Parish Pump Hailsham - March 14, 2014

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CAT OUT OF HELL is the new novel by Lynne Truss well known for her book, Eats, Shoots and Leaves. Cat out of Hell is described as a very funny horror story which features devil worship, a dim actor, a rather charming librarian, a dog named Watson and cats. These, however, are the kind of cats not to meet on a dark night. Lynne will be reading from Cat out of Hell at Deans Place Hotel on March 28 at 6.30pm for 7pm. Tickets are £10 which includes a copy of the book.

THE CLERGY HOUSE, a National Trust Property, will be opening tomorrow (March 15) for the season. The house and shop are open from 10.30am to 5pm on each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday and closed on Thursdays and Fridays.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), and 11 am Morning Worship (CW). St Giles, Dallington: 11am Holy Communion.

GARDENING CLUB: Now that the soil is beginning to dry out, members can think about planting in the garden. Advice on Growing Potatoes will be given by Alan Wilson at the meeting on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the village hall.

Membership of the club is £10 per annum, which gives free admission to meetings. Visitors are welcome at £2 per head.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green, at 7pm on Thursday evening. All council meetings are open to the public, and there is an opportunity early in the meeting for parishioners to raise matters.

Folkington

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Morning Prayer (BCP) 10.30am. Licensed Lay Reader Tim Hough will be taking the service. Tea/coffee, biscuits after, all welcome.

Hailsham

ST MARY’S: This is the second Sunday of Lent. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), The Passion: the betrayal. 10.30am Holy Communion with crèche and children’s groups, The Passion: the cup. 6.30pm Evening Prayer, The Passion: the betrayal.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: This Sunday there is a service at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. The medium on this occasion is to be advised. There is a Clairvoyant Evening on Friday March 21 from 7.30pm to 9pm with Philip Towler.

BONFIRE BINGO: Next Friday you can support Hailsham Bonfire Society’s fundraising activities at the Charles Hunt Centre. Doors open 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm. All welcome.

COFFEE MORNING: Back by popular demand HOPS presents the Transport Film Coffee Morning Show on Saturday March 22. Doors to the Pavilion, George Street, open at 10am for coffee with show commencing at 10.30am hosted by local transport historian, John Bishop. Films include some memories of hell Drivers, early Concorde film footage and for the railway fans This is York and lots more. Tickets are £5 on the door or in advance and include a free tea or coffee on arrival. All proceeds to HOPS.

QUIZ NIGHT: On Saturday March 22 at Summerheath Hall, at 7.30pm. Included in the ticket price of £7 will be a ploughmans supper. Bring your own drinks. Teams of four to six players. Please phone Paula to book on (01323) 841373.

COLOUR SHOW: Hailsham Photographic Society’s Diamond Jubilee annual Colour Show last weekend not only to raised awareness about the Club, but is also a charity fundraiser. Club members put together sequences and have their prints displayed in the hall. The show was opened by chairman Ray Beckwith with an AV sequence of a brief history of the club started in 1954. First meeting at the Grenadier public house, in 1960 as numbers grew, they met at The George Hotel and in 1968 moved to the village hall in Hellingly where they still meet today. This AV was set to Diamonds are Forever. With 24 AV’s altogether that included humorous cartoons, gardens, landscapes, foreign and local scenes, each introduced by Ray, several were entered into the competition for best AV, and best sound track. Winners were announced at the end of the show. 3, In Winters Grip by John Deller LRPS, to the music Last Breath by Greendjohn with lovely images of snow, ice and water, rocks, boulders and trees; 2, John Watson for Le Marche set to the Floral Dance, Blackbottom and Paris Café Music, with many colourful images of a French market held in Heathfield; 1, Lynette Benton and Jean Mills, with Virginia, a wonderful narration about Virginia Wolfe, the Monks House and her death in 1941. They also won best soundtrack for Mozart’s piano concerto No 20 in D minor with narrative by Lynette Benton and Marie Bartholomew whose father had been employed by Virginia and her husband Leonard. Representatives from MS Support for Eastbourne and South Wealden, Bernard Curtis and Margaret Barrett spoke and thanked the Society for choosing MS Support. Margaret has over 30 years experience in this field and spoke about the work the volunteer group does in helping people to stay in the community, and providing care for the carers. Mayor of Hailsham, Cllr Jo Bentley also spoke about carers in the community and thanked the Society for their work and generous support for local charities. She went on to present a cheque for £1000 on behalf of the Society to the charity and distributed certificates to the first, second and third places and trophies to the winners of the competitions. Jo was presented with a lovely bouquet of flowers and hoped she would be invited again as she thoroughly enjoys the programme. The final AV was a selection of members’ images arranged by John Deller, set to a John Michel Jarre medley which was excellent. Ray thanked everyone for attending and also club members for their help behind the scenes. Please spread the word to others for another successful show next year.

