Parish pump Newhaven - December 19, 2014

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Bishopstone

TIDE MILLS community beach clean at 10am to noon on Sunday. Meet at the beach end of Mill Drove (off the A259). Come along, grab a bag and litter picker, and help clean up the area for visitors and the local wildlife.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES at St Andrew’s Church. Sunday, 4pm Carol Service followed by tea in Bishopstone Parish Hall. Wednesday, Christmas Eve, 10am Mid-week Eucharist; 11.30pm Midnight Mass. Thursday, Christmas Day, 8am Said Eucharist; 9.30am Sung Eucharist. St Andrew’s Patronal Festival and Gift Day Appeal has raised £4,500 to date.

FREE HORSE MANURE available on west (Newhaven) side of Bishopstone Road between Bishopstone Estate and Bishopstone Pond: help yourself, but please return or replace the bags.

N WATCH: The Bishopstone Neighbourhood Watch Meeting on December 11 was attended by the local Police Sergeant, a PCSO, the Police Speed Coordinator, the Bishopstone Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator and an observer. General reports were given on crime in the Seaford area, highlighting hotspots and risks. Seaford police offer free burglary advice leaflets and anti-theft purse bells. There are no particular priorities for Bishopstone, although road safety at the A259/Bishopstone Road junction was discussed.

Falmer

CONCERT: We have a fun concert at St Laurence coming up tomorrow, Saturday. Jamie Watson will be belting out some show tunes and, I hope, some favourite Christmas numbers. Jamie has entertained us before with songs from the shows and this new concert promises to be every bit as entertaining. The concert starts at 5.30pm, it is free with a retiring collection and will last about three quarters of an hour, which means you will probably have time to get over to the Swan for their Christmas draw the same evening. There is a quiz on Sunday at the Swan, in case you are in need of more entertainment.

THE COMPOSTING LOO at St Laurence is fully installed and functioning, just in time as we had a huge congregation at the Brighton University Carol Service last week. The church was packed with students and staff from Brighton University as well as regular St Laurence worshippers. There was some wonderful music from the young string players conducted by Andy Sherwood and lovely singing from the Brighton University choir. There were some beautiful poems and readings too. After the service we were treated to wine and mince pies in the village hall. All in all it was a great start to Christmas.

FLAUTISTS: We are looking forward to some flautists playing at our 10am Eucharist service this Sunday. Karen Rash is bringing some of her friends to play and following up with mince pies and wine at the end of the service - lovely.

CHRISTMAS: I am nowhere near ready for Christmas, it seems to have crept up on me even more than usual this year. I have lots of family coming to stay and am rushing round doing things I should have seen to months ago, such as getting the light in the spare room fixed. I have left it too late to do anything about the downstairs loo which is still without a carpet after we had a split water pipe that flooded the floor. I also left it too late to get a Christmas tree from the farm shop, thank goodness I ordered my turkey and chipolatas in good time. I suppose I had better get on with buying presents too.

SERVICES: There will be an opportunity to wind down and just enjoy the magic of Christmas on Christmas Eve at the St Laurence Christingle service at 3pm. The children will be told the Christmas story, sing some favourite carols and be given a christingle (an orange stuck with candied fruit and holding a candle) to take home. It is a delightful service, if a little sticky.

IF YOU USE the shops and eateries on the University of Sussex campus; here are the Christmas opening times. The Co-op will be open from 7am to 11pm up until Christmas Eve when it will be open 7am to 9pm, it will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Open on December 27 to 31 from 7am to 9pm, closed January 1, from January 2 to 4 January open 7am to 9pm. All the university eating places will be closed from December 25 to January 4.

Kingston

CHRISTMAS SERVICES: Come and celebrate the birth of Jesus at our Services in Kingston Church over Christmas. There is a Carol Service on Sunday at 6pm, at which we will listen to readings of the Christmas story and sing the traditional carols. Then, on Christmas Eve at 4.30pm, we have the Crib Service, which is especially for families but to which everybody is very welcome. Arrive early, as this service is always very popular. Finally, on Christmas Day at 9.45am, there is a joyful Service of Family Communion for all ages.

