Parish pump Hailsham - October 10, 2014

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Alciston & Selmeston

AUTUMN FAIR: Selmeston and Alciston Annual Autumn Fair in Selmeston Village Hall, Saturday October 18, 2.30pm to 4.15pm. Our annual Autumn Fair is always popular with various stalls to feast your eyes on. This year we have added some new stalls, which we hope you will find inviting to purchase gifts etc as well as keeping the ever popular books, bric-a-brac, Grand Draw (first prize this year is a share in a National Hunt race horse), tea and coffee plus homemade cakes and biscuits to refresh you. Our parish pantry tables will be groaning with delicious homemade produce of biscuits, cakes, pastries, pasties and preserves to choose from.

Alfriston

TWINNING NEWS: Last weekend friends from Veules les Roses arrived in the village to celebrate the first anniversary of the formal signing of the twinning Charter. Some firm friendships have been established and it seems that many of the visitors are beginning to enjoy our countryside and take part in our local events. The Harvest lunch, organised by Jane Alvey and Sherry Ward, had the usual numbers swelled by the French visitors with the sticky toffee pudding producing a challenge in translation but nothing was left over. During the address of welcome Dr June Goodfield read a letter from Lieutenant Colonel Peter M Little OBE, Commanding Officer of the 51st Highland 7th Battalion, the Royal Regiments of Scotland, who recounted that the members of the regiment who visited Veules les Roses in September had spoken of how generously they had been treated on their visit. That visit had been to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation in 1944. Charles Anson then spoke as representative of Peter Field, The Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex welcoming the Mayor of Veules les Roses, M Jean-Claude Claire and members of his Conseil. Charles then proposed the toast to the local and modern Entente Cordiale - the citizens of Alfriston and Veules les Roses.

THE 300 CLUB will be meeting at Deans Place Hotel on Tuesday at 8pm. Two more lucky winners of £50 each will be drawn from the box. It is only possible to win if you are members and it is that time of the year to renew - or to join. If it is not possible to get to Deans Place on Tuesday then put all contact details in an envelope with £10 per person membership fee (cheques made payable to The Alfriston 300 Club) and leave with Hicks, The Newsagents in Waterloo Square.

AMENITY SOCIETY: The Alfriston and District Amenity Society has invited a representative of Healthwatch East Sussex to the Old Chapel Centre on October 16 at 2.30pm. HWES is an independent group who support users and carers of the health and social care services, ensuring the public voice is heard. It also has a responsibility to support the strategic partners at times of service change.

STABAT MATER by Pergolesi will be performed by the Southend Choral Society with soloists Kathryn Sargent and Sarah Gourley at St Andrew’s Church on October 18 at 4pm. There is no charge but there will be a retiring collection in aid of St Andrew’s Church.

LUNCH: The Conservative Association, Alfriston Branch will be organising a lunch on November 8 at the War Memorial Hall at 12.30pm. The guest speaker is Maria Caulfield who is standing for Parliament in this constituency in the next election. All are welcome and anyone wishing to attend should contact Tony Woodthorpe at 01323 871695.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship (no communion). St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong.

PARISH COUNCIL: The parish council meets at 7pm on Thursday at the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green.

J BARNES & SONS: The centre of the village was once alive with the sound, and sight of industry, with the premises of J Barnes and Sons, agricultural engineers, either side of the road near the White Horse Inn. Opposite the pub were the workshops and yard, now occupied by houses and the car parks. Sadly after many years of service to the community, J Barnes and Sons closed its doors and all traces have disappeared. Peter Love, who has lived in the village for about 30 years, is writing a magazine article about the firm for one of the magazines featuring old agricultural matters. He would appreciate any photos, news cuttings, or memories etc to help him create a full and accurate picture of the firm. He can be contacted on 01323 833125.

Folkington

CHURCH SERVICES on Sunday start at 10.30am. This will be Holy Communion led by the Reverend Roger Dalling. Refreshments after the service. All welcome.