EASTSIDE YOUTH CAFE: The town council has recently expanded its support for young people in the town by opening a new youth facility which operates from the Maurice Thornton Pavilion in Orion Close on Monday evenings from 7pm to 8.30pm. Town councillors have taken over management of what was formerly the Young Farmers’ Youth Club previously provided by organisers of Town Farm Residents’ Association but now town council staff and volunteers will run the facility. The Eastside Youth Café is open to those aged 12 years (year 8) to 16 years (year 11) and adds to the existing services provided at the Square Youth Café in Market Square, the Town council’s flagship centre for young people which opened in November 1999.

U3A: On Tuesday March 25 at 2pm there is an open day. This provides the opportunity to meet representatives of all

U3As interest groups and find out about their activities. You might find another hobby. If you are interested in joining any of the groups or U3A generally then please contact Su on 840797 in the first instance. Recently four members joined a gathering of 150 from other nearby branches to hear a series of talks arranged by the Sussex U3A Network (SUN) about the Bloomsbury Group. Tutor Dr Geoff Doel first spoke of the origins of the group, which met in the home of Virginia Woolf’s father, a well-respected publisher. The group were all of a somewhat anti-establishment nature, consisting of artists, writers and economists etc. There were brief biographies of Clive and Vanessa Bell, Leonard and Virginia Woolf, Duncan Grant and several more familiar names, and touched upon Omega Ceramics and then a focus on Virginia Woolf, and her book. There was also a Shakespeare event last month with an introductory talk about the comedies generally and use of stock characters and typical plot elements. A film of the Globe Theatre production of Twelfth Night followed, a very realistic interpretation of how the play must have been experienced by an audience in Shakespeare’s time, with an all-male cast and contemporary music. Only the smell of an unwashed crowd was missing. It was wonderfully funny, Stephen Fry was Malvolio and Mark Rylance as Olivia.

PCSO STREET MEETINGS: These events give local residents an opportunity to come out and talk to their PCSOs about concerns or issues they may be having where they live. This does not have to be simply police related, local town and Wealden councillors may also attend and housing officers responsible for the area. If you do not have any matters to raise then simply go along and say hello, it is always good meeting new people. They will also be promoting police community messaging which is used to give members of the public police news and advice. Street meetings are as follows: Wentworth Close on 20 March at 6.30pm to 7pm. Lapwing Court on 18 March from 6pm to 6.30pm. Moore Park on 19 March from 6pm to 6.30pm

