Parish pump Hailsham - October 31, 2014

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Alfriston

THE CONSERVATIVE candidate for the Lewes constituency, Maria Caulfield, will be having lunch with the Alfriston branch of the local Conservative Association on November 8 at 12.30pm in the War Memorial Hall. The lunch is £12 per head. All are welcome but anyone wishing to attend or seek further information should contact Tony Woodthorpe on 01323 871695.

WI NEWS: There was a good turnout of members for the October meeting to hear Lindy Smart talk about calligraphy. She showed examples of illuminated manuscripts and examples of her own lovely, intricate work on books of memoriam and commissions for certificates, invitations and menus. After talking about the tools used and giving a demonstration she handed out pens and paper and encouraged members to copy letters and patterns. Not as easy as it looks, but everyone enjoyed trying. The president then read out a letter from Canine Partners thanking the WI for their donation at the previous meeting and giving news of their current projects. The November meeting will be the AGM and a look forward to the Christmas party.

MUCH ADO BOOKS are once more selling their individually designed Christmas stockings to raise money for Prospero’s Project. This year an orphanage and school in Uganda will benefit from the sale of the stockings with funds going towards the building of the school library.

THE OLD CHAPEL CENTRE has reached the final stage of development with the completion of the garden landscaping. The hall has had a new kitchen and toilet and the garden landscaped, both with access for the disabled. It is becoming a popular and busy amenity in the village. To enquire about hiring contact Caroline on 01323 870536 or email: cradock@hotmail.co.uk.

Bodle Street Green

FILM CLUB: The Lunchbox is this month’s film to be shown at 7.30pm tonight, Friday. 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 45 min and is PG rated. Doors 7pm.

DOWNTON BALL: Those above and below stairs are invited to the grand Downton Ball at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, 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 per from Bryan on 01323 833554 or Geoff 833343. This is in aid of the Extension Fund.

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

WW1 DINNER: Major General Tim Cross CBE is the speaker at a commemorative dinner to be held next Friday, November 7, at the village hall. Again apologies for another wrong date in last week’s column. 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. Bring our own drinks. For bookings and info contact Jennifer on 01323 833001, Last Sunday we were nearly sold out, but it may be worth trying in case of cancellations. 7pm for 7.30pm start.

Folkington

CHURCH SERVICES: A lovely joint benefice service was held at St Andrew’s, Alfriston, last Sunday. The church was bursting at the seams with representation from all the churches in the benefice, Litlington, Lullington, Westdean, Folkington (soon to be) and, of course, Alfriston. The choir was splendid and refreshments after the service left little room for lunch. A big thank you to all involved with the organisation. This week, Sunday, sees us back at Folkington for a service of Holy Communion (BCP) led by The Reverend Malcolm Elwis starting at 10.30am. It is All Saints Day. Please note the service of Remembrance on November 9 starts at the later time of 10.45am to observe the two minutes’ silence at 11am. Refreshments are always available in the church after every service.

Hailsham

BEETLE DRIVE: This event is hosted by Hailsham and District Twinning Association tomorrow, Saturday, at the Charles Hunt Centre at 7.30pm. Entry is £5 per person and includes light refreshments. If you have never played, come along as it is very easy and fun 01323 846539 to confirm place.

ST MARY’S: This is the fourth Sunday before Advent. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am, Jephthah: despised and rejected. All Age Special with crèche is at 10.30am, Bible Baddies. At 6.30pm there is a Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving especially for those recently bereaved. At 7.30pm in St Mary’s Lounge on Monday Meeting Point welcomes Melanie Gibson-Barton talking on Wandering in Flanders Fields.

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

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday Sue (848059) leads a 5 mile walk from Robin Post Lane to Copall, returning by the Cuckoo Trail. If you would prefer a shorter walk then Nobby (440624) will lead ramblers around Shinewater Park followed by drinks at The Mill. Both groups meet at 9.15am at South Road car park. If you would like to go along ring the walk leader for details.