Hailsham

FARMERS’ MARKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, is Hailsham Farmers’ Market on the Cattle Market site from 9am to 12.30pm. This month we will have Richard who has been creating wonderful displays and selling his pumpkins at the market for 10 years. We hope to be welcoming a gastropod board and homemade curries from The Forge at Halland who source all their ingredients locally. Also in the crafts section if you like to stock up on your Christmas presents early, we have lovely octagonal planters, wood turned items and cards and new to the market are Karen and Rod Light of Bluebell Wood Craft with their painted and stained shelves, plaques, trellis and shabby chic furniture. Margaret will be bringing warm woolly scarves and back after a short break is Teresa Thrussell with her fine jewellery. Cuckmere Buses will be looking for volunteers to drive their buses and the Fire Service is hoping for your support as our guest charity. Enquiries for produce, craft or charity pitches 07887 910150.

BATTLE ROAD DEVELOPMENT: Last Friday there was a public exhibition at which members of the public were invited to view the plans and comment on the proposed development off Battle Road at Harebeating Lane. Councillor Paul Holbrook was there and was very knowledgeable. A number of concerns were raised by Hailsham residents in general, residents on and adjacent to the proposed development and those landowners and businesses directly affected by the proposal such as the current grazing of cattle for Hooks (The Moo Man) of Longleys Dairy Farm. This development has yet to go before the Planning Committee. There was much interrogation of the Taylor Wimpey representatives and very strong feelings were expressed regarding the capacity of local sewage works and the potential strain on supply and removal from Southern Water as expressed in their letter to local residents. The environmental impact was also a matter for concern with the site being home to crested newts which use a pond on the site and move between that and their home which is some distance away. Assistance towards the creation of new sports facilities is under discussion between Hailsham Sports Alliance and the Developers. Unfortunately, the representatives had no knowledge of this and were unable to comment regarding commitment to such a project. Instead of more affordable homes that residents complained could not be sold and so were let for social housing, more luxury homes were often suggested. Yet another egress onto Battle Road making a total of ten and with no plans for traffic lights was another worry with the school being up the road. The biggest concern raised seemed to be the lack of infrastructure in the town to support yet another 135 homes. There was much determination to write to the Wealden District Planning Department to object to the plans for this development given that it is running in parallel to the 180 Waites homes on the same road. If you would like to make your feelings and concerns known then individual letters should be written to Wealden District Council as soon as possible. If planning is approved in mid March then building will start November 2015. You can look at the TW plans at https://www.taylorwimpey.co.uk/battle-road and give your feedback on them but you must contact Wealden District Council direct if you wish to make your voice heard.

ST MARY’S: This is the Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am, Living Among Idols. Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups is at 10.30am, Samson the Broken Victor. Evening Prayer is at 6.40pm, An Outrageous Party. Holy Communion is at Emmanuel at 2.45pm.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: There is a service on Sunday at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. The medium on this occasion is Dorothy Young. There is a Clairvoyant evening on Friday October 17 with Dorothy Young and Gail Moffit at Primrose Hall starting at 7.30pm. Visit www.corinthian-healing.co.uk

FREE CONCERT: This evening, Friday, there is a free concert featuring the Gloucestershire Police Male Voice Choir and Linda Grace (Soloist) at Hailsham Parish Church. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Refreshments will be available during the interval. Although there is no charge for admission, a retiring collection in aid of the Friends of St Mary’s will be made at the end of the concert.

40s DANCE NIGHT: Featuring The Surgeons of Swing, this fundraising event for Environment Hailsham opens at 7pm for 7.30pm start at the Civic Community Centre and will have you have you up and dancing to swing, jazz, jive and ballroom. You can wear your forties or fifties frocks and suits or just come as you are. Bring your own drinks and snacks. Tickets are £12.50 in advance or on the door from Richard Grocock on 842931 or Joy Bowdery on 840382.

