HEARTSTART held a fund raising party last week. The treasurer has to do the final counting but they know they have raised over £900. The recent purchase of a much needed newer 4 x 4 had reduced their funds considerably and Christine Burdon was delighted to be able to tell me that due to the generosity of everyone who supported Heartstart’s Party they have made a start to replenish their coffers.
A QUICK LOOK BACK over 2013 reminds me that in the early part of the year the High Street was closed for several weeks so that new drains and new Tarmac could be laid. Local traders felt despondent as visitors obeyed the Road Closed notices and the village was very quiet apart from the road drills. However, when the road is open the need to find an answer to the traffic congestion at the narrows in the High Street goes on. The search is as energetic in December as it was last January. In August the Festival was a great success with the sun shining on Bank Holiday Monday bringing the crowds and raising much needed money for local organisations and charities. Will Alfriston have a Festival in 2014? The search for a new Chair and Treasurer goes on. This year’s Dickensian Evening in November was also blessed with dry weather. A very happy crowd joined the torchlight procession and helped Father Christmas turn on the lights of the Christmas tree, enjoyed the singing, the bands, the hog roast and the late night shopping. The High Street does not have the overcrowded bustle of the local big towns but it is good to see more visitors exploring our shops and visiting the local pubs and restaurants keeping the High Street and village alive. This year has also seen more visitors from our twin village of Veules en Roses.
MIDNIGHT EUCHARIST is at 11.30pm on Xmas Eve in St Andrew’s Church. The celebrant and preacher will be the Archdeacon of Lewes and Hastings, the Venerable Philip Jones.
ON CHRISTMAS DAY there will be a Said Eucharist at 8am and a Sung Eucharist at 9.30am at St Andrew’s Church.
FOLIAGE and berries are wanted to decorate the church for Christmas on Sunday. Please leave any offerings in the buckets provided in the church porch.
THE TOTAL for St Andrew’s Gift Day has now reached a magnificent £4,960. Thank you to everyone who contributed.
25 YEARS AGO this Christmas the Belgian trawler the White Horse was stranded in the bay near the Buckle. Fortunately no sailors or fish were lost, but it attracted numerous visitors to the beach, and was a great time to greet the locals.
SHOP OPENING HOURS: The Village Shop will be receiving its bumper Christmas fruit and veg delivery this weekend and will be opening for a few extra hours this coming Sunday (10am to 1pm) to enable you to shop for your festive fresh food needs right on your doorstep.
THOMAS TURNER: Friday 25 December 1761: ‘This being Christmas day, myself and one servant were at church in the morn…we both stayed the communion; I gave 6d. The widow Marchant, James Marchant, Bett Mepham and Philip dined with me on a buttock of beef roasted, a raisin suet pudding and turnips…’
LADIES GROUP: A feast was served for the Ladies’ Christmas dinner, an excellent meal was prepared by members, with a cup of mulled wine to welcome everyone as they entered the door. The meal was a joint effort and was enjoyed by everyone.
CONGRATULATIONS go to Lydia and Phyl on their engagement with plans to marry next autumn. Lydia is the daughter of Jeanette and Francis Lacy-Scott and I know her parents are delighted with the news, and I am sure everyone in the village will join with me to wish them well.
THE UNIVERSITY of Brighton held their carol service in St Laurence Church last Wednesday and the church was full. It was a glorious evening with the music of the Brighton and Hove Youth String Ensemble, and the University of Brighton Community Choir. We heard some beautiful readings and sang full voice to some great carols. After the service everyone was invited back to the Parish Hall for hot mince pies and wine.
CHURCH SERVICES: Christmas Services at St Laurence Church: Tuesday, 3pm Children’s Carol service and Christingle; 11.30pm Midnight Mass. Wednesday, 10am Christmas Eucharist.