POLICE PRIORITIES: Highlighted in a this years Wealden Police Survey was the issue of dog fouling and the impact this has in certain area’s in Hailsham East. The most notable area being the pavement which runs between Market Street and St Mary’s Avenue. Its not known at this stage which dog owners are responsible or whether in fact it is only one individual. The aim is to identify those responsible and deal with accordingly. The only concern at this point is the fact the enforcement side of the offence is not clear and is currently being discussed with the local council. The offence used to be dealt with by way of fixed penalty, as it is at the moment this cannot be used. No dog fouling signs have been put up in the location, to highlight the offence, but unfortunately the signs have been removed by persons unknown. Local councils have been contacted to put more waste bins put in place. A clear answer to this has not yet been received. Reports have been received regarding anti social behaviour in the vicinity of the new skate park on the Maurice Thornton playing fields, ball park Greenwich Road and the centre of the estate near Hollamby Park. These include nuisance behaviour from a small group of young children. Regular foot patrolling in the areas day and night, interacting with young people in a bid to curb the nuisance behaviour via advice and education along with joint agency visits to those living in council properties to reinforce with occupants about how their children’s behaviour can affect their tenancy and to encourage a more supportive role from parents towards their child’s behaviour in the community. Visits are being made to the local youth clubs held on Monday and Wednesdays at the Pavilion on the Maurice Thornton.

MERRIE HARRIERS: Calling all bands and musicians. The annual Beer and Music Festival is on August Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday. They are looking for bands, musicians, and singers that would like to perform at the festival. For more details contact Ben on 01323 833108 or ben@merrieharriers.co.uk There is a Quiz Night on the last Sunday in the month at 7.30pm. Test your knowledge and you can choose from one the dishes from our special quiz menu.

100 YEARS AGO: In March 1914 Rev Clyde Harvey wrote: My dear Friends, it is a delicate matter to write on the subject which fills my heart, but it would be strange if I was silent. That burst of sympathy which you all showed on February 6, culminating on February 10, would indeed touch the sternest heart. You made our great loss your own. We thank you very, very much and shall try, as long as we are amongst you, more than ever to make your interests ours. All that remains on earth of our daughter lies in the midst of you, amongst whom she was born, grew up, and worked. Her grave will be, as one wrote, an inspiration, and inspiration surely is that which runs through the whole of Scripture, illustrated by our Lord Himself, that the true life is one of sacrifice; ‘The Son of Man came not to be ministered unto but to minister and to give His life a ransom for many.’ (Edith Clyde Harvey was a nurse at St Thomas’ Hospital. She died of acute blood poisoning, at the age of 31).

Hellingly & Horsebridge

CHURCH SERVICES: Hellingly church: Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion; Sunday Holy Communion (CW) at 8am, 10.45am Holy Communion (CW), 6.30pm Evensong. Upper Dicker: Sunday 9.15am Holy Communion (CW). There is a farewell do for Charlie and Muriel Hill on Monday at the back of the church at 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Wine and snacks for all who would like to come along. Priest in Charge, Tony Fiddian-Green, who has been assisting Charlie for the past year will be standing in until the new incumbent is chosen.