ELECTRIC BLANKET TESTING: This free annual safety check offers energy efficiency, security and fire prevention. Take along your electric blanket to Wealden District Council Offices, Vicarage Lane on Tuesday, 10am to noon.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: Hailsham and District Branch will meet on Tuesday at 7.30pm at the Hailsham Club, Vicarage Field followed by a talk slide show. Ex-service, serving personnel and dependants, young and old, are welcome. Come along and make new friends. Car parking at the back. For details contact Mike Weller on 440749 or Frank Berry on 843880. In September it was reported that Joyce Manser who has been a very staunch member and organiser of the Tombola for the Poppy Appeal held in the Quintins and also a supporter of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute had passed away. Her funeral was on 10 Sep at Eastbourne Crematorium conducted by Rev Peter Clark and was very well attended. Also the deaths of John Chapman and a young Air Cadet, Callum Bean were reported. This caused the meeting to be in a sombre mood. The Branch Secretary, Rev Peter Clark announced he would be retiring from the post at the AGM. The Chairman announced nominations for all Branch officers are required for the ensuing year to enable the elections to take place in November. The Poppy appeal donations currently are £20,649.97. Members of the public have the deepest gratitude from the Branch for their support.

CATS PROTECTION: The League had a very successful quiz night last week, very well attended and raised £703 for the cats, they hope to do another in the early part of the New Year.

KNITTING GROUP: Knit’Inn Nights at The King’s Head are held twice a month on the second and last Tuesday. The group is nearing its third anniversary. A loyal core of knitters and crocheters have been with the group throughout, many others have dropped in for short periods. It has been enjoyable exchanging information, as happens when mixing with a wide range of fellow enthusiasts with diverse experience. Celebration is called for, so watch this space for more information. At the last meeting the group discussed solutions about what to do with the yarn left over when a project is complete. A previous generation of knitters would save yarn to patch or darn the garment at some future date, or lengthen sleeves if the garment was for a child. Another custom from a thrifty age, took unused or unusable items, roved them, washed the yarn and refashioned it. Some of these money saving tricks may be returning to some degree, but nowhere near as commonly as they used to be. The next meeting is 7.30pm Tuesday. For more information phone Su (07552 229473)

MUSIC FROM THE MOVIES: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society is pleased to present Music from the Movies. The Uckfield Brass Band will be playing your favourite movie tunes at the Hailsham Pavilion on Sunday October 19, starting at 2.30pm. It will be a fun afternoon with some memorable music. Tickets are £7.50 from the Pavilion box office or website. The price includes tea and homemade cakes. HOPS is offering a £1 discount off the ticket price to members on presentation of their voucher from the latest newsletter.

HOPS QUIZ: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society will be holding a quiz night at Summerheath Hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm. Tickets for teams of four to six are £7 and include ploughman’s supper. Bring your own drinks. For information or to book call (01323) 841373.

BONFIRE SOCIETY: Bonfire Bingo is this evening, Friday, at the Charles Hunt Centre. Doors open at 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm. This year’s bonfire celebrations are on Saturday October 18 from 7.30pm to 10pm. The official programme is available in various outlets for £1 which will help finance next year’s celebration and support local charities. Freedom Leisure car park will be closed from 6pm and all cars should be removed by this time. The processions are at 7.30pm and 8.10pm followed by fireworks at 9.30pm. The charities being supported by the street collections are Sussex Search and Rescue, Environment Hailsham, Sussex Army Cadets force (Hailsham), Beachy Head Chaplaincy, The East Sussex Wildlife Rescue Ambulance Service and Hellingly Rugby Club.

GALLERY NORTH Until 25 October the latest exhibition at Gallery North, High Street, Hailsham, features paintings of India by Jeremy Bear. The gallery is open 10am to 4pm from Tuesday to Saturday. Free entry. There is an art workshop at the Gallery on Monday, Portraying Movement. It is from 2pm to 5pm and costs £15. Pop into the Gallery to book. Josie Tipler will take you through various subjects and ways to create movement in your paintings. Bring sketching paper and pencil, plus either watercolour paints and paper or acrylic paints and canvas or primed board. Other materials available to use. Please book in advance 01323 485153. There will no more Tuesday evening sessions at the gallery this year.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

CHURCH SERVICES: Hellingly: Regular Services Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP), every Sunday Holy Communion (CW) at 8am and 10.45am Parish Eucharist (CW). Upper Dicker services are at 9.15am for Holy Communion. There is a joint service on October 19 at 5pm.

NEW VICAR: Over 150 people attended the special Eucharist service with the Institution of The Reverend David Farey as Vicar of The Benefice of Hellingly and Upper Dicker by the Right Reverend Richard Jackson, Bishop of Lewes and the Induction by The Venerable Philip Jones, Archdeacon of Hastings, on Tuesday September 30 at the Church of St Peter and St Paul, Hellingly.

Among the invited guests was the Vice Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Sara Stoner, visiting and retired clergy, ministers, readers, the Rural Dean, churchwardens of both parishes and local civic representatives, also representatives from local organisations. Members of the congregations from both parishes and neighbouring parishes were also present. The Bishop of Lewes led the service and after the Revd David Farey took the Oath of Allegiance and Oath of Canonical Obedience, he was inducted by the Archdeacon of Hastings. The keys of the church were then passed to the new Incumbent by the churchwardens and he locked and then unlocked the door. Accompanied by the Archdeacon and churchwardens, the Revd David Farey tolled a church bell to signify his taking possession, and a sign of the start of his ministry. The Bishop then invited everyone to take communion or receive a blessing. During this time the choir sang the anthem ‘Praise the Lord’ by Stanford. The Bishop led the Revd David Farey from the church to the stirring words and music of Jerusalem and they both greeted the congregation as everyone left the church. Refreshments were served at the King’s Head Hotel, Horsebridge.

PARISH COUNCIL: Concerning Hellingly Country Park and Roebuck Park the Active Play sessions had been a success. Orbit had been very supportive of the sessions contributing £500 towards the cost, 14 of their residents had taken part. Freedom Leisure would be contacted about the feasibility of organising some sessions in the October half-term holiday. The sessions were open to the whole Parish. The council considered a request to set up fitness sessions at Roebuck Park and were generally supportive of the idea, but were keen to have more information. The council did not have the capacity to develop a Youth Council but would be interested in looking at developing a Youth Forum to develop ideas for the BMX Park at the Country Park. The clerk and deputy would attend the East Sussex Youth Participation Working Group Network. Julie Kaye would set up the Youth Forum.

FRIGHT NIGHTS: Blackstock Farm, Grove Hill www.blackstockfarm.co.uk from October 22 to November 1, 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Book your tickets now, if you’re brave enough. Go to www.buytickets.at/blackstockfarmcoltd, to purchase tickets online.