U3A: Knitting and crocheting, making music and memories groups are new groups within the U3A that are seeking members amongst the many already established groups from dog walking to opera. If you would like to join U3A ring Sue in the first instance on (01323) 840797 or visit their website: hailshamu3a.co.uk, email: u3apublicity@gmail.com

POPPY APPEAL: The Hailsham Branch of Royal British Legion will be selling poppies, crosses, lapel badges, car poppies and other items at Hailsham Farmers’ Market on Saturday November 8 prior to Remembrance Sunday on November 9. Please give your support for those members of the Armed Forces and their families who need our help.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: It was the Natural History Competition last week at the club judged by Colin Page, a naturalist, nurseryman and photographer. It is always a pleasure to see him whether judging or speaking and his extra knowledge about wildlife, flora and fauna makes for extremely interesting evenings. In the print competition, highly commended was awarded to Chris Coates ARPS DPAGB for Carmine Bee Eaters (Merops Nubicoides), third place went to Janice Payne LRPS for Common Blue Butterfly (Polyommatus Icarus) in second place was Colin Chrismas LRPS with Sky Lark and the winner was Janice Payne LRPS for a beautiful photograph of a pink flower on a stem against a pale green background called Female Flower Of The Norway Spruce (Picea Abies). In the Projected Digital Images competition, highly commended was awarded to Gill Terry for Scottish Wildcat (Felis Sylvestris Grampia), Janet Monk ARPS for Hover Fly (Sphaerophora Scripta), and Linda Busby for Funghi. Third place went to Roy Broad for Bluebottle Spider Hydrangea, in second place was Janice Payne LRPS for Early Purple Orchids (Orchis Mascula) and the winner was Edward Sturgeon LRPS for Mother and Baby African Elephant, an atmospheric picture against a local background with soft muted colours. Colin said he felt privileged to see such a lovely collection of images and Ray thanked him for a superb evening and said there was realism in his comments.

HAILSHAM LIONS: At a recent Charter lunch attended by Lions in the Sussex area, First Vice Governor Lion Bob Prebble and the Mayor of Hailsham, Cllr Jo Bentley, Len Miller was honoured for 45 years’ service, Kelvin Layer celebrated 30 years and Brian Saunders 20 years’ service. Hailsham President Gerry Constable presented Bob Prebble with a £750 cheque for the local Air Ambulance Fund, one of several charities supported by the local club. Great entertainment was provided by local singer Linda Francis accompanied by Ronnie Parker on keyboards. In her speech president Gerry made particular reference to, and gave her sincere thanks, to the support given to the Hailsham Club by the local media including our weekly newspapers, Radio Sussex, the Hailsham Pavilion and, of course, Hailsham FM during its two week tenure. Gerry also confirmed during her one-year’s presidency, the club intended to embrace all forms of social networking, including Facebook, to help promote the club. She said: ‘I like to think this small beginning into the world of social networking will be the start of a greater awareness of the Lions’ movement in our town and that it will encourage not only new members, but also encourage the community to support our events knowing that we are working in the community for the community.’ To this end, there will be an Awareness Day on Saturday, November 22 in Vicarage Field where Lion members will be happy to discuss their work and play with the public because without them the Lions could not support local charities like the recent donations made to the Children With Cancer Fund, Marie Curie and the Out And About Club. For more information visit www.hailshamlions.co.uk or email info@hailsham.co.uk.

BONFIRE SOCIETY: If you enjoyed the display and the parade this year, you might think of joining. If so, pop along to the Hailsham Memorial Institute, Western Road on the first Monday of every month from 8pm.

PETER JAMES: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society are delighted to announce Sunday Times No 1 best selling crime and thriller writer Peter James is returning to the Hailsham Pavilion. He will be presenting a talk about his two new books, Want You Dead and A Twist of the Knife, his first volume of short stories in hardback. Peter will 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 November 6 at 7.30pm. Peter was in Hailsham in June 2013 and is delighted to return. Tickets for his last talk sold out quickly and there were a lot of disappointed fans who could not get to see him. So please do not delay and get your tickets from the Hailsham Pavilion Box office.

ELECTRIC BLANKETS: Wealden District Council has been electric blanket testing for over 12 years. The scheme has become a partnership project and Wealden has taken on a facilitating and organisational role. The partners are East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, Sussex Police, Wiltshire Foods, Age UK, Wealden Senior Citizens Partnership, Wealden energy efficiency team and Trading Standards. Funding was gained from The Safer Wealden Partnership. In East Sussex 27 house fires have been caused by electric blankets in the last 12 years. During three days in October, six different venues were visited. Three of the venues were fire stations. Of the 237 blankets tested 82 failed and were recommended not be used. Feedback on the venues used was generally good. People said their safety outweighed the waiting time. The engineer who carried out the tests commented one blanket was actually smouldering on the test table due to a broken element which was not only a fire hazard, but could also have given the user an electric shock! Vouchers were given out to help with the cost of replacing faulty blankets. Publicity of the events was supported by parish and town councils, partners involved in the event, older people’s clubs, post offices, shops, libraries, leisure centres, GP surgeries, newspaper and newsletter articles and social media. In comparing numbers of blankets and failure rates over the last 12 years, despite the destruction of those failed blankets the failure rate remains constant at between 37 to 47 per cent.

