Parish pump Hailsham - October 24, 2014

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THE QUEENS AWARD for Voluntary Service is the highest award given by Her Majesty the Queen to a local group in recognition of outstanding work done in the community. It is the MBE for voluntary service. Last Friday the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Peter Field, representing the Queen, presented the award to the Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Heartstart. The ceremony was attended by the members of Heartstart, those who had been helped, friends and supporters. The High Sheriff of East Sussex, Chris Gebbie OBE was also present. Colin Burden, recently retired after many years of service, accepted the award on behalf of the group.

THE COACH HOUSE GALLERY is hosting an exhibition of Art in the Landscape by Simon Savage until November 2.

SMARTCOOKIES for Halloween will be making spooky pops, designing scary face painting and making masks at the Old Chapel Centre on October 30 between 10am and noon for children between four and 11 years old. The cost is £10 per child. For more details email smartcookiesliz@gmail.com or telephone Liz on 07722484262 or 01323 870599.

RATHFINNY WINE ESTATE has started its first harvest of Chardonnay grapes. The winery is ready, the presses are waiting and all is set to make the first sparkling wine which is expected to be released in 2017. The winery is open for tours which can be booked on line or through the Gun Room, on the Tye. The work on the Flint Barns, now converted into accommodation for up to 46 seasonal worker as well as other special interest and educational groups, is complete.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 6.30pm Sung Evensong. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion and children’s Sunday Club. 4pm 4 For All, our Messy Church event for the whole family at Punnetts Town Village Hall. All are welcome. St Giles, Dallington: 9.30am Morning Worship.

FILM CLUB: The Lunchbox is this month’s film to be shown at 7.30pm next Friday October 31. It tells the story of Ila, a middle class housewife trying to add spice to her marriage through her cooking, but things go awry when her husband’s special lunchbox ends up in his colleague Saajan’s hands. The film, directed and written by Ritesh Batra, lasts 1hr 45min and is PG rated. Doors open at 7pm.

DOWNTON BALL: Those above and below stairs are invited to the grand Downton Ball at the village hall next Saturday November 1, at 7pm for 7.30pm. A three course dinner will be served, prior to the dancing, accompanied by The Surgeons of Swing. Tickets are £20 from Bryan on 01323 833554 or Geoff 833343. This is in aid of the Extension Fund.

WW1 DINNER: Major General Tim Cross CBE is the speaker at a commemorative dinner to be held next Friday at the village hall. His subject is The Great War – The Great Sacrifice. He was General Officer Commanding, Theatre Troops, Iraq, responsible for all the British Army combat personnel in the Iraq War, and advises the Defence Select Committee. It will be a three course meal followed by coffee and mints and costs £12.50. Please bring our own drinks. For bookings and info contact Jennifer on 01323 833001.

J BARNES & SONS: I am pleased to report that Peter Love has been contacted by a couple of people in response to my article about this firm which was a feature of daily life in the middle of the village for many decades. He is writing a magazine article about the firm for one of the magazines featuring old agricultural matters and would appreciate any photos, news cuttings, or memories etc to help him create a full and accurate picture. He can be contacted on 01323 833125.

Folkington

CHURCH SERVICE: There will be no service at Folkington on Sunday. The service will be a joint Benefice service at St Andrew’s in Alfriston at 11am. This will be a Holy Communion service led by the Right Reverend Christopher Hibbert (former Bishop of St Alban’s). It will be a joint service with the United Benefice of Alfriston with Lullington, Litlington and Westdean. St Peter’s, Folkington will shortly be joining this Benefice. Coffee, tea and biscuits served in the church afterwards so all can get to know each other. Everyone welcome.