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY: Once again the parish has very generously supported this Church of England based charity which works towards supporting children, young people and families, from simple listening facilities to home based support for struggling families. The total of gifts via the box holder’s scheme during the 2012/2013 year totalled over a wonderful £1040. Added to this were the proceeds of additional fundraising events over the year. So into another year of fundraising. Thank you for supporting the coffee morning, which raised over £270 and was a good opportunity for box holders to bring their boxes along. Gradually all the boxes are being gathered in and a thank you is offered by Jean Piper for helping make the task easier by bringing them into church.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: The society welcomed back guest speaker, Ray Hale, a wildlife lecturer, author, photographer and naturalist. Ray belongs to a large number of organisations including the British Arachnological Society and the British Tarantula Society. He is passionate about reconnecting people with nature and the conservation of the Worlds endangered species, all of which infuse his wildlife lectures. The talk, which included projected digital images, was about a recent trip he took with Voyages to Antiquity as guest lecturer on their mid-sized cruise liner “The Aegean Odyssey” which specialises in cultural trips. The cruise started in Singapore and Ray spoke about its history and of Raffles who founded the city. Ray wanted to show just how much wildlife there was locally with photographs of a tiny green frog sitting on a lily pad in a pond and a thorn spider in its web. Next was Sarawak Malaysia and Sir James Brooke, a British adventurer who was made Governor of Sarawak in 1841, after crushing the uprising against the Sultan, and became the first White Rajah. He ruled over 30,000 headhunting Dyaks, some of whom became his most loyal followers. Then onto Brunei and the steamy 40 degree rainforest, with pictures of a stilt village in water with its own school and shop, snakes in drains, many cats, a Bornean flying frog and a tree shrew. It took two days to cross the South China Sea to Vietnam, a communist country, usually remembered for it war movies. There is the Vietnam War Museum in Ho Chi Minh City showing the war crime atrocities, but the reality is that today the people love Americans. There were many shots of a street market in black and white, a road thronged with cyclists and cars, a beautiful yellow butterfly on a red flower and, while tourists were taking pictures of a Temple, Ray was busy taking a moth which was resting on the side of the building. The last place visited was Cambodia, Ray said it was his most favourite country. There was history of the Killing Fields and Pol Pot the leader of the Khmer Rouge. Also many photographs of Angkor Wat “The Lost Temples” built in the 9th century with extensive carvings, and cattle, which are sacred, and allowed to wander the streets. The final picture was of a small boy holding his sister’s hand walking away from the camera, going home. Ray certainly knows how to give a good lecture and presents it very well, with a wonderful mix of local history and wildlife photography.

HEROES OF HELLINGLY: In the last of a series of previously unpublished snippets of local history - Did you know? There are 12 Commonwealth War Graves in Hellingly Cemetery but only two are for men commemorated on the War Memorial. 96 percent of Hellingly men in WW1 joined the army with 30 percent joining the Royal Sussex Regiment and one Hellingly soldier (Albert Driver) was awarded the Military Medal for acts of gallantry and devotion to duty in the field in WW1. Dave Dyer’s book includes much hitherto unpublished local history and uncovers some fascinating facts about the local area and about those brave souls who lost their lives. It documents the lives of people lost in the two World Wars and who are remembered on the Hellingly war memorial. To order a copy of this fascinating book contact David direct on 01323 845107 or find it in local outlets. £1 from each book is donated to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy communion (BCP) will be held at Wartling Church at 8am with Holy Communion (CW) being held at Herstmonceux Church at 9.45am and the Messy Church will be as normal at the Reid Hall from 3.30pm.

RAY AND SHELDON: Today, Friday, Di Arndle will be entertaining members of the Ray and Sheldon club with her Just a Taste talk where she’ll be taking along lots of goodies for all to try. If you want to join them and are over the age of 60 years just pop down to the village hall for 2.15pm where you will receive a very warm welcome from all members.

DON’T FORGET to pick up your tickets for the latest production from Young HATS The Little Mermaid. Performances will be on March 20, 21 and 22 in the village hall. Tickets at £8 for adults and £5 for children are available at either Stevens and Carter 832888 or from Jo Carlton 0770 385 4535.

WINDMILL HILL Horticultural Society will be holding a joint meeting with the Bodle Street Society on Tuesday at Bodle Street Green. Speaker will be Alan Wilson who is an author and potato buyer for Waitrose and his subject, not surprisingly Growing Potatoes. Again, all are welcome. If you would like to consider becoming a member of the Windmill Hill society at a cost of £5, please speak to Alan Sephton and his contact details are 833626 or you can email him on alan.benric@phonecoop.coop

AGM: Members of the Windmill at Windmill Hill Trust will be holding their AGM today, Friday, in the village hall to which we are all invited. Once the business of the evening has been completed, Douglas Andrews will be on hand to present his talk on The Wheelwright Toady. The AGM only takes about 20 minutes and they ask that everybody be there by 7.30pm please. Tea and coffee will be served during the evening and any donations will be most welcome.