PARISH COUNCIL: The next public meeting of Arlington PC is on Thursday 16 October at Dicker village hall and starts at 7.30pm. Julian Pertwee from Hive Energy and Isobel Hollands (IH) from Pegasus Planning attended to answer questions regarding planning application WD/2014/1838/MEA. These were the visibility of the site, use of the site once it is decommissioned, about a s.106 agreement, environmental assessments, connection to the grid and how this would impact villagers and about the community fund. They responded that the hedging and bank would block the view of the site from the roadway. They would agree to a s.106 agreement to ensure the site returns to agricultural use once it has been decommissioned. A full environmental impact assessment has been submitted with the planning application. The application regarding connection to the grid has not yet been made and a check would be made as to whether the parish council will be consulted on this. It was confirmed the route to the grid will, where possible, be on farmland and where it needs to go on the road it will be installed along the verge at approximately 1m deep in reinforced shields and with sand, there will not be a visual impact as the cabling will be underground. They do not know for definite yet whether any residents will be impacted during the installation of the cable. It was confirmed there would be a financial contribution of £28k to the villages paid through the parish council (PC). A councillor requested work is not undertaken whilst the Arlington Bluebell Wood is open. Recreation Ground: Drainage had been investigated and a report circulated. It would be inspected again. The football net at the recreation ground has been removed and it was agreed to dispose of it. Bedes Equestrian area: There has been a meeting and Bede’s are currently formulating their plans on what they want to do with this area and should produce plans in six to eight weeks. Dr Maloney confirmed it will continue to be used for sports and recreation use. Dicker copse: The problems with the nails on the batten and with the gates have been resolved. The soil will need tamping in around the base of the posts at the pedestrian gate entrance to the Copse. Eastbourne Speedway: They have confirmed they will look into a one-way system for the three to four meetings they have a year with a higher attendance, they will also speak to Highways and residents over the problems with parking. They put out cones however people move them, they also try to police the parking. For their safety certificate they have to have emergency access from the A22. Defibrillators: Bede’s have suggested the cabinet be installed at the side of Fairfield’s. An inspection will be made but if the site is not suitable, it was agreed to use the security lodge. Once the cabinets are installed the defibrillators can be delivered.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

CHANGE OF NAME: At a recent committee meeting it was decided to change the name of the Bonfire Society from the Merrie Harriers Bonfire Society to the Cowbeech Bonfire Society. As this decision is so recent readers may, for a while, see both names used. It has been the Society’s intention for some time to try to make it clear that, although most of the events they arrange are based at the Merrie Harriers in Cowbeech, they are, and always have been, a fully independent organisation rather than part of the Merrie Harriers management structure. The Cowbeech Bonfire Society is run totally by local unpaid volunteers championing local good causes, and its purposes are 100 percent charitable rather than commercial. Its aims remain to embrace and support the wellbeing of the local community and individuals within it. As their next big event is the fireworks display and bonfire in Cowbeech on the evening of Friday October 31 the society would like to confirm it will be Business as Usual from 6.30pm.

WARTLING EXHIBITION: Tomorrow, Saturday, the local history group presents its sixth local history exhibition at Reid Hall, Boreham Street from 2pm to 6pm. The exhibition includes the areas of Wartling, Boreham Street, Windmill Hill, Bodle Street Green, Cowbeech, Gardner Street, Herstmonceux, Ninfield, Hooe, Catsfield, Pevensey, Westham, and Ashburnham plus a special feature on the 1914-1918 War. Entry is £4 and under 16s free. There are over 400 old photographs, documents and maps, RAF Wartling and RAF Pevensey, local history and archaeological groups, genealogy, books and postcards, refreshments.

QUIZ NIGHT: Tickets must be purchased before Tuesday for this Herstmonceux Primary School event in the hall on Friday October 17 starting at 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. £2.50 per ticket without food or £7.50 per ticket with food. Food choices are fish and chips, sausage and chips, vegetarian burger and chips. Bring your own drinks, glasses, cutlery etc. Maximum of six per team. Tickets and menu order forms from school office. Any queries, contact Lorena Winstanley on 07748 145072 or email friends@herstmonceux.e-sussex.sch.uk.

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

THEFT: Our PCSO, Daryl Holter has sent the following report: Overnight October 1 and 2, a workshop in the Hooe, A259 area was broken into and a quantity of tools and equipment stolen, Serial number 0637 02/10/14 refers. If you have information, call 101 with the serial number.

HARVEST THANKS: Ninfield Methodist Church had a great Harvest Thanks weekend on October 4 and 5; on Saturday we had a ploughman’s lunch and David Swales showed Harvest Farming photos of Ninfield. Then on Sunday around 65 adults and young people packed our church for a Service of Thanks with the 1st Ninfield Scouts and Reverend Peggy Heim. Donated tins of food and produce have been given to the Bexhill Foodbank.

HOOE OPEN GROUP are next meeting today, Friday, when speaker Barry Wilkinson will relate his experiences as a prison warder atHooe Village Hall at 2.30pm. Call Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

JUMBLE SALE: Ninfield Flower Group hold a jumble sale tomorrow, Saturday, 2pm at Ninfield Memorial Hall. Entry is 50p. As well as many bargains, there will be tea/coffee and cakes. If you have any jumble that you would like to donate, please contact Jennifer on 892878. Should you wish any further information regarding the group or any forthcoming events, please telephone Jennifer on 01424 892878 or email on ninfieldflowers@gmail.com.

HOOE HISTORY SOCIETY next meet on Thursday in Hooe Village Hall at 7.30pm. Following a very swift AGM, they will sit back to enjoy Anne Bourner talk about the history of the Michaelmas Fair.

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP: Last month’s Ninfield Local History Group meeting was most entertaining and informative when Geoff Hutchinson gave a wonderful presentation in character and costume on Mad Jack Fuller. The Afternoon of Local History was very well attended and people seemed to enjoy the presentation of the Wells family photographs and a fascinating talk on the shops and business of Ninfield. Their next meeting is on Thursday, when the subject will be Assisted Passage to the Colonies by Jan Cooper. Meetings are held in the Methodist Hall at 7.30pm. Members pay £1 per meeting, visitors £2. Contact Rod Ffoulkes on: 893635.

HOMEMADE FAYRE: Returning to the Memorial Hall on Saturday, October 18. Tables are £10 if you live in Ninfield, £12 otherwise and can be booked through Kaye Crittell (k.crittell@btinternet.com or 01424 892883).

CHRISTIAN VOICES, the Musical Drama Group, will perform their next play on October 18. It is called Let My People Go and is based on what happens when Moses and Aaron tell the King of Egypt to let his slaves go free. The play was written by Alan Young and the songs composed by Dave Chamberlin. The performances will be in aid of the Bexhill Street Pastors. Christian Voices perform at Ninfield Methodist Church at 3pm. Entry is free.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: On Monday October 20, their new season starts with the AGM at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. It is hoped many current and new members will come and just to remind you, it is the time to pay the annual membership fee of £4. This will be followed by the welcome return of Kim Parks with some of his wildlife slides.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist, Wednesday, 10a.m. Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Parish Eucharist. Ninfield Methodist Church, 2.30pm Service of Worship and Praise with Mr O Birch. October 15, Fellowship Guild, Volunteering at the Olympics with Clive Loader.

Polegate

MEETING of Eastbourne Natural History and Archaeological Society today, Friday, when our speaker is Sally White talking about Lewes Castle and its century’s old history. Meetings are held at St Saviours Church Hall, South Street, Eastbourne, entrance from Spencer Road. Members free, visitors £2.50.

SPA VALLEY RAILWAY open every week end for train rides to High Rocks, Groombridge and Eridge. Our own High Weald Belle lunch trains run on November 2. In October we welcome back Thomas and Friends, for weekends October 11 and 12, 18 and 19. Tickets can be booked on line only at www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk Call 01892 537715 or email enquiries@spavalleyrailway.co.uk

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, The Windmill Walk, 5 miles with Graham. Meet at Rottingdean White Horse 10.40am bus No 12A, 9.23am Terminus Road stand J. Finish at 1.30pm, two hills, pub and café at end. On Sunday, Piltdown Plod, 9.75 miles with Graham T. Meet at the Avenue, 9.30am. Walk starts at Warrs Hill Lane, 10.15am GR 392218. Dry lunch, finish 4.30pm. Plenty of level walking. Tea stop at May Cottage, North Chailey. On Wednesday, 1066 and More with Linda S. Meet at Eastbourne Station 8.55am train to Winchelsea. Walk starts at Winchelsea, dry lunch.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre from 10am to noon is hosted by Neighbourhood Watch. All welcome in the lounge. On Saturday October 18 the coffee morning will be hosted by Friends of Willingdon School.