Hellingly, Horsebridge & Dicker

CHURCH SERVICES: Hellingly: Regular services, Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP), every Sunday, Holy Communion (CW) at 8am. On Sunday at 6.30pm there will also be a service of Nine Lessons and Carols by candlelight. On Christmas Eve there is a Crib Service at 5.45pm and Midnight Communion starts at 11.30pm. On Christmas Day Holy Communion is at 10.45am. January 4, Family Service at 10.30am. At Holy Trinity Church at Upper Dicker on Sunday at 9.15am there is a Christingle Service. On Christmas Eve there is a Crib Service at 4.15pm and on Christmas Day there is a Holy Communion Service at 9.15am. January 4, Family Service at 10am.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: The Christmas Fair at Hellingly raised approximately £860. Thanks to all who organised, contributed, helped on the day and came along to buy.

INTRODUCTORY ART CLASS for beginners at Gallery North. Saturday mornings, 10am til noon. Starting on January 10, this is a short series of just four classes where we will cover the basics of drawing and painting. Fee is £24 for the series. You will need to provide your own simple materials, please contact Josie Tipler (number below) to discuss. Also tutored art sessions at Gallery North on Tuesday evenings, 7pm to 9pm and Arlington Village Hall Wednesday afternoons, 2pm to 4pm. A series of eight sessions where we will cover various subjects and mediums including landscape, seascape, figures, watercolour sketching, using acrylics, pastels, mixed media. Two different venues (same classes at each venue): eight sessions starting on January 13 and 14. Fee is £45 for all eight sessions. Bring your own materials. Please book your place early to ensure the classes run. 01323 485153.

Lewes

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday November 25, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Martin Hall and Peter Gannon; 2, Peter Waters and Nancy Wiginton; 3, Jennifer Wilson and Peter Cattermole. Thursday November 27, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Meic Goodyear and Simon Kirkwood; 2, Rosemary Land and Nancy Wiginton; 3, Frank Hibbert and Roy Skan. Tuesday December 2, Tuesday Ladder: 1, Paul Allen and Rosemary Land; 2, Richard Burnett and Mike Keeping; 3, Meic Goodyear and Simon Kirkwood. Thursday December 4, Duplicate Pairs: 1, North/South, Alan Disney and Rita Hartnell; 1, East/West, Tony Redshaw and Janice Bell. Visitors welcome, phone 01273 476757.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: It was a nice sunny day when a three mile stroll took place from Firle to Charleston and back. Setting out across Firle Park towards Heighton Street the party encountered two recently ploughed fields, which had not been rolled out by the farmer, and a very muddy track on the approach to Charleston. However the availability of the coffee shop and toilets at Charleston enabled the party to relax before returning on the newly signed permissive path from Charleston to the old coach road which was then followed back to Firle. These recently introduced strolls to the Footpaths Group’s programme are proving popular with some of the older members particularly when a convivial lunch can be taken in a public house at the end. Our next walk will be our New Year’s walk which will be at Glynde. Meet at top North Street, car park for a 9.30am start. New walkers will be most welcome.

ST JOHN SUB CASTRO: On Sunday we are having a Carols For All service for all ages, young, old and in between so please come along with your family and friends to enjoy the Christmas celebration. The Christmas flavour starts today, Friday, with the Pells School Christmas service in church, then tomorrow, Saturday, at 6pm the Esterhazy Choir will perform a Christmas Concert in church. All are most welcome.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Please do try and join us for one of our Christmas services at this very special time of year. Sunday starts with a communion service as usual at 8am, followed at 10am by a family nativity service with children bringing the Christmas story to life for all the family, and refreshments for everyone. Then our carol services are at 4pm and 6.30pm, with beautiful readings and carols by candlelight, accompanied by our regular choir joined by lots of very welcome extra singers, with organ and contemporary instruments. Each service is followed by coffee and mince pies. On Christmas Eve at 4pm we will have a young families’ nativity service, a short service for young children to experience the story of Christmas, with the Christmas crib, songs and a story, followed by refreshments for all. Midnight communion, our traditional atmospheric service to welcome in Christmas Day, will start at 11pm on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day at 10am we have our all age family celebration and you can stay for a short communion service afterwards if you wish. Looking ahead to next year, on Sunday January 4 we will be having a songs of praise service at 3.30pm for which you can choose your favourite Christmas carol. Please send your choice to: ken-janet@kjbridger.plus.com. On January 8 Lewes Goes Strictly starts its new term: for information please go to southover.org.uk and find the LGS page under Community.

PASSION PLAY GROUP: You are warmly invited to come and join us on Tuesday, when we are once again organising three groups of carol singers to sing their way around town, ending at Eastgate church hall for a mince pie and warming drink at 8.30pm. Please choose one of three starting points at 7pm: opposite Pelham Arms, next to St Anne’s; St Thomas’ Court, Cliffe High Street; Lewes railway station. Bring Carols for Choirs Book 1 if you have a copy but song sheets will be provided. Also bring a candle in a jar or a torch. It’s a fun event and everyone is welcome. Proceeds to the seniors’ Christmas day lunch and Passion Play 2015. Diary date: On Sunday January 11, 2.30pm to 4pm, at Christ Church, Prince Edward’s Road: come and meet the cast, hear the script and be part of it.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

HAPPY CHRISTMAS: This is the last Town News/Parish Pump for 2014, where does the year go? The next time it will appear in Sussex Express is Friday January 9 so I wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a successful 2015. I will need copy for January 9 emailed to me by Saturday January 3 a.wilkins560@btinternet.com

PARADISE PARK is hosting a Lost Cats of Brighton day in their garden centre in Avis Road tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 4pm. All welcome.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES: St Leonard’s Denton, Sunday, 4pm Carols by Candlelight with Seaford Silver Band; Christmas Eve, 3.30pm and 6pm Crib Service, 11.15pm Midnight Communion; Christmas Day 10am Family Communion. Newhaven Baptist Church, Sunday, 4pm Carol Service; Christmas Day, 10.30am Christmas Service. Sacred Heart RC Church, Fort Road, Sunday at Edith Avenue, Peacehaven 3pm Liturgy of Reading and Carols; Wednesday, 8.30pm Vigil Mass of the Nativity; 9am Mass of the Nativity of the Lord. St Michael’s Church, Sunday, 6.30pm Carols by Candlelight; Christmas Eve, 3.30pm Crib Service; 11.30pm Midnight Communion. Christmas Day, 10am Family Service followed by 10.35am Holy Communion.

GUEST HOUSE STORYTELLERS: You can book now for the first event of 2015, Tuesday January 13 The Falcon Bride with Katy Cawkwell. A story from the great Icelandic Saga of Njal. Café opens at 7pm, stories commence at 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 in advance, £8 on the door. Send a cheque made payable to GuestHouse Storytellers to Wendy Atkinson, 7 Downside, Lewes BN7 1EE or email her wendy.Atkinson@btinternet.com

Peacehaven

SATURDAY MARKET: The final market this year is tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community House, Meridian Centre which has been arranged by the Peacehaven Horticultural Society from 8.30am until noon.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, there is a coffee morning in the Community House from 8.30am until noon arranged by UKIP. Next week there is just the one on Tuesday when the Telscombe WI will be in the kiosk offering teas, coffees and cakes.

CHRISTMAS CARDS: The last posting dates for the delivery of UK Christmas cards is December 18 for second class and December 19 for first class. So ensure you get yours in the post-box by this weekend. Unlike previous years the information office will not be collecting old Christmas cards after the holiday. They should be put into your recycling bin instead.

CLOSED: The council offices and the information office will close at 4pm on Wednesday for the Christmas period. They will re-open on Friday January 2 at 9am.

WASTE COLLECTIONS: There will be no collection on Thursday and Friday, December 25 and 26. These bins will be collected on Friday and Saturday, January 2 and 3. On Monday December 29 to Wednesday December 31 bins will be collected as normal. On Thursday January 1, rubbish will be collected on Friday January 2 and Friday January 2 will be collected on Saturday January 3. Residents whose collection days have been changed are asked to ensure that rubbish is put out by 6am.

RECYCLING: For collection dates for recycling bins refer to your recycling calendar. If you do not have a calendar then obtain one by calling 01273 471600 or download from www.lewes.gov.uk/waste/boxit.asp

CHRISTMAS TREES: These can be recycled by taking them to the Piddinghoe Car Park off the South Coast Road by Saturday January 17. Please do not leave your trees at the Piddinghoe Sports car park.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Wednesday at 9.30pm the Church of the Ascension will hold a Midnight Communion followed on Thursday at 10am a Christmas Day Family Celebration. The Evangelical Free Church at 10am on Thursday will also hold a Christmas Day Celebration. Everybody is welcome.

AND FINALLY: Thank you for reading my column each week. May I wish you a Merry fun filled Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. I’ll be back with you on Friday January 9.

Polegate

SOCIAL BINGO meet on Monday evenings at Polegate Community Centre in the main hall. Do come and join us. Doors open at 7pm, bingo starts at 7.45pm. For more information call Shirley on 488035.

POLEGATE CAFÉ is open for refreshments and to local groups. Visit them at 12 High Street. Open from Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm. Come and try our daily specials, homemade cakes and pastries or one of our breakfasts. Available to hire for small groups and meetings. Children’s birthday parties and buffets arranged. Email thepolegatecafe@hotmail.co.uk telephone 487340.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Linear, Mind the Gap, 4.5 miles with John C. Meet at Crowlink car park 10am GR 549978 bus 12X, 9.23am Terminus Road Stand J to Friston Pond. On Saturday December 27, Post Turkey Trot, 4.5 miles with Bob J. Meet Gildredge Park, The Goffs, 10am GR 604994. Frequent buses 1 and 1A. On Sunday December 28, Exercise for the Excess, 8.5 miles with Angela F. Walk starts at The Avenue 9.30am GR 607993. Dry lunch.

CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre in the Henry Twine hall from 10am-noon. There will be the draw for the 500 club, raffle, bric-a-brac, homemade preserves, books, jigsaws. Free mince pies, meet your friends and deliver your last Christmas cards.

THE COFFEE MORNING on December 27 in the lounge of Polegate Community Centre is hosted by Polegate Twinning. All welcome from 10am until noon.

ON JANUARY 1, New Year’s Day Wander, 4 miles with Graham T. Meet at The Avenue 9.45am then to Alfriston Car long stay car park for 10.15am. Lunch at Memorial Hall 12.30am, bring own picnic, but soup and tea and coffee supplied. Or Alternative Alfriston Walk brisk pace, 5.5 miles with John and Marion. Meet at The Avenue 9.45am, walk starts at Alfriston long stay car park 10.15am GR 521032.

Ringmer

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow (Saturday) the first team are away to Eastbourne United in a SCFL Div 1 league fixture with a 3pm kick off at The Oval. Meanwhile, the Reserves are at home to Steyning Town in a Reserve Section Premier league match also with a 3pm kick off at The Caburn. Over the Christmas period, the Firsts are at home to Hailsham on Saturday December 27 at 3pm and on January 3 they are away to Eastbourne Town whilst the Reserves are at home to Broadbridge Heath. On the social side, the Club is open throughout the festive period with the Grand Christmas draw taking place this Saturday evening. The New Year’s Eve Family Disco and buffet is free to members but a small charge will be made for non-members towards the cost of refreshments.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday December 10, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 2, Jenny Charman and Michael Slot; 3, Joan Evett and Sandra Dudley-Williams. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

THE DRAMATIC SOCIETY is looking to stage a production of Haywire by Eric Chappell week commencing Monday March 16. Unfortunately we are having trouble casting Liz who plays the girlfriend of the book shop owner. If anyone is interested in joining the society and would like to audition for the part, please contact Ruth Whitlock who is directing the play, on 01273 812060 asap as rehearsals are due to start at beginning of January. Ideally Liz should be late 30s early 40s and rehearsal nights are Wednesday and Friday.

Rodmell & Southease

THE WEATHER: Like many readers I was very fed up with the cold, grey weather. Then suddenly, the sun comes out and doesn’t life change? People smile, get out and about with renewed energy and life suddenly seems brighter. Make the most of it.

PARISH MAG: I was pleased to see in our Parish Magazine that Adrian Orchard also came across a ‘lycra-clad cyclist’ in his words, who were not using the special cycle path at Kingston provided at great cost and effort. When they spoke to the cyclist about it politely, the cyclist carried on regardless on the dangerous C7. Also like Adrian I and many others are fed up with being besieged by catalogues and Christmas advertising clutter. No wonder the recycling bins for paper waste are always full. Keep up writing for Southease Adrian, I love your humour. When you read our Parish Magazine you realise just how much goes on in the Ouse Valley villages which I’m always so thankful for, as I don’t drive at night now so can’t get to theatres, cinemas, concerts etc as we have no night buses. It would be nice if someone could start up a little minibus service of villages for people who would like to get out more, have money to spend, and are just waiting to give their custom to theatres etc. is there anyone out there?

DIARY DATES: Sunday, Carol Service in Rodmell church at 4pm. Christmas Eve, Carol Service by Candlelight at Southease Church, 6pm. Christmas Day, Family Communion, 11am Rodmell.

LORNA MELIA our organist, is now back at the pedals, having had operations which are hopefully successful on both of her feet. Welcome back Lorna.

NATIVITY: As I was driving back from Seaford on Friday December 5 with my car radio on Radio Sussex, I was delighted to hear Manor House School children doing a Nativity Play called The Midwife Crisis. It was on the theme that a midwife was trying to find Mary to help her with the birth of Jesus. It was so cleverly written and the children did it so well. I was laughing so much at some of the humorous quips in it. Thanks Manor School you made a good start to Christmas for me when I was feeling a little low.

Telscombe

BINGO EVENING tonight, Friday, at Telscombe Civic Centre, 7pm start. There will be eight games played for £4, plus an additional snowball game at 50p per ticket and flyer game for £1. There are cash prizes and free refreshments at a half-time break. This is a very popular event so come along early to ensure you get a seat and join in the fun. It’s a friendly evening and a perfect opportunity for getting out and meeting new people. Net proceeds raised will go to the Mayor of Telscombe’s Charity Fund.

CHRISTMAS PARTY today, Friday, at 9pm after the bingo finishes until 10.30pm. Come along and join in the fun at our free Christmas party.

COFFEE MORNING: For the first time ever, Telscombe Civic Centre will be opening on Christmas Day for a coffee morning between 10am and midday. It is a free event and you will get tea or coffee and cake and the chance to come out and see people if you are normally on your own at Christmas.

CAROL SERVICE: The Telscombe Cliffs Community Church in Buckhurst Road will be holding carols with the Salvation Army band on Sunday at 2.30pm which will be followed by coffee and mince pies after the service. Everyone is welcome to this magical event.

CLOSING DATES: The Telscombe Civic Centre and council offices will be closed from the afternoon of Wednesday and re-open at 9am on Friday January 2. In an emergency you can contact the town clerk, Nancy Astley on 07843 425412 or the out of hours caretaker for the Civic Centre, Mick Evans on 07879 641889.

REFUSE COLLECTIONS: Normal refuse collections will take place until Wednesday when the following changes will occur due to Bank Holidays: Thursday, rubbish will be collected on Friday January 2; Friday December 26, rubbish will be collected Saturday January 3; Monday December 29 to Wednesday December 31, normal collections; Thursday January 1, rubbish will be collected on Friday January 2; Friday January 2, rubbish will be collected on Saturday January 3,

RECYCLING: Dates for collections in your street will have been provided on a calendar from Lewes District Council. If you don’t have one, you can download one from the Lewes District Council website at www.lewes.gov.uk/waste/boxit.asp. If you do not have access to the internet, pop into the Civic Centre and they can check for you.

CHRISTMAS WISHES: I would like to wish all readers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and take the opportunity of thanking those of you who have sent me information over the years that I have been correspondent for Telscombe. This will be my last time as I am giving up my position as Parish Pump correspondent for Telscombe Cliffs. If anyone is interested in taking this over, please let me know and I will forward on your details. It involves an hour or so a week finding out what is going on or has happened in the local area, liaising with the local council and residents’ associations etc and then emailing it through to the Sussex Express. Email your details to stella.newman@telscombetowncouncil.org.uk or email the paper directly sally.funnel101@gmail.com.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

CHARITY DAY: The Red Lion in Willingdon village recently held a charity day in aid of the Beachy Head Chaplaincy. Attractions included sales tables, raffles, live entertainment, face painting and a race night. A fantastic £1,420.80 was raised and grateful thanks were expressed to all those who supported the event.

CONCENTUS CHORALE has once again chosen the JPK Sussex Project to benefit from the retiring collections of both their Christmas Concerts. The performance at St Leonards Church in Seaford has already taken place but there is another chance to see it at St Saviours and St Peter’s Church in Eastbourne at 4pm tomorrow, Saturday. For further information and tickets please contact Evelyn Smith on 01323 643358.The aim of JPK is to provide supported living accommodation for adults with learning disabilities once sufficient funds have been raised.

CHURCH STREET NATIVITY starts inside St Mary’s Church Willingdon at 6pm tonight, Friday. The Holy Family have been chosen, Natasha and Lee and their baby Bethany. Lesley Etwell will be Angel Gabriel and Stuart Freeman, and Pam and Paul Martin will be the kings, but there is always room for more kings and shepherds, angels and even sheep. The nativity story is re-enacted as Mary and Joseph and the crowds flocking out of church make their way to Bethlehem while Fr Michael or Fr Kevin recount the bible story and sing carols along the way. The three kings are waiting inside Anji’s hairdressing salon and the garden of Flint House represents the shepherds’ fields. Finally the Wheatsheaf inn is reached where the landlord Martin Hughes says that there is no room at the inn and redirects everyone to ‘the stable’ across the road where baby Jesus is wrapped up warmly in a manger. Martin usually lays on mulled wine and mince pies for the crowds, which is very generous of him, and then everyone flocks into the pub where the Long Man Morris Men will be leading the carols.

ST MARY’S CHURCH: As well as the usual Sunday morning services, a carol service will be held at 6.30pm on Sunday and this will be followed by sherry and mince pies in the church hall. Contributions would be appreciated. On Christmas Eve there are crib services at 3pm and at 4.30pm. Carols from the organ gallery start at 10.40pm with Midnight Mass from 11.15pm. On Christmas Day there is Holy Communion at 8am and parish Eucharist at 9.45am.

ST ANDREW’S CHURCH Jevington will be having a Christingle and Crib service at 3pm on Wednesday. On Christmas Day the communion service is at 10am.

TRINITY CHURCH: On Sunday at 10.30am there is a carol service. The Christmas Day service is also at 10.30am.

TRINITY DINERS: A traditional Christmas dinner will be served at noon today, Friday, at Trinity Church Hall. The cost is £6.50p. It is likely to be very popular but you could try ringing 01323 484189 early in the morning or alternatively pop along at noon and check if there have been any last minute cancellations.

