Parish pump Hailsham - March 21, 2014


LYNN TRUSS will be reading from her latest book Cat Out of Hell at Deans Place Hotel on March 28 at 6.30pm for 7pm. The £10 ticket includes a copy of the book - a funny horror story. Tickets are available from Much Ado Books or telephone 01323 871222 or visit the website at

THE FLOOD WATER has receded but was replaced last week with yet another burst water pipe causing water to run through the village like a fast flowing stream. The drains were replaced last year and the length of the High Street resurfaced. Unfortunately advantage was not taken at that time to replace the water pipes. The water company has continued to make regular visits digging up the road to mend the many leaks. The water causes damage to the buildings and, in some cases, floods cellars. This is a medieval village with infrastructure not suited to the twenty-first century. It is in an area of outstanding natural beauty situated in a National Park attracting many visitors who bring trade keeping the village alive. It is worthy of investment.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word. For advance notice of the Events Week please see the Warbleton section.

FILM CLUB: The Hunt directed by Thomas Vinterberg is this month’s film, starring Mads Mikkelsen. He won the best actor award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his portrayal of Lucas a former school teacher facing various tough problems in his life. This Danish drama has subtitles. Doors open at 7pm next Friday at the village hall for coffee and cake. Guests are welcome for £6 on the door and there is no need to book.


BONFIRE BINGO in aid of Hailsham Bonfire Society. This evening, Friday, at the Charles Hunt Centre. Doors open 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm. All welcome.

CLAIRVOYANT EVENING: This event is being held at Primrose Hall, from 7.30pm to 9pm. The medium is Philip Towler.

JUMBLE SALE: There is a jumble sale in aid of Hailsham Bonfire Society tomorrow, Saturday, at 10am in the Charles Hunt Centre.

COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, doors to the Pavilion, open at 10am for coffee with show commencing at 10.30am. The event is hosted by local transport historian, John Bishop. Films include hell Drivers, early Concorde and rail film This is York. Entry £5 includes tea or coffee on arrival. All proceeds to HOPS.

QUIZ NIGHT: Tomorrow, Saturday, at Summerheath Hall, 7.30pm. Ticket £7 includes Ploughmans Supper. BYO drinks. Teams of 4 to 6. Bookings to Paula on (01323) 841373.

ST MARY’S: This is Vision Sunday and St Mary’s Annual General Meeting. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), The Passion: The Mockery. 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups. 6.30pm Holy Communion, The Passion: The Mockery. Evening Prayer is at Emmanuel Church, Hawkswood at 2.45pm.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a service at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. Medium to be advised.

THE FAB BEATLES: Singles Night! (Beatles that is) the Number Ones, from the Number One tribute band, The Fab Beatles 7.30pm at Hailsham Pavilion. The Beatles achieved their first number one single some 50 years ago. The first of 17. You can relive them all, along with their many other hits, with Beatles Tribute Band, The Fab Beatles. So get your Ticket to Ride, journey through Beatlemania, the Sgt Pepper years and Psychedelia, until finally you reach the Long and Winding Road and the break-up of the most famous band of all time just six years after that first number one, From Me To You on the 2 May 1963. Here you can see The Fab Beatles, playing at the famous Abbey Road Studios. Booking info, in person at the Hailsham Pavilion, by phone on 01323 841414 or online

POP IN AND TASTE: Monday from 10am to 11.30am at Hailsham East Community Centre. This is a free event for parents and children to taste test various foods, promote healthy eating and give out recipes. You must book a space by calling 01273 516032 or send an email to

PARENT PLAY: Take your parents to the playground on Monday from 11am to 1pm at the Outdoor Gym, Western Road Recreation Ground. This is a free event for families to promote physical activity and using free facilities and open spaces. Must book a space by calling 01273 516032 or send an email to

HOPS: When members Paul and Helen Marsland were packing up to move from their house in Falcon Way to another part of Hailsham 10 years ago, they made an unusual discovery. Lodged under the floorboards was a Pavilion programme listing the forthcoming attractions for November 1947. Their immediate reaction was one of surprise. Paul checked the authenticity on the Internet and filed it away as a keepsake. When they became members of HOPS they thought it would be of interest to fellow members. Their house at Falcon Way had been occupied by the Roberts family, well-known in Hailsham in the 1940s and obviously keen film fans. The programme is marked with ticks and crosses and the comment ‘saw it’ written next to several titles. It is a piece of memorabilia that will probably ring a few bells with some older members. HOPS president and founder, June Bourne, for example, recalls that 1947 was the year she was voted Miss Hailsham.

YOUTH CLUB: Christars Youth Club has vacancies for new members in years 7 to 11. They meet at The Free Church hall (down the slope) on Monday evenings from 7pm to 8.30pm (term time) and have a full and active programme every week which includes outings to Freedom Leisure for swimming and bowling, cooking and games evenings, crafts and quizzes and lots more. It is only £1 for the evening and everyone has a great time. Give Luke a ring on 07870 607252 for more information. Coming up Mothers Day card making, laser quest, games, record breakers and Abbotts Wood.

OUT AND ABOUT GROUP: Next couple of events for the Christchurch Out and About Group are on Wednesday for a visit to RHS Gardens Wisley. Meet Hailsham High Street by War Memorial at 8.45am. Coach leaves 9am. Cost £26 which includes entrance fee. They need to know definite people for this and ask that you contact Ray Bodkin on 01323 843948. Date for your diary. On Wednesday April 23 there is Cream Tea in St Mary’s Church Lounge. Meet 2.30pm, talk 2.45pm, speaker Marie Stone, Beauty of the World. Cost £5. U3A: The discussion group had an interesting meeting on the topic of television, talking about what they all watched and if they thought it could be improved. Some very interesting point of view were heard. This month the group will be looking at the Hailsham Regeneration Plan. Group Leader Pam, went to the council to try and get a printed copy of the Plan entitled Streets Ahead, but this was not available. She will print it off the Internet (34 pages). These plans affect everybody, so will be interesting to study them together and discuss what impact they will have on the town. A good attendance is anticipated, as all should all be concerned. Next month discussions will be around the question of Independence for Scotland - good or bad for England? The natural history group continues to thrive. Recent meetings have covered many interesting topics including spring wildflowers, starlings and swallows and each month there is a report on the location and progress of tagged British cuckoos wintering in Southern Africa. In February members were treated to footage of the rare Grey Phalarope, blown off course on its long journey from the Arctic to Africa, seen and filmed locally by one of the members. Strollers, opera, German and dog walking are just a few of the many groups available to join at U3A. If you are interested please ring Sue in the first instance on (01323) 840797 for details of how you can join.

POLICE PRIORITIES: Poor parking on roads surrounding Grovelands School, patrols will continue around the school, at both start and finish to ensure legal parking to ensure that people visiting the school, local residents and road users are able to pass freely on the roads, and to prevent any incidents. Road traffic collisions (RTC) and possible speeding on the B2104 Ersham Road: this is between the cemetery and Coldthorne Lane. On Ersham Road, B2014, there have been reports of road traffic collisions on the bend just after Coldthorne lane. This may be due to excess speed, as vehicles are approaching the bend. PCSO is currently working with the Casualty Reduction Officer and East Sussex Highways to review key causes of and look into options with regards to signage and speed monitoring or enforcement. PCSOs will be completing site visits with other organisations and welcome your views, on making this road safer for residents and road users. Speeding, at rush hour, on Gleneagles Drive: PCSO is currently working with the Casualty Reduction Officer and the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) to identify if this is speeding or the perception of speed along the road. The local Neighbourhood Policing Team will soon be monitoring the speed of vehicles travelling on Gleneagles Drive at various times of the day. The information this provides will allow them to work with other organisations to help minimise disruption caused, to residents and road users, by speeding or the perception of speed.

TABLE TOP SALE: Imagine your favourite car boot sale, and a warm, dry indoor location with home baked cakes, fresh tea and coffee and some great stalls with pre-loved clothes and shoes, books and CDs, toys, games and lots more. Saturday March 29, 10am to noon at Hailsham Methodist Hall, High Street. Entrance 25p.

100 YEARS AGO: In March 1914 Rev Clyde Harvey wrote: Diamond Jubilee Clock: Early in February this clock was thoroughly overhauled, re-adjusted and renovated by the makers, Messrs J B Joyce & Co. the dials were repainted and varnished and the hands and figures gilded by Messrs Blackman & Son, while other local tradesmen also assisted in the work. The total cost is £20. The Hon Collector of the Diamond Jubilee Committee, assisted by Mr E Climpson, will visit shortly those who so readily subscribed in 1897. Some friends have already paid towards this necessary expenditure for which best thanks are accorded.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

CHURCH SERVICES: Hellingly church: Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP), Sunday Holy Communion (CW) at 8am, 10.45am Holy Communion (CW), 6.30pm Evensong. Upper Dicker: Sunday 9.15am Holy Communion (CW). Trinity Church (and Hellingly Parish) Holy Corner. Meet the Vicar at the Village Shop and Café on Tuesdays from 9.30am to 10.30am.

CLOTHES MARKET: Hilary and Angie are holding another clothes market at Dicker Hall on Friday evening from 6pm to 9pm.

PARISH COUNCIL: Regarding Hellingly Country Park and Roebuck Park. The chairman proposed that the council take responsibility for the completed areas of the Country Park on April 1. An informal meeting had been held with Hailsham Cricket Club to discuss the tenancy of the sports facilities, which had a positive reaction. The club would now seek the approval of its committee and if that was forthcoming the Grounds Committee would consider the proposed agreement before reporting to the council.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Last week saw the last round of the print competition. The society welcomed new judge Malcolm Ball of Steyning Camera Club. He has only been judging for a couple of years. Three prints went through to the final from the beginners section Straw Bales and Flight of the Bumblebee, both by Carole Parish and Fly Agaric by Graham Wilkinson. Intermediates, Dashing from the Rain by Wendy Chrismas LRPS, Listening to the Band and Breaking Wave by Janet Monk ARPS. Advanced, Wave Line Seilebost by Pat Broad ARPS AFIAP, Jeweller, Havana by Roy Morris ARPS, Tuscan Fields by Janice Payne LRPS, Morning Light, Folkington and The Observatory both by Liz Scott ARPS AFIAP, and Dealer by Roger Scott. It was a very interesting evening with good observations on all the pictures and the club looks forward to the print competition final next month.

DICKER NEWS: Policing: There have been changes to policing. PC Jackie Baldwin-Charles and Sergeant Ruth Hammerton will be starting in April and a new operations team will be set up to tackle other than dwelling break-ins. Two containers at Southern Water Treatment Works have been broken into and cctv footage is awaited. Diesel has also been stolen and vehicle break-ins have increased. The meeting was asked which local charities could benefit from the funds raised from the sale of unclaimed stolen goods and was given details of Arlington Village Hall Refurbishment Project Committee. Finger posts: These have been photographed and ESCC contribute 50 percent of the cost to replace the one at the junction of High Barn Road and Michelham Priory Road. Highways: Safety improvements at Coldharbour Road/A22 junction won’t be known until 2015.

BEETLE DRIVE in Hellingly Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday. Tickets £5 including ploughman’s supper. BYO drinks. For more information ring (01323) 841685 or 842620.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

RAY AND SHELDON CLUB: On Friday March 28th, popular speaker Ray Waite will be joining members of the Ray and Sheldon Club to present his slideshow and talk. If you would like to join them, their get together will be in the village hall at 2.15pm. Anybody over the age of 60 years will be made most welcome. If you need more information or help in getting to the hall please contact 441244.

BINGO: Wednesday is Bingo time again in the village hall. Prizes for both full houses and lines, a raffle and a chance to catch up on village news over a nice cup of tea and some homemade cakes during the interval. All are welcome, eyes down for 2.15pm.

YOUNG HATS: It’s the week of the Little Mermaid being performed in the village hall by our young thespians who have been working really hard over the past few months to bring this shown to life for us today, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday. One or two tickets at £8 for adults and £5 for children are still available. To book please contact Stevens and Carter on 832888 or Jo Carlton on 0770 385 4535.

BOWLS CLUB: You have until tomorrow, Saturday, to register your team if you want to enter the Herstmonceux Bowls Club annual Quiz Night being held in the village hall on Wednesday. Places are going fast but they are still accepting teams of four at £7.50 per head which includes a hot dog supper. To enter please contact Sue on 833403.

BOWLS SIGN ON DAY will be on Sunday April 20. The clubhouse will be open from 10am when all members and any prospective new members will be most welcome to go along and try a few ends of bowls. If you need further information please call either Sue on 833403 or Terry on 832380.