A REMINDER: To all our gardeners, the annual Plant Sale will be held this year on Saturday May 10. This is just a reminder that while you’re out sowing seeds, dividing perennials and sorting out the house plants please, could you sew a few extra seeds, put aside one or two of the divided perennials and house plants for the sale and if you have any gardening books that you’ve finished with, please put those aside as well to donate to the sale.

THE BOWLS CLUB will be holding their annual Quiz on Wednesday March 26 in the village hall starting at 7.30pm sharp. It’s a chance to test out your knowledge against some of Herstmonceux’s finest. Teams of four please. Book your tickets at £7.50 each to include a hot dog supper by telephoning Sue on 833403 by Sunday March 23.

Mobile Library

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

Ninfield & Hooe

DIARY: It has been suggested that a Ninfield and Hooe Diary be prepared and delivered, free of charge, to every household in Hooe and Ninfield, about 1000 copies. Volunteers are prepared to collate the information, get it printed and arrange, hopefully, and deliver it early April. What they will need is for all groups, organisations, individuals who have dates planned for any events in 2014 to send in the details to include date, event title, organisation, venue, and a contact phone, email, and/or web address. Each group to pay £10 towards costs. Volunteers are required to deliver leaflets. Please email:ninfieldnews@btconnect.com or telephone Carol Holland 893326 or Nicki Murphy 893867, by end March.

HOOE OPEN GROUP will be meeting today, Friday, when a member of the Air Ambulance Service will be giving an illustrated talk on the work of the service. The meeting will commence as usual at 2.30pm at Hooe Village Hall. Visitors and joining members are always welcome. If you would like to have a copy of the annual programme or any other information about this ever expanding ladies social club, why not contact the organiser Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

THE FLOWER GROUP are holding a jumble sale tomorrow, Saturday, 2pm at the Memorial Hall. Anyone wishing to donate and will be unable to attend please contact Jennifer on 01424 892878.

HORTICULTURE: Ninfield Horticultural Society has two events in March. Firstly on Monday, their evening speaker is Kim Richards. He will be telling them about Gardening With Wildlife. As usual they meet at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. On Saturday March 22, their annual Spring Show will be held in the Memorial Hall. Visitors are very welcome from 2.30pm. Schedules, which include entry forms, are available from the village Post Office and they would love more entries from people from the village. Help is available for new entrants from Rose (892422). They look forward to seeing you at the show.

THE VILLAGE SOCIETY Meeting and AGM is on Tuesday, at the Methodist Hall 7pm. The meeting is open to all and they would welcome new members who have an interest in helping to maintain the amenities of our village. The 2014 Annual General Meeting of the society will include a brief report on the work undertaken during the past year, and a discussion of future projects. Following a refreshments break, they have again enlisted Graham Kean who will give a talk about The History of Roads and Pathways in Sussex. For further information, please contact either Martin Wood, chairman (892895) or Robin Goldsmith, treasurer (892778).

THE LOCAL HISTORY GROUP are meeting on Thursday, with a talk by Ian Everest entitled Sussex During the First World War. For further information, please contact Rod Ffoulkes, acting chairman, NLHG 01424 893635 or email ken.ffoulkes@which.net

THE HOOE History Society meet on Thursday in Hooe Village Hall. This month Geoff Lawrence will be talking about the history of the Hooe Silver Band, which has been an important part of the village for many years. Members and guests receive a warm welcome at the meetings. If you have not been before why not give yourself a treat? Further details from Heather Sinden 01424 893422 or Peter or Pam Doodes 01424 892329.

QUIZ: Ninfield Hall Committee are holding a Quiz Night at the Memorial Hall on Saturday, March 27, from 7pm for a 7.30pm start. The cost is £5 per person, to include a ploughman’s supper. Please take your cutlery, glasses, drink and nibbles. A maximum of six people to a table. Tickets can be purchased by calling 892878. There will also be a raffle. All proceeds raised will go to the hall restoration fund.

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 have a service at 2.30pm.

Polegate

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

SPRING FAIR: Coffee Morning and Spring Fair tomorrow, Saturday, at the Free Church Hall, Victoria Road at 10am in aid of Polegate Brownies. All welcome. More information from Debbie Gearing 486887.

SPA VALLEY RAILWAY timetables now available for the season starting tomorrow, Saturday, or visit our open day at Groombridge Station on Saturday March 26. Bookings and information on 01892 537715.

WALK tomorrow, Saturday, Stiles, Vines and White Chimneys, 5 miles with Graham. Meet at Sandy Cross, Henfield 9.50am GR 583203, bus No 51 8.50am Terminus Road stand H, car may park in Ghyl Road. Coffee stop in Horam. Finish at 12.30pm.

ANOTHER WALK on Sunday, Heathfield Wander, 9 miles with Jan. Meet at the Avenue 9.30am walk starts at Mill Road CP behind Heathfield Fire Station at 10.10am GR 578213, dry lunch finish at 3.30pm.

AGM: Willingdon and Polegate windmill are holding their AGM on March 18, at 7.30pm in Polegate Town Hall. Members and non-members welcome. After the main business and a break a talk will be given by Chris Hicks, who has been a downland Ranger since 2000.

LOCAL HISTORY: The local history society are meeting on Friday March 21 when our speaker is Helen Poole talking about the Gages of Firle. All welcome. Doors open at 6.30pm meeting starts at 7pm.

TRINITY DINERS next meal is on Friday March 21. To book a place please telephone Jennie on 484189 or email secretary@trinitylep.plus.com

TRINITY COMMUNITY MARKET is now open every Wednesday from 9.30am to 1pm. Come and visit our various stalls. For more details contact Wendy, on 489002 or email wendyandterrybrown@gmail.com

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

A FASHION SHOW organised by the JPK Sussex Project is being held at Edgmond 39-41 Church Street Old Town, at 2pm on Sunday March 23. Edgmont and the site on which it stands has now been purchased by JPK and will eventually become a supported residential centre for people with a learning disability once sufficient funds have been raised to commence building. The fashion show which will be a professional performance will comprise of bridal, mother of the bride and special occasion outfits, and even if you are not looking for these particular outfits, it will still be an enjoyable afternoon and an opportunity to see the inside of Edgmont since it has been decorated. Tickets for the fashion show are £10 each which include a drink on arrival. There will also be a raffle and refreshments. For tickets or further information please contact the JPK project co-ordinator Jill Parker on 01323 486179 or write to her at 7 Wannock Avenue, Willingdon, Eastbourne, BN20 9RP. Cheques should be made payable to The JPK Sussex Project.

LENT LUNCHES: East Dean and Friston Churches are supporting the JPK Sussex Project through their Lent lunches of soup and bread and cheese, with donations going to JPK. The first lunch was at East Dean Church on Saturday March 8. Other lunches are being held by parishioners on the Fridays during lent with the final lunch on Saturday April 12 from 12pm to 2pm at East Dean Church where everyone will be welcome. For further information please ring 01323 423311. The trustees of the JPK Project and project co-ordinator Jill Parker are grateful for the support given by the churches and those who are holding the lunches and attending them.

ARCHER AND PARTNERS: Throughout 2013 Archer and Partners, estate agents in Polegate offered the community their photocopying services in return for a donation to the JPK Sussex Project. One thousand pounds was raised and a further £1000 was then donated by director Graeme Archer and partner David Shelton. On February 26 Jill Parker was presented with a cheque for £2000. Half of this will eventually furnish one of the en suite studio apartments and the remainder will sponsor new information leaflets which are essential for future fund raising initiatives, promotion and marketing. Jill is extremely grateful to those who have supported this initiative but especially to Archer and Partners for their generosity.