HOPS QUIZ: At the Hailsham Old Pavilion Society annual Autumn Quiz, 16 teams met to fight for the honour of overall champions. Quizmaster Steve set a full range of questions to test the extensive and in some cases obscure knowledge of the teams. It was a tight affair with the Plumley team of HOPS regular supporters coming out on top. The half time bonus round kept the teams deep into debate while they were tucking into their ploughmans supper provided by the HOPS committee. The total raised for the Pavilion was over £500 and HOPS thanked all the teams that supported the event and the volunteers that made the night so successful.

YOUNG FARMERS: Hailsham Young Farmers’ Club will have a pitch at November 8 farmers’ market and will be hoping to raise money through sales of their saucy 2015 calendar for MENCAP. These will also be available in the market cafe and at the Wednesday and Friday markets. The Young Farmers also hope to raise awareness of their club and invite new members along. The club is for young people, between the ages of 16 and 25. Membership is open to everybody - you do not have to be in farming. They meet weekly on Wednesdays at Summerheath Hall, Summerheath Road, Hailsham (unless they are doing something even more exciting like skiing, bowling, rock climbing etc so check first). If you or anyone you know may be interested then meet them at the Farmers’ Market in November or call Elliot Meaden on 07749 580206.

SILENT AUCTION: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society are hosting a silent auction at 1pm on Saturday November 8 at the Charles Hunt Centre in Hailsham. Viewing and bidding will be between 1.30pm to 2.30pm. Entrance is free, everybody is welcome, young and old, and there is no need to buy a ticket. Just turn up at the door. There are wide variety of over 100 lots available ranging from household goods, various vouchers to the services of local professional people. A full list is available from The Hailsham Pavilion box office. It will be a fun afternoon and the opportunity to bid on some bargains. Refreshments will be available. All proceeds will go to the upkeep of the Hailsham Old Pavilion.

Hellingly, Horsebridge & Dicker

CHURCH SERVICES: Hellingly: Regular Services, Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP), every Sunday, Holy Communion (CW) at 8.00 am and 10.45 am Parish Eucharist (CW). Upper Dicker services are at 9.15am for Holy Communion. Upper Dicker services are at 9.15am for Holy Communion.

LOONIES IPA: There is a new beer behind the bar for Hellingly Rugby Club from a local brewery in Ringmer. Turners are very keen to get a relationship built with the club and offered the opportunity to rebrand and rename one of their beers of the club’s choice to have on sale behind the bar. The label would be in the club’s black and yellow colours and the question was put to club members what it should be called. It obviously required a Hellingly Club theme and the eventual name settled on was Loonies IPA.

HALLOWEEN: Today, Friday, there will be traditional Halloween entertainment at Michelham Priory with Punch and Judy, drama sessions, crafts and Halloween fun. It runs 10.30am to 5pm. Usual admission prices apply. Visit www.sussexpast.co.uk for information.

ROAD CLOSURE: The C340 Chilver Bridge Road will be closed on Tuesday from 9.30am to 3.30pm due to railway bridge examination works

CYCLE PATH: The cycle path between Hempstead Lane and Arlington Road West has been resurfaced and concrete bollards have been installed to stop vehicles using the path. A large amount of earth has been used to block two laybys in Arlington Road West.

DEFIBRILLATORS are to be installed in the cabinet in the telephone box by the Yew Tree Inn. The other cabinet will be installed at Bede’s porter’s lodge in Michelham Priory Road. Regarding alarm key holders, a notice will be produced for the cabinet giving contact details. The landlord of the Yew Tree will be asked if he can check the battery each month. Bede will check the one at the porter’s lodge and replace it as required. The battery will need replacing every six months. SECAmbs hope to deliver the defibrillators in the next couple of weeks, they are trying to arrange familiarisation training.

SPEEDWAY: Arlington Speedway has arranged to use the adjoining land for parking during the busier events. They will also continue to try and stop people parking on the roadway. If using the adjoining land is successful they will continue with the arrangement next year for large events.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

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

COWBEECH BONFIRE: Tonight, Friday, 6pm for 6.30pm judging of Fancy Dress and Pumpkin Carving free to enter competitions in the Merrie Harriers car park with various age group classes. Bonfire and fireworks near the Merrie Harriers opposite Hammer Lane. Entrance £5. Under 11s free. From 6.30pm hog roast and barbecue, outside bar. Temporary toilets on site. Celebrations from 6.45pm to WW1 music.

PILLS, POTIONS AND PATIENCE: On Friday November 14 at Herstmonceux village hall Peter Hill presents an interesting talk and evening at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Entry is £6 on the door and includes refreshments. All proceeds to the continued restoration of the Windmill. Enquiries to Bee Frost (01323) 833033 or visit www.windmillhillwindmill.org. There is a link to the shop on the website and Christmas cards are now also available from Herstmonceux village information centre and The Village Stores. Proceeds from the sale of this card support the Windmill Hill Windmill Trust Reg. charity No 1054504 and are £3.50 for a pack of 10 cards the greeting inside reads With Best Wishes for Christmas and the New Year. Card size is 6½ x 4½ inches.

ANNIE: From November 4 to 8 HATS present Annie at the village hall starting at 7.30pm with a 2.30pm matinee on Saturday. Tickets are £10 adults and £6 child from Caprice Hair Fashions, The Woolpack and Stevens and Carter.

CONIFER SOCIETY: The British Conifer Society has a new member. Vicky Tate (co-owner of Lime Cross Nursery) has been elected to join the committee. Anyone who knows Vicky will know she is a green-fingered earth child at heart and she has a natural understanding and love of plants, as well as being incredibly knowledgeable. This was formalised last Sunday at the society AGM held at RHS Wisley. Jonathan Tate, Vicky’s father was a founding member and former vice-chairman of the BCS, it has therefore remained important for the nursery and family to stay involved. Vicky, Diana and Helen Tate all travelled with the society to Ireland in September, where they toured the pinetums, arboretums and significant gardens of the south west. The society is made up of over 100 members consisting of experts, enthusiasts and nursery men from all over the world. Chairman Derek Spicer is author of RHS Encyclopedia of Conifers: A comprehensive guide to cultivars and species . Matthew Pottage (garden manager at RHS Wisley) is another member of the committee, who is incredibly passionate and knowledgeable about conifers. Matthew has recently created some truly remarkable plantings using conifers mixed with other plant groups at RHS Wisley, where he is in charge of over 150 acres and a team of over 100 people. One of the society’s primary objectives this year is to focus on recruiting new members. The annual joining fee covers the cost of the quarterly journal, as well as lectures in London and the opportunity to attend the annual tour, which this year takes place in California. Please contact Vicky by e-mail vicky.tate@limecross.co.uk or call 01323 833229 if you are interested in joining.

Laughton

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

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; Ades Field Wilmington 3.15pm to 3.35pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11am; Village Hall Arlington 11.15am to 11.40pm; Laughton village school 2.45pm to 3.30pm. Wednesday: Hurst Lane, Windmill Hill 9.50am to 10.20am; Bodle Street Green village hall 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; Punnetts Town School 11.45am to 12.25pm, Catsfield village hall 3.45pm to 4.15pm. Thursday: Ashburnham 9.50am to 10.10am.

Ninfield & Hooe

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, today, Friday, meeting at 4.45pm for 5pm at the Blacksmiths Inn. 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. Upon the return of the youngsters, this year the landlords of the Blacksmiths Inn, Ian and Kathy, have asked to join the fun and create a special evening, 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 from 7.30pm and disco from 8.30pm. The Ninfield Dance Club will perform 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.

CAFE CHURCH: Ninfield Methodist Church have a Cafe Church on Sunday, 10.30am to 11.30am. You are invited to their monthly family service which includes breakfast.

THE FLOWER GROUP meet on Monday at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall when they welcome Graham King with his demonstration The Turn of the Tide. Non members are welcome for £4, including refreshments. All flowers demonstrated are raffled.

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

CRAFT FAIR: The fourth annual Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, November 8 in the Memorial Hall from 10am to 4pm. The charity this year is Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice. There are a number of new crafts on offer, the variety gets better every year. Refreshments will be served all day. Enquiries to Pam Doodes - 01424 892329.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY: As this year is the anniversary of the start of World War 1 an afternoon of commemoration has been created, alongside the marking of Remembrance Sunday on November 9. This will be held in the Memorial Hall, doors open at 1.30pm and will include light refreshments, a wreath laying ceremony with the Ninfield Scouts and the parish council, a short presentation from the history group on the usage of the hall during wartime, a poignant piece by the drama club enacting a WW1 scene, some popular songs from the era performed by youngsters from the school and a short sermon from a WW1 Chaplain. There will be tea etc. and a natter, with doors closing by 5pm. This is an all inclusive village event, there is no charge, all residents are invited to come and be part of the Ninfield Commemoration of the First World War.

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 in the area are invited to submit requests for money. Please write to Chris Hone, c/o Hooe’s Old Motor Club, Marwin Farm, Marley Lane, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0RE, before December 1, enclosing a brief note as to why your organisation should be considered. Requests will be discussed at the next committee meeting in January, 2015.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Family Service. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Family Service. Ninfield Methodist Church, Cafe service 10.30am with Lesley Gilchrist.

Pevensey cross

GHOST WALK: Guided Ghost Walks of Pevensey this Halloween today, Friday, at 7.30pm and 10.30pm (the later finishing at midnight) meeting in the Castle car park. I am still doing walks every Saturday at 7.30pm (including tomorrow). This Halloween marks the 22nd year of the walks. They last about 90 minutes and are taken by lantern light. Come and learn about some of the darker things lurking in the castle’s shadows from white ladies to smugglers, monks to gruesome murder. Just some of the many ghosts of Pevensey. Prices are £7 adults and £3.50 under 14s. Contact on 07740 828215 or www.sussexguidedwalks.co.uk

Polegate

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by the bowls club. All welcome 10am to noon in the lounge.

DRAMA GROUP: The next production of The Uninvited takes place today, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday. Tickets can be booked at the box office at Archer and Partners, telephone 483348 or visit www.polegatedramagroup.co.uk

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Linear Tye to the Hoe 5 miles with Tony W. Meet at Telscombe Tye 10.20am GR 389016 bus No 12, 9.13am from Terminus Road stand J. Finish at 1.30pm at Newhaven, Lower Place. Or a longer walk, Brisk Pace Find The Castle, 8 miles with Reg and Gill. Meet at The Avenue 9am, walk starts at Uckfield town car park (north end long stay). On Sunday, Tee Off Until The End, 9 miles with John and Marion. Meet at the Avenue 9.30am, walk starts Wellshurst Golf Club on A267 north of Hellingly at 9.50am. GR 581146, dry lunch. Tea at end. On Wednesday, Winter Downs, 8 miles with John and Esther. Meet bus No 98, 9.36am from Terminus Road Stand H, walk starts at the Triangle, Lower Willingdon 10am GR 585032. Dry lunch. Saturday November 8, Country Pursuits and Castle, 4.5 miles with Pauline S. Meet leader at Herstmonceux car park, 10.30am bus No 98 Terminus Road stand H. Return bus 12.45pm.

THE WINDMILL is now closed for the winter period. However if you have a group you would like to have shown around the mill we can arrange a special guided tour during the winter months, but this would be subject to the mill being unobstructed from ongoing preservation work. For group bookings please call Frances Muncey on 01323 644727. General opening to visitors will recommence at Easter next year.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

BONFIRE: My apologies for getting the date wrong for the Cowbeech bonfire, I seem to have had a mental block with the dates this month. Tonight, Friday, Cowbeech will have their celebrations. 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 years 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. This is a family friendly event. Last Saturday definitely was Punnetts Town’s bonfire and fireworks. A good crowd gathered early and were able to enjoy delicious hot dogs, burgers and cakes, washed down with tea, coffee or something stronger. A torchlight procession wound its way around the recreation ground led by Jack Vokins. Arriving at the bonfire the torches were handed over to Jack and his father John, who lit the bonfire. A good blaze was soon underway. Just after 8pm we were entertained by a magnificent firework display put on by Wizard Fireworks. It was a perfect evening weather wise after some wet conditions recently, and I think the evening was enjoyed by all. Many thanks to the village hall committee and all those who helped in any way. Thanks also to Bruce Frogbrook for bringing along his steam roller. It certainly added to the occasion, with sound of live steam and the flywheel gently turning over. This represented a fair commitment in time as it takes an hour or two to raise steam, and trundle up to the rec.

