Parish pump Hailsham - November 22, 2013

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Alfriston

THE GUN ROOM, situated on the edge of the Tye, is now a beautifully restored space. Gone is the dull pebble dash replaced by warm wood. The Rathfinny Estate has opened the Gun Room in time for Dickensian Evening. Downstairs are all things grape and wine related. This includes beauty creams, glasses, tea towels, bottle stops, scented candles,books and much, much more. Upstairs is an exhibition telling the story of the history of the village. Mark and Sarah Driver with their team have plans that involve the South Downs National Park and the National Trust. The Rathfinny Trail is the pet project of Sarah Driver whose enthusiasm for the project is infectious. The route will be open to the public to walk through areas designed to encourage wildlife with access to a wayside stop for a cup of tea, a scone, and in years to come, a glass of Rathfinny bubbly. For all information visit the website at www.rathfinny estate.com.

DICKENSIAN EVENING in Alfriston starts tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm when the through road will be closed for the evening. There will be Park and Ride facilities from Drusillas. It is late night shopping time in the village where the shops have things that are not found in the large town High Streets. There will be stalls and mulled wine, roast pig, bands playing and of course, Father Christmas. The Clergy House will be open from 2 pm to 7pm and will be free to visitors who will also be able to buy gifts from the Christmas Shop. There will be a charge to visit Father Christmas who, this year, is making his grotto at the Clergy House.

THE CLERGY HOUSE: Visitors to the National Trust’s Clergy House will be able to discover how Christmas was celebrated in the middle ages and Victorian times. Discover also what food was eaten and games played. This event runs from November 24 to December 22 , Saturday to Wednesday 11am. to 3.30pm. Normal admission charges apply.

HEARTSTART: Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Heartstart are having a fund raising party on December 14 from 7pm at the War Memorial Hall. Entry is by pre-purchased ticket only. Tickets are £10 to include a two course supper, the band Last Orders, room for dancing, a pay bar and raffle. Book by telephoning Christine on 01323 871306. To accommodate catering arrangements tickets should be booked by December 7. The Heartstart team has had an increasing number of calls some of which have been literally life saving. Recently there has been a great many financial calls upon us all but this is a precious service that is very close to our own lives.

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.

FILM CLUB: This month’s film is Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson and is a surprising love story set on an island off the New Englandcoast in 1965. Doors open next Friday, November 29, at 7pm for coffee and cakes (bring your own drinks if you prefer) and the film starts at 7.30pm. Guests are welcome, tickets are £6 on the door.

Hailsham

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Enjoy a great fun morning with lots of great stalls from 9.30am to 2.30pm at the Charles Hunt Centre tomorrow, Saturday. There will be refreshments, giant raffle, tombola, cakes, sweets, dress jewellery, watches, wool, quality near new clothing, bric-a-brac, CDs, DVDs, books and lots more. Free entry.

ST MARY’S: This is the Sunday next before Advent. 8am Holy Communion (BCP) Secure Foundations. 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups A Hope that Endures. 6.30pm Holy Communion Expectation Overturned.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: Tomorrow, Saturday, there are 1-2-1 Private Readings from 10am to 2pm at Primrose Hall. No appointment necessary. On Sunday there is a Service at Primrose Hall from 11am until 12 noon followed by refreshments with medium Gail Moffit.

DINNER DANCE: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society is hosting this charity event at Willingdon Golf Club tomorrow, Saturday, at 7pm for 7.30pm start. There is a three course meal, plus coffee. Tables of eight (smaller groups or individuals welcome) at £29.50 per person. Black tie or lounge suits. All proceeds to HOPS. For booking form ring Margaret Critchfield on (01323) 484971.

CRAFT SHOW: There will be original gift ideas handmade and designed by crafts people from the Weald on Sunday from 10am to 4pm at Blackstock Farm, and free adult entry to the farm on this day. On show and for sale will be Christmas crackers and decs, paintings and prints, flower displays, handbags and accessories, needlecrafts and knitting, soft toys and children’s goods, glass, jewellery, leather, wood turning and papercrafts. Visit www.wealdcrafts.co.uk for more information.

KNITTING GROUP: There is another Knit’Inn Night on Tuesday at The King’s Head, starting at 7.30pm. Come along for a knit and a natter, bring your needles or crochet hook and wool. Share tips and techniques. Beginners most welcome. Accompanied children before 9pm. For more information phone Su (07951 631749). Just turn up.

