Parish Pump Hailsham - March 15,2013

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THE TRAFFIC ROUTE is still causing problems. It would seem that many drivers who approach Alfriston do not believe that there is not a route for through traffic. The signs are ignored and cars, vans and lorries end up facing the barrier and have no room to turn round in the High Street. The village shops, pubs and restaurants are all open. To access Deans Place, the Clergy House, Chestnuts, the Coach House and Wingrove House (at the time of writing) the route from Seaford is open. Access to the village from the south is via Litlington, along Winton Street (now one way) and then turn into the car parks. Access from Drusillas roundabout is past Berwick Court Farm, up Winton Street to the car parks. The signs really do indicate important messages to drivers. It is quite amazing how many people are ignoring the road closed and the one way ‘no entry’ signs thereby causing unnecessary disruption.

THE CLERGY HOUSE are having a Garden Tour on March 19. Pete Keefe, the Clergy house gardener, will explain the history and the different features of the garden. The talk will last one hour starting at 11.30am. The talk is free but normal admission charges do apply. For further information telephone 01323 871961 or email alfriston@nationaltrust.org.uk.

ALFRISTON and Cuckmere Valley Historical Society is having its first meeting of the year at the War Memorial Hall on March 21 at 7.30pm. The two speakers will be talking about famous local residents. Paul Myers, past director of the Lewes Festival and author of a book on Thomas Paine in Lewes, will be talking about Paine who lived in Lewes from 1768 to 1774. The second speaker is Tom Dalgleish, assisted by Kevin Gordon. Tom is well known locally having run the Alfriston Gallery for 16 years. His illustrated talk will be about Frank Wooton who was a war artist with the RAF. He also painted equestrian and Downland scenes. All are welcome to the meeting; members free, visitors £5.

BROCHURE: The Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Brochure for 2013 is now in Tourist Offices and outlets it lists. This brochure is a most valuable source of reference for visitors and residents alike giving details of places to see, shop, eat and stay in the Cuckmere Valley including a comprehensive Calendar of Events and a simple map of the area.

bodle streeT green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. The Electoral Roll is being renewed. Charles Harding is contacting all on the present roll with application forms. If you haven’t had one or are new to the parish, forms are to be found at the back of the church. Forms must be received no later than Sunday March 24. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship (CW). St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion.

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

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

hailsham

BINGO NIGHT: Go along to the Charles Hunt Centre, from 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm for a great night out in aid of Hailsham Bonfire Society. Tea and coffee are available or bring your own drink.

HOPS QUIZ NIGHT: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society invites you to jiggle those brain cells tomorrow, Saturday, at Summerheath Hall from 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 per person and include a Ploughman’s Supper. BYO drinks. Teams are for six people max. Please ring Paula on (01323) 841373 to book as only the first 16 teams will be accommodated.

MUSIC QUIZ: Test your musical knowledge tomorrow, Saturday, evening and have fun supporting of Chalk Farm Learning Disabilities Centre. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm at Hailsham Civic Community Centre. Teams of four to eight. Licensed bar. Cash prizes for winning team and runners up. Admission £10 per person includes food. Tickets available from Special Occasions, Hailsham High Street and Chapter 12 Wine Bar, Hailsham High Street. Supported by Hailsham and District Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses.

ST MARY’S: This is the fifth Sunday of Lent. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am, 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Formed for Family. 6.30pm Lent Bible Focus. Easter celebrations start next week with Palm Sunday 24, (Pledge Sunday), Maundy Thursday 28, Good Friday 29, Meditation and a performance of Stainer’s Crucifixion by Hailsham Choral Society. Easter Sunday is March 31 with Holy Communion, Easter Family Communion and Easter Songs of Praise. Details and times of Easter Services next week.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a Service at the Corinthian Church and Healing Association at Primrose Hall, 11am to noon. The medium on this occasion is Sandra Stevenson. There are 1-2-1 private readings from 10am to 2pm on Saturday March 23 at Primrose Hall. Just turn up.

HAILSHAM RAMBLERS: On Wednesday there is a five-mile circular walk with Mary (505339) from East Dean, stopping for coffee at Birling Gap. You may prefer a shorter stroll also on Wednesday, along the Eastbourne seafront from Holywell to the Pier with Nobby (440624). Strollers will be stopping for drinks at Frusciardi’s. If you would like to go on either walk, please ring the walk leader in the first instance for details. For general enquiries ring Jill on 843530.