VILLAGE PLAYERS: 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 this Saturday 1st November 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.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family Service during which we will show the Shoebox Appeal video. Members of the congregation and friends assemble shoeboxes full of goodies for disadvantaged children around the world as part of Samaritan’s Purse International’s Operation Christmas Child appeal. The deadline for these is Sunday November 16. My apologies for getting the date for the video wrong in last week’s entry. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am BCP communion with hymns. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion led by Paul Daniels.

BYGONE HEATHFIELD: Next Saturday at the Dunn Village Hall, we will be showing a couple more films by Mr A W Knapman. These were produced in the mid-90s using contemporary video footage, shot by him and old photos, postcards etc and provide a vivid contrast between Heathfield and the surrounding area from about a century ago and the 1990s. Changes are still going on in the area, and it is interesting to see scenes in the 1990s, which have disappeared. The films start at 2.30pm. There will be refreshments. Tickets are £5 from The Stores or on 01435 812627.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

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 525000.

WANNOCK ARTISTS meet at 7pm today, Friday, at Wannock Village Hall when Jane Dwight will demonstrate Chinese brush painting of birds and flowers. Visitors welcome. £3.

QUIET DAY: Canon Dr Andrew Mayes will lead a Quiet Day at St Mary’s Church from 11am to 4pm tomorrow, Saturday, which is All Saints Day.

JPK PROJECT: The Songs and Pies evening hosted by Maureen and John Males at the Cottage, Dittons Road, Polegate, was most enjoyable. The food was delicious and the Bourne Chorus sang in close harmony as well as leading the 50 plus diners in some war time community singing. The evening raised £290 for the JPK Sussex Project which aims to provide supported living accommodation for people with a learning disability at the Edgmond site in Old Town. Project leader Willingdon resident Jill Parker thanked Maureen and John for their continual support. Over the years they have raised about £30,000 from the various events they have held.

BAG PACKING: Supporters of the JPK Sussex Project will be bag packing at ESK Warehouse tomorrow, Saturday.

JOHN CRAMPTON with his foot stomping blues and bluegrass music will be at the Wheatsheaf at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

MOTHERS’ UNION will be meeting at 2pm on Tuesday at St Mary’s Church Hall when Ros Thunder will be giving a talk entitled Twelve Days of Christmas. There will be a sales table including MU Christmas cards.

ALZHEIMER’S SOCIETY have a special Dementia Friends’ Session from 10.30am to noon on Wednesday at Sunrise Senior Living. The session is aimed at helping those caring for people with this debilitating condition understand a bit more about dementia and the small things they can do for those living with memory loss.

A GOLF SOCIETY was launched at the Wheatsheaf on Monday October 6 with the intention of having a monthly meeting at the pub. The members have already arranged their first game at Lottbridge Drove from noon on Friday November 7. Afterwards, it is back to the pub for a curry. To find out more or sign up to play, put your name down at the pub or ring 01323 502069.

CORRECTION: The next Trinity Diners meal at Trinity Church Hall is on Friday November 21 not November 14 as previously reported. The menu is fruit juice, beef and vegetable casserole or vegetable casserole, creamed potatoes and cabbage, peach and pear crumble and custard followed by tea or coffee. To reserve a place contact Jennie on 01323 484189. Meals are £5.50.

TRAVELLING LIGHT: You are invited to spend a time of relaxation and reflection away from the stresses and bustle of daily life at Trinity Church from 10am to 3pm on Wednesday. Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided. At 10am coffee will be served followed by opening worship at 10.30am. Travelling Out is at 11am followed by lunch at 12.30pm. After lunch there is Travelling In at 1.30pm and finally Holy Communion at 2.30pm. Add your name to the list in church if you would like to participate in the day.

ROAD CLOSURE: To enable more water to be pumped into the Eastbourne area, South East Water is in the process of laying a new 1.3km long pipeline in the Willingdon and Wannock area. Part of the road between Wannock and Jevington is due to be closed from Monday November 3 to Wednesday November 26 and a diversion route will be clearly signed. Wannock Road will be temporary closed to through traffic at the Paddock Gardens junction. For more information visit southeastwater.co.uk/wannock.