AN ART EXHIBITION is being held tomorrow, Saturday, in the main hall at Polegate Community Centre. Contact Bruce on 484568 for more details.

DOWNLAND SINGERS: Join the Downland Singers at Polegate Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm for a toe tapping evening of popular light music from WW1 to present day. Free admission but retiring collection to the Eastbourne and South Wealden branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Refreshments in the interval.

MILLS TALK on Sunday at the Education Room. A talk by Peter Hill on Sussex Mills in the afternoon. Free entry to talk.

POLEGATE LADIES CIRCLE meet on the second Tuesday of the month at Polegate Community Centre. Our October meeting is a social with a quiz stating at 2.30pm. For more details contact Shirley Hannam on 488035.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship (no communion), for which the bells should be back in action. They will be re-dedicated for their task of calling people to worship. A small but dedicated team, led by David Cleverley, have been rubbing down and painting the frame from which they hang, whilst the various ancillary parts have been away for refurbishment – clappers, headstocks, pulleys etc. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: 11am and 6.30pm services conducted by Paul Davies from the Albanian Evangelical Mission.

HISTORY GROUP: The speaker at our meeting on Monday is Ian Gledhill on the Magic of Pantomime. We meet in the Dunn Village Hall at 7.30pm for 8pm start. Coffee served prior to the meeting.

COFFEE & CO: Coffee and Company is a weekly opportunity to meet and chat over a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate in the Osborne House Community Room. This is run by volunteers and any surplus made is given to local charities. About three times a year a special event is held to raise funds for a specific charity. This Thursday is one of those occasions, this time for the Air Ambulance. Doors are open from 10am to noon.

PARISH COUNCIL: The parish council meets at 7pm on Thursday at the Dunn Village Hall. Voluntary organisations can apply for grants from the council. Any grant applications for Warbleton Parish are to be submitted to Warbleton Parish Council by November 1. Application forms from The Clerk, Warbleton Parish Council, The Firs, Barley Mow Lane, Punnetts Town, TN21 9DJ or e mail warbletonpc@btinternet.com for a copy. They are also available on the parish council website www.warbletoncouncil.org within the Finance Section.

QUIZ EVENING: Warbleton Brass Band holds a quiz evening on Saturday November 15, 7pm for a 7.30pm start at the Dunn Village Hall. Entry is £5. Call 01435 813359.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

QUIZ NIGHT: Today, Friday, The Friends of Willingdon School are organising a quiz in the main hall starting at 7pm. Teams can be made up of eight people or less and there will be a staff team. The quiz ticket price is £1.50. Tea, coffee and soft drinks are available. Drink and food can also be brought from home. Tickets from the school reception or email friends@willingdonschool.org.uk or just turn up.

JPK SUSSEX PROJECT: Edgmont Church and the site on which it stands in Old Town were purchased by the JPK Sussex Project in June 2013. The aim is to provide supported living accommodation for people with a learning disability. Building work needs to be started within the three years since planning permission was granted, and consent also requires that no demolition of existing buildings can take place without an archaeological watching brief during excavation. At present, finance does not allow for the whole building project to go ahead in the preferred order and so it will need to be tackled in three stages commencing with eight semi-independent flatlets and activity room. JPK trustees are now in a position to instruct CPL Architects to commence the pre-building works required for stage one.

Fundraising is on-going. For further information please contact the JPK Sussex Project co-ordinator Jill Parker at 7 Wannock Avenue, Willingdon 01323 486179 or email jill@thejpkproject.co.uk or visit www.thejpkproject.co.uk. Meanwhile the old church, Edgmont has been cleaned and decorated with the help of volunteers and is currently being let out to community groups. This covers the overheads on the building and the site.

VOICE WORKS Company of Singers start rehearsals at 10.30am on Tuesday at Edgmond. For information contact voiceworkschoirs@hotmail.com or just turn up.

