary 840099. If you would like to go along contact the walk leader for the details.

FLOWER CLUB: On Wednesday from 7.30pm in the Civic Community Hall, Vicarage Lane there is a demonstration by Christine Nash entitled Travelling Light. All welcome. Visitors £5. Enquiries via Marian on 500469.

TOWN MEETING: All residents are invited to attend the Annual Town Meeting taking place at Hailsham Pavilion on Wednesday. Doors open at 6.30pm when there is an opportunity for you to view information stands from local groups and talk to representatives of those organisations. The main part of the meeting will start at 7.30pm and includes a presentation and review of the past year by the Town Mayor and Chairman, councillor Jo Bentley. The Annual Town Meeting offers a great opportunity for the Town Council to update everyone on the important community projects it has been working on to take the town forward. It also gives all residents a vitally important opportunity to give feedback and have a say in what you would like to see happen over the coming year and put forward your views on ways to improve the town for everyone. We all need to help ensure the town continues to be a pleasant place to live, work and visit and the Town Council would like to encourage you to go along and put forward your comments and suggestions. Town councillors will be there to listen, help and answer any questions relating to its services and projects. A full agenda is available on the town council website (hailshamtc. gov.uk) and public noticeboards (Inglenook/Market Street and Vicarage Field).

CLAIRVOYANT EVENING: The first Clairvoyant Evening of the year is on Friday March 20 with Paul Broadway at Primrose Hall. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start ending at 9pm. Entry on the door is £5.

GIVE BLOOD: The next session is on Tuesday at Hailsham Community Hall between 1.30 and 4pm or 5pm and 7.30pm. You can make an appointment by visiting www.blood.co.uk or ring 0300 123 23 23 or just walk in.

HEALTHY LIVING GROUP: If you are over 50 and worried about keeping healthy and in good shape, why not join the Healthy Living Club. This is a local Hailsham club aimed at encouraging people to exercise, make new friends, try new activities and have fun. Participants are welcome to make a contribution of £1 a session to pay for a cup of tea or coffee. They meet on Tuesdays at the Methodist Church Hall from 10am to noon and run a variety of activities each week: boccia, table tennis, bowls, as well as experienced trainers leading sessions in different forms of exercise or healthy living. This week includes some line dancing.

BONFIRE BINGO: The next session is on Friday March 20 in the Charles Hunt Age Concern Centre. Doors open 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm. In aid of Hailsham Bonfire Society celebrations on October 17.

JUMBLE SALE: Go along to the Charles Hunt Centre on Saturday March 21 and rummage for a bargain between 10am and 12.30pm. If you have jumble to donate, contact Rose on 849562 or Lyn on 441514.

HPC QUIZ: Are you a quiz whizz? However you answer there is something for everyone on Saturday March 21 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at Hailsham Parish Church with special guest speaker Richard Leadbeater, former Wolverhampton Wanderers player, on Seeing is Believing. Bring along your neighbour, a friend or a whole tam and come and get answers to some of the more important questions in life. Tickets from Kim Bourne (842381) or David Gooding.

WHIST DRIVE: Environment Hailsham is holding a Whist Drive on Saturday March 21 at the Charles Hunt Centre. All are welcome, new and seasoned players. Tickets £5, refreshments available. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30 start. Go along for an enjoyable evening.

DR FEELGOOD: Coming to Hailsham Pavilion on Sunday March 22 Dr Feelgood with special guests the Spikedrivers. Show starts at 7.30pm. Booking in person at the box office or by telephone 841414.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: This week was round four of the print competition, the last before the final next month. With no external judge this time, three club members, Liz Scott ARPS AFIAP, Gay Biddlecombe LRPS CPAGB and Ted Sturgeon LRPS were invited to do the honours. Taking it in turns to critique each photograph, offer their comments and evaluation at the end of judging each class, they made a joint decision which would be put through to the final. These were as follows. The Pavilion Cup beginners were The Phantom Belly Dancers, a picture of brightly coloured costumes hanging up in a market, and Gone To Lunch, which looked as if the artist had left his pitch leaving behind all his painting equipment. Both were by Halina Martin. Intermediates were The Greenhouse by Jean Mills and, John, Tilly and The Pensioner (Traction Engine) by Nicola Stone and thirdly Walking In The Rain, a wet weather picture of a couple walking down a street, by Peggy McKenzie. Advanced were Ewe And Me by David Mills ARPS, The Great Court by Janet Monk ARPS, Luke, Chapter 2 Verse 2 and Conifers both by Liz Scott ARPS AFIAP, Glen Etive In Winter by Gay Biddlecombe LRPS CPAGB and Bluebells and Beech, a pretty photograph of a carpet of bluebells in a wood which was entirely hazy with the exception of a single beech tree branch left in focus, by Janice Payne LRPS. Judging by club members is always an enjoyable and interesting evening for the rest of the club and is usually repeated every year.

CRICKET CLUB: Hailsham Community College Cricket Academy entered the U15 Winter Indoor Competitions in the Hastings and Rother and South Downs partnership as a very young team of four U14 and two U13, using the tournament as a platform to challenge and learn for the season ahead. Facing Rye Community College in a test match style indoor tournament, best of five games, Hailsham batted first, got off to a flying start and scored 35 runs from four overs. The next pair played intelligent indoor cricket and targeted the side walls to virtually score 3 a ball. The final pair topped up the innings. Hailsham finished on 107 from 12 overs. In the field, accurate skills helped restrict Rye to 80 and HCCC took the first game of the test series by 37 runs. In the second, Hailsham again batted first and were very fortunate. The last pair batted well scoring 55 from their four overs. A fantastic display of accurate bowling from all six of the team meant that Rye finished on 60 from 12 overs and lost by 36 runs. The last game was reduced to six overs. Rye batted first. Hailsham were on the attack. They needed to win in order to be crowned champions. Wickets fell as Hailsham showed impressive skills. In response all the batsmen made run scoring look easy and eventually finished well above Rye’s score of 26 with 65 on the board. With another trip to Hove for county finals after the U13s success a week earlier, Coach Wilkinson was again full of praise. ‘The boys have challenged themselves against older, more experienced players and have shown a constant level of skill across three games. We now need to refocus and work on the weaker areas of our game ahead of a trip to Hove.’

COMPUTERS FOR CHARITIES: Carefully recycled phones yield cash. CfC break down donated mobile phones for either scrap or recycling. Since last November, 294 mobile phones were up-cycled where Ian has harvested components from broken phones for resale. Ian decided to volunteer at CfC because he has an engineering background and enjoys working with his hands. The work he does involves intricate detail and as a disabled person this has helped his co-ordination and his self-confidence.

Hellingly, Horsebridge & Dicker

CHURCH SERVICES: Mothering Sunday, 9.15am Upper Dicker and 10.45am at Hellingly for a Family Communion service. Posies given to mothers coming this day are provided by the Mothers Union. Hellingly: Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP), Sunday Holy Communion (CW) at 8am and 10.45am. This and every fourth Sunday there is a Family Service 10.45am. Confirmation of faith is the next step on from baptism. In this diocese ten years old is the normal earliest age to be confirmed, although I have known adults in their 90s as well. If you haven’t been confirmed, or are not sure about it, talk to David, the Vicar. If we can assemble enough children he is willing to run a class, or if adults he can either run a small group or give individual preparation.

RUNNING CLUB: Hailsham Harriers hosted the final round of the East Sussex Sunday Cross Country league races at Blackstock Farm Hellingly. Over 130 runners competed with a tough initial lap then a further smaller three lap course. Weather conditions were good and much of the surface, although muddy in places, provided reasonable grip. The race was won by Peter Woodward, from Crowborough. Harriers’ Gary Judges came home second with great support from David Ayling in 6th. In the final league placings from the six rounds, Harriers finished runners up to the leaders Lewes AC. A great event ably organised by Brian Winn and his team and amongst the helpers were a group of German students providing encouragement to the competitors. A big thank you to the Salvidge family, owners of Blackstock Farm, for providing facilities and supporting the race.

CRICKET CLUB QUIZ: Next Friday evening, March 20, from 7pm to 11pm at Westham Village Hall the quiz is open to all members, juniors, parents and friends and will be hosted by Pointless winner, 15-1 runner up, Mastermind and Brain of Britain contestant Jon Rose. Teams of six at £5 per person includes light refreshments. Please call 07759 323991 if you will be entering a team. A licensed bar will be available.

BROWNIES QUIZ: 1st Hellingly (St Peter and St Paul) Brownies are holding a Fundraising Quiz Night on Friday March 20 at Hellingly Village Hall from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Supper, tea and coffee included in the ticket price of £7 adults, £3.50 child for teams of six. Please bring your own drinks. This event is to raise funds for a rustic bench to be placed in Hellingly Country Park in Memory of our dear Friend Maggie Phillips. Contact Tracy on firefly.tracy@aol.co.uk for tickets.

HELLINGLY PC: Two members of the public attended. The council was asked whether they could request from Persimmon additional waste bins and dog waste bins in the Country Park. The correct number of bins had been provided, but it was agreed that Persimmon needed to address the issue of the missing insides for the bins. Dog waste bins could not be placed inside the park as they would not be emptied. The county council were looking to make the yellow advisory zigzags outside schools mandatory to try and alleviate the parking issues. Concerning Hellingly Country Park and Roebuck Park, the contract for building the Cricket Pavilion had been let and the council was still waiting for a detailed specification of finishes. Quotes from the design team had now been received and the sub group would meet to discuss these. A new snagging list would be made prior to handover, work on the trees would start soon. A draft transfer had been received but assurances were needed re unrestricted access across roads on the estate. The site for the Community Hall would be made available to the council by the end of 2015. The allotments would be handed over July/August. The council would provide two sessions of Active Play a week during the Easter holidays. The 1st Hellingly Brownies will be allowed to place a memorial bench in the Country Park overlooking the ponds, and the location should be agreed with the residents association.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Dicker Hall 10.40am to noon Thursday Mornings. Book exchange or purchase 20p.

DICKER QUIZ: The Dicker Quiz took place last weekend and was attended by around 50 people raising around £400 for Dicker Church funds.

LENT LUNCHES: There are two Lent lunches at the Dicker village hall this month. One is today and the other on March 27 from 12.30pm to 1.30pm when soup and a roll will be provided along with tea and coffee. Donations welcome and will be donated to the Hailsham Foodbank.

ARLINGTON PARISH COUNCIL: The new seat has been purchased and installed. WDC had provided a dog poo sign which has now been installed. Unmaintained allotment plots - two plots had been vacated and now had new tenants. The annual rent letter has already been sent to the tenants, this included a request that they take care when driving over the recreation ground. Hedgerow growing through the rabbit fencing some of the long hedgerow has been cut. It was not possible to rotivate the unmaintained plot however the new tenant has been helped to clear the land.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

WATER EVENT: As part of Water Week there is a free event this Friday evening at Herstmonceux Castle starting at 7pm with local farmer Steve (Moo Man) Hook, Hydrocitizen Tom Payne, writer and activist Charlotte Du Cann, neuroscientist Dr Kris De Meyer, medievalist Hetta Howes, clergyman and writer Peter Owen-Jones, dancer Yumino Seki, singer Carrie Tree. Please use the Wartling Road entrance. Tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm there is a water ceremony with Matt Thornton of Emoto Peace Project and Mark Golding, Charlotte Still and Clare Whistler, The Fluid Self walking experience with Korina Briggs, On Pevensey Levels by composer Paul Lewis, musicians Joanna Parker and Martin Lawrence, artist Victoria Rance, walk Chris Taylor, artist Felicity Truscott and labyrinth Ali Campbell. At 6pm ecologist Tracy Younghusband will be there along with Friends of the Earth Green Candidate Andrew Durling. From 7pm to 9pm there is a Water 5 Rhythms Dance to Water music by Emma Roberts.

SUNDAY SERVICES: This is Mothering Sunday and the fourth Sunday of Lent. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), Wartling, 9.45am Mothering Sunday Service and Holy Communion (CW), Herstmonceux. Messy church is cancelled this month.

WALKING GROUP: The next walk is on Sunday March 22, meeting at 10am behind the Woolpack. The route this time is billed as a surprise. If you would like to go along, please contact Karen on 833040 or Andy on 07740 162367.

COFFEE MORNING: A Health and Wellbeing Coffee Morning is being held on Monday and every third Monday of the month from 10am to noon in the meeting room at the Herstmonceux Integrative Health Centre. The practice is continually looking at ways of promoting Health and Wellbeing for their patients and as part of this vision has introduced this monthly event. Everyone is welcome, the more the merrier. At their first meeting people talked about their own health and wellbeing, what that meant to them and ideas for future coffee mornings. The plan is to get a varied spectrum of speakers to come and talk about health. They are also looking at setting up groups for singing, painting, walking and many more, as part of their joint venture with Action in Rural Sussex and Vitality Village. If you would like any further information on the coffee morning or its future plans contact Bea at the Health Centre on 01323-833535.

BUGSY MALONE: The Young HATS are proud to present Bugsy Malone at Herstmonceux Village Hall from Thursday to Saturday, March 19 to 21, with performances at 7.30pm and a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Entry is £8 adults and £5 child. Tickets from Stevens and Carter Estate Agents or from Jo on 07703 854535. A great show for all the family.

WARTLING PARISH COUNCIL: The draft minutes report that Shelagh Huntbatch is the new councillor to Wartling Parish Council. The Lamb Inn had been broken into and a large amount of money taken. PCSO Simon French asked any residents who witnessed any suspect behaviour around the pub between 11pm and 11.15pm on Sunday March 1 to contact Sussex police on 101 quoting Serial 0343 02/03/15. A defibrillator has been now been fitted at The Bull’s Head in Boreham Street, and a training session to show residents how to use it took place on 9 February. A second defibrillator has been ordered for The Lamb. Details about the defibrillator are on the parish council’s website.

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Friday: Ades Field, Wilmington 12.50pm-1.15pm.

Ninfield & Hooe

HOOE OPEN GROUP: The next meeting of Hooe Open Group will be today, Friday, 2pm at Hooe Village Hall. Alan Tidmarsh OBE, the well known BBC personality who for many years was a BBC Overseas Correspondent, will be telling the club about his life and times. On this occasion husbands are invited to join their ladies. If you would like more information on the activities of the Hooe Open Group please contact the organiser Edna Wallis on 01424 842591 or e-mail:- davidawallis@aol.com.

JUMBLE SALE: Ninfield Flower group are holding a jumble sale tomorrow, Saturday, in the Memorial Hall. Admission 50p. Doors open at 2pm. Lots of bargains, books, cakes etc. Anyone who is unable to attend but would like to donate telephone Jennifer on 01424 892878 or take their donations to the hall after 9.30am.

METHODIST CHURCH: You are invited to the Methodist Church for Mothering Sunday celebrations. They are holding a Mothers Day all-age service on Sunday at 10.30am, all families and young people will be very welcome.

HOOE PARISH COUNCIL are meeting on March 16, 7.30pm at Hooe Village Hall. All Hooe residents are invited to attend.

NINFIELD HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: At their meeting on Monday they welcome the return of Chris Jenkins who will be talking about his working trip to the Western Cape of South Africa. This is a change to the programme advertised in your schedule. Chris is a young, lively speaker so we should have an entertaining evening. They meet at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall, with raffle and refreshments as usual.

GOLDEN CIRCLE: The next meeting is on Tuesday in the Methodist Hall at 2.30pm. They will have Barbara Strevett speaking on Growing up in Hooe. For more contact Jean Holmes on 212663.

NINFIELD LOCAL HISTORY GROUP: Those of you who did not manage to attend their February meeting missed a really good evening, when Chris McCooey gave a very entertaining talk with much laughter entitled Sussex Characters Wacky, Weird and Wonderful. Their next meeting is on Thursday, when they will have Malcolm Pratt speaking on Strange goings on in the Sussex Borough of Winchelsea. Having attended talks by him, Rod can confirm that he gives most interesting talks. The meeting will be in the Methodist Hall in Church Lane, Ninfield, and starts at 7.30pm. Members pay £1 per meeting, visitors £2 per meeting. For further information call Rod Ffoulkes on 893635.

FRIENDSHIP FRIDAY: Friday, March 20, 10.30am to noon at Ninfield Methodist Church Hall. This is a new initiative and they encourage anyone, any age, to go along for a coffee and meet new friends.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am APCM Service. St Oswald’s Services Hooe) 2pm APCM Service. Ninfield Methodist Church, 10.30am Mothering Sunday, All Age service with Mrs M Bickerdike.

Polegate

PARAGON FIELDS Preservation Association AGM today, Friday, 7pm at Wannock Village Hall. More info from Jo Fitzpatrick 484707 or email joannafitz@outlook.com

WALKS: On Sunday, Beware Bears and Golf Balls, 9 miles with Pat B. Meet at the Avenue 9.15am, walk starts at Telham near Battle, large lay-by opposite Black Horse pub on A2100, 10.15am. Dry lunch Sedlescombe pub nearby. Leader at start. On Saturday March 21, Cuckmere and Haven Brow, 5 miles with Colin. Meet at Exceat Visitor Centre 10am. Nus No 12X 9.39am Terminus Road, Stand J. On Sunday March 22, Pelhams, Parks and Poachers, 9 miles with Angela F. Meet at the Avenue 9.30am, walk starts at car park left of school, Church Lane, Laughton at 10am GR 502127, dry lunch East Hoathly.