KNITTING GROUP: The next Knit’Inn Night at The King’s Head is on March 25 at 7.30pm. For more information phone Su (07591 631749) or The King’s Head (01323 440447).

CAR BOOT FAIR: Pop in store now to book your pitch for Sunday March 31 at Tesco Hailsham. Sellers from 8am, buyers from 9am. Cars £5, vans/estates £7. Book at the customer services desk.

COMMUNITY MATTERS: Last month HOPS was selected by Waitrose Hailsham to take part in the scheme whereby the branch donates £1000 between three local good causes. As shoppers to the store are aware, the scheme works by each customer receiving a green token at the checkout which they place in the charity box of their choice. The more tokens a cause received, the bigger its donation. This is not the first time that HOPS has been chosen to take part in the scheme. In 2009 it received just over £300. So many thanks from HOPS for your support this time.

100 YEARS AGO: Curate G H Evans reported in the Parish Magazine in March 1913 that, regarding the football, the first eleven players had evidently been suffering from the natural reaction of the excitement of the strenuous cup-ties, the RGA. Hence, February brought us but two out of six points, and these against teams which were defeated earlier in the season. However, we are still in the running for League honours. But what shall we say of the regrettable scene during and at the close of the game with the Gas Works? Is it not a great pity that the efforts of the players and Committee to provide good sport is hindered by the foolish rowdyism of a section of the spectators? What satisfaction is there in howling at the Referee? The players are keen upon maintaining a high standard of sport. The majority of our spectators come out to see football played in a good spirit. If a Referee gave a thousand wrong decisions, even that would not justify any hooting and howling at the appointed official.

hellingly & horsebridge

CHURCH SERVICES: Hellingly: Holy Communion (CW) Sunday 8am and 10.45am, Evensong 6.30pm. Thursdays 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP). Upper Dicker: Holy Communion (CW) 9.15am.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: The print competition, round four, was judged by Trevor Gellard FRPS. Beginners prints to go through to finals were Winter Fruits by Brian Gell, Second Seven Crossing At Sunset by Sam Daws and Mist Over Loch Awe by Graham Wilkinson. Intermediate, Party Popper by Wendy Chrismas LRPS, Sweet Pee by Robert Banfield and Posh Nosh by Janet Monk ARPS. Advanced, A River Runs Through It - Yellowstone by Gay Biddlecombe LRPS, Early Light - Stonehenge by Liz Scott ARPS AFIAP, Summer Rain by Janice Payne LRPS and Little Girl At Window by Alan Clark. Trevor saw a book on black and white photography in a charity shop recently, 50 Shades of Grey. He said it improved his dark room technique. Well travelled Pat Broad LRPS/AFIAP and Hugh Milsom FRPS/MFIAP enthralled members with their prints taken in Northumberland, Ireland, Tuscany, Devon, Yellowstone, Madeira and the Isle of Harris. Whilst in Tuscany Hugh took a picture of an Olive Tree in a field surrounded by red grass. No PhotoShop techniques were used, the farmer had put weedkiller down a few days before. Despite going their separate ways on a photo shoot they often take their pictures from the same viewpoint. Rather than carry a full camera bag Pat prefers using her compact camera, proving you do not need an expensive camera to take award winning pictures. It can be a dangerous hobby though Pat said. While taking Fumeroles in Iceland a photographer stepped back waist deep in hot mud and died. In Belfast Hugh took a series of colourful murals on the sides of buildings. An image of a gunman seemed to be watching him wherever he stood. On taking other pictures a fifteen year old girl, who lived locally, said, ‘I am in the Mural, can I be in the photograph?’ She stood in the same pose just below her image. Another boy who was keen to be in the picture grinned wildly showing his breakfast still stuck between his teeth. Pat and Hugh recently showed a selection of their images at the recent Colour Show.