WI: It was 6.30pm on December 5t when the doors of the parish hall opened and the WI members could take in the scene. Tables spread with festive cloths, shimmering decorated candles, golden Christmas crackers at each place, party poppers and after dinner mints. Along half the length of the hall tables were full to bursting with every dish you could think of - meats, savouries, pies, quiches, salads, sauces, salmon, etc; all supplied by the members themselves. Another table carried a variety of desserts and several types of cheese to follow. It was certainly a feast for the eyes. At 7pm we all sat down at our chosen places, with either a glass of wine or a soft drink, ready and eager to be told when it was our turn to choose our meal. We were spoilt for choice, so much was on offer. There was a constant low hum of voices either talking of the wonderful food they were enjoying or in anticipation of the tastes to come. The main meal was followed by the equally difficult choice of which dessert and cheese to choose, everything was so good. There followed tea or coffee and mints but there was even more to come, the entertainer. John Cave had the audience shaking with laughter. He sang hilariously funny songs which included Mrs Beamish by Richard Stilgoe, accompanied by his guitar. His repertoire also consisted of comic ditties, stories and songs once sung by Jake Thackray, one of which was Sister Josephine, a real side splitter. All too soon the evening came to an end, in fact some of the programme expected to be covered will be dealt with at the next meeting on January 2 when a WI Resolution will be chosen for 2014. Thanks should be given to all who contributed food and last but not least to all those, including members’ husbands, who cleared the tables, washed up and tidied the hall. What a glorious end to 2013.
CHURCH SERVICES: Christmas at St Pancras Church, come and join us in the celebration of Christmas at the following Services: Carol Service on Sunday at 6pm, traditional readings and carols with choirs; Crib Service with candles on Christmas Eve at 4.30pm, child friendly short service for all the family; Family Communion on Christmas Day at 9.45am, bring the family as we celebrate Christ is born. Everybody of all ages always very welcome to all our services.
ST JOHN SUB CASTRO: On Sunday we would like to invite everyone to our 11am Carols for All with the Christmas story, Christmas music and favourite carols. It will be a joyful and exciting service for all the family. Please come. Then on Christmas Eve at 6pm a Children’s Crib Service when any toys they bring for needy children, they place at the foot of the Christmas tree. Then later at 11.15pm at Malling Church will be Midnight Communion for anyone who would like to attend. On Christmas Day at 11am we will have a short Family service after which at 11.45 a brief Communion Service will be held, all are most welcome.
VINTAGE CAR SHOW: On Monday September 14, 2014 there will be a Vintage Car show raising money for Lewes Hospital at Lewes Racecourse. They are looking for pre-1964 cars and bikes to join the parade. It will start from North Street and will journey up the town to the old Lewes Racecourse, where they will be commemorating the 50th anniversary of the closure of the racecourse. For more details please contact Barry Foulkes 01825 761727 email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOOTPATHS GROUP: The replacement bus service did arrive at Seaford station later than the train would have done but we still had plenty of time to walk along the front and up Seaford Head where the full force of the wind could be properly appreciated. The sea was grey-brown and choppy but the ferry that steamed out of Newhaven appeared to be unperturbed and sailed serenely over the horizon. Bracing is the word that best describes this part of the walk. At the cottages at Cuckmere Haven we turned back and followed the track up to South Hill and then the path through the golf course where some hardy souls were out for a walk with their golf clubs in tow. At this point the rain forecast for noon began to come down so the walk back through the streets of Seaford to the station was a slightly soggy affair. Ten of us embraced the elements for a good walk led by Hilda and Graham. Our next walk will be on New Year’s Day and we will meet at top North Street car park at 9.30am for a walk which will start at Falmer. Why not start the New Year with a bracing walk?
TABLE TOP SALE: Tomorrow, Saturday, St John’s Church will be holding their last tabletop sale in Cliffe Church Hall, from 9.30am to 1pm. We shall have our usual home made cakes and preserves, lovely Lewes cards, china and glass gifts, books and hot coffee and mince pies available all morning. Do come and support us for our final sale, admission is free and all are welcome.