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday Peggy and John (01323) 842376 are leading a five-mile Coombe Hill walk from Willingdon to Jevington return. There are two strenuous climbs. There is a short walk also on Wednesday with Bob (01323) 847682 at Cuckmere Haven. Meet at South Road car park at 9.30am or Seven Sisters car park at 10am. If you would like to go on either of these walks, contact the walk leader in the first instance for the details.

TWINNING: Hailsham and District Twinning Association are hosting an eat and meet AGM next Friday November 29 at 7.30pm at Charles Hunt Centre. This is a great opportunity to find out what it is all about and to get involved. Membership renewals due and can be paid on the night. New members and interested parties are welcome.

TRANSPORT COFFEE MORNING: By popular demand the coffee morning transport film shows are being resurrected at Hailsham Pavilion next Saturday November 30. Doors open at 10am for coffee with show commencing at 10.30am hosted by local transport historian John Bishop. Tickets are £4 on the door or in advance. To include a free tea or coffee on arrival. All proceeds to Hailsham Old Pavilion Society (HOPS).

CHARITY AUCTION: This event, in support of Sussex Air Ambulance, is at 2pm on Saturday November 30. You will be able to view items between 10am and 1pm on the day. Organised by Dwayne and Hazel, come along to the Corn Exchange and shop for that special Christmas item. There will be Xmas gifts, sports memorabilia, toys, gift vouchers, jewellery and much more. Donations for auction welcome. There will also be a tombola stall and raffle. Enquiries 01323 442290.

BARN DANCE: Hailsham in Bloom are hosting an event on Saturday November 30 at Summerheath Hall at 7pm for 7.30 start. Bring your own nibbles and wine but there will be homemade cakes and refreshments in the interval. Tickets are £7 per person. Under 12s free. Contact Joy on (01323) 840382.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Last week at the club Round Two of the Print Competition was judged by Jack Taylor, a member of the Eastbourne Photographic Society, who has been to the club before to lecture but not to judge. There were over 70 prints entered in the competition by all three categories so Jack, who said the images were absolutely lovely and really good work, had a really busy evening. The following prints in the beginners’ group went through to the final. Hidden Face by Graham Wilkinson, Hanging Around by Brian Gell, and House Proud by Val King. In the intermediate group Fruit of the Vine by Wendy Chrismas LRPS, Two Bee Or Not Two Bee by Nicola Stone, Reflections of Africa by Gill Terry and Snowy, Sussex Horse Rescue by Steve Nixon all went through. For the advanced photographers, Tidal Patterns and Sound Mirrors Denge Marsh both by Liz Scott ARPS AFIAP, Me And My Dogs by Chris Coates ARPS DPAGB, Matchstick Men And Dogs by Jan Cunningham ARPS Velvet Monkey Suckling, Ceropithecus Pygerythrus by Terry McGhie ARPS and Dead Pines - Yellowstone by Pat Broad ARPS AFIAP are all in the final later in the year. Members enjoyed a good evening and appreciated Jack’s considered views and critique of their prints.

GALLERY NORTH: There is a colourful and innovative exhibition of contemporary artworks by established artists from the South East, including paintings, photography, prints, ceramics, stained glass by Isobel Ackary, assemblages by Patricia Latham, oils and acrylics by Rachel Widdows and paper sculptures until December 21. The Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

WEALD CRAFTS: This event is at Blackstock Farm, Grove Hill, on Sunday from 10am to 4.30pm. It aims to highlight the wealth of skills available locally and provide an opportunity for the public to have access to a wide range of quality products at a reasonable cost. For more information contact 01323 502324 or visit www.wealdcrafts.co.uk.

SUNDAY SERVICES: Hellingly, Holy Communion (CW) Sunday 8am and 10.45am. 6.30pm Evensong. Thursdays 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP). Upper Dicker, 9.15am Holy Communion. Tues: 9.30 to 10.30am Holy Corner. Meet the Vicar at the Village Shop and Cafe, Upper Dicker.

CHRISTMAS FETE: Union Corner Pre-School Playgroup have their Christmas event on Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm. Lots of exciting stalls for your Christmas gifts.