Hailsham

ST MARY’S: This is the last Sunday after Trinity. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am, Gideon: weak mighty warrior. Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups is at 10.30am, Identifying the Holy Spirit. Holy Communion is at 6.30pm, The Faithful God.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: There is a service on Sunday at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. The medium is Robin Hodson.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: The next meeting of the Hailsham and District Branch is on Tuesday November 11 at 7.30pm at the Hailsham Club, High Street. At the October meeting the death of Rose Young (Hellingly) was observed. Ray Smith was welcomed as a new member on transfer from Little Common Branch. Nominations were invited for county and vice chairmen. Renewal subscriptions of £15 are now due and the secretary has the new cards. The Poppy Appeal has started for 2014/15. The collections of £314 for 2013/14 have been forwarded to HQ. John Burton reported on the conference and informed the Branch that the RBL Management lost an amendment to the Royal Charter. He was thanked by all for his concise report. Rev Peter Clark said he was pleased a volunteer had come forward for the post of secretary and he nominated Frank Berry. The chairman requested that if any member knew of an elderly person who needed any assistance, whether ex-service or not, to notify the chairman, vice chairman or secretary so that action could be taken. After the meeting a slideshow was given showing That Land Down Under. The annual general meeting of the Hailsham and District Branch, Royal British Legion takes place at 8pm on November 11 at the Hailsham Club, High Street, Hailsham, for the purpose of hearing reports from the officers of the Branch and to approve the accounts. Following this, election of the branch officers for the ensuing year will take place, with any other business.

KNITTING AND CROCHET: Go along to a Knit’Inn Night at The King’s Head. The next meeting is on Tuesday at 7.30pm. It really does not seem so long ago that the group met for the first time, but they are soon to be in the fifth year of meeting up twice a month to compare knitting notes, swap information and enjoy general chitchat with similar minded people. The atmosphere is relaxed, the general mood encouraging and there is no pressure to do or complete anything. There are no joining fees, no obligations. If you have knitting or crochet habit, or a project you would like help with, go along. They meet on the second and last Tuesday each month. Phone Su (07552229473).

PCSO STREET MEETINGS: An opportunity to come out and talk to your PCSOs about concerns or issues you may be having where you live. This does not have to be simply police related, local town and Wealden councillors attend also and any housing officers responsible to the area. If you do not have any matters to raise then simply come out and say hello. Pelham Crescent: Wednesday from 6.30pm to 7pm BN27 2DH. The Stringwalk: Thursday, 6.30pm to 7pm BN27 2DA. Fern Green (ODDS): Wednesday from 6pm to 6.30pm BN27 1TX. Police Surgery@ Dippydoodahs, High Street: Thursday, 10am to 11am BN271AB.

FLOWER CLUB: Members and friends enjoyed an entertaining and lively evening with NAFAS national demonstrator Avril Hill at their September meeting with her demonstration In the Pink. A former NAFAS chairman, Avril created some lovely designs using a variety of flowers and foliage. She introduced them with some very amusing stories illustrating experiences during her life including a garden slug patrol using rubber gloves. An attractive buffet was served at the beginning of the evening complemented by an attractive sales table and raffle. The club meets on the third Wednesday in the month (except December) at 7.30pm at the Civic Community Hall and warmly welcomes new members and visitors.

ART EXHIBITION at St Mary’s church from Tuesday to Thursday, between 10am and 4pm and on Friday October 31 from 10am to 2pm. Ten artists will be showing works from contemporary to traditional in various mediums. Free entry (donations welcome). Refreshments available.

ROTARIANS: Hailsham Rotarians will be handing out soup, tea, juices, sausage rolls and tea cakes to the runners in the Beachy Head Marathon tomorrow, Saturday. Members man two refreshment stations at Littlington and Birling Gap providing a much needed service for the runners and walkers raising their own money for the charities they are running for. The Rotary Club’s website is being updated and apologies for the lack of up to date information. The new exciting website will be up and available soon. They have a Facebook Page which is updated every week. If you are interested in their work and think you could put something back into our great town by helping or even joining contact Richard Thomas on 01323 847 776. Find us on Facebook: Rotary Club of Hailsham.

U3A: At their October meeting on Tuesday, Ian Everest will give an illustrated talk on The Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Tea is at 2pm, programme starts 2.30pm. If you would like to join U3A ring Sue on (01323) 840797 or visit their website: hailshamu3a.co.uk, email: u3apublicity@gmail.com

TRANSPORT AND COFFEE: Tomorrow, Saturday, local transport historian John Bishop will take you back in time to when steam was king, the streets of yesteryear in Berlin or shipping. Doors open at 10am for coffee and the show starts at 10.30am. There is something for everyone. Tickets £5 on the door, telephone, or online and include tea or coffee. All proceeds to Hailsham Old Pavilion Society.