HOUSE OF FRIENDSHIP: Thank you to all who came to our Christmas lunch last week, it was a lovely day. Our very best wishes to all our members for Christmas and new year. Please note our opening times over the festive period: We shall be closed on December 25, 26 and 27 and on January 1, but open as usual on the other days.
Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton
MADS: Meeching Amateur Dramatic Society is holding its Christmas Dinner at the Drove tonight, Friday. Rehearsals are well underway for their first pantomime for several years. Jack and the Beanstalk opens at Meeching Hall on Tuesday January 21 and runs until Saturday January 25, nightly at 7.45pm with matinees on Saturdays January 18 and 25 at 2.30pm. Tickets are already on sale from Meeching estate agents in the High Street 01273 515566, adults £8, children £6.
NATIONAL COASTWATCH provide eyes along the coast to keep Newhaven waters safe. The NC Institution is a registered charity relying solely on contributions from the local community they serve so when you see them collecting or running tombolas at local events please give generously. You can find out more about NCI Newhaven by clicking on to their website ncinewhaven.org.uk. Anyone interested in joining NCI Newhaven can give them a call on 01273 516464.
MERIDIAN FORUM run several events that are useful and interesting to members. The computer workshops are open to all members and run on the first Monday of each month at the Hillcrest Centre from 10am to noon.Take your own laptop or use one belonging to the Forum. Contact Bill Kocher at email@example.com to book a place and receive more information. Volunteers are needed to go along and assist beginners. Sunday Lunch Club at the Age Concern, West Quay is open to all. Lunch,dessert and coffee costs £6.50 and lunch is served at 12.30pm. You must book by noon on the previous Friday. The Forum holds meetings on the second Wednesday of every month at the Hillcrest Centre starting with free coffee at 10am and a variety of speakers are invited. The first meeting of 2014 is the AGM which takes place on Thursday January 14 from 10am to noon in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre, Peacehaven, coffee available from 9.45am. Please telephone Kate on 01273 516207 to reserve a place.
RNLI: The first fund-raising event for Newhaven Lifeboat in 2014 is the popular Slurp Our Soup lunch on Friday January 31 from 11.30am to 3pm. Soup, cheese and bread for £3.50, pay on the door so put the date in your diary now.
CHRISTMAS SERVICES: Newhaven Baptist Church, Sunday, 4pm Carols by Candlelight; 10.30am Christmas Day, Christmas Celebration. St Leonard’s Denton, Sunday, 4pm Carols by Candlelight with Seaford Silver Band, Christmas Eve 3.30pm Crib Service with puppets repeated at 6.30pm, 11.15pm Midnight Communion. Christmas Day 10am Family Communion. Sacred Heart (RC) Newhaven Sunday, 3pm Carol Service; Christmas Eve, 8pm Vigil Mass of the Nativity; Christmas Day 9am Mass. City Coast Church, Newhaven, Sunday, 10.30am Christmas Celebration at Shakespeare Hall. St Michael’s Church, Newhaven Christmas Eve, 3.30pm Crib Service, 11.30pm Midnight Communion, Christmas Day 10am Family Service followed by Family Communion at 10.35am.
LIBRARY: Much of the Christmas TV viewing this year will again be films so a book to read may be useful. The library will be closed from Tuesday to Thursday inclusive and reopens from Friday December 27 to Tuesday December 31 inclusive. It will also be closed on New Year’s Day after when normal opening times will resume. You can renew items on line at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/libraries using your Pin.
CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: This event was well supported with a happy atmosphere in abundance. Plenty of stalls to see and other activities to enjoy. I did not get to see the whole afternoon programme but I did catch the Coastland Churches puppet show which was brilliantly clever. It was warmly applauded by a large crowd of onlookers and well deserved. Congratulations and thanks to the council office staff who have spent many hours arranging this year’s Christmas Festival.