MEMORIAL PLAQUES: There were two Hellingly Hospital Chapel war memorial plaques on the wall of the chapel commemorating the men who died in both world wars. Sometime prior to 1990 the chapel was no longer in use and many of the furnishings, pews, lights etc were sent to new homes. The two wall plaques have disappeared and no-one can remember what happened to them, although we are pretty sure they did not go with the pews. Did someone store them in a place of safety and over the years with a change of personnel their whereabouts has been forgotten. All that is left is a list of the names. If you have any idea of their whereabouts, could you please contact Gill Hesselgrave 01323 844613 or email stonehouse@hessel.force9.co.uk. These names are not on the Hellingly War Memorial and there is, therefore, no record for posterity. With next year being the 100 years since the end of WWI it would be great, if they could be traced. At that time the Hospital ran as an almost separate town and was not integrated into the local parish, but many of the names belong to local families. Also if you had a relative who worked at the hospital and was killed in either of the wars we would like to hear from you. Update: further research has shown five of the names from WWI are actually on Hellingly’s Memorial, three are from Hailsham and one each from Polegate and London. All three of the WWII men had London addresses, so were not local. At least these men are remembered somewhere, even if we cannot trace the plaques.

LONDON COACH TRIP: Join Upper Dicker Garden Centre for an exceptional day out and get into the festive season with a magical and sparkling array of activities and attractions at Hyde Park. There are bars, cafes, restaurants and the Angels Christmas Market, which features more than 100 stalls from arts and crafts to luxury presents, guaranteed to fulfil any retail urge. The day’s itinerary will also include time to shop at the world’s most famous department store, Harrods. Visit www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com for more information. Tickets are £25 per person. Coach departs at 9am on Wednesday December 11. Visit their website at www.thegardencentregroup.co.uk/garden-centres/Lower-Dicker-Garden-Centre or pop into the Centre at A22 Lower Dicker, Hailsham BN27 4BJ. Telephone: 0844 288 5106.

DICKER NEWS: At the Arlington Parish Council Meeting in September public session, members of the public raised the proposed Susenco Solar Farm at Berwick which includes land at Wick Street, Bede’s School s106 agreement, proposed Proteus Solar Farm, the Upper Dicker Notice Board. John Turton, DRA Chairman advised on some of the above issues discussed by the DRA . There was general approval for the Berwick Solar Farm. He confirmed that lighting and amplified sound were both now included in the Bede’s School s106 agreement. Various members of the public gave comments both for and against the Berwick Solar Farm and included requesting a s106 agreement to ensure it is a well planned site with good screening, additional habitat for wildlife, educational experience, visibility of site, possible noise from units in strong winds and that it does not become a brownfield site at the end of its life. Disruption to wildlife whilst building takes place. Better to have a solar farm than a fracking site. Comments on WDC website show local residents have strong feelings about the site. A member raised objections to the Proteus proposal for a Solar Farm and highlighted that a public footpath runs alongside and there is nothing in the plans relating to this. Another member commented that the Upper Dicker Notice Board needs painting. He will advise the Clerk on the correct materials to be used. Christopher Powles from Susenco advised that the noise issues at Billingshurst have been resolved. The Community Share Proposal is currently being developed and the view from the South Downs would be in a haze and would appear more like a block of woodland. Wildlife will be disturbed but should soon return.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

HAVE YOU NOTICED that Ian at the chemist’s has grown a moustache to earn money for the Prostrate Cancer fund. At the beginning of November Ian announced that he was going to grow a moustache, he mentioned a handlebar moustache but I’m not too certain about that but, he’s growing this moustache to raise money for all those men who are undergoing treatment for Prostate Cancer. On the counter at the chemist you’ll find a small container that we need to fill with money, so please dig deep and support Ian in his very worthwhile quest.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Friends of Herstmonceux School are preparing for their Christmas Fair tomorrow, Saturday. They are inviting us all to go along and join in the fun of this Christmas Fair with all its delights, stalls and refreshments. There will be a visit from Father Christmas during the afternoon in his Winter Wonderland Grotto. The school will be open between 11am to 2pm. If you need further information or would like to hire a stall please contact Kate Pemberton on 832364.

TOM AT THE WOOLIE: Tom Fitzpatrick will be performing at the Woolie on Tuesday and for the first time he’s coming along with his quartet. Entrance is free and all are welcome.

RAY AND SHELDON: Get ready for Christmas, learn how to make some really nice floral decorations for the table, this is what’s in store for anybody going along to the next meeting of the Ray and Sheldon club today, Friday, at 2.15pm. All over the age of 60 years will be made most welcome. If you need further information or help with transport please call 441244.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) along with the Christingle service will be held at Wartling church at 8am and 5pm respectively with Holy Communion (CW) being held at Herstmonceux church at 9.45am.