POPPY APPEAL: The Hailsham Branch of Royal British Legion commences the Poppy Appeal this year on Monday in the Quintins shopping centre, Wednesday at Tesco and Hailsham Farmers’ Market on Saturday November 8 prior to Remembrance Sunday on November 9. The support of the public in Hailsham in recent years has been truly magnificent and it is hoped it will be again. In addition to the poppies, there will be crosses, lapel badges, car poppies and other items available.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: The first round of Projected Digital Images competition is in the same format as the print competitions except the images are viewed from a projector onto a large screen. The judge was Gary Carter from Seaford Photographic Society. It was his first visit to the society. The results are: The Swallow Cup for beginners has two images through to the final, Sea Holly by Dee McNabb, a pretty picture of spiky white holly against a lovely muted background, and Shetland Summer Night by Pam Maclay, a beautiful sunset reflected in the water taken through the reeds in the foreground of the picture. The Sussex Shield for intermediates had four images picked, San Bushman, Kalahari Desert by Peggy McKenzie, Survivor by Terry Maskell, Little Egret and Bittern In Flight both by David Philips. Each had a superb photograph of the bird in flight showing stunning colour and feathers. The Albert Hillman Cup for advanced members had six images chosen to go through. These were Mist In The Cuckmere Valley by Gay Biddlecombe LRPS CPAGB, Outside The Temple by Alison Morris ARPS, Sweet Pea by Bob Sherrard LRPS, Looking Towards The Light and Alone In The Corn both by John Deller LRPS, and What Is It Fred? by Alan Clark, a really amusing picture of two cats sitting either side of a very old wooden door with one of them peeping through a gap. There was a burst of laughter when this one appeared on the screen.

At the end of the competition Ray thanked Gary very much for coming to the club, giving his views and comments on the work. Ray also commented on how nice it was to meet new judges on the circuit.

CATS PROTECTION: Black Cat Adoption Day is tomorrow, Saturday, from noon to 3pm. The usual stalls and refreshments will be there. Entry is 50p or a tin of cat food.

A REMEMBRANCE SERVICE is to be held on Sunday November 9 at Hailsham War Memorial in remembrance of those who have given their lives in defence of our country. There is to be a parade from the car park adjacent to the Charles Hunt Centre, forming up at 10.30am. The Hailsham and District Branch Standard will be leading the parade followed by the Branch Chaplin, Rev Peter Clark, local civic leaders, Armed Forces Veterans, Hailsham Army Cadet Force and Hailsham Air Cadets and other organisations. The service starts at 10.45am with Last Post played at 11am, followed by two minutes’ silence then the playing of Reveille. Civic leaders have been invited to lay wreaths on behalf of the population and also organisations to lay wreaths. Members of the public are cordially invited to attend. There is a further Remembrance Service to be held at the Hailsham War Memorial on Tuesday November 11 at 10.45am. Hailsham and District Branch Royal British Legion will be leading this service.

HOPS: Last Sunday Hailsham Old Pavilion Society presented Music from the Movies performed by the Uckfield Brass band. It was a lovely afternoon and lively affair at the Pavilion with the band treating the audience to a varied and rousing range of music from the movie years. At half time the audience were refreshed with tea and home made cakes. The total raised for HOPS was over £300, which will go to the upkeep of the Pavilion. HOPS thanked the Uckfield Brass Band and the many volunteers and supporters who made the event such a success.

PETER JAMES: Sunday Times No 1 best selling crime and thriller writer Peter James is returning to the Hailsham Pavilion presenting a talk and book signing. He will be talking about his two new books, Want you dead and A Twist of the Knife (his first volume of short stories, in hardback). Peter will no doubt be giving you all the background to the new books and his previous Roy Grace novels. Copies of the new books will be on sale and Peter will be delighted to sign them, have a chat and pose for photographs. Tickets cost £8 and the talk is for one night only on Thursday 6 November at 7.30pm. Tickets are almost sold out. You are advised to purchase a ticket in advance. It is unlikely that any will be available on the night.

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 this Sunday at 5pm.

ACTIVE PLAY: During October half term holiday on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday there will be active play sessions at Hellingly Community Park, Roebuck Park. Sessions start at 2pm to 3.30pm. Please ring Suzanne on 01323 461390 if the weather looks bad.

HELLINGLY PC: With regard to Hellingly Country Park and Roebuck Park in the draft October minutes the chairman reported on the recent meeting held with a representative from Persimmon Homes. It was noted the new floor plan for the cricket pavilion with a store on the rear had been agreed. This would now be submitted for planning permission. Persimmon would not be building the Community Hall but instead would give a contribution to the parish council who would need to deliver the project. It was resolved a working group should be set up to oversee the delivery of the Community Hall. A working group to oversee the finances of the project would also be set up.

RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION: The chairman of the Roebuck Park Residents Association (RARP) has written a letter to the headteachers of Hailsham, Heathfield and Ringmer Community Colleges enclosing the council byelaws and requesting pupils are asked to behave correctly when in the Country Park.

MICHELHAM PRIORY: On Friday October 31 there will be traditional Halloween entertainment with Punch and Judy, drama sessions, crafts and Halloween fun. It all starts at 10.30am and ends at 5pm. Usual admission prices apply. Visit www.sussexpast.co.uk

Herstmonceux & Wartling

POPPIES: House to house, village shops, pubs and restaurants collections will take place from October 25 to November 8. Contact Di Tate on 01323 831925 for further information. Remembrance Sunday is November 9.

COWBEECH BONFIRE: The event starts with fancy dress and pumpkin carving competitions in the car park area of the Merrie Harriers. There are various age group classes, all free to enter with small cash prizes for the winners. Entrants should start to gather at about 6pm as judging will begin at 6.30pm. The bonfire and fireworks display will be held in a secure field near the Merrie Harriers in Cowbeech, almost opposite Hammer Lane. Entrance is £5 per person but without charge if aged 11 years or under and accompanied by a paying adult. The Bonfire Field also opens at 6.30pm and a hog roast and barbecue will be available and ready for serving from then. The Merrie Harriers Inn will be running the outside bar in the bonfire field also from 6.30pm and temporary toilets will be provided on site to accommodate those who would otherwise have to run back to the pub. The bonfire will be lit at about 6.45pm or 7pm so the flames will have died down sufficiently to allow the fireworks to start at 8pm. This year they are to be choreographed to a selection of military music in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1 in 1914. Apart from the professional fireworks team everyone else involved in putting on the show is a volunteer. In this way as much profit as possible is generated for the funds for local good causes. There seem to be fewer family friendly firework events in the area this year and the Cowbeech Bonfire Society will welcome everybody who finds they are unable to maintain the Guy Fawkes tradition with their usual organisation. Everyone should note the event is held in a grass field and appropriate footwear, warm and waterproof, is recommended.

VEGETABLE SHOW: The Herstmonceux Giant Vegetable Show at The Woolpack on Sunday at 12.30pm. There will also be a barbecue and raffle. All vegetables have to be received at The Woolpack before noon on Sunday morning. Proceeds to local charities. Inquiries by email to ceuxvillageshow@yahoo.co.uk

MEXICAN DAY OF THE DEAD: Enjoy an evening of cactus, cocktails, a Mexican menu, Tarot card reading, music and lots more on Saturday November 1 at 5.30pm at Lime Cross Nurseries. Celebrate Mexico, Mexican culture and the loved and lost Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) or Halloween as we would know it. The evening starts with a talk by cactus experts Suzanne and Dr Tony Mace from the British Cactus Society at 5.30pm followed at 6.45pm by late night shopping and discounts. There will be cocktails, Mexican craft beers and an organic biodynamic and natural wine list from the Americas accompanied by a Mexican feast created by chef Rupert (who lived in Mexico for years (as well as being Cliff Richard’s tennis coach). There will also be Mexican film and music and you can get your tarot cards read in the summer house by Ella Moonbridge. Cost is £22.50 (not including Tarot). To book (01323) 833229.

PARISH MEETING: On Tuesday at 7pm at the Health Centre, Hailsham Trust are gathering a group of services, organisations and local groups that could all work together to better support the community that are very interested in the details of the service and how we could possibly link into other things. For further information please contact Tammy on 01323 446404.

RAY & SHELDON: The club meets in the small village hall, 2pm to 4pm today, Friday, and alternate Fridays. Eric Miller will give a talk on bees. The cost is £2.50 and annual membership is £4 due in January. Enquiries to Anne on 441244. On November 7 there is the AGM and a bring and buy sale.

Laughton

GRAND JUMBLE SALE Saturday, November 1, Laughton Parish Hall. Doors open 10.30am. Refreshments available. Jumble wanted. More information 01323 811385, jean-mary@silverhounds.co.uk.

WINTER INDOOR BOOT SALES Sunday November 16 and Sunday December 14 in Laughton Parish Hall, 10.30am to 1pm. To book a table please call 01323 811385, also for more information.

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

POLICE MATTERS: Our PCSO, Daryl Holter has forwarded some police matters: Over the period of October 10/11 (bonfire night), reports were received of vehicle damage in Smith Close, Ninfield. Reference CAD1772 11/10/14 refers. On the same night, copper was taken from a building in the Standard Hill area of Ninfield. Reference CAD0589 10/10/14 refers. Finally for our area, a suspicious male was seen in the Church Lane area of Ninfield around 10pm on October 9. Reference CAD1623 09/10/14 refers. If you can aid the police in any of these matters, please contact the Battle neighbourhood Policing Team on 101, quoting the relevant reference.

GALA NIGHT: Ninfield Village Gala Night returns for its 9th annual event tomorrow, Saturday, at Ninfield Memorial Hall. A fish and chip supper with licensed bar, cabaret, awards, disco and dancing. Tickets are £13 (50p cheaper than last two years) including supper (choice of fish, chicken, sausage or veg burger) plus cabaret, featuring Deja Revue (London West-End, Brighton venues). It will also include the awards ceremony: Village Award, Roger Kent Memorial Award, Carnival Assoc. Presentations and dancing to the International Music and Light show. Dress code is formal/smart, and doors open at 7pm with carriages at midnight. This has proved to be a brilliant evening, so early booking is essential. Tickets, tables and food orders through Sami Guard on 893699, 07970650321 or email: samanthaguard@btinternet.com or see Sophie in the Post Office.

OLD MOTOR CLUB: It is some time since Hooe’s Old Motor Club show was held in August. The time has now come to distribute surplus funds raised. Clubs and organisations are invited to submit requests for money. Write to Chris Hone, c/o Hooe’s Old Motor Club, Marwin Farm, Marley Lane, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0RE, before December 1, enclosing a brief note as to why your organisation should be considered. Requests will be discussed at the next committee meeting in January.

COFFEE MORNING: Ninfield Working Men’s Club hold a charity coffee morning/table sale on Tuesday, 10am to noon. There will also be a bric-a-brac sale, cake stall and raffle. All money raised will be given to their charity Canine Partners.

HALLOWEEN: It has become a tradition in Ninfield for the dance and drama club, in association with the Youth Forum, to do an organised trick or treat parade around the village, this year’s being on October 31. Fancy dress is a must and prizes are given to the scariest child and family. We have been proud to see such a fantastic group, sometimes nearly 100 people, parade through the streets where residents await with sweets, or tricks of their own and collecting for the Youth Forum and local projects. This year, the landlords of the Blacksmiths Inn, Ian and Kathy, have asked to join the fun and create a special evening at the Blacksmiths; to include food and games for the youngsters with a spooky cave, bobbing for apples, flour dips etc, followed by a Halloween Party Night for the adults with food and disco. The Ninfield Dance Club will be performing in the car park; that’s the children and, hopefully, Les Belles Burlesques. Vampires watch this space. Please put a notice in your window if you do not want to be disturbed by trick-or-treaters. This event will always respect non participants.

FLOWER GROUP: Monday, November 3, at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall, Ninfield Flower Group welcome Graham King with his demonstration The Turn of the Tide. Non members are welcome for a charge of £4, including refreshments. All flowers demonstrated are raffled.

FIRST RESPONDERS: The Bexhill and District Community First Responders meet on Wednesday, November 5, at Bexhill Fire Station at 7.30pm. They meet every first Wednesday in the month. Contact team leader Mike Dean on 07970024135.

PARISH COUNCIL: The next meeting of Ninfield Parish Council is November 6, 7.15pm at Ninfield Methodist Church Hall.

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 Service of Worship and Communion with Revd Peggy Heim.

PoleGATe

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by Kit Wilson Trust. All welcome in the lounge, 10am until noon. Details from Val on 486814. On Saturday November 1, the coffee morning is hosted by the bowls club. All welcome from 10am.

AUTUMN FAIR: First Polegate Brownies hold an Autumn Fair and coffee morning at the Free Church Hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Round to Jevington, 5 miles with Mary B. Meet at the Triangle 9.45am, bus No l51 Terminus Road, stand H. On Sunday, Hilly Way Home, 13 miles with Clare K. Meet bus No 12A, Terminus Road, Stand J. Walk starts at Link Avenue, Newhaven top of A259. Top of hill past golf club at 10.10am. GR 430010. Dry lunch.

LAST DAY of Polegate Windmill opening is on Sunday from 2pm to 5pm. It will then be closed until next year.

DRAMA GROUP next production is from October 29 to Saturday November 1. The booking office is now open for The Uninvited. Box office at Archer and Partners, telephone 483348 or visit www.polegatedramagroup.co.uk

POLEGATE RAMBLING Club walks on October 30 include Et Non Flures 5 miles steep start from Exceat car park, steps down to West Dean, up through forest over A259 to Sisters, no stiles, with Ted. Or, Half Way round the water and more. 11 miles, mainly flat with some lanes and field paths. Nearest town to Wadhurst at start take picnic, 15 stiles with Paul and Barbara. More info from Angela 504280 or visit www.polegateramblers.org.uk. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

BONFIRE: I understand Warbleton will not be holding a bonfire this year. There are two alternatives this weekend. Tonight Cowbeech have theirs. The evening starts with fancy dress and pumpkin carving competitions in the car park of the Merrie Harriers, in various age groups starting at 6pm. The bonfire and fireworks will be in a secure field near the pub. Entrance is £5 for over 11s, free to those under 11 accompanied by an adult. It opens at 6.30pm and there will be a hog roast, barbecue and bar. Loos will be available on site. The bonfire will be lit between 6.45pm and 7pm and the firework display starts at 8pm. They are choreographed to military music to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War 1. On Saturday evening Punnetts Town hold their celebrations at the village hall and recreation ground at 6.30pm. There will be a barbecue, bar and other refreshments. Inside the hall there will be some stalls and the chance to sit down for a while. There will be a torchlight procession around the rec ending up at the bonfire, for the lighting. When the flames have died down a bit the firework display starts. Both of these events are designed to be family friendly.

WALK: This month’s History Group walk starts from the lane south of Arlington reservoir, meeting at 2pm. A few stiles and some mud are to be expected. From Upper Dicker, go over the level crossing at Berwick station and turn left. Meet at a sharp left hand bend in the road TQ540068.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion and children’s Sunday Club. We will be featuring the Shoebox Appeal, when we fill shoeboxes with goodies for children in need around the world. 4pm 4 For All, our Messy Church event for the whole family at Punnetts Town Village Hall. All are welcome. St John’s Bodle Street: 6.30pm Sung Evensong. St Giles, Dallington: 9.30am Morning Worship. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship led by Rev Francis Bates. There will be morning services only until March.

VILLAGE PLAYERS: Members of the group can get their priority tickets for There Goes The Bride on Saturday November 1. This comic farce is written by Ray Cooney and John Chapman, and will be put on from November 19 to 22. Tickets cost £18.50 to include a three course meal. Tickets will be on sale to members only on Saturday November 1 from 10am to 11.30am at The Dunn Village Hall. If you are unable to come, please contact Anita on 01435 873226 and give her your ticket requirements. Full payment will need to be made at the time of booking. You must be a paid up member to get priority tickets. Check with Jane (membership secretary) if you are unsure if you have paid for 2014, 01435 863640. Thereafter tickets will be available to the public via the Village Players website, there is a booking charge.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

JOHN PAUL MILLER will entertain customers at The Wheatsheaf with his repertoire of classic and contemporary songs from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. Meanwhile Simon Scardenelli will provide the entertainment at The British Queen from 8.30pm.

LEIGH BAKER entertains customers at The British Queen from 1pm to 3pm on Sunday.

POLEGATE WINDMILL: Sunday, from 2pm to 5pm, will be the last opening day to the public until next April, although group bookings could probably be arranged. The closed season is the time when work on the mill is mainly undertaken so if you think you could help in any way or would like to find out more ring Lawrence or Patricia Stevens on 01323 734496.

ART: The Church Street Art Exhibition held on Saturday October 11 at St Mary’s Church Hall was very successful and raised £164 for church funds and Family Support Work. Teresa Currie, who tutors the artists, thanked those who helped on the day and the 145 people who attended.

COFFEE MORNING: The Macmillan Coffee Morning organised by Anita Hatch at her salon Anita’s Beauty Works raised £253.29. Anita was delighted with the response from the public and thanks all those who contributed by buying raffle tickets or having hugely discounted treatments on the morning. From each back massage, green tea facial or eye lifting treatment £5 was given to the charity. Prizes for the raffle were donated by H T Whites, Silhouette International Facial and Body Products, Thalgo Skincare and Anji hair designer. Macmillan Coffee Morning has become an annual event for Anita, who is always keen to support charity and her treatments are excellent. Ring 01323 503530.

THE RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION held their general meeting on October 15 at Trinity Church Hall. It was well attended. The guest speaker was David Jones who gave a very interesting PowerPoint presentation on the Bluebell Railway, its history and the film and television programmes in which it has been featured, including Downton Abbey. PCSO Ali Beadon was unable to attend. Chairman of WillRA John Pritchett spoke on her behalf reassuring residents that crime remains very low in Willingdon. Treasurer Richard Nunney gave his report explaining what the association did with the money raised from their twice yearly popular quizzes and the membership subscriptions. As much money as possible is ploughed back into the local community and over the last year WillRA has sponsored many worthy causes including the JPK Sussex Project, the local scouts and guides, the Music in the Park event, Willingdon and Jevington in Bloom, Willingdon Church’s youth club ABLAZE, and Willingdon pre-school nursery and the Friends of Willingdon Primary School. Membership secretary Denis Langford reported on the number of paid up members. New members subscribed that night, which at £1 a family for the year represents good value. Newsletters distributed twice yearly keep residents informed, with reports and future events as well as useful contact numbers. The audience was asked to let any committee member know of any project they would like considered and WillRA would do its best to help.

QUIZ REPORT: Willingdon Residents’ Association held one of their popular quizzes at Trinity Church Hall on October 17. The quiz master was Steve White assisted by Carol. Eleven teams fought a close battle with the team of Ken and Chris Stevens, Pam and Allen Gales and Fran and John Pritchett emerging victorious by two clear points. A free raffle was held and quizzers enjoyed an excellent ploughman’s supper during the interval when the bonus round was completed. A great evening was enjoyed by all. Scout Benjamin Preston sold cakes during the interval to help raise funds for his visit to Japan next year for the Scout Jamboree.

TRINITY DINERS was really excellent on October 17. Congratulations to Jennie and her team. Seven people who had booked were unable to attend due to coughs and colds, which meant there was even more for the rest of us. The next meal at Trinity Church Hall, Coppice Avenue, is on Friday November 14. To reserve a place contact Jennie on 01323 484189. Meals are £5.50.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding a recreation meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon Community School in Broad Road. Meetings are open to the public. Ring 01323 489603.

JOINT COFFEE MORNING: The Mothers’ Union and the Friendly Cuppa group are hosting a joint coffee morning from 10am to noon on Thursday in St Mary’s Church Hall. It is in support of Family Social Work and Chestnut Tree House. Stalls include a craft table. Any craft items, cakes or raffle prizes would be gratefully received. Ring 01323 521637.

SPOOKY SPECTACULAR: Andy Robertson will be at Sunrise Senior Living in Upper Kings Drive at 2pm to entertain on Freaky Friday, October 31. Contact Emma Viera on 01323 525 000.

STEVE HEWLETT, well known ventriloquist and Willingdon resident, is the vice chairman of a charity supporting people who have had a transplant, carrying on the work which local girl Nicola Langlands started before she sadly died in December 2013. To raise money for the charity Look Beyond the Heart, Steve is hosting a one night only local talent show at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre in Eastbourne at 8pm tomorrow, Saturday. Tickets are £10 each. It is called Alfie’s Starquest and will be a local Sussex talent show with celebrity judges and guest appearances from two Britain’s Got Talent acts. It will also feature Zoe Pennington’s Dance School. Ring 01323 412000 for tickets or visit www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk .