Parish Pump Hailsham - October 19,2012

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bodle street green

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

BENEFICE SERVICE: As I have mentioned before our parish is now part of a three church benefice with Dallington joining Bodle Street and Warbleton. To officially mark this and celebrate our working together there will be a united service, on Wednesday at 7.30pm with The Right Rev’d Wallace Benn, Bishop of Lewes, at St Giles’ Church, Dallington. Followed by refreshments. All are welcome.

RACE NIGHT: I have heard from Bryan Gibson, that the race night has had to be cancelled; this was due to be held next Saturday.

FILM CLUB: This month’s film is Sarah’s Key and will be shown at 7pm for 7.30pm in the village hall next Friday October 26.

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JUMBLE SALE tomorrow, Saturday, at the Scout HQ, Horsebridge (also known as Crouch Hall). Starts at 2pm.

ST MARY’S: This is the nineteenth Sunday after Trinity. 8am Sunday Holy Communion, Noah, the covenant of grace. 10.30am Holy Communion with crèche and children’s groups, prayer with a purpose. 6.30 Evening Prayer, a new and better covenant. Let this be the hour is an unplugged night of worship with Lou Fellingham and band. They will be performing a concert on Friday October 26 in St Mary’s church. Lou has sung on television on Songs of Praise and at Bible by the Beach and various other events and has released several albums both as a solo artist and also as part of the Phatfish group and has also sung with many other worship leaders including Stuart Townend and Matt Redman. You are invited to go along and enjoy a night of worship, encouragement and envisioning with Lou and her band. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets £8 adult, £5 concessions in advance online at www.loufellingham.com/live (add 50p booking fee per ticket) or from David Gooding email davidgooding83@gmail.com or telephone (01323) 441868 or mobile 07739 790369. Tickets on the door are £10 and £7.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH and Healing Association Service on Sunday is from 11am to noon with medium Brenda Newland at Primrose Hall. Followed by refreshments. There are 1-2-1 private readings tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 2pm. These events allow you to have a private reading with a medium of your choice. For more information or to book contact (01323) 766435 or 07716225582 or just turn up at Primrose Hall on the day. £10 for 20 minutes.

U3A: If you would like to join U3A or one of its many interest groups ring Sue Wilson (01323) 840797 in the first instance. The next members meeting is at the Civic Hall, at 2.30 pm on Tuesday. Dr Janet Pennington is the speaker on Steyning Scandals from 1547 to 1947.

WEAR IT PINK DAY: Hailsham Memorial Institute, Western Road, is hosting an event in aid of the Cancer Awareness Campaign next Friday October 26 from 11pm, all day. There will be a tombola, cake stall and guess the weight of a cake. Refreshments are available and non-members are welcome. More details from Jeanette Gardner : (01323) 840459.

PHOTOGRAPHIC Society. At the print competition, the Judge was David Eastley ARPS, who entertained members with his witty comments and observations throughout the evening. The results were are follows: Pavilion Cup: Beginners prints chosen to go through to the finals were Papa by Martin Rumary, Morning Angler on Loch Awe by Peter Parks and Shatterford Bottom, New Forest by Graham Wilkinson. Keith Donald Shield Intermediate: Bluebell Woods by Colin Chrismas LRPS, Waterskier by Wendy Chrismas LRPS, A Horse With No Name by Bryony Bruce and Grandpa’s Sun Hat by Liz Cottingham LRPS. Founders Cup Advanced: Fairey Swordfish MK 11 LS 326 by Terry McGhie, David noticed one of the crew was saluting as they flew past and was relieved the pilot was in full control. He also wondered where the photographer was when he took the picture as he seemed level with the old fashioned plane, The Burrell and Cynthia by Phil Smith, I Love Her by Alison Morris, Embrace by Liz Scott ARPS AFIAP and No Title (South Bank Night Club) by Roger Scott. Some of the other images also attracted humorous comments despite not going through to the finals. When David saw the creative picture of Balcombe Viaduct by Roger Scott he asked if it was taken with a fisheye lens, or had his computer gone wonky, also enquiring if the pink tone was deliberate, or a printing error! The image entitled Steady was of a man taking part in a gymkhana - the horse seemed to have frozen in fear mid jump. On closer inspection, he could see the man seemed to be gritting his teeth and possibly clenching his buttocks. His horse looked terrified too. When David saw the picture Winter, Grovelands Park by John Kirby he asked if he took the picture really early as there were no footprints in the snow or had he cloned them all out? Catching The Sun by John Kirby was the back view of two ladies sitting on a beach. At first inspection he thought it was not a very interesting picture, but then he thought one of them was not wearing a top so it became far more interesting! Because I’m Worth It by Gerald Hartley was of a scrawny cat having a good lick with its leg in the air behind its head. He wondered if it was perhaps doing yoga and how many of the members could do that with their legs. During the evening David presented a trophy to Janet Monk for the Special Competition from last season. Janet has also recently achieved the distinction LRPS.

100 YEARS AGO: In October 1912 Rev F Clyde Harvey wrote: My dear Friends, some time ago the Archdeacon inspected our church and in response to a remark by one of the Sidesmen or congregation, suggested that he would like to see a surplice choir, but that it rested with the Vicar. The matter was brought before me at a church council meeting and I promised to consider it. I now propose to put it on the agenda for the meeting in November and to hear what the opinion of the congregation through their representatives is. I know that the services are my province, but I like to consult the congregation. Today it is simply a matter of taste and feeling: it has no doctrinal significance, whether it leads to more order and helps forward reverence, or whether it spoils the old fashioned homeliness of our service, are subjects open to discussion. One thing is quite evident, Hailsham is no longer a country village as it was when I came in 1872. It is not suggested that the style of service be altered at all. The suggestion is merely that the choir be put into surplices.

hellingly & horsebridge

CHURCH SERVICES: This week services are Hellingly: Regular Services are on a Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP), Sunday 8am Holy Communion and also at 10.45am and Sunday 6.30pm Evensong. Upper Dicker: 9.15 Holy Communion (CW).

LOVE IN A BOX: Please start collecting for, and filling your shoe boxes. The collection of shoe boxes for the Mustard Seed Relief Missions starts from mid-October. Items to put in the boxes and leaflets with all the information you need, are available now in Hellingly church each Sunday.