ORCHARD VIEW, Victoria Road will have their Christmas Fair tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm to 5pm. Raffle, bric-a-brac, tombola and roll the twopence, a variety of crafts, mulled wine to warm you and mince pies to give you the taste of Christmas. All are welcome and profits from this event will be divided between the Prostrate Cancer fund and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

ALL SAINTS CHURCH Christmas Fair will be held in the village hall on Saturday November 30 between 10am and noon. Refreshments and loads of stalls including something for that extra special gift. Entry is 50p for adults and 20p for children and this includes a cup of coffee and a mince pie.

NEW YEAR’S EVE Charity Dance. If you would like to spend a great evening in the village hall dancing to live music from City Rhodes Sounds book your tickets early. Tickets, which include a buffet supper, are £16 and are available from Dawn and Cecil on 832304 or Rhys on 833022. Please make sure you book your tickets early so as to avoid disappointment.

Lewes

PHILATELIC SOCIETY: When a TV station selects a film for the week it seems that every other station in turn picks the same film for their week, so that for the last week or more we have had Dr Doolittle to be found somewhere every day. What you might ask has this to do with our guest speaker’s presentation on Friday November 8? Well I have collected stamps for many years and was not looking forward to our meeting having been told the subject was French Postmarks. Oh dear, postmarks bore me, more even than seeing Dr Doolittle for the umpteenth time. Instead, the moment the speaker started I sat up and thought, ‘I have never seen anything like this anywhere in the world before’. You can push me any way you like, but this really pulled me. Luckily for me they are difficult to find. The subject in fact was French Maxi Cards. Utterly fascinating. You probably know that they are postal sized postcards. Illustrations depict some thing or person taken from a newly issued stamp. Some recent issues have illustrated French art both old masters and modern. They completely bring the stamp alive with very interesting remarks added. Some famous people, some landscapes, some monuments or whatever. We were shown 200 and that was only Part 2. We found it hard to imagine the amount of time and effort devoted to putting this unique collection together. As our chairman remarked in delivering the special vote of thanks, ‘follow that’. Indeed a night to remember. The cards are sold at post offices for charity with the subject matter chosen by the French Red Cross, or an individual stamp dealer and come in great variety. Apparently an average of around 7,000 are printed of each issue with the post office franking each stamped card with a very neat First Day of Issue cancellation. Several countries in the world issue their own. I am sorry to have never come across any before. As with all used philatelic collections, security is not a big problem since each stamp (normally) has its own unique cancellation marks and once photographed is quite easily traced. Meetings are held in Christ Church on the corner of Fitzjohn and Prince Edwards Road at 7pm for 7.30pm prompt. These are quite suitable for adults and children and all are most welcome with nothing to pay. On December 13 it is our Christmas do and quite what we are going to do is not yet certain but it will be fun. We are told by visitors that we are a cheerful and friendly group. Come and see. If you have a collection that you wish to sell or keep then bring them along and we will give you free options. For more information ring Hugh on 01273 472096.

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

FOLLOWING the very successful exhibition from Ninfield Local History Group in September, there is a number of publications available centred around Ninfield. These might make for Christmas presents: Village Historical Walks booklet (£2.50), WW1 Roll of Honour booklet (£5), Ninfield New Centenary Map CD (£5), Wartime Memories CD (£5), James Broughton’s booklet on Ninfield School in WW2 (£2.50), Ninfield Village map A1 size (£15), Ninfield Village map A2 size (£8), Ninfield Village map A3 size (£5). To this list we are pleased to announce the publication of a 2014 calendar at the bargain price of £4. The calendar contains wonderful photos of the village taken at different times of the year and chosen from our archives. To place an order in good time for Christmas, please see Jan Cooper, their Archivist, at the monthly meetings or contact her on 01424 893381 or emil: idj1066c@yahoo.com.

THANK YOU: 1st Ninfield Scout group would like to thank all those that organised the Family Bingo night last week and those who attended. A good night was had by all.

COFFEE MORNING: St Mary’s Church, Ninfield, are holding a Christmas Coffee Morning tomorrow, Saturday. Alongside teas and coffees available all morning, there will be a raffle, crafts and gifts, cakes and produce, tombola and competitions. Do go along and enjoy coffee and conversation with friends 10.30am to noon in the Reading Room.

HOOE OLD MOTOR CLUB are now ready to distribute surplus funds raised at The Hooe’s Motor Club Show that was held in August. Clubs and organisations in the area are invited to submit requests for donations. Please write to Chris Hone, c/o Hooe’s Old Motor Club, Marwin Farm, Marley Lane, Battle, East Sussex TN33 0RE, before December 1, enclosing a brief note as to why your organisation should be considered. Requests will be discussed at the next committee meeting in January, 2014.