THE PARAGON FIELDS Preservation Association will be having their AGM at 7pm today, Friday, March 14 at Wannock Village Hall when there will also be a talk from the Downs Ranger. A new committee was formed last year with Jo Fitzpatrick as chairperson and Mark Harley as secretary. With the Paragon Fields now within the South Downs National Park, PFPA committee is working with them as well as with ESCC, the Downs Rangers and other professional bodies to ensure that the Paragon Fields continue to maintain the natural habitat of the hundreds of different species of flora and fauna found there as well as encouraging additional natural species to make the Paragon Fields their home. PFPA committee would welcome new members so do go along to the meeting. For further information please contact Mark Harley on 01323 489366 or email him at theharleys1@sky.com. Alternatively contact the membership secretary Mary Taylor on 01323 485241 or email her on met.pspa@gmail.com .

ST MARY’S CHURCH Ramblers will be meeting at 10.30am on Monday at Chalk Farm for a circular walk around Arlington Village and the reservoir.

AGM: Eastbourne and District Preservation Trust Ltd which manages Polegate Windmill will be holding their AGM at 7.30pm on Tuesday at Polegate Town Hall. After the business meeting there will be tea or coffee and biscuits followed by a talk by David Jones entitled Filming at the Bluebell Railway.

YOUTH CLUBS: St Mary’s Church Willingdon now has two youth clubs. Eight to 14 year olds meet from 7.30pm to 9pm in the church hall on the first and third Wednesday of the month for various activities. They recently had a pancake evening and their next meeting on March 19 will be a Karaoke evening. Their forthcoming programme includes Laser Quest at the David Lloyd Centre and games at Tott Yew Recreation Ground. But there was also a need for organised activities for an older age group and so Ablaze for young people aged 14 plus was started last October and is going from strength to strength. It is held on alternate Sundays from 6pm to 7.30pm also in the church hall or there could be outings. On Sunday March 2 the group went to the Wheatsheaf for a meal. Fundraising events have been held, including two race meetings at the Red Lion, to purchase equipment for the new club and help subsidise activities. Their next meeting is on Sunday when the young people will be learning communication skills. For further information please contact Fr Michael Maine on 509528 or Sue or Stuart Freeman on 505833.

LENT COURSES are taking place at St Mary’s Church Willingdon. I apologise for not mentioning the first one held by Fr Clive Woodward on March 11 (repeated on March 12). However it is not too late to attend some of the other sessions which all take place in the church. With the exception of the last one, they are all held on a Tuesday at 7.30pm and repeated on the Wednesday at 3.15pm. The bible and art is the topic for Fr Michael on March 18 and 19. Vicky Peattie will be discussing the bible and prayer on March 25 and 26. Bp David Wilcox’s subject will be the bible and poetry on April 1 and 2. Fr John Cleaver’s talk will be at the same times and venue but on Wednesday April 9 repeated on Thursday April 10 and his topic is music in relation to the bible. This is because the licensing of Fr Kevin Agnew as the new parish priest of St Mary’s will be taking place at 7.30pm on Tuesday April 8.

TRINITY DINERS meet at noon on the third Friday of the month at Trinity Church Hall. The next lunch date is March 21. The menu will be fruit juice followed by Swedish meatballs or vegetarian Falafels, and creamed potatoes with mixed vegetables. Pineapple upsidedown pudding and custard and tea/coffee will then be served. The cost is £5.50. To reserve a place contact Jennie on 01323 484189 or email secretary@trinitylep.plus.com .

LEIGH BAKER will be entertaining customers at the British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday,. Meanwhile a special Irish set called Sloe Gin will be at the Wheatsheaf.

SPECIAL PROJECT: The Friends of Eastbourne Hospital are fund raising this year to provide equipment to enhance the Acute Stroke Unit at the DGH. Yearly membership is just £5 or £25 for lifetime membership. Please contact the membership secretary Sue Duffell on 417400 Ext 4696 or email her on Sue.Duffell@esht.nhs.uk . For further information visit www.esht.nhs.uk/friends/eastbourne .