THE EIGHT BELLS: Pete Martin will be providing live music with 50s covers from 9pm tonight, Friday. On Sunday, ever popular Paul Frisby will be leading the carol singing from 8pm. Every Monday evening from 7pm The Hot Club of Jevington, a gypsy swing band, entertains the customers and Tuesday night is quiz night from 8.30pm. On the Monday and Tuesday there are normal opening hours 11am to 11pm with food served from noon to 3pm and from 6pm to 9pm. On Christmas Eve bookings are still being taken for food. Check times and availability. On Christmas Day the Eight Bells is open from noon to 2pm for drinks. There is a private function afterwards for invited guests. On Boxing Day the Eight Bells is open from noon to 6pm. Food will be served but ring ASAP as the Coakham Bloodhounds come along at noon and they make an attractive rural sight. Stray Dogs will be providing the entertainment from 9pm on New Year’s Eve. Food will be served and entry is free. On New Year’s Day the Eight Bells is open from 11am to 6pm and the kitchen is open for lunch. Ring 01323 484442.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Tomorrow, Saturday, from 8.30pm the eight piece Ragati String Band will be entertaining customers at the Wheatsheaf with their foot stomping songs and tunes. The meat raffle is at 2pm on Sunday. On Tuesday at 8pm the Christmas quiz will be held followed by the Christmas prize draw. Christmas Eve has an apres ski theme and you are encouraged to wear your brightly patterned Christmas jumper. Complimentary cheese fondue is on offer. On Christmas Day the Wheatsheaf is open from noon to 3pm for Christmas drinks. On Boxing Day the normal venue is available from noon to 3pm. On Sunday December 28 there is another meat raffle at 2pm and on Tuesday December 30 another quiz from 8.30pm. On New Year’s Eve Doug’s Soul Disco will be the entertainment from 8pm until 1am.There will be a finger buffet in the price of £5.Tickets are going quickly so pick up your ticket before it’s too late. Ring 01323 502069.

THE BRITISH QUEEN: The Christmas draw will take place at 8pm tomorrow, Saturday, with some fabulous prizes. This is followed by entertainment from Atomic Hotshots. On Sunday from 4pm there will be a Christmas sing-along led by Leigh Baker. On Christmas Eve the British Queen is open from 11am to late evening with food available from noon to 3pm. Sound of the Crowd will be entertaining the customers from 8.30pm. On Christmas Day the pub will be open from noon to 3pm for drinks only. On New Year’s Eve The British Queen is open for food from 11am to 3pm. From 7pm to 1am it is ticket only which can still be purchased. Tickets are £4 each and include the first drink and nibbles. Leigh Baker is providing the disco. Please ring 01323 484166 for further information.

THE RED LION: On Christmas Eve The Red Lion is open from noon to 3pm when food is served until 2pm, and then from 5pm to 11pm for drinks only as tables for food are already booked. On Christmas Day and Boxing Day opening hours are from 11am to 5pm for drinks (tables are already booked). Food is available from December 27 to December 30 when the normal hours are kept. On New Year’s Eve the Red Lion is open from noon to 3pm for drinks only and then from 5pm to 6pm to the general public but is then fully booked until 1am. On New Year’s Day The Red Lion is open from noon to 6pm with food served up to 4pm. As a lot of the dates are already booked please ring 01323 502062 first to avoid disappointment.

CHRISTMAS SWIM: Willingdon Football Club’s Boxing Day swim takes place from the beach by the bandstand and is in aid of Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice. The swimmers will change in the Cumberland Hotel ready for a group photo at 11.55am and then it will be a quick dash into the sea. At present there are about ten swimmers as well as volunteer bucket collectors from the charity. Sponsorship money for the footballers will be divided between Chestnut Tree House and the football club.

NEW YEAR’S DAY SWIM: Graham Morris, chef at the British Queen will be swimming on New Year’s Day at noon by the band stand. It is in aid of the Fire Fighters’ Benevolent Fund and a member of his team is Dick Broady, an ex-firefighter who also works for the charity. Also taking part is Angela Cain, manageress of the British Queen. It is hoped that a few firefighters will come along with collecting buckets. Alternatively you can sponsor the team at the British Queen. Graham used to be a life guard so his team should be in good hands.