RYDON HOMES is holding a public exhibition to introduce a vision to Ninfield residents for proposals of 50 new homes at The Ingrams, Bexhill Road. It will be held on Friday, November 29, 1pm to 8pm at the Memorial Hall. This is in response to Wealden District Council identifying Ninfield as a rural service centre that requires greenfield development. All residents are invited to go and have a look at the proposals to provide a wide range of housing, alongside delivering new community facilities. This is your opportunity to share your thoughts on the development proposals and how they could be improved. If you are unable to make the exhibition, you can find out more on their website, as well as being able to complete a feedback questionnaire www.ingramsninfield.co.uk

THE FLOWER GROUP have tickets now available for their Christmas meeting on December 6, 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall. They will welcome Tony Brown with his seasonal demonstration entitled Festive Delights. Tickets are available from Ellie Barron on 01424 893385 at a cost of £9, payable at the time of order please. This will include light refreshments. All floral arrangements done by Tony will be raffled at the end of the evening. If you would like any further information regarding the Group please contact Susan on 01323 844634 after 6pm or weekends, or email ninfieldflowergroup@hotmail.co.uk

THE CARNIVAL ASSOCIATION held their monthly meeting a couple of weeks ago. They are planning to organise the annual Pram Race next year, with a focus on encouraging children to participate. They are also hoping to organise a village treasure hunt to coincide with this event. More details will follow nearer the time. The committee is really lacking members. We would welcome some new faces and help. Their next meeting will be on Wednesday, January 15, at Ninfield Working Men’s Club, 8.30pm. If you would like any extra information about joining the Carnival Committee, please contact Lorna on 893644.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Parish Eucharist. Ninfield Methodist Church, 2.30pm Worship and Praise Service with Revd Peggy Heim.

Polegate

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre, in the lounge is hosted by Wine and Social Club. All welcome form 10am until noon.

MEETING of the Polegate Wine and Social Club on Tuesday when our speaker is Will Duke, on the life and times of Scan Tester. All welcome from 7.30pm at Polegate Community Centre.

STATIONERY ENGINES is the title of the talk by Allen Cullen at Eastbourne Local History Society meeting, on Tuesday. Visitors welcome at St Saviours Church Hall, South Street, Eastbourne. Doors open at 7pm.

POLEGATE DRAMA group pantomime is Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates. Booking has started and the pantomime will be running from January 18 to 26.

CHRISTMAS FAIR on Wednesday at Trinity Church Hall. Open from 9am to 1pm. Bus numbers 51,56,126,143 stop outside. Bus number 54 and 98 stop at Willingdon Triangle. Many different stalls.

PCA AGM on Wednesday, at 7.30pm in the main hall at Polegate Community Centre. This is your association and we would like to hear from you. Free glass of wine/juice as a reward.

POLEGATE GARDENERS Society are holding a Social on November 28, at 7.30pm at the Community Centre. All welcome.

EASTBOURNE AREA EPILEPSY, Youth Group, meet on the second Saturday of every month at Community Wise, Ocklynge Road, Eastbourne from 10.30am to 12.30pm. The Youth Group is for young people between seven and 19 years and their parents to meet friends, chat and have fun. There is pool, table tennis, crafts, music and refreshments. New members are always welcome. Contact Andy Evans on 504893 or email chair@eceg.org.uk for more info.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR in aid of Willingdon and Polegate windmill on Saturday November 30, at St Johns Church Hall. Open from 10am until 12.30pm. All welcome. We are expecting a visit from Santa.

CHRISTMAS FUN Quiz at the Community Centre on Saturday November 30, at 7.30pm. Entry £3 per person, teams of up to six. Bring your own food, tea and coffee on sale. Tickets are on sale at the Community Centre Office and Saturday coffee mornings. For further details please telephone Wendy or John on 484631.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

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 Tony Wood.

HISTORY GROUP: This month’s walk is tomorrow, at 2pm. We meet at the lych-gate of Old Heathfield Church, for a walk of about three miles. Some stiles and mud.

COFFEE AND CO: Coffee and other hot drinks are served in the Osborne House Community Room, and good company is enjoyed, each Thursday morning from 10am to noon. Any surplus generated is distributed at various times to good causes. Ann Payne tells me that this week was one of those occasions, with £150 given to the Philippines Disaster Appeal and £100 to the Warbleton Bells Appeal.