POLEGATE PLODDERS: For info on this newly formed running/jogging group please contact Brian Winn on 07765216990 or email brianwinn1@btinternet.com

MARKET: Willingdon Community Market is on Wednesday in Trinity Church Hall, Lower Willingdon. Many stalls including local history books, crafts, fresh produce, haberdashery, cakes, household goods, refreshments and fudge. Open from 9am to 12.30pm. Free entry. Come and browse or stay a while, raffle for a local charity. To book a stall contact Wendy 489002. We urgently require a stall that sells home made chutneys and jams. Contact Wendy.

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society meet on Friday March 20 when our talk is about Jack the Ripper. Doors open at 6.30pm, meeting starts at 7pm to 9pm. Visitors welcome. Meetings at held at St John’s Church Hall, High Street.

THE COFFEE MORNING on Saturday March 21, at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by Polegate Twinning. All welcome in the lounge 10am-noon.

ELS: Eastbourne Local History Group next meet on Tuesday March 24, at St Saviours Church Hall, South Street, Eastbourne. Our speaker is Susan Djabri, A view of Eastbourne in the 1760s. Doors open at 6.30pm. Meeting at 7pm. Visitors welcome.

EASTER FAIR at Polegate Community Centre on Saturday March 21, 10am to noon. Various stalls including crafts, plants, toys, bric-a-brac, tombola, raffle etc. Proceeds to go to The Eastbourne and South Wealden MS Society.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

MOTHERING SUNDAY: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 9.30am (BCP), 11am All Age Service. The PCC meet on Monday at 7.30pm in the Church Rooms. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: Mothering Sunday service with Holy Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning Service led by David Laskey.

LENT COURSE: Wednesdays in March. What Christians Believe, C of E Style, a look at The 39 Articles of Religion, the Church of England’s doctrinal basis, without the boring bits. Plenty of opportunity for discussion. 7.30pm to 9pm with coffee and biscuits at the Osborne House Community Room, Rushlake Green.

COFFEE & CO: Several times a year Coffee and Company have a special event to raise money for a local charity. This Thursday (10am to noon) at the Osborne House Community Room the focus will be Children of Gambia Services, a Heathfield based charity which provides support to children in Gambia. Coffee and Company is open every Thursday for coffee and a chat.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at 7pm on Thursday in the Dunn Village Hall.

HISTORY GROUP: Sally White gave a fascinating glimpse into the story of the piers in Sussex, eight in all. There were proposals for another 30 apparently, including 11 for Bexhill alone. The earliest was the Chain Pier at Brighton built in the 1820s. Most were originally built as jetties for boats to moor up to, so that passengers could disembark directly, rather than via small boats or even being carried ashore. Gradually they gained more pleasure facilities, including ball rooms, theatres and rifle rages. As we have seen in recent years they are vulnerable to fire and the weather, and not all have survived. Our next walk is on Saturday March 28 at 2pm, meeting in the car park of Berwick Church.

HEARING TESTS: I took the opportunity of the mobile unit being in Rushlake Green to have my hearing checked. I am glad to report nothing unusual was found, just the slight deterioration to be expected at my age. This really is a good service provided by the East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, which is a charity, partly funded by East Sussex Adult Social Care. The bus is equipped with a sound proof cubicle in which the test is conducted. This is a fairly simple test which indicates a trend in the individuals hearing. If a problem is found then you can take the results sheet to your GP, for referral to a specialist. Martin is also able to carry out minor repairs to hearing aids and advise on equipment etc you might need eg a hearing loop attached to the television so the rest of the family are not blown away by the volume. They are based at 8 St Leonard’s Road, Eastbourne BN21 3UH. Tel 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax). The service is free, but no doubt donations are welcome.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

PARAGON FIELDS Preservation Association was formed in 1992, when the five and a half acre field at Wannock came up for sale and local people were concerned about what might happen to it. With a lot of fund raising from individuals and grants from companies and environmental and conservation groups as well as the parish council and with a low interest rate loan, the field was purchased. The aim is to preserve the land as an open space for recreation and quiet enjoyment of the general public and for the protection and encouragement of the local flora and fauna. The annual general meeting will be held at 7pm today, Friday, at Wannock Village Hall when you can learn more about what the members have achieved and what their plans are for the future. After the business side of the meeting there will be a talk by David Morgan, senior ranger for the National Trust, followed by tea and coffee. Please contact the secretary Mark Harley on 01323 489366 or membership secretary Mary Taylor on 01323 485241 for further information.