WALKING CLUB: On Sunday meet Helen in the Leisure Centre car park, Hailsham for a 5.5 mile walk of Buckhurst. All are welcome to join them whatever your walking speed. If you have any further questions please call them direct on 848790.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) along with the Celtic Service will be held at Herstmonceux church at 8am and 6pm respectively, with Matins being held at Wartling church at 9.45am. On Thursday Holy Communion 9BCP0 will be held at the Friends Meeting House at 11am.

1960s CHARITY DANCE NIGHT: There are still one or two tickets available for the 60’s dance night on Saturday April 5 in the village hall with City Rhodes sounds providing the live music. To book at £11 each to include a ploughman’s supper, please contact Dawn and Cecil on 832304. All profits to go to the RNLI.

Ninfield & Hooe

OUR PCSO, Daryl Holter, has reported people using metal detectors and spades on Ninfield recreation ground. If anyone has any information regarding this matter, they are requested to contact Daryl by calling 101. The police have also received a report of a high value heater oil theft from a property in Hooe over the time period of 11.30am and 4.30pm on March 16. Should anyone have seen or heard anything in connection with this please can they contact Police on 101 quoting serial 0511 17/03/14.

WORKING MENS CLUB: Ninfield Working Mens Club would like to thank all those that supported them at their charity coffee morning held on Tuesday, March 11. A grand total of £322.12 was raised. This is a magnificent start for their new charity, which this year is Canine Partners. They hold four a year, so if any one has anything that they can donate to this charity please contact 01424 892239 or 892182. Future dates will be advertised. Again, they would like to thank you all so much.

HOOE OPEN GROUP had a most successful and interesting meeting on Friday, March 14, when the presenter was Raymond Craig, who is a paramedic with the Air Ambulance Service for Kent Surrey and Sussex. The KS&S AAS is a registered charity, relying solely on donations and legacy’s to fund their operation, which costs many millions of pounds a year to keep flying. The Air Ambulance Service is in constant demand, 24 hours a day. They claim that they can be in the air within four minutes after getting a call from the police or paramedics requiring them to take over, by getting those severely injured, in many cases road accidents, but also on farms and construction sites, to hospital. The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance has now attended over 20,000 incidents, and averages four to six missions per day. Hundreds of lives have been saved, that without their help, may not be here today. There are a group of hospitals that can provide emergency medical services, who also have helicopter landing facilities. As the AAS have to fly both in daylight as well as at night, it is regulation that they have to have two pilots, in addition to a doctor, in some cases a surgeon, as well as a paramedic. Each helicopter is fully equipped to provide emergency treatment to maintain life support, including blood transfusion. This is done by keeping a blood bank of dehydrated plasma in chill boxes that take up little room; these can be heated to body temperature within one or two minutes as required. The members were very impressed in showing their targetable support for the Air Ambulance Service. A donation of £100 was given from club funds to this very worthwhile charity. To be in keeping with the time of the year, the club provided members with toasted hot-cross buns with their tea as well as heart shaped chocolates appropriate to the life saving service of the Air Ambulance Service. The next meeting will take place on Friday, April 11, at 2.30pm when the talk will be Tax, Care & Toy Boys, they wait to find out. For information on Open Group Activities contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

EAST SUSSEX Fire and Rescue Service are once again looking to down grade Battle Fire Station, which covers Ninfield and Hooe. Having a short period for consultation of 10 weeks, the crew at Battle are asking your help to fight this decision. You can aid them by completing an online questionnaire at, which lodges your objections. There will also be a public meeting at The Memorial Hall, Battle on the April 7, 7.30pm to which you are invited to attend.

SPRING SHOW: The horticultural society are holding their annual Spring Show tomorrow, Saturday, 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.

YOUR RUBBISH IS NEEDED: Kirsty, of Little Stars School of Dance, is collecting empty baby wipe packets for Ellie’s Fund, which is a charity supporting children with brain tumours and their families. The empty packets are recycled and for each one the charity gains 2p. They have raised over £30,000 already. This is a really easy thing you can do to help a charity. Please save your packets and either bag them up and drop them into the bright red wheelie bin hidden in her driveway or once you have a carrier bag full she can come and collect them from you. If anyone works in a nursery and is able to start a collection please get in touch with Kirsty. More details on the charity can be found at Call or text Kirsty on 07875235398. Address: 2 Church Farm Cottages, Manchester Road, Ninfield.

QUIZ: Ninfield Hall Committee are holding a Quiz Night at the Memorial Hall on Saturday, March 29, 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, all services at 2.30pm except the first Sunday of the month, where they hold a Family Service at 10.30am.


INFORMATION DAY: Pevensey Parish Council are holding an information day at St Wilfrids Church Hall, Pevensey Bay tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 1pm. Local people are invited to come and see all the local voluntary and statutory organisations that provide services in the area. Twenty six local groups have agreed to come along with parish councillors, district councillors and the county councillor responsible for the area. It will be a great opportunity to find out what services and help is available as well as getting to know about all the local social and hobby groups operating in the parish. Coffees and teas will be available.


LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society meet today, Friday, 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 today, Friday. To book a place please telephone Jennie on 484189. Or email

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, in the lounge of the Community Centre, is hosted by Polegate Free Church. All welcome from 10am to noon.

WALKS tomorrow, Saturday, with Jean A, Crowlink to Sea and Back, meet at Crowlink car park 10.30am, bus No 12 9.36am stand J to Friston Pond and church, approx 2.5 miles. Or, Friston and Downland with Colin. Meet at Exceat Visitors Centre, 10am GR 519995 bus 12a 9.36am Terminus Road stop J. Finish at 1pm, 5 miles. Or, Round the Horn with Mike S. Meet at Avenue at 9am. Walk starts at Horns Lodge pub, south Chailey 9.45am GR393171 finish at 1.15pm. 8 miles, PH optional.

ON SUNDAY a walk, Tea with Rudyard, with Phil and Barbara. Meet at the Avenue 9.30am. Walk starts at Batemans NT top CP 10.30am GR 670239 dry lunch finish at 3pm. 9 miles, tea available at end.

TICKETS on sale from March 24 for Polegate Drama Group’s next production of A Vicar of Dibley Christmas, the second coming at Archer & Partners, 48 High Street, or telephone 483348. Adults £9, children £6.

POLEGATE WINE and Social Club meet on March 25, when our speaker will be Kev Reynolds on The Best of Southern England, an illustrated talk. We meet in the Community Centre lounge on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm. Members £2, visitors £3. More information from Alf on 485134.

SENIOR CITIZENS meet every Monday afternoon at Polegate Community Centre, from 2pm to 4pm. New members welcome.

TRINITY COMMUNITY MARKET is now open every Wednesday from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Come and visit our various stalls including fresh products, crafts, haberdashery, cakes, household goods, books and remedies, refreshments. Come and brows or stay a while. For more details contact Wendy, on 489002

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

HISTORY WALK: Our next walk is tomorrow, Saturday, meeting at Herstmonceux Church at 2pm for a walk of about three miles. There are no stiles but after the winter there may still be some mud. Having said that, it is remarkable how quickly the ground is drying up.

AUCTION OF PROMISES: This is tomorrow, Saturday, at the Dunn Village Hall. Doors open at 6.45pm and the auction commences at 7.15pm. There will be a licensed bar and light refreshments. The proceeds of the evening will be shared jointly between Children of Gambia Services (COGS) and The Dunn Village Hall Fund. Many fantastic lots including tickets to a range of attractions, hamper of food, selection of wine, MOT, fantastic homemade cakes and many more interesting and unusual lots. Catalogue and more information are available from Nina or Sarah on 01435 863727. Sealed bids will be accepted. It is guaranteed to be fun and enjoyable evening.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship led by Paul Daniels. RGWI: Members will be transported back to the events of 1066, on Thursday evening at 7.30pm in the Dunn Village Hall. Victoria Joyce will be enlightening members about the Bayeux Tapestry. Meetings this year will include a market stall, with 10 percent of profits going to WI funds. For further information or for help with transport phone Marion on 01435 831653 or Sharon on 812388.

JUMBLE SALE in support of the Ebeneezer Children’s home in Chennai, South India. The jumble sale will be at Punnett’s Town Village Hall next Saturday, March 29, to raise funds for a new jeep for the home. This provides essential transport for the staff and children. For further information or to donate jumble please phone 01435 830481. EHSO can be found at and its charity number is 1102102.

EVENTS WEEK: Warbleton, Bodle Street and Dallington churches are holding an Events Week from Thursday April 10 to Maundy Thursday, April 17. We have a wide range of events: a quiz night, a rugby club supper, a film night, 10 pin bowling, an Any Questions style evening, an astronomy evening, a discussion evening and a Passover supper. We will be welcoming a team of students and their tutor from Oak Hill Theological College, London, who will be working with us during the week. All are very welcome to these events, whether convinced atheist, committed Christian or somewhere in between. Leaflets giving full details of the week should be dropping through all the letterboxes in the parishes in the next week or two.

PLANT POTS: Coffee and Company is open for coffee and chat each Thursday (10am to noon). It holds occasional special events. One is the plant sale on May 15. Julia Padbury is organising this and would appreciate offers of spare plants, surplus seedlings etc. She is also looking for large plastic flower pots (say 8”/20cm or bigger). These are needed to prepare for the sale. Plants can be brought along on the morning of the sale, or contact Julia on 01435 831191 or

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 when Helen Poole will be giving a talk on The Gages and Firle. Ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 01323 486208 for further information.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 2pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall for a practice meeting. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

WILLS and Power of Attorney clinic: Christine Haniver from Cornfield Law Eastbourne will be at Sunrise Senior Living in Upper Kings Drive from 10am to 1pm today, Friday, to offer advice and put things in place for you. The clinic is strictly by appointment only. Please ring 01323 525000.

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. 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 a raffle.

BASSANOS will be entertaining customers at the British Queen at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. On Sunday Tom Fitzpatrick will be at providing the entertainment from 1pm to 3pm.

NEW CHEF: As from today, Friday, Ray Brailsford is the new chef at the Wheatsheaf. Ray has had many years’ experience running pubs and pub kitchens. He will be offering high quality British pub fayre with a fresh twist.

STONE JUNCTION, Michael, Simon and Dan, will be providing the entertainment at the Wheatsheaf at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

ENSEMBLES from South Downs Youth Orchestra are performing at a number of churches in Wealden tomorrow, Saturday. Each ensemble is made up of a small group of instrumentalists. Ensemble 1 is at Folkington Church at 10.30am and then at Wilmington Church at 12.30pm. Ensemble 2 is at Friston Church at 10am and at Westdean at 12.30pm. Ensemble 3 will be playing at Jevington Church at 10am and at Littlington at 12.30pm. Ensemble 4 will be at Alciston Church at 10.30am and then at Berwick at 12.30pm. Finally instrumentalists from all the ensembles will be performing at Alfriston Church from 3pm to 4pm later that day. Donations will be given to the church where they are playing.

DOME CONCERT: Fr Michael, curate at St Mary’s, will be playing the organ at the Dome in Brighton at 3pm on Tuesday. A COFFEE MORNING will be held from 10.30am to 11.45am on Wednesday at Chalk Farm Hotel. The students with learning disabilities will be helping out and there will be a raffle, greetings cards and plants for sale. And do visit the garden centre behind the hotel.

THE 3 MMMs will be meeting at 8pm on Wednesday at St Mary’s Church Hall. Guest speaker is Brian Waters and his subject is entitled From Bridlington to Beirut.

PARAGON FIELDS: Forty one people attended the Paragon Fields Preservation Association AGM on March 14 including the chairman of Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council, Cllr John Pritchett. The committee of PFPA was re-elected along with parish councillor Christina Lynn who was one of the original members of the association when it was formed in 1992. It was reported that the kissing gate to the Paragon Field needs replacing and that the parish council is donating £110 to cover half the cost. The secretary Mark Harley brought along the circular flint plaque which had been presented to the PFFA as the Paragon Field is now part of the Queen Elizabeth II Fields in Trust Association. When funds allow the committee is considering having it mounted onto a seat for walkers using the Paragon Fields to enjoy. Guest speaker Fay Pattinson, a Downs Ranger for the South Downs National Park, said that a grant could sometimes be given to help with a particular project within the South Downs National Park and that their volunteers might also be available to help if needed. Membership of the PFPA is just £5 annually and it helps the association if a yearly standing order is made out, to save on administrative costs. Please contact the membership secretary Mary Taylor on 01323 485241 or email