CINEMA: It is never too early to buy your cinema tickets. The next film to be shown in the main hall, Community House, Meridian Centre is Philomena. This event on Wednesday January 22 can be written in your new 2014 diary. It starts at 7.30pm and tickets at £5 each are available from the information office now. There is plenty of free parking.
MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by the Friends of the Meridian School in the Main Hall, Community House from 8.30am until midday. This is the last Saturday market until the New Year so it is an opportunity to buy those last minute stocking fillers.
COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, the U3A are holding a coffee morning in the Community House foyer from 8.30am until midday. There are no further coffee mornings in the Community House foyer until next year. However the information office is taking bookings now for January and February. So if your organisation is planning to do some serious fund raising soon get along to the office and book a prime spot now.
FORUM: The Meridian Mature Citizens Forum will hold their AGM on Tuesday January 14 in the Anzac Room Meridian Centre from 10am to noon. There is coffee at 9.45am before the meeting starts. There will be a speaker from the Health Services. To help with the catering arrangements please contact Kate on 01273 516207 to reserve a place and to say you will attend. If you are 55 years or over and not yet a member why not join; it is entirely free.
MURDER MYSTERY: This very traditional style Agatha Christie murder will be enacted by professional actors on Saturday January 25, 7pm for 7.30pm in the main hall Community House. Dress is optional but remember to bring your own food and drink. We are sure Poirot, Morse or Miss Marple could solve the mystery but the question is, could you? A similar mystery last year proved very popular. Tickets for this event at £12.50 are available now from the information office. For further information call them 01273 585493.
XMAS CLOSURE: Both the information office and council offices will be closed from 3pm on Tuesday and will reopen at 9am on Thursday January 2.
CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT: Carols will be sung at 6.30pm in the Peacehaven Evangelical Church on Sunday. Everybody is most welcome to join in at this special time. There will also be refreshments served afterwards.
REFUSE AND FOOD WASTE: The collections on Wednesday/Thursday December 25 and 26 will be made on Friday December 27. The collection on Friday December 27 will be made on Saturday December 28. There will be normal collections on Monday and Tuesday, December 30 and31. Collections from January 1 to 3 will be made one day later. Please ensure that all rubbish is put out by 6am on the altered dates.
KERBSIDE RECYCLING: For details of collection dates refer to your kerbside recycling calendar. If you do not have one then it can be downloaded fromwww.lewes.gov.uk/waste/boxit.asp or call customer services on 01273 484999.
AND FINALLY: With Christmas nearly upon us this is the last Parish Pump for 2013. The column will reappear on Friday 10 January. It remains for me to say thank you for reading the column. Do keep in touch by sending me emails about the events that you or your organisations are planning.
WI: Our Christmas meeting was full of good cheer, with the exchange of cards and greetings. The coffee morning was a great success in spite of it being wrongly advertised in the local paper. The entertainment was really superb, Richard Radcliffe regaled us with all the songs we knew well and were able to join in with the choruses. Definitely of our era. After an excellent tea, the president closed the meeting with good wishes for Christmas and the New Year, which we extend to all our friends and hopefully new members. The next meeting will take place on January 15 and we look forward to seeing some new faces.
CHRISTMAS Coffee Morning tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre. All welcome in the lounge at 10am, includes free mince pies. Hosted by the Social Section kitchen fund, including 500 club draw.
RAMBLING CLUB: The Boxing Day amble with one R in front, nearly 5 miles, this will be a surprise walk, dependent on conditions underfoot and availability of coffee/comfort stops. More info at the Christmas gathering but watch the website for last minute details with Roger. More info from www.polegateramblers.org.uk or email info@polegateramblers,org.uk or telephone Carol on 484621. January 2, leisurely walk, Lullington Church, (pray for good weather) 3 miles lovely walk to church from Alfriston village, fairly flat, could be muddy if we meet at Downlands Medical Centre, from 10am for 126 bus (coffee in village). No stiles. With Geoff. Or a longer walk of 5 miles Coffee at The Galleon woods, with Dave and Maureen, or a longer walk of 8 miles Common Factors circular from Little Common roundabout towards Hooe Common, leader at start, take picnic, 15 stiles with Lucy. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.