SCHOOL’S OUT: There is a fun-packed week ahead at the Bunny Run School’s Out Club from October 27 to November 2 between 7.30am to 6pm. There is pick a pumpkin and pumpkin carving on Monday, pumpkin scones and spectacular spooky hats on Tuesday, a Halloween hunt on Wednesday, bobbing and apple dipping fun on Thursday and the week ends with wacky magical bracelets and spooky spoons on Friday. Part or full day from £21.50. Payment on booking. Call Angela or Ann on (01323) 848490 or 849944 or email bunnyrun@btconnect.com. School’s Out is on The Drive, Hellingly BN27 4EP.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Richard Walton, FRPS gave a lecture entitled As I See It, Updated, which was a retrospective view of where he was 25 years ago. He was first given a camera at the age of eight and even today still has a preference for film as against digital and also prefers monochrome. This was obvious when he showed some stunning black and white, very contrasted images. He enjoys making simple compositions and says he likes to upset judges by having someone just walking out of the picture. Richard has exhibited at the London Salon and has obtained not one but two salon medals. Although now a digital worker, he prefers to get it right in camera and says he is old fashioned by not enjoying manipulation of the picture too much. Having shown us some wonderful photographs, it is hard to believe when Richard says photography does not come naturally although it was very evident design and humour do.

MS QUIZ: Nearly 90 people turned up, despite a wet and miserable Friday night, and just over £400 was raised for the local MS Society Physiotherapy Programme. Organiser, Trevor, would like to thank everybody as well as his extended family for helping on the door, with food and the tables and chairs. Also thanks to Mick from local duo Crystal Clear who provided the sound system and of course, not forgetting the local businesses who donated raffle prizes, especially Hailsham Cellars who supplied the first prize of six bottles of wine, magnificently wrapped as usual.

herstmonceux & wartling

BONFIRE: On Friday October 26 the Merrie Harriers Bonfire Society celebrate their annual firework display at Cowbeech. It has been a great year of celebration and the MHBS intend to keep up the momentum of the Jubilee Special Year with a professional display of pyrotechnics choreographed to music of The Queen. As always they will be holding a free to enter fancy dress and pumpkin carving competition all with cash prizes. These are mainly aimed at the children however; there are classes for the adults as well. Judging will start in the car park of the Merrie Harriers at 6.30pm. The display field itself opens at 6.30pm with the barbecue, hot dogs and bacon rolls. The outside bar will be serving up beers, wines and spirits as well as soft drinks. The bonfire will be lit at about 7.15pm with the firework display beginning at about 8pm. The display by Brightfix promises to be one of the biggest and best yet with a strong patriotic feel to it. Entrance will be £5 for adults and for those who have reached secondary school age with pre-school and primary school children being allowed in free of charge as long as accompanied by an adult. Last year the MHBS distributed more than £9000 locally and with our help they aim to make it more than £10,000 this year if not more. A very special evening and one which everybody enjoys so please make a note of the date and see you there.

TREASURES BY THE MOAT: On Sunday October 28 Herstmonceux Castle will be the host of a sale of treasures. If you would like a pitch telephone 834479 to book. Members of the public will be allowed in between 9am and 2pm for £1 with children being just 50p.

MURDER MYSTERY Evening at the village hall today, Friday. There are still a few tickets available at £10 each to include a two course supper. If you fancy having a go at solving the crime and enjoying a good supper please contact Val Richardson on 01435 830410 or call in at the Village Information Centre. All profits go to the Heron’s Ghyll Driving Group for the Disabled.

A UNITED SERVICE will be held on Sunday at All Saints Church with a bring and share supper starting at 5pm and a United Celebration Party from 5.30pm. For further details please telephone 833124.

THE WINDMILL at Windmill Hill holds its last public opening for the year on Sunday between 2.30pm and 5pm. Guides will be on hand to show people around and if you have never been there, it really is something to see.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) will be held at Wartling church at 8am with Holy Communion (common worship), Son Spot and the United Celebration at 9.45am, 11am and 5pm respectively at Herstmonceux church.

mobile library

THE LIBRARY will visit the following areas this week. Today, Friday: Wannock village hall 9am to 9.30am; Ades Field, Church Bailey, Westham 10am to 10.40am; Wilmington 4.20pm to 4.40pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; opposite Rose Cottage Alciston 10.40am to 11am; Selmeston village hall 11.05am to 11.30am; Village Hall Arlington 11.40am to 12.05pm; Laughton village school 3.05pm to 3.45pm. Wednesday: Bodle Street Green 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; Punnetts Town School 11.45am to 12.25pm. Thursday: Ashburnham 9.50am to 10.10am.

ninfield & hooe

THE MEETING of Hooe Open Group took place on Friday October 12. The highlight of the meeting was a demonstration, sponsored by the marketing department for Gruyere Cheese; their representative Barbara Beevis gave the members a very informative and appetising presentation into the delights of this famous Swiss cheese, explaining the difference between mature and extra mature and the process that gives the distinctive flavour to Gruyere cheese. Members were able to sample the difference in the flavours and discover what this exceptional Swiss cheese can offer. Barbara also demonstrated the making of a traditional Swiss fondue, which was also sampled by the members. The meeting was graced by a number of new members, who were welcomed by the club organiser, Edna Wallis, with the hope that they would enjoy being part of this very friendly ladies club. The details were circulated regarding the Christmas luncheon, which will be held on December 14 at the Cooden Beach Golf Club. If you are interested in joining the ladies of Hooe Open Group, just turn up at 2.30pm at Hooe Village Hall on the second Friday of any month (the next is November 9), where you will find a very welcoming group of ladies. Membership costs just £10 for the year and as a visitor you pay £2, which is credited against the annual membership fee. For further information contact the social organiser, Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

FOOTBALL: Hooe Sports Football Club’s game for last Saturday against Saldean Utd was unfortunately cancelled as Saltdean were unable to muster enough players. Tomorrow, Saturday, they play Peche Hill Select in the ESFL Premier Division. Kick off is 3pm at the Tilekiln, St Leonards. You can also track the club’s online: www.pitchero.com/clubs/hooesportsfc.

BOOTCAMP: Just so that you ladies are aware, Katie’s Bootcamp runs on Ninfield recreation ground whatever the weather every Saturday, 8.30am to 9.30am. Yes, even in the rain. A few of us brave souls were out last Saturday in the pouring rain. For further information, please contact Katie 07791294887 or email katiefuscohealthandwellness@hotmail.co.uk.

BONFIRE NIGHT: The bonfire society invite you to join them for Bonfire Night tomorrow, Saturday. Events start at 4pm with a procession from Marlpits Lane to the recreation ground. There will be face painting at the Blacksmith’s Inn from 5pm. At 6.30pm the procession assembles in Church Lane ready for the torch lit procession around the village at 7pm. There will be a bonfire chant at 8pm before the lighting of the bonfire. This will be followed at 8.30pm by a grand firework display. A barbecue, hot fresh soup and other items will be available on the recreation ground.

COFFEE MORNING: There will be a coffee morning on Wednesday, 10.30am in the Reading Room. Coffee, cakes and a raffle with proceeds going to the Churches Together in Bexhill Foodbank project. Go along to enjoy the company of friends and find out about Foodbank.

BURLESQUE is next meeting on October 26, 7.15pm to 8.30pm at the Memorial Hall. This will then be fortnightly until November 9. For further information, please contact Sami Guard on 893699.

WESLEY GUILD: The Methodist Church hold a Wesley Guild on Wednesday October 31, 2.30pm. This is a relaxed and informal fortnightly meeting of fellowship. All are warmly welcome to attend.

BONFIRE LUNCH: St Oswald’s Church are holding a Bonfire lunch on Thursday, November 1, noon to 2pm. No tickets are required and all are welcome to attend.

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 Holy Communion with Revd Ian Wales.

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THE HISTORY SOCIETY meet today, Friday, when the speaker is Phil Gardner on Aspects of Eastbourne, which follows on from the AGM. All welcome. Doors open at 6.45pm for a 7pm start.

WANTED information on model buses made by Ernest Johnstone in the 1930s. Contact derekbjohnstone@gmail.com

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, in the lounge at the Community Centre is hosted by the Liberal Democrats. All welcome from 10am.

WINE AND SOCIAL CLUB meet on October 23, at 7.30pm in the Community Centre. The evening is entitled A Victorian Christmas, a talk given by Timespan from Arundel. All welcome. More information from Sheila on 483222.

THE INDEPENDENT candidate, Ian Chisnall, for Sussex Police Commissioner is visiting Polegate on Monday October 29. He will give a talk on the new position and its implication of changing the face of policing in Sussex followed by a question and answer session at the Free Church Hall, Victoria Road, at 7.30pm. All welcome.

THE DRAMA GROUP’S next production is The Vicar of Dibley, at the Community Centre, Windsor Way from Wednesday October 31 to Saturday November 3. Tickets available from box office, Archer and Partners Estate Agents, 48 High Street (01323) 483348; or online at www.polegatedramagroup.co.uk. Tickets are £8 adults and £5.50 for children and students. Credit cards booked online an extra £1 is charged. If you would like to become a Friend of Polegate Drama Group then you will be able to purchase discount tickets. Contact Friends’ Secretary Joan Law, 49 Oakleaf Drive, Polegate or telephone Jim Dobell on 483082.

RAMBLING CLUB: On October 25, A Tale of Two Towns (Wealden Walk no 7) 6 miles flat, start at Wannock Road recreation ground at 9.30am, then Cuckoo trail and finish via Glyndley and Priesthawes three or four stiles with Ted R; Or Chatting Up The Chattri, nearly 9 miles Southdown walk, Pycombe Village and the unique Chattri memorial, a few stiles. Take a picnic with David.

POLEGATE QUILTERS are holding a display of our work on October 25, at Polegate Community Centre between 10am and 4pm.

THE DOWNLAND SINGERS are meeting again every Thursday, from 7.30pm at Trinity Church Hall. The friendly group of enthusiastic singers is always pleased to welcome new voices and would particularly like additional male members for the Bass section. The ability to read music is not essentials as training will be given. If you enjoy music and would like to take up an addictive and therapeutic hobby, then come along and join us. Further information from Jennie on 484189.

ART EXHIBITION: Polegate Art Group will be having their annual art exhibition today, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 4pm in St George’s Church Hall. Admission is free and there is ample parking space at the rear of the hall. Light refreshments are available and paintings can be purchased.

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CRICKET DINNER: The annual dinner of Waldron Cricket Club happens tomorrow, Saturday, evening at the Lucas Hall. It’s looked on as a great evening by players and non-playing members alike with a three-course meal and wine, a raffle, an auction with terrific prizes and playing awards. It celebrates another good season, in which the club finished mid-way up the section of the league in which it plays, and looks forward to another season when it is hoped that better weather will enable the team to show off its prowess and (hopefully) finish high enough to earn promotion.

FRIENDS’ QUIZ: The Friends of Waldron Churches will be holding another fundraiser on Saturday October 27 with a quiz. Highly successful last year, it will again be held in Cross in Hand CEP school hall, with teams of six and the cost of £8 per head (or £7 to members of the Friends) includes a light ploughman’s supper. Contact Peter Jennings (01435 866048) for tickets or they are also available at the Stores at Waldron.

THE RUDES: The Rude Mechanicals are running a winter tour of their new play The Dressing Book a three-hander set in the 18th century and designed for smaller venues. They will be bringing it to Waldron on Thursday November 22 and will be performing it in All Saints’ Church starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are one price, £10, and are now on sale at the Stores at Waldron or by contacting direct on (01323 501260). Their website is at www.therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk for more details. The Friends of Waldron Churches will be providing refreshments in the interval. The plot is a contemporary take on 18th century manners and uses material garnered with the help of the V & A. It follows the social round of Maybelline Erstwhile who records which dresses she wears for each event in her dressing book and the men she encounters while wearing them.

SERVICES: This week’s services on Sunday will be Holt Communion at St Bartholomew’s at 8am, Congregational Sung Eucharist also at St Bart’s at 9.30am and Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 11.15am.

warbleton & rushlake green

CRAFT FAIR: Sarah Morrell tells me that she, and her friend Fyonna, have been raising money for CLIC Sargent since February when Fyonna’s daughter, Freya, was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, and have already raised in excess of £5000, with Sarah’s son James and Freya raising another £1000 by taking part in a charity skydive. Proceeds from their two stalls at the fair, to be held tomorrow in the Dunn Village hall, together with money raised from the raffle and refreshments, will also be donated to the charity. Of the other 12 stalls, three will also be raising money for various charities. The hall is open from 10am to 4pm.

HISTORY GROUP WALK: We meet tomorrow, Saturday, at the top of Furnace Lane, Warbleton at 2pm.

JUBILEE: You may recall that earlier in the year we had our celebrations on the Green to commemorate 60 years of Her Majesty’s reign. Part of this was the assembling of items for a time capsule, and the obtaining an oak to be planted. The time has come to bury the capsule and plant the tree. This will be done at 7pm tomorrow, Saturday, evening at Rushlake Green.

BONFIRE: Immediately after the Jubilee ceremony mentioned above, the bonfire procession will set off for the bonfire site, and firework display, put on by Warbleton Bonfire Society.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. Next Sunday is our Gift Sunday. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: This is Bring a Friend Sunday, and the 11am service will be led by Rev Glen Scrivener, an evangelist with Revival in Eastbourne. The 6.30pm service will be taken by Rev Neville Barnett.

BENEFICE SERVICE: As I have mentioned before our parish is now part of a three church benefice with Dallington joining Warbleton and Bodle Street. To officially mark this and celebrate our working together there will be a united service, with The Right Rev’d Wallace Benn, Bishop of Lewes, commencing at 7.30pm on Wednesday at St Giles’ Church, Dallington. Followed by refreshments. All are welcome.

WI: The speaker at the meeting on Thursday at 7.30pm in the Dunn Village Hall will be Tony Harris who will tell of his life as Henry VIII at Hampton Court Palace.

HALL CONCERTS: The first concert is to feature Sally Course on the harp, and is at 7.30pm next Saturday, October 27, in the Dunn Village hall. A glass of wine and refreshments are included in the ticket, price £10. The tickets can be booked on 01435 812627 or 867372. This is arranged by the hall committee. On Saturday November 3 there will be a candlelight picnic and dance in Rushlake Green, with music from the wonderful three generation French family band Trotwood, plus local group Cornflower Blue and a few of their Sussex friends. This is a bring your own food and drink and ticket only event, (no tickets on the door). Tickets are only available from The Stores in Rushlake Green. They are just £7 per person, with small children free. The evening starts at 7.30pm and finishes at around 10.30pm. Please don’t delay in getting your tickets, numbers are strictly limited. All profits go to the upkeep of the Dunn Village Hall. Can you afford to miss what is going to be a wonderful night? For more information call Chris Liddiard on 01435 864271.

willingdon, wannock & jevington

JPK PROJECT: Having recently returned from holiday, I was dismayed to find planning permission was refused to build a residential centre for people with a learning disability at the Edgmond Church site in Old Town. It seems tragic that after over a year of consultations with planning and highways officers, with a final recommendation for approval, councillors chose to disregard the recommendations. The planning application was turned down by a 5-2 vote. Cllr West and Cllr Liddiard and County Cllr Rhodahan spoke against granting permission re-iterating Mr Loxley-Harding’s inaccurate allegations and assumptions. He is spokesman for the opposing neighbours. (Not all the neighbours opposed the application). Due to the planning meeting having been postponed, Cllr Carolyn Heapes and Cllr Coles, who hoped to speak in support, were on holiday. The suggestion that articulated lorries, delivery lorries and mini buses would cause a hazard are untrue. Only one people carrier would be used for outings. There will surely be less parking problems than when the Edgmond Church was fully functional with all the clubs and societies which met there. And what now? Is that site to remain dormant? I think not. Perhaps another supermarket will be built? That is of course unless the appeal by the JPK Project is seriously considered. This is now the third site where plans have been drawn up, with countless surveys carried out at the charity’s expense and money lost from charitable trusts, who can’t wait indefinitely for the assurance that the project can go ahead. And the suggestion by Mr Loxley-Harding that councillors invited project co-ordinator Willingdon resident Jill Parker to ‘sit down with them and discuss other potential sites in Eastbourne’ doesn’t carry much weight. Where have they been for the past 12 years when she has approached them and other authorities on a number of occasions about possible sites? The answer, if there was one at all, was always no. A lesser person than Jill would have given up years ago. There is still a lot of support and, come what may, she will eventually succeed.

THE CHARITY Golf Day organised by Chris Rose and his committee on September 28 raised £11,000 for the JPK Project with a further £1,180 from Des Brockwell, from his corporate golf day earlier in the month. The Eastbourne Parachute Regiment annual barbecue hosted by Leonie and John Turner raised £300. Collecting at Sainsbury’s stores raised £93. A line dancing event raised a further £262. At the Wintergarden’s Eastbourne Beer Festival on October 6 £600 was raised for the charity, and from a raffle held at the Langham Hotel £225 was raised thanks to the support of the owner Neil Kirby. Countless donations have also been made by individuals.

MARATHON: Sandra Fowlie is running in the Beachy Head Marathon on October 27 for the JPK Project. If you would like to sponsor her go on line at www.justgiving.co.uk/sandrabeachyhead. Please gift aid if you are a tax payer. Alternatively ring Jill Parker for a sponsor form on 01323 486179.

THE BOURNE SINGERS will be leading a musical singalong at 7pm on Saturday October 27 at The Cottage in Dittons Road Polegate. Tickets are available from Jill on 01323 486179 or Maureen on 01323 482011.

CANCELLED MEETING: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the street meeting arranged by PCSO Ali Beadon at Regnum Way at 6pm on Wednesday has been cancelled.

QUIZ NIGHT: Willingdon Residents’ Association’s popular quiz night and ploughman’s supper is tonight, Friday, at Trinity Church Hall. Tickets are £7 each including supper and a free raffle, but check for availability by ringing Linda Francis on 01323 485885.

A QUIZ EVENING in aid of Family Support Work is being held at St Wilfrid’s Church tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.15pm. Tickets are £4 each and include tea and coffee, soft drinks and nibbles. (No alcohol please). Tables seat four people but this can be flexible. Ring Helen Barton on 01323 520045.

BEER FESTIVAL: The Eight Bells in Jevington is having a beer festival from Friday October 26 to Sunday October 28 with a number of real ales and bitters on offer. On the Friday evening Markham and Lodge from the X Factor will be playing from 8pm. On the Saturday The Hot Club of Jevington will be entertaining from 2pm to 4pm and on the Sunday Gaz and Pip will be providing the entertainment from 2pm to 5pm. A hog roast will be served at lunchtime and into the afternoon on all three days as well as the normal menu but it is best to book by ringing 01323 484442.

HISTORY SOCIETY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society will meet from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, for their AGM at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. There will also be a talk from Phil Gardener entitled Aspects of Eastbourne. Meetings are held once a month. Ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 01323 486208 for further information.

TRINITY DINERS meets at noon today, Friday, at Trinity Church Hall. The menu will be chicken supreme and rice, seasonal vegetables, apple crumble and custard, followed by tea or coffee. To reserve a place, please call Jennie on 01323 484189. The cost is just £5.

THE WHEATSHEAF: At 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, the entertainment will be provided by Leo, a firm favourite.

THE GARDEN GROWERS, who meet at the Wheatsheaf on the second Thursday of the month at 6.30pm, have chosen the Polegate based Children with Cancer as their charity to support. The group holds vafundraising events during the year, usually involving home grown plants and vegetables for sale. At the last meeting the Garden Growers were on the receiving end as the new Italian chef Luca provided them with samples of his menu.

COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a planning meeting at 7.30pm on Monda at Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council office. For further information please ring the parish office on 01323 489603 or 01323 489104.

PANEL MEETING: Willingdon Neighbourhood Panel is a group of local residents and councillors who meet quarterly in St Mary’s Church Hall to discuss issues which affect local people, relating to crime, vandalism and unsociable behaviour. The panel then selects three priorities to be targeted. PC Liz Keenan and PCSO Ali Beadon also attend these meetings whenever possible. The next meeting is on Tuesday. If you have any issues which you would like discussed, please contact PCSO Ali Beadon on 101 ext 68233 or on her mobile 07787 685 755.

THE 3 MMM’S will be meeting at 8pm on Wednesday at St Mary’s Church Hall. The talk is entitled Living with Rufus which is an insight into the daily life of Gladys Smethers and her guide dog.

BUTTS BROW WI’s annual meeting is at 2.15pm on Thursday at Willingdon Memorial Hall.

TRIANGLE LADIES CLUB will meet at 2.15pm on Thursday at Trinity Church Hall, when Mandy Clarke will give a talk entitled Cats protection. The competition is a funny photo.

THE FLOWER CLUB has a practice meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday, at the Memorial Hall.

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

BENEFICE SERVICE: As I have mentioned before our parish is now part of a three church benefice with Dallington joining Bodle Street and Warbleton. To officially mark this and celebrate our working together there will be a united service, on Wednesday at 7.30pm with The Right Rev’d Wallace Benn, Bishop of Lewes, at St Giles’ Church, Dallington. Followed by refreshments. All are welcome.

RACE NIGHT: I have heard from Bryan Gibson, that the race night has had to be cancelled; this was due to be held next Saturday.

FILM CLUB: This month’s film is Sarah’s Key and will be shown at 7pm for 7.30pm in the village hall next Friday October 26.

hailsham

JUMBLE SALE tomorrow, Saturday, at the Scout HQ, Horsebridge (also known as Crouch Hall). Starts at 2pm.

ST MARY’S: This is the nineteenth Sunday after Trinity. 8am Sunday Holy Communion, Noah, the covenant of grace. 10.30am Holy Communion with crèche and children’s groups, prayer with a purpose. 6.30 Evening Prayer, a new and better covenant. Let this be the hour is an unplugged night of worship with Lou Fellingham and band. They will be performing a concert on Friday October 26 in St Mary’s church. Lou has sung on television on Songs of Praise and at Bible by the Beach and various other events and has released several albums both as a solo artist and also as part of the Phatfish group and has also sung with many other worship leaders including Stuart Townend and Matt Redman. You are invited to go along and enjoy a night of worship, encouragement and envisioning with Lou and her band. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets £8 adult, £5 concessions in advance online at www.loufellingham.com/live (add 50p booking fee per ticket) or from David Gooding email davidgooding83@gmail.com or telephone (01323) 441868 or mobile 07739 790369. Tickets on the door are £10 and £7.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH and Healing Association Service on Sunday is from 11am to noon with medium Brenda Newland at Primrose Hall. Followed by refreshments. There are 1-2-1 private readings tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 2pm. These events allow you to have a private reading with a medium of your choice. For more information or to book contact (01323) 766435 or 07716225582 or just turn up at Primrose Hall on the day. £10 for 20 minutes.

U3A: If you would like to join U3A or one of its many interest groups ring Sue Wilson (01323) 840797 in the first instance. The next members meeting is at the Civic Hall, at 2.30 pm on Tuesday. Dr Janet Pennington is the speaker on Steyning Scandals from 1547 to 1947.

WEAR IT PINK DAY: Hailsham Memorial Institute, Western Road, is hosting an event in aid of the Cancer Awareness Campaign next Friday October 26 from 11pm, all day. There will be a tombola, cake stall and guess the weight of a cake. Refreshments are available and non-members are welcome. More details from Jeanette Gardner : (01323) 840459.

PHOTOGRAPHIC Society. At the print competition, the Judge was David Eastley ARPS, who entertained members with his witty comments and observations throughout the evening. The results were are follows: Pavilion Cup: Beginners prints chosen to go through to the finals were Papa by Martin Rumary, Morning Angler on Loch Awe by Peter Parks and Shatterford Bottom, New Forest by Graham Wilkinson. Keith Donald Shield Intermediate: Bluebell Woods by Colin Chrismas LRPS, Waterskier by Wendy Chrismas LRPS, A Horse With No Name by Bryony Bruce and Grandpa’s Sun Hat by Liz Cottingham LRPS. Founders Cup Advanced: Fairey Swordfish MK 11 LS 326 by Terry McGhie, David noticed one of the crew was saluting as they flew past and was relieved the pilot was in full control. He also wondered where the photographer was when he took the picture as he seemed level with the old fashioned plane, The Burrell and Cynthia by Phil Smith, I Love Her by Alison Morris, Embrace by Liz Scott ARPS AFIAP and No Title (South Bank Night Club) by Roger Scott. Some of the other images also attracted humorous comments despite not going through to the finals. When David saw the creative picture of Balcombe Viaduct by Roger Scott he asked if it was taken with a fisheye lens, or had his computer gone wonky, also enquiring if the pink tone was deliberate, or a printing error! The image entitled Steady was of a man taking part in a gymkhana - the horse seemed to have frozen in fear mid jump. On closer inspection, he could see the man seemed to be gritting his teeth and possibly clenching his buttocks. His horse looked terrified too. When David saw the picture Winter, Grovelands Park by John Kirby he asked if he took the picture really early as there were no footprints in the snow or had he cloned them all out? Catching The Sun by John Kirby was the back view of two ladies sitting on a beach. At first inspection he thought it was not a very interesting picture, but then he thought one of them was not wearing a top so it became far more interesting! Because I’m Worth It by Gerald Hartley was of a scrawny cat having a good lick with its leg in the air behind its head. He wondered if it was perhaps doing yoga and how many of the members could do that with their legs. During the evening David presented a trophy to Janet Monk for the Special Competition from last season. Janet has also recently achieved the distinction LRPS.

100 YEARS AGO: In October 1912 Rev F Clyde Harvey wrote: My dear Friends, some time ago the Archdeacon inspected our church and in response to a remark by one of the Sidesmen or congregation, suggested that he would like to see a surplice choir, but that it rested with the Vicar. The matter was brought before me at a church council meeting and I promised to consider it. I now propose to put it on the agenda for the meeting in November and to hear what the opinion of the congregation through their representatives is. I know that the services are my province, but I like to consult the congregation. Today it is simply a matter of taste and feeling: it has no doctrinal significance, whether it leads to more order and helps forward reverence, or whether it spoils the old fashioned homeliness of our service, are subjects open to discussion. One thing is quite evident, Hailsham is no longer a country village as it was when I came in 1872. It is not suggested that the style of service be altered at all. The suggestion is merely that the choir be put into surplices.

hellingly & horsebridge

CHURCH SERVICES: This week services are Hellingly: Regular Services are on a Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP), Sunday 8am Holy Communion and also at 10.45am and Sunday 6.30pm Evensong. Upper Dicker: 9.15 Holy Communion (CW).

LOVE IN A BOX: Please start collecting for, and filling your shoe boxes. The collection of shoe boxes for the Mustard Seed Relief Missions starts from mid-October. Items to put in the boxes and leaflets with all the information you need, are available now in Hellingly church each Sunday.

SCHOOL’S OUT: There is a fun-packed week ahead at the Bunny Run School’s Out Club from October 27 to November 2 between 7.30am to 6pm. There is pick a pumpkin and pumpkin carving on Monday, pumpkin scones and spectacular spooky hats on Tuesday, a Halloween hunt on Wednesday, bobbing and apple dipping fun on Thursday and the week ends with wacky magical bracelets and spooky spoons on Friday. Part or full day from £21.50. Payment on booking. Call Angela or Ann on (01323) 848490 or 849944 or email bunnyrun@btconnect.com. School’s Out is on The Drive, Hellingly BN27 4EP.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Richard Walton, FRPS gave a lecture entitled As I See It, Updated, which was a retrospective view of where he was 25 years ago. He was first given a camera at the age of eight and even today still has a preference for film as against digital and also prefers monochrome. This was obvious when he showed some stunning black and white, very contrasted images. He enjoys making simple compositions and says he likes to upset judges by having someone just walking out of the picture. Richard has exhibited at the London Salon and has obtained not one but two salon medals. Although now a digital worker, he prefers to get it right in camera and says he is old fashioned by not enjoying manipulation of the picture too much. Having shown us some wonderful photographs, it is hard to believe when Richard says photography does not come naturally although it was very evident design and humour do.

MS QUIZ: Nearly 90 people turned up, despite a wet and miserable Friday night, and just over £400 was raised for the local MS Society Physiotherapy Programme. Organiser, Trevor, would like to thank everybody as well as his extended family for helping on the door, with food and the tables and chairs. Also thanks to Mick from local duo Crystal Clear who provided the sound system and of course, not forgetting the local businesses who donated raffle prizes, especially Hailsham Cellars who supplied the first prize of six bottles of wine, magnificently wrapped as usual.

herstmonceux & wartling

BONFIRE: On Friday October 26 the Merrie Harriers Bonfire Society celebrate their annual firework display at Cowbeech. It has been a great year of celebration and the MHBS intend to keep up the momentum of the Jubilee Special Year with a professional display of pyrotechnics choreographed to music of The Queen. As always they will be holding a free to enter fancy dress and pumpkin carving competition all with cash prizes. These are mainly aimed at the children however; there are classes for the adults as well. Judging will start in the car park of the Merrie Harriers at 6.30pm. The display field itself opens at 6.30pm with the barbecue, hot dogs and bacon rolls. The outside bar will be serving up beers, wines and spirits as well as soft drinks. The bonfire will be lit at about 7.15pm with the firework display beginning at about 8pm. The display by Brightfix promises to be one of the biggest and best yet with a strong patriotic feel to it. Entrance will be £5 for adults and for those who have reached secondary school age with pre-school and primary school children being allowed in free of charge as long as accompanied by an adult. Last year the MHBS distributed more than £9000 locally and with our help they aim to make it more than £10,000 this year if not more. A very special evening and one which everybody enjoys so please make a note of the date and see you there.

TREASURES BY THE MOAT: On Sunday October 28 Herstmonceux Castle will be the host of a sale of treasures. If you would like a pitch telephone 834479 to book. Members of the public will be allowed in between 9am and 2pm for £1 with children being just 50p.

MURDER MYSTERY Evening at the village hall today, Friday. There are still a few tickets available at £10 each to include a two course supper. If you fancy having a go at solving the crime and enjoying a good supper please contact Val Richardson on 01435 830410 or call in at the Village Information Centre. All profits go to the Heron’s Ghyll Driving Group for the Disabled.

A UNITED SERVICE will be held on Sunday at All Saints Church with a bring and share supper starting at 5pm and a United Celebration Party from 5.30pm. For further details please telephone 833124.

THE WINDMILL at Windmill Hill holds its last public opening for the year on Sunday between 2.30pm and 5pm. Guides will be on hand to show people around and if you have never been there, it really is something to see.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) will be held at Wartling church at 8am with Holy Communion (common worship), Son Spot and the United Celebration at 9.45am, 11am and 5pm respectively at Herstmonceux church.

mobile library

THE LIBRARY will visit the following areas this week. Today, Friday: Wannock village hall 9am to 9.30am; Ades Field, Church Bailey, Westham 10am to 10.40am; Wilmington 4.20pm to 4.40pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; opposite Rose Cottage Alciston 10.40am to 11am; Selmeston village hall 11.05am to 11.30am; Village Hall Arlington 11.40am to 12.05pm; Laughton village school 3.05pm to 3.45pm. Wednesday: Bodle Street Green 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; Punnetts Town School 11.45am to 12.25pm. Thursday: Ashburnham 9.50am to 10.10am.

ninfield & hooe

THE MEETING of Hooe Open Group took place on Friday October 12. The highlight of the meeting was a demonstration, sponsored by the marketing department for Gruyere Cheese; their representative Barbara Beevis gave the members a very informative and appetising presentation into the delights of this famous Swiss cheese, explaining the difference between mature and extra mature and the process that gives the distinctive flavour to Gruyere cheese. Members were able to sample the difference in the flavours and discover what this exceptional Swiss cheese can offer. Barbara also demonstrated the making of a traditional Swiss fondue, which was also sampled by the members. The meeting was graced by a number of new members, who were welcomed by the club organiser, Edna Wallis, with the hope that they would enjoy being part of this very friendly ladies club. The details were circulated regarding the Christmas luncheon, which will be held on December 14 at the Cooden Beach Golf Club. If you are interested in joining the ladies of Hooe Open Group, just turn up at 2.30pm at Hooe Village Hall on the second Friday of any month (the next is November 9), where you will find a very welcoming group of ladies. Membership costs just £10 for the year and as a visitor you pay £2, which is credited against the annual membership fee. For further information contact the social organiser, Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

FOOTBALL: Hooe Sports Football Club’s game for last Saturday against Saldean Utd was unfortunately cancelled as Saltdean were unable to muster enough players. Tomorrow, Saturday, they play Peche Hill Select in the ESFL Premier Division. Kick off is 3pm at the Tilekiln, St Leonards. You can also track the club’s online: www.pitchero.com/clubs/hooesportsfc.

BOOTCAMP: Just so that you ladies are aware, Katie’s Bootcamp runs on Ninfield recreation ground whatever the weather every Saturday, 8.30am to 9.30am. Yes, even in the rain. A few of us brave souls were out last Saturday in the pouring rain. For further information, please contact Katie 07791294887 or email katiefuscohealthandwellness@hotmail.co.uk.

BONFIRE NIGHT: The bonfire society invite you to join them for Bonfire Night tomorrow, Saturday. Events start at 4pm with a procession from Marlpits Lane to the recreation ground. There will be face painting at the Blacksmith’s Inn from 5pm. At 6.30pm the procession assembles in Church Lane ready for the torch lit procession around the village at 7pm. There will be a bonfire chant at 8pm before the lighting of the bonfire. This will be followed at 8.30pm by a grand firework display. A barbecue, hot fresh soup and other items will be available on the recreation ground.

COFFEE MORNING: There will be a coffee morning on Wednesday, 10.30am in the Reading Room. Coffee, cakes and a raffle with proceeds going to the Churches Together in Bexhill Foodbank project. Go along to enjoy the company of friends and find out about Foodbank.

BURLESQUE is next meeting on October 26, 7.15pm to 8.30pm at the Memorial Hall. This will then be fortnightly until November 9. For further information, please contact Sami Guard on 893699.

WESLEY GUILD: The Methodist Church hold a Wesley Guild on Wednesday October 31, 2.30pm. This is a relaxed and informal fortnightly meeting of fellowship. All are warmly welcome to attend.

BONFIRE LUNCH: St Oswald’s Church are holding a Bonfire lunch on Thursday, November 1, noon to 2pm. No tickets are required and all are welcome to attend.

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 Holy Communion with Revd Ian Wales.

polegate

THE HISTORY SOCIETY meet today, Friday, when the speaker is Phil Gardner on Aspects of Eastbourne, which follows on from the AGM. All welcome. Doors open at 6.45pm for a 7pm start.

WANTED information on model buses made by Ernest Johnstone in the 1930s. Contact derekbjohnstone@gmail.com

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, in the lounge at the Community Centre is hosted by the Liberal Democrats. All welcome from 10am.

WINE AND SOCIAL CLUB meet on October 23, at 7.30pm in the Community Centre. The evening is entitled A Victorian Christmas, a talk given by Timespan from Arundel. All welcome. More information from Sheila on 483222.

THE INDEPENDENT candidate, Ian Chisnall, for Sussex Police Commissioner is visiting Polegate on Monday October 29. He will give a talk on the new position and its implication of changing the face of policing in Sussex followed by a question and answer session at the Free Church Hall, Victoria Road, at 7.30pm. All welcome.

THE DRAMA GROUP’S next production is The Vicar of Dibley, at the Community Centre, Windsor Way from Wednesday October 31 to Saturday November 3. Tickets available from box office, Archer and Partners Estate Agents, 48 High Street (01323) 483348; or online at www.polegatedramagroup.co.uk. Tickets are £8 adults and £5.50 for children and students. Credit cards booked online an extra £1 is charged. If you would like to become a Friend of Polegate Drama Group then you will be able to purchase discount tickets. Contact Friends’ Secretary Joan Law, 49 Oakleaf Drive, Polegate or telephone Jim Dobell on 483082.

RAMBLING CLUB: On October 25, A Tale of Two Towns (Wealden Walk no 7) 6 miles flat, start at Wannock Road recreation ground at 9.30am, then Cuckoo trail and finish via Glyndley and Priesthawes three or four stiles with Ted R; Or Chatting Up The Chattri, nearly 9 miles Southdown walk, Pycombe Village and the unique Chattri memorial, a few stiles. Take a picnic with David.

POLEGATE QUILTERS are holding a display of our work on October 25, at Polegate Community Centre between 10am and 4pm.

THE DOWNLAND SINGERS are meeting again every Thursday, from 7.30pm at Trinity Church Hall. The friendly group of enthusiastic singers is always pleased to welcome new voices and would particularly like additional male members for the Bass section. The ability to read music is not essentials as training will be given. If you enjoy music and would like to take up an addictive and therapeutic hobby, then come along and join us. Further information from Jennie on 484189.

ART EXHIBITION: Polegate Art Group will be having their annual art exhibition today, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 4pm in St George’s Church Hall. Admission is free and there is ample parking space at the rear of the hall. Light refreshments are available and paintings can be purchased.

waldron

CRICKET DINNER: The annual dinner of Waldron Cricket Club happens tomorrow, Saturday, evening at the Lucas Hall. It’s looked on as a great evening by players and non-playing members alike with a three-course meal and wine, a raffle, an auction with terrific prizes and playing awards. It celebrates another good season, in which the club finished mid-way up the section of the league in which it plays, and looks forward to another season when it is hoped that better weather will enable the team to show off its prowess and (hopefully) finish high enough to earn promotion.

FRIENDS’ QUIZ: The Friends of Waldron Churches will be holding another fundraiser on Saturday October 27 with a quiz. Highly successful last year, it will again be held in Cross in Hand CEP school hall, with teams of six and the cost of £8 per head (or £7 to members of the Friends) includes a light ploughman’s supper. Contact Peter Jennings (01435 866048) for tickets or they are also available at the Stores at Waldron.

THE RUDES: The Rude Mechanicals are running a winter tour of their new play The Dressing Book a three-hander set in the 18th century and designed for smaller venues. They will be bringing it to Waldron on Thursday November 22 and will be performing it in All Saints’ Church starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are one price, £10, and are now on sale at the Stores at Waldron or by contacting direct on (01323 501260). Their website is at www.therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk for more details. The Friends of Waldron Churches will be providing refreshments in the interval. The plot is a contemporary take on 18th century manners and uses material garnered with the help of the V & A. It follows the social round of Maybelline Erstwhile who records which dresses she wears for each event in her dressing book and the men she encounters while wearing them.

SERVICES: This week’s services on Sunday will be Holt Communion at St Bartholomew’s at 8am, Congregational Sung Eucharist also at St Bart’s at 9.30am and Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 11.15am.

warbleton & rushlake green

CRAFT FAIR: Sarah Morrell tells me that she, and her friend Fyonna, have been raising money for CLIC Sargent since February when Fyonna’s daughter, Freya, was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, and have already raised in excess of £5000, with Sarah’s son James and Freya raising another £1000 by taking part in a charity skydive. Proceeds from their two stalls at the fair, to be held tomorrow in the Dunn Village hall, together with money raised from the raffle and refreshments, will also be donated to the charity. Of the other 12 stalls, three will also be raising money for various charities. The hall is open from 10am to 4pm.

HISTORY GROUP WALK: We meet tomorrow, Saturday, at the top of Furnace Lane, Warbleton at 2pm.

JUBILEE: You may recall that earlier in the year we had our celebrations on the Green to commemorate 60 years of Her Majesty’s reign. Part of this was the assembling of items for a time capsule, and the obtaining an oak to be planted. The time has come to bury the capsule and plant the tree. This will be done at 7pm tomorrow, Saturday, evening at Rushlake Green.

BONFIRE: Immediately after the Jubilee ceremony mentioned above, the bonfire procession will set off for the bonfire site, and firework display, put on by Warbleton Bonfire Society.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. Next Sunday is our Gift Sunday. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: This is Bring a Friend Sunday, and the 11am service will be led by Rev Glen Scrivener, an evangelist with Revival in Eastbourne. The 6.30pm service will be taken by Rev Neville Barnett.

BENEFICE SERVICE: As I have mentioned before our parish is now part of a three church benefice with Dallington joining Warbleton and Bodle Street. To officially mark this and celebrate our working together there will be a united service, with The Right Rev’d Wallace Benn, Bishop of Lewes, commencing at 7.30pm on Wednesday at St Giles’ Church, Dallington. Followed by refreshments. All are welcome.

WI: The speaker at the meeting on Thursday at 7.30pm in the Dunn Village Hall will be Tony Harris who will tell of his life as Henry VIII at Hampton Court Palace.

HALL CONCERTS: The first concert is to feature Sally Course on the harp, and is at 7.30pm next Saturday, October 27, in the Dunn Village hall. A glass of wine and refreshments are included in the ticket, price £10. The tickets can be booked on 01435 812627 or 867372. This is arranged by the hall committee. On Saturday November 3 there will be a candlelight picnic and dance in Rushlake Green, with music from the wonderful three generation French family band Trotwood, plus local group Cornflower Blue and a few of their Sussex friends. This is a bring your own food and drink and ticket only event, (no tickets on the door). Tickets are only available from The Stores in Rushlake Green. They are just £7 per person, with small children free. The evening starts at 7.30pm and finishes at around 10.30pm. Please don’t delay in getting your tickets, numbers are strictly limited. All profits go to the upkeep of the Dunn Village Hall. Can you afford to miss what is going to be a wonderful night? For more information call Chris Liddiard on 01435 864271.

willingdon, wannock & jevington

JPK PROJECT: Having recently returned from holiday, I was dismayed to find planning permission was refused to build a residential centre for people with a learning disability at the Edgmond Church site in Old Town. It seems tragic that after over a year of consultations with planning and highways officers, with a final recommendation for approval, councillors chose to disregard the recommendations. The planning application was turned down by a 5-2 vote. Cllr West and Cllr Liddiard and County Cllr Rhodahan spoke against granting permission re-iterating Mr Loxley-Harding’s inaccurate allegations and assumptions. He is spokesman for the opposing neighbours. (Not all the neighbours opposed the application). Due to the planning meeting having been postponed, Cllr Carolyn Heapes and Cllr Coles, who hoped to speak in support, were on holiday. The suggestion that articulated lorries, delivery lorries and mini buses would cause a hazard are untrue. Only one people carrier would be used for outings. There will surely be less parking problems than when the Edgmond Church was fully functional with all the clubs and societies which met there. And what now? Is that site to remain dormant? I think not. Perhaps another supermarket will be built? That is of course unless the appeal by the JPK Project is seriously considered. This is now the third site where plans have been drawn up, with countless surveys carried out at the charity’s expense and money lost from charitable trusts, who can’t wait indefinitely for the assurance that the project can go ahead. And the suggestion by Mr Loxley-Harding that councillors invited project co-ordinator Willingdon resident Jill Parker to ‘sit down with them and discuss other potential sites in Eastbourne’ doesn’t carry much weight. Where have they been for the past 12 years when she has approached them and other authorities on a number of occasions about possible sites? The answer, if there was one at all, was always no. A lesser person than Jill would have given up years ago. There is still a lot of support and, come what may, she will eventually succeed.

THE CHARITY Golf Day organised by Chris Rose and his committee on September 28 raised £11,000 for the JPK Project with a further £1,180 from Des Brockwell, from his corporate golf day earlier in the month. The Eastbourne Parachute Regiment annual barbecue hosted by Leonie and John Turner raised £300. Collecting at Sainsbury’s stores raised £93. A line dancing event raised a further £262. At the Wintergarden’s Eastbourne Beer Festival on October 6 £600 was raised for the charity, and from a raffle held at the Langham Hotel £225 was raised thanks to the support of the owner Neil Kirby. Countless donations have also been made by individuals.

MARATHON: Sandra Fowlie is running in the Beachy Head Marathon on October 27 for the JPK Project. If you would like to sponsor her go on line at www.justgiving.co.uk/sandrabeachyhead. Please gift aid if you are a tax payer. Alternatively ring Jill Parker for a sponsor form on 01323 486179.

THE BOURNE SINGERS will be leading a musical singalong at 7pm on Saturday October 27 at The Cottage in Dittons Road Polegate. Tickets are available from Jill on 01323 486179 or Maureen on 01323 482011.

CANCELLED MEETING: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the street meeting arranged by PCSO Ali Beadon at Regnum Way at 6pm on Wednesday has been cancelled.

QUIZ NIGHT: Willingdon Residents’ Association’s popular quiz night and ploughman’s supper is tonight, Friday, at Trinity Church Hall. Tickets are £7 each including supper and a free raffle, but check for availability by ringing Linda Francis on 01323 485885.

A QUIZ EVENING in aid of Family Support Work is being held at St Wilfrid’s Church tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.15pm. Tickets are £4 each and include tea and coffee, soft drinks and nibbles. (No alcohol please). Tables seat four people but this can be flexible. Ring Helen Barton on 01323 520045.

BEER FESTIVAL: The Eight Bells in Jevington is having a beer festival from Friday October 26 to Sunday October 28 with a number of real ales and bitters on offer. On the Friday evening Markham and Lodge from the X Factor will be playing from 8pm. On the Saturday The Hot Club of Jevington will be entertaining from 2pm to 4pm and on the Sunday Gaz and Pip will be providing the entertainment from 2pm to 5pm. A hog roast will be served at lunchtime and into the afternoon on all three days as well as the normal menu but it is best to book by ringing 01323 484442.

HISTORY SOCIETY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society will meet from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, for their AGM at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. There will also be a talk from Phil Gardener entitled Aspects of Eastbourne. Meetings are held once a month. Ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 01323 486208 for further information.

TRINITY DINERS meets at noon today, Friday, at Trinity Church Hall. The menu will be chicken supreme and rice, seasonal vegetables, apple crumble and custard, followed by tea or coffee. To reserve a place, please call Jennie on 01323 484189. The cost is just £5.

THE WHEATSHEAF: At 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, the entertainment will be provided by Leo, a firm favourite.

THE GARDEN GROWERS, who meet at the Wheatsheaf on the second Thursday of the month at 6.30pm, have chosen the Polegate based Children with Cancer as their charity to support. The group holds vafundraising events during the year, usually involving home grown plants and vegetables for sale. At the last meeting the Garden Growers were on the receiving end as the new Italian chef Luca provided them with samples of his menu.

COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a planning meeting at 7.30pm on Monda at Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council office. For further information please ring the parish office on 01323 489603 or 01323 489104.

PANEL MEETING: Willingdon Neighbourhood Panel is a group of local residents and councillors who meet quarterly in St Mary’s Church Hall to discuss issues which affect local people, relating to crime, vandalism and unsociable behaviour. The panel then selects three priorities to be targeted. PC Liz Keenan and PCSO Ali Beadon also attend these meetings whenever possible. The next meeting is on Tuesday. If you have any issues which you would like discussed, please contact PCSO Ali Beadon on 101 ext 68233 or on her mobile 07787 685 755.

THE 3 MMM’S will be meeting at 8pm on Wednesday at St Mary’s Church Hall. The talk is entitled Living with Rufus which is an insight into the daily life of Gladys Smethers and her guide dog.

BUTTS BROW WI’s annual meeting is at 2.15pm on Thursday at Willingdon Memorial Hall.

TRIANGLE LADIES CLUB will meet at 2.15pm on Thursday at Trinity Church Hall, when Mandy Clarke will give a talk entitled Cats protection. The competition is a funny photo.

THE FLOWER CLUB has a practice meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday, at the Memorial Hall.