CHARITY FLOWER STALL: Willingdon Flower Club will have a charity flower stall in the Arndale Centre near Sainsbury’s from 8.30am to 11.30am tomorrow, Saturday. Beautiful flower arrangements, baskets and posies will be on sale, ideal gifts for Mother’s Day. The charity supported is St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

FIFTH AVENUE will be entertaining at the British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

THE WHEATSHEAF is celebrating St Patrick’s Day tomorrow, Saturday, when Andy Millen will be entertaining from 8.30pm with his folk and Irish four piece band Sloe Gin. There will be a set menu.

MOTHERING SUNDAY: The Wheatsheaf may still have a limited number of places available for Mothering Sunday when Joe will be playing piano from 12.30pm. Ring 01323 502069. Other local eateries are the Red Lion 013232 502062, the British Queen 01323 484166, the Eight Bells Jevington 01323 484442 and Chalk Farm Hotel 01323 503800 (where there will be a present for mothers) and don’t forget to visit the garden centre behind the hotel.

CHURCH RAMBLERS will be meeting at Chalk Farm at 10.30am on Monday. Following a drive to Seaford there will be a five mile mainly flat circular walk taking in the Tide Mills. All are welcome.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: Eastbourne and District Preservation Trust which manages Polegate Windmill will be having their 50th AGM at 7.30pm on Tuesday at Polegate Town Hall. After the business side of the meeting there will be tea, coffee and biscuits followed by a talk from Chris Hicks entitled The National Park and Voluntary Ranger Service. All are welcome.

TASTE OF SUNRISE: There is an event coming up at Sunrise Senior Living at 6 Upper Kings Drive which readers may well find interesting. Entitled Taste of Sunrise it is from 2pm to 3.30pm on Wednesday, which is during Nutrition and Hydration week. To discover the dining experience at Sunrise, the chef will be preparing samples of starters, main courses and desserts from his menus for visitors to try. Also present will be celebrity chef Rosemary Shrager. If you would like to go along, please book first by ringing Emma Viera, director of Community Relations on 01323 525000 or email Eastbourne.DCR3@Sunriseseniorliving.com .

JEVINGTON AND FILCHING WI will be meeting at Trinity Church Hall at 2pm on Thursday for a bring-and-buy afternoon. Hot cross buns and tea will be served and it will be a chance for members to discuss the books which they have read and enjoyed. For further information please ring Rose on 01323 849562 or visit the club’s website www.jevingtonwi.co.uk .

WILLINGDON FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 2pm on Friday March 20 at Willingdon Memorial Hall for a practice meeting. For further information contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

TRINITY DINERS: The next Trinity Diners’ lunch at Trinity Church Hall is on Friday March 20 at noon. The menu will be fruit juice, Cumberland pie or a vegetarian shepherd’s pie option, with seasonal vegetables, followed by Bakewell tart and cream, and tea or coffee. To reserve a place, please ring Jennie on 01323 484189. Meals are priced at £5.50.

POLEGATE AND WILLINGDON Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm on Friday March 20 at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. The talk is about Jack the Ripper. A microphone with a loop system is used for the benefit of the deaf and hard of hearing at all talks. Visitors are welcome. The fee is just £2.

BOX OPENING and coffee morning: Throughout the year, parishioners at St Mary’s Church have been saving their odd coins in specially provided boxes for the Children’s Society which helps vulnerable youngsters. On Saturday March 21 the boxes will be opened in the church hall between 10am and noon and the contents counted. Refreshments and cakes are available and there will be a raffle.

THE JPK PROJECT which aims to provide supported living accommodation for people with a learning disability will be holding a coffee morning from 9.30am to noon on Saturday March 21 at St Mary’s Church Hall in Hailsham. Organised by Angela and Peter Walters, attractions include home-made preserves, greeting cards, cakes, a tombola, raffle and more.

OLIVET TO CALVARY is being performed at 7.30pm on Monday March 23 at St Mary’s Church Willingdon. This deeply moving Passiontide story will be directed by Michael Stumbles, with the augmented church choir, tenor and bass soloists and hymns. Admission is free. The retiring collection is for the music fund, supporting Children with Cancer.

MESSY CHURCH: This event is being organised by members of St Wilfrid’s Church. From 3.15pm to 6pm on Tuesday March 24 the church will be welcoming primary school aged children and their families or carers to enjoy Easter crafts, an Easter egg hunt, and various other activities including singing and then a cooked tea. There is no charge, but any donations would be appreciated. For further information please ring Suzy on 01323 484574.