POLEGATE DRAMA group pantomime is Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates running from January 18 to 26. Bookings taken at Archer and Partners, High Street.
CONCENTUS CHORALE: Having just performed their Seaford concert to a sell-out audience, Concentus Chorale are pleased to announce that their highly popular annual Christmas concert will take place tomorrow (Saturday) at St Saviour’s and St Peter’s Church, South Street, Eastbourne commencing at 7.30pm. Entitled Echoes of Christmas, this unique concert will include well known music such as O Holy Night, Go Tell It on The Mountain, In Paradisum (Faure), Star Carol, Bethlehem, How Lovely Are Thy Dwellings, Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen), A Clare Benediction, Rhythm Of Life, One voice, The Carol Singers and Twelve Days Of Christmas, all of which will help to raise the roof and especially when intermingled with congregational carols. Led by Adrian White, director of music who is well known to the local music circles, the Chorale will sing a wide variety of seasonal music including easy listening, spiritual and traditional music as well as conventional carols. Concentus Chorale is the largest choir in Eastbourne, being one which exudes excitement in their singing and in showing their versatility by performing programmes that are off the scale with variety. This exhilarating concert is sure to warm your heart and uplift your spirit so complementing the excitement of the Christmas season. Tickets, which cost £10 if purchased in advance (£11 on the door), can be purchased from Bonners Music Superstore, 56 Langney Road, Eastbourne (01323) 636140 or Semantics Glass and Engraving Studio, 33 Grove Road, Eastbourne, (01323) 646414. Alternatively for out of hours purchases and further information, please contact Evelyn (01323) 643358. Tickets may also be purchased on the door. Refreshments are available during the interval.
GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session at the Winter Garden, Compton Street, Eastbourne on Monday from 9.30am to 12.30pm and from 2pm to 4pm.
HISTORY STUDY GROUP: The Christmas meeting today (Friday) will be in two parts. Firstly, Bob Cairns will entertain us with a seasonal quiz. Then there will be an interval for the usual Christmas refreshments. Following this John Kay will show some of the photographs newly added to the group’s collection. The evening will be financed by the Grand Raffle. Donations of prizes on the evening will be very welcome All are welcome at 7.45pm in the village hall.
CHURCH SERVICES: The services at St Mary’s on Sunday are as follows: 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist, 6pm Carols by Candlelight in the village hall with the Baptists. Christmas Eve: 5pm Crib Service, 11.30pm Midnight Eucharist. Christmas Day: 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist, 11.15am Family Christmas Service.
CAROL SINGING: Members of the Hospice Support Group will be singing carols outside Ringmer shops on Christmas Eve from 10am for about an hour. All welcome, so do come along to swell the merry throng. All proceeds to St Peter and St James Hospice.
LIBRARY: As a Christmas special, Ringmer Library will be open on Saturday December 28 from 10am until 1pm.
BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday December 11, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Liz and Tim Owen; 2, Roy Skan and John Weston; 3, Alan Grindley and David Warner. Contact 814220 for details of future meetings.
Rodmell & Southease
AS EXPECTED there has been, and will be, a lot going on in the village up to Christmas. Unfortunately I missed the senior citizens’ coffee morning put on by our school on Thursday December 12. I’m sure it was a great success and the children always give their all to please the older folk.
DERBY: I hear the Rodmell Derby was a great fun evening so those who organised it deserve praise and congratulations.
WI: The Rodmell and Southease WI Christmas Party was very pleasant and of course the food was great.