RGWI: Members will enjoy a fish and chip supper before their AGM at 7.30pm on Thursday in the Dunn Village Hall.

JUMBLE SALE: As part of the appeal for the restoration of the bells ofWarbleton Parish Church, a jumble sale will be held at the Dunn Village hall at 2pm next Saturday, November 30. Sarah Turner will have her cake stall, and there will be books, toys, bric-a-brac teas and a raffle. Donations of jumble can be made on the day between 11am and noon or phone Jan 01435 830803 or Margaret on 830560. A cookbook has been published for the appeal and is on sale at The Stores, The Horse and Groom, The Black Duck and Simon Turner Motor Services, Cowbeech. They are £5 each and would make a great Christmas present.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

OWEN DONOVAN will entertain at the Wheatsheaf at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

BEVE AND THE BEETROOTS will entertain at the British Queen from 8,30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

CHALK FARM HOTEL which gives training and work experience to adults with a learning disability, will have their Christmas Fair from 11am to 3pm on Sunday. Attractions include a large variety of stalls including home-made cakes, raffle, greetings cards, games and competitions, mulled wine, mince pies, teas and coffee, tombola and a visit to Santa’s grotto with his elf helpers. Admission is 50p for adults and free for children. The next coffee morning at Chalk Farm Hotel is from 10.30am to 11.45am on Thursday December 12.

TOY SUNDAY at St Mary’s Church is on November 24 when parishioners are asked to bring along new unwrapped gifts for children, teenagers and mothers in need, which will then be distributed through Family Support Work in the area. Wrapping paper would also be appreciated. The gifts can be taken along at the 9.45am or the 11.30am service.

MUSIC RECITAL: Michael Stumbles will be directing a music recital at 7.30pm on Monday at St Mary’s Church. Taking part will be the recital choir, with guest performers both vocal and instrumental with solo and ensemble items. There will also be some piano solos from Coryn Roberts. Admission is free. There will be a retiring collection for the Polegate based charity Children with Cancer.

STREET MEETING: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at the junction of Huggetts Lane and Freshway at 11am on Friday November 29. Do go along and meet her, particularly if there is anything you would like to discuss relating to her role. She can also be contacted by ringing 101 extension 68233 or on her mobile 07787 685 755.

ST MATHEW’S GOSPEL: Bp David will be giving an introduction to St Mathew’s Gospel at 7.30pm on Tuesday at St Mary’s Church. Further bible stories will follow at the same time and venue on December 3 and December 10.

THE 3 MMMs meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 8pm in St Mary’s Church Hall. The last meeting was most enjoyable and all the members came away with beautiful flower arrangements which they had been shown how to make with rose buds and garden foliage. The next meeting is on November 27 for a craft evening when members will be shown how to make various craft items. The materials will be provided for a small cost. There will also be Body Shop items which can be purchased.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: Polegate Windmill will hold their annual Christmas Bazaar from 10am to 12.30pm on Saturday November 30 at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. To book a table to sell your own goods, please contact Patricia Stevens on 01323 734496.

THE GLEN CHORALE, under their new musical director Ansy Boothroyd, will be presenting their Christmas concert at 2.30pm on Monday December 2 at Wannock Village Hall and this will be repeated at the same time and venue on Monday December 9. The programme includes The Bell Carol, Calypso Carol, The Candle Song, and We wish you a merry Christmas. There will be several solos and carols for audience participation. Tickets are £6 each to include tea and mince pies. For further information please contact Janet on 01323 502113.

COMMUNITY MARKET is open every Wednesday morning from 9am to 1pm at Trinity Church Hall. November 27 will be the Christmas market with a lot of extra stalls as well as the usual books, jewellery, card making items, greeting cards, fruit and veg, knitted items, refreshments, sweets, tea tree and aloe vera foot remedies, wool and much more. To book a table contact Wendy on 01323 489002 or email maureencoping@yahoo.co.uk.

WANNOCK ARTISTS meet at 7pm on the last Friday of the month at Wannock Village Hall. November 29 is the AGM.

POSH FROCKS and canapes is the theme of the event to be hosted by Maureen and John Males at the Cottage, Dittons Road, Polegate at 7pm on Saturday November 30. It is in aid of the JPK Sussex Project which is fund raising for the supported residential living centre to be built in Old Town for people with a learning disability. Please contact Maureen on 01323 482011 or Jill on 01323 486179 if you would like to attend.