MOTHERS UNION: At their recent meeting, MU member and speaker, Jean Piper, Executive Chef at Brighton University talked about grains, seeds and meat-free Mondays. Having reminded members of the benefits and pleasures of eating the familiar cereals like wheat, oats and barley and grains like rice, she then extolled the amazing qualities of more exotic but easily available other grains: cous cous, quinoa and amarath. All three are excellent flavour carriers but above all, exceptionally high in protein, ideal to be used in place of meat. To encourage this as a realist and responsible option, she shared the alarming statistic relating to growth in meat consumption, which in the industrialised world had increased 10-fold in 40 years. The grazing land needed to produce 1kg of beef could produce 8kg of grain; the land needed to feed one person on a meat-based diet could support twenty grain eaters. We are consuming a disproportionate amount of the world’s available nutrients. One small way to help correct this imbalance would be to introduce meat-free Mondays. Acceptance of this challenge was not as spontaneous for earlier ones, but ultimately after a reviving cup of coffee, thirty MU members went home firmly resolved to do their bit for the welfare of themselves, their families and the world.

ANTIDOTE SOCIETY: The inaugural meeting was held at The Plough Inn, Upper Dicker in January and was very well attended. There have been several Sunday walks and meetings between groups of people with interests so far covering jewellery making, drawing, painting, book club, land share, breadmaking, and sewing. What is your interest? Meet up at the Barley Mow, Selmeston, today, Friday, to discuss new ideas and thoughts on future events and projects. Check out the Facebook page to see the calendar and photos. Also, find out where to go to meet up for the events. www.facebook.com/theantidotesociety or follow on Twitter @theantidotesociety

COFFEE AND BOOKS: There is a coffee morning and book exchange at Dicker Hall, Cold Harbour Road from 10.30am to noon every Thursday Morning. Enjoy tea, homemade cake, biscuits, book exchange and Rose Piper’s beautiful cards. There is a good range of books with new acquisitions ongoing. Several boxes of recent publications in very good condition have been donated. Do go along and have a browse.

herstmonceux & wartling

YOUNG HATS are in the last stages of rehearsal for their next production, Alice in Wonderland, the junior version. One of Disney’s best loved adaptations of Lewis Carroll’s The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland will be staged in the village hall from March 21 to 23. Tickets at £7 for adults and £5 for children, are on sale at both Caprice Hair Fashions and The Woolpack Inn.

PRODUCE MARKET: This is a local produce market which will run for the first time on Saturday March 30 in the fields and car park adjoining the Bull’s Head at Boreham Street. A chance to purchase locally sourced products, get to know the farmers and stallholders personally knowing that all we purchase will be both fresh and correctly ladled. You’ll also be able to enjoy coffee/tea or drinks as well as breakfast in the Bull. This is not just a one-off, it will be held each month on the last Saturday. They are offering pitches at £5 for the first event. To book please call Mike on 832981 or John on 01825 841138.

RAY AND SHELDON will be meeting today, Friday, at 2.15pm in the village hall where Maureen will be running her Beetle Drive. All over the age of 60 years are welcome to attend. If you need transport please call 441244. There will not be a meeting on Good Friday which makes their next get-together on Friday April 12 when there will be a speaker talking about Christchurch Earthquake.

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

PLANT SALE: I know the sale isn’t until May but some of us are starting to get out in the gardens and potting sheds now so it’s time to plant up one or two extras for the sale. Sow a few extra seeds, divide up the perennials and pot on last year’s cuttings, to raise money for All Saints Church. The sale is on May 18.

EVER FANCIED having a go at upholstery? Things like chairs, stools headboards etc. We have a small group who meet up in the village hall on Tuesday evening who are learning these skills. If you would like more information call Joyce on 832469.

THE BOWLS CLUB will start their year with a Quiz Night in the village hall on Friday April 5, 7pm for 7.30pm start. Teams of four players at a cost of £7 per person, to include a hot dog supper. A licensed bar will be running during the evening. All teams are invited to register by March 31 on 833403. All funds raised at this event will be put towards the new green and clubhouse.

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; Catsfield village hall 4.15pm to 4.45pm. 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

A NOTE from Neighbourhood Watch: The police tell us that sheds are still being targeted by thieves. Please try and remove all expensive tools and garden equipment from insecure sheds. You can purchase shed alarms to attach to the doors for more peace of mind. They also remind us that as the weather gets warmer (well it was getting warmer and will do again) to check all your doors and windows before leaving home, keep it secure.

HOOE OPEN GROUP: The best laid plans sometimes go astray and the March meeting of Hooe Open Group was no exception. The speaker who was going to take the members down memory lane with reminisces of her aunt, Anne Shelton, was unable to attend due to an accident. Every good social organiser always has a reserve in waiting and in this case it was Edna Wallis’s husband David. David Wallis has had a very exciting career as chief executive of a number of companies engaged in the manufacture and sale of scientific optical instruments, which has taken him all over the world. David chose the subject of working in Russia at the time of perestroika in the 1990’s, when Russia was in a total state of collapse. David was head hunted by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Turn Around Management Programme (TAM). He embarked on a two year contract to revive the fortunes of a very large optical factory, located in the town of Valdai in the Novgorod Region, that once employed some 2,600 workers. When David arrived no one had received any wages for 18 months, but still turned up each day, without any work to do as there was nowhere else to go. Without going into too much detail, of which there are many, David turned the factory back into worthwhile production unit in the space of his two year contract. In the last month, the factory was granted the quality accreditation of ISO9001. Not wishing to make the talk too technical David gave an outline of the life he experienced in living in rural Russia. The next meeting of the Hooe Open Group will be on Friday April 12. The invited speaker is the skipper of the new Eastbourne Jubilee life boat, who will illustrate its operation and the sophistication of its advanced design. As the next meeting will be near to Easter, members will be treated to hot cross buns with their afternoon tea. The meeting will commence as usual at 2.30pm at Hooe Village Hall. If you would like to receive details of the club’s future program, contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

IF YOU HAVE books, photos, newspaper articles, old Kellys or similar directories, for the area, Ninfield Local History Group would like first choice before you throw them out! Anything related to Ninfield, they’d rather look after them than see them thrown away, so bear them in mind when de-cluttering or spring cleaning. Please contact Rod Ffoulkes: ken.ffoulkes@which.net /Tel: 893635.

JUMBLE SALE: The flower group are holding a Jumble Sale tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm in the Memorial Hall. Entrance 30p, with lots of bargains and refreshments to be had. Anyone who would like to donate but are unable to attend on the day can contact Jennifer on 01424 892878 or take your contribution to the hall from 10am onwards on the day.

MEETING: The horticultural society are meeting on Monday, 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall. This month they welcome Chris Raynolds with a talk about Plant Hunters.

AGM: Don’t forget that Ninfield Village Society are holding a meeting and AGM in the Reading Room, 7pm Tuesday. The meeting is open to anyone interested in learning about what the society does and anyone with an interest in maintaining the amenities of our village. For information, please contact either Martin Wood, chairman (892895) or Robin Goldsmith, treasurer (892778).

LENT LUNCH: The last St Mary’s Church Lent lunch is on March 20, in the Reading room from noon until 1.30pm. Homemade soup, bread and cheese, tea and coffee will be available with donations this year going to our local Bexhill Foodbank, which opened in December last year. All are welcome, take a friend and enjoy some good food and social time for a local charity.

EASTER EXTRAVAGANZA: The Friends of Ninfield Primary School have organised an Easter Extravaganza on Wednesday. All are welcome to join the fun at the school from 3.30pm to 5pm. There will be an Easter Egg hunt (£2 entry fee) with chocolate prizes. Tickets can be purchased on the day.

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP are meeting on Thursday, 7.30pm in the Reading Room. A slight change to the schedule, having a talk by Mark Collins from the Sussex OnLine Parish Clerks organisation with a presentation showing the work of the OPC and how it is an invaluable source of family history information. Website: http://www.sussex-opc.org. The group now have a website and facebook page for you to keep up to date with all what is going on with the group: www.ninfieldhistorygroup.org / http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ninfield-Local-History-Group/206758869459743. Annual membership only costs £10 per person, but everyone is welcome. There is a charge of £1 for members (and £2 for non-members) at each meeting to help towards the cost of refreshments and guest speakers. For further information, please contact Rod Ffoulkes, acting chairman, NLHG 01424 893635 or email ken.ffoulkes@which.net.

HOOE HISTORY SOCIETY are meeting on Thursday, 7.30pm at Hooe Village Hall. This month they welcome Dick Carey to talk about Whelwrighting. For further details about the group, please contact Heather Sinden on 893422 or Pam Doodes on 892329.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist. Wednesdays, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Parish Eucharist. Ninfield Methodist Church, 2.30pm Holy Communion with Rev Ian Wales.

piddinghoe

TALK: Belgian Beer Tasting and Talk in Piddinghoe Village Hall on Wednesday March 27 at 7.30pm. Advance tickets only, available until March 23 from The Gardeners Arms, Lewes; The Abergavenny Arms, Rodmell; or by ringing Terry on 510200 or Penny on 512742.

polegate

TRINITY DINERS meet on the third Friday of the month. Doors open at noon and diners enjoy half an hour of chat over a quiz or puzzle before our Easter lunch today, Friday, when the menu is fruit juice, roast gammon with parsley sauce, seasonal vegetables, fruit trifle and a cup of tea or coffee to finish with. Real value at £5. For further info and bookings please speak to Jennie on 484189 or visit website http://trinitywillingdon.webplus.net

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society meet today, Friday, when our speaker is Dr John Surtees on the topic of Dr John Bodkin Adams. All welcome at St Johns Church Hall, 6.30pm for 7pm. For more info contact Margaret 484293 or email palmer.cin@mypostoffice.co.uk

POLEGATE SKETCHING and Painting Group has vacancies for beginners. Our tutor is Richard Liley BA Hons. We hold meetings on Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings. Please contact Bruce Margarett on 484568 for more details.

TRINITY CHURCH: Maundy Thursday at 3pm, singers are invited to join the Downland Singers for a performance of Olivet to Calvary by J H Maunder. Last rehearsal is on Thursdays, March 21 at 7.30pm. For further details please speak to Jennie on 484189.

HELP NEEDED for groups of people to organize adverts for the Community News magazine. This involves finding new advertisers when spaces become available and liaising with present over the designs or where they want to go. It is not difficult but just needs a bit of time usually between August and December. Please think about it. More info from John Rogers on 484631 or email johnrogers885@btinternet.com

RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on March 21 include a leisurely walk, wandering two to three miles in the Willingdon area, starting from Polegate recreation ground at 10am. No stiles with Yvonne. Or Beachy Head to Birling Gap and return five miles, four ups and downs, coffee at Birling Gap. Meet at Polegate recreation ground at 9.30am. Four stiles with Maureen C. Please bring residents cards to avoid car park charge. Or a longer of walk, We May See Deer, 10 miles at Mayfield, 2 steep slopes, may be muddy, some stiles take picnic with Margaret. Again meet at Polegate recreation ground at 9.30am.

POLEGATE WI meet on the second Thursday of each month in the lounge at Polegate Community Centre at 2pm. For more info please contact Avril Parrini on 489332.

THE TWINNING ASSOCIATION are hosting the coffee morning at the Polegate community centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am. Tea/coffee and home made cakes will be available.

EASTER FAIR in aid of the Eastbourne area Epilepsy Group is taking place tomorrow, Saturday, at St Johns Church Hall. Doors open at 9.30am to 1.30pm. Stalls still available at £8. Please contact Andy on 504893 or email shirleyc_jones@hotmail.com to book.

WEALDEN SENIOR Citizens Partnership are holding a coffee morning on Tuesday from 10am to 12.30pm at St Johns Church Hall. This includes a free manicure and Reiki by students from Sussex Downs College. All welcome. More info from Raymond Twort on 831624.

RICHARD SALMON is the speaker on Tuesday March 26, for Eastbourne Local History Society. Meetings are held at St Saviours Church Hall. Doors open at 7 pm, meeting starts at 7.30pm. The topic for this talk is Railway Carriages Brought Back to Life. Visitors welcome. More information from website www.eastbournelocalhistory.org.uk or email pawhistory@btinternet.com or telephone Maureen 485971

warbleton & rushlake green

JUMBLE SALE: Warbleton Brass Band is holding a jumble sale at the Dunn Village Hall, tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm in aid of band funds. Contributions of jumble can be brought to the hall, on Friday evening or Saturday morning. The band is always keen to welcome new members, so this could be a good opportunity for you to introduce yourself. Rehearsals are at the hall on Friday evenings.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship (CW). A reminder that the deadline for returning your electoral roll forms is this Sunday. A complete revision of the roll is required so all existing members must re-enrol, together with new applicants. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: Rev Neville Barnett is the speaker at the 11am Morning Worship and 6.30pm Evening service with communion.

HISTORY GROUP: Sadly, we had to cancel this month’s meeting due to the weather. Our speaker was unable to make it to the meeting. Our apologies go to anyone who turned up. Our next meeting is the AGM on April 8, when we hope that spring may have made an appearance. Our next walk is on March 23 at 2pm, when we meet at the Chiddingly Church Car park.

BLOOD DONATING: New donors are always needed. The next local donor session is at Herstmonceux Village Hall on March 18, 1.30pm to 4pm and 5pm to 7.30pm. To book an appointment or for more information ring 0300 123 23 23 or go to www.blood.co.uk.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at the Dunn Village Hall on Thursday at 7pm. The public are invited to attend and there is an early opportunity for parishioners to raise matters.

willingdon, wannock & jevington

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. The speaker is John Surtess and he will be talking about Dr John Bodkin Adams.

COMEDY NIGHT: Well-known ventriloquist Steve Hewlett will be the main attraction at the comedy night at the British Queen from 9pm today, Friday, along with vocalist Nina.

THE BRITISH QUEEN: Aka-Mel will be entertaining customers at The British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. The Jazz Caverners will be there on Sunday from 1pm to 3pm.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Tomorrow, Saturday, Sloe Gin will be entertaining customers at The Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm to celebrate St Patrick’s Day with a special Irish set featuring talented musician Andy.

BOX OPENING: 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. Tomorrow, Saturday, 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 some stalls and a raffle. Offers of cakes and raffle prizes would be very much appreciated as well as foreign coins.

LONE STAR LINERS are having a line dance social from 7.15pm to 10.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. Admission is £5 to include tea/coffee and biscuits. Contact Ros Burtenshaw on 01323 504463.

OLIVET TO CALVARY is a Passiontide drama related in music and is being performed at St Mary’s Church at 7.30pm on Monday. The director of music is Michael Stumbles. The work is being performed by the choir with tenor Fr Michael Maine and bass Mike Barber. It also contains hymns for audience participation. Admission is free. There will be a retiring collection supporting Children with Cancer.

THE CHURCH RAMBLERS will be meeting at 10.30am on Monday at Chalk Farm for a walk from Arlington Village to the reservoir and back. The flat walk is approximately four and a half miles long. It could be muddy in places.

THE SPOUT, the quarterly newsletter of the Eastbourne and District Preservation Trust (managing Polegate Windmill) has just been published. The AGM will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. Refreshments will be available after the business side of the meeting and this will be followed by a talk by Angus Andrews on The craft of wheelwrighting. After a busy closed season, when a lot of restoration work was carried out on the mill, it will re-open to the public at Easter (2pm to 5pm on March 31 and April 1) and then on every Sunday afternoon, bank holidays and for special events until the end of October. More guides and cashiers are needed. They would receive training. Please contact Lawrence or Patricia Stevens on 01323 734496 for further information.

STREET MEETING: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at St Mary’s Close Willingdon at 11am on Wednesday. Do go along and meet her, particularly if there is anything you would like to discuss relating to her role. PCSO Ali Beadon can also be contacted by ringing 101 extension 68233 or on her mobile 07787 685 755.

THE RED LION: The next charity quiz will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday. The cost to enter is £2 per person which includes a chip butty. The winning team receives half the proceeds and the remaining half goes to charity. They can then choose the next charity to be supported.

PROBUS CLUB members will be holding their AGM at the Red Lion on Thursday at 10.15am for 10.30am.

THE FRIENDS of Willingdon Community School have recently re-launched the association and hope to organise various fundraising activities. A bingo night is to be held in the main hall at 7pm on Friday March 22. Light refreshments and nibbles will be provided but you can also bring your own food or drink if you prefer. There will be a minimal cost of £1 a card. If you would like to book a table with friends and family in advance please email friends@willingdonschool.org.uk . Alternatively just turn up on the night. For further information ring the school on 01323 485254. The Friends will also be having a meeting in the school hall at 7pm on Wednesday March 27 open to everyone. Ideas for future events and offers of help would be very much appreciated.

DIARY DATE: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council is organising a Public Information Day from 10am to 4pm on Wednesday April 3 at Willingdon Community School. Residents are invited to drop in for free advice and information on local services, groups, charities and organisations throughout Willingdon, Wannock, Filching and Jevington. There will also be opportunities to speak to members of the local council.

CITIZENS’ ADVICE: A CAB adviser will be at Willingdon Library on Wednesday from 9.30am to 11.30am. Residents can drop in without an appointment to ask advice on such issues as benefits, debt, relationships, housing, employment, and consumer matters. It is a free service with funding provided by Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council. Volunteers are always needed and would receive training. For further information ring the Hailsham office on 01323 842336.