CONCERT: On Monday December 16 our church rang with angel voices as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and her pupils gave us a wonderful concert of assorted music. Dame Kiri has been a resident in the village for many years and is very well thought of, and we all respect her right to privacy. The wonderful effort she and her children, as she fondly calls her pupils, gave to put on such a beautiful concert for Rodmell residents only, was much appreciated. The church was packed, it was decorated beautifully and there was plenty of wonderful food and drink. All proceeds go to Rodmell Village Funds. Many thanks go to all concerned for making it such a great occasion. Special thanks go to Paul and Linda Denerley for their organisation. I was especially pleased to see and hear soprano Galina Averina, who was born in Moscow, and now studies at the Welsh Academy of Voice, as she had stayed with me recently and is such a sweet girl. Dame Kiri will celebrate her 70th birthday on March 6, 2014 with a return appearance at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as the Duchess of Crakentorp in Danizetti’s Daughter of the Regiment. A remarkable lady, and she looks so young.
CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Rodmell Carol Service at 4pm in the church. The lovely Carol Service held each year on Christmas Eve in Southease Church starts at 6pm. It gets packed so make sure you are on time. This simple but beautiful church always looks so magical by candlelight. I just love the simple tranquillity of this little hamlet.
I MUST NOT FORGET to mention what a wonderful Christmas supper about 40 Rodmell ladies enjoyed in our pub on December 11. We all get on so well together and it is lovely to meet up and catch up on local news and have a jolly good laugh.
EAST SUSSEX Hearing Resource and Adult Social Care mobile unit for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people will be visiting Broad Street on Thursday January 9 from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Representatives will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss. Further information from the East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre on 01323 722505 (voice/text/fad) email firstname.lastname@example.org.
STAMP CLUB: Seaford District Stamp Club will be meeting on January 8 at Cross Way Church Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Members nigh showing stamps with the letters P Q R. All stamp collectors welcome.
BINGO EVENING tonight, Friday, at the Civic Centre, 7pm start. This is one week earlier than normal due to the Christmas break. Unfortunately the Peacehaven Times have printed the wrong date in their latest issue. There will be eight games played for £4, plus an additional snowball and flyer game. It will be a special Christmas evening which will also include a raffle. 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 is a perfect opportunity for getting out and meeting new people. Net proceeds raised will go to the Mayor of Telscombe’s Charity Fund.
THE CIVIC CENTRE and council offices will close on Tuesday afternoon and re-open on Thursday 2.
CHRISTMAS REFUSE and food waste collection days over the Christmas period will change slightly as follows: Normal day Wednesday December 25, altered day Friday December 27. Normal day Thursday December 26, altered day Friday December 27. Normal day Friday December 27, altered day Saturday December 28. Monday and Tuesday, December 30 and 31, normal collections. Normal day Wednesday January 1 to Friday January 3, altered collection one day later, with Friday January 3 being collected on Saturday January 4.
KERBSIDE COLLECTION times, please refer to your kerbside recycling calendar. If you do not have one you can download one from the websitewww.lewes.gov.uk/waste/boxit.asp or you can request one by calling Lewes District Council’s customer services department on 01273 484999.
Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington
CAROL EVENING: A large crowd attended the carol evening at Willingdon Triangle on December 12 organised by the parish council. It was a warm evening and there was a good atmosphere. The Kingfisher Scout Band started off the proceedings and Wealden Brass was there for the first time which enhanced the evening as the crowds sang carols. Children enjoyed the activities in Willingdon Library and presents were received from Father Christmas (parish clerk Andy Beams). The charity stalls did well and the whole event was supported by Sussex Police.
MUCH APPRECIATION is due to Janet Hilder and Judith Pike who organised a really great festive evening for the 3MMMs recently and also to Graham and Val Broom who arranged a terrific buffet with mulled wine and entertainment at the Red Lion for the Grumbleweeds. Please let me know if there is anyone you would like to publicly thank.
THE CHRISTMAS lights at the Triangle look great, thanks to the parish council, and have you seen the lights in Gorringe Valley Road which many of the residents have put up outside their bungalows?
LONE STAR LINERS are having a line dance social from 7.15pm to 10.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. Admission is £5 to include tea/coffee and biscuits. Contact Ros Burtenshaw on 01323 504463.
SOUL SINGER Lou Taylor will be entertaining customers at the British Queen at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. On Tuesday Justine will be providing the entertainment from 8.30pm.
THE WHEATSHEAF: Local musician Marcella will be entertaining customers from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, with covers from the 70s and 80s to the present day. On Sunday the meat raffle is at 2pm. On Monday the Christmas draw is at 8pm and this will be followed by entertainment from talented Owen Donovan. On Tuesday Keith Brady’s Nostalgia Roadshow is from 8pm. On Christmas Day Paul and Andy will be hosting another jam session when talented musicians are welcome to have a go. On Saturday December 28 Si McLean, talented young musician, will be providing the entertainment from 8.30pm.
THE EIGHT BELLS: Dr Paul Frisby will be playing keyboard and leading the carol singing at the Eight Bells, Jevington, from 8pm on Sunday. For the first time The Eight Bells will be serving lunches on Christmas Day itself. There will be one sitting. It is best to book. Please ring 01323 484442. On Boxing Day Coakham Bloodhound Hunt will be meeting at the Eight Bells at noon. It is a spectacular sight and they won’t be chasing live foxes. On New Year’s Eve there will be live music from Grand Banali from 9pm, free entry for anyone.
CAROL SERVICE with nine lessons and carols for choir and congregation at St Mary’s Church is at 6.30pm on Sunday. On Tuesday crib services will be held at 3pm and at 4.30pm. Midnight Mass with carols start at 11.15pm, with carols from the gallery starting at 10.40pm. On Christmas Day Holy Communion is at 8am and there is also a family Christmas Eucharist at 9.45am.
ST ANDREW’S CHURCH, Jevington, will be having a carol service at 4pm on Sunday. The Christingle and Crib service is at 3pm on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day Holy Communion is at 10am.
TRINITY CHURCH will be having a church service at 10.30am on Sunday and Christmas Worship on Christmas Day at 10.30am.
BOXING DAY SWIM: Willingdon Football Club’s 27th annual Boxing Day swim will take place on the beach opposite the Cumberland Hotel at noon prompt. This has always been the tradition and despite the bandstand being closed, the Cumberland Hotel has always allowed the footballers to change there and have provided hot soup afterwards. Representatives from the two local charities which are to be supported will also possibly take part in the swim or be bucket collectors. The charities are locally based Alzheimer’s Society and Chestnut Tree House. The club always likes to support local charities.
GRAHAM MORRIS, chef at the British Queen, is getting his team together to join him for his annual sponsored New Year’s Day swim. This year it will be held at the beach by the Redoubt, as the bandstand will be closed. It will take place at noon. This will be Graham’s 32nd annual swim and the charity that he has chosen to support is Eastbourne Ambulance Community First Responders. Hoping to take part will be Angela and Rob Cain, Steve Marshall, Neville Walley, Alan Mitchell and Martin Smith. They should be in safe hands as Graham used to be a life guard.
THE RED LION will be having a disco on Christmas Eve from 8pm to 11pm led by Paul Hayes, which is open to all. Food is being served between 6pm and 8pm. Please ring 01323 502062.
ST MARY’S CHURCH rambling group will be meeting at Chalk Farm at 10am on Monday for a short walk before returning to the church hall for coffee and mice pies.
NEW YEAR’S EVE party at the Wheatsheaf will have the last night of the proms as its theme. The pub will be closed to the public from 6pm. Tickets are going quickly so it is best to get yours as soon as possible. Ring 01323 502069.
THE LONG MAN Morris Men, who spend Friday evenings in the winter practising their steps in St Mary’s Church Hall, will be dancing near the bandstand at 10am on