SONGS AND PIES: This event in aid of the JPK Sussex Project is hosted by Maureen and John Males at The Cottage Dittons Road, Polegate, on Saturday October 18. This is a fun evening, good food and audience participation led by Bourne Chorus. Call Maureen on 01323 482011. Tickets £8.

ART: The Church Street Art Exhibition will be held today, Saturday, from 10am to 5pm at St Mary’s Church Hall. The art group, tutored by Teresa Currie, welcomes you to their fourth annual exhibition and sale of original artworks, screen prints, prints, artists’ card, photography, textiles, painted wood and other crafts. The group has been working on a wide range of mediums and subject matter; acrylic, painting on wood, pastels, negative painting in inks, watercolour, mixed media, graphite and charcoal. All work is for sale at affordable prices and refreshments are available. Admission is free and there is a disabled access.

TRIANGLE LACE CLUB members will be meeting at Trinity Church Hall from 10am to 2pm tomorrow, Saturday. This is an active friendly club promoting all forms of bobbin lace. All lace makers of any age are welcome. There is a trade stand with lace supplies and equipment, and guidance on the art of lace making can be given. The cost including refreshments, raffle and insurance is £5. For information, please contact Rowena Gausden on 01323 484165.

MEL HAYES will be entertaining the customers at the Wheatsheaf from 9pm tomorrow, Saturday. Mel is a great guitarist with a good voice. She will be playing through a catalogue of covers.

ABLAZE, the youth club for the 14 plus age group will be meeting from 6pm to 7.30pm on Sunday in St Mary’s Church Hall. This group meets on alternate Sundays and as well as fun activities in the hall there are often trips out to the theatre, cinema and restaurants. The youth club for the eight to 14 year olds meets in the church hall on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 7.30pm to 9pm. On October 15 there will be a cooking competition. For information please ring Fr Kevin Agnew on 01323 502079 or Fr Michael Maine on 01323 509528.

POLEGATE WINDMILL will be open from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday October 12, 19 and 26 when tours of the mill can be taken and light refreshments are available. The mill will then be closed to the public until next April although private group visits can be arranged during the closed season. On October 12 there is an added attraction when Peter Hill will be giving a light hearted look at Sussex Windmills. His talk starts at 3pm and is free.

ORGAN RECITAL: Fr Michael Maine will be giving an organ recital at 7.30pm on Monday in St Mary’s Church. Guest singers are Susan Lahache (soprano) and Mike Barber (baritone). Admission is free but there will be a retiring collection to the music fund, supporting Children with Cancer.

THE RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION have their general meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday at Trinity Church Hall. The speaker is David Jones who will give an interesting presentation on the Bluebell Railway, including all the films in which the railway and steam trains appeared. Refreshments are available.

QUIZ: Willingdon Residents’ Association is organising a quiz and ploughman’s supper at 7.30pm on Friday October 17 at Trinity Church Hall. Teams can be made up of six or less people. The cost is £7 each to include supper and a free raffle. Ring Richard Nunney on 01323 501238 for tickets.

PROBUS: Willingdon Probus Club is a club for retired and semi-retired professional and business men. They will meet at the Red Lion at 10.15am for 10.30am on Thursday. The speaker is Edward Dickenson and his subject is Tigers.

TRINITY DINERS meet at noon on Friday October 17 at Trinity Church Hall when the menu will be fruit juice, toad in the hole or vegetarian toad in the hole, potatoes and seasonal vegetables, lemon cheesecake and cream, followed by tea or coffee. Contact Jennie on 01323 484189. The meals are £5.50.

THE FLOWER CLUB meet at 2pm on Friday October 17 at Willingdon Memorial Hall for a practice meeting. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

POLEGATE AND WILLINGDON Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm on Friday October 17 at St John’s Church Hall Polegate when Geoff Hutchinson will be giving a talk entitled Mad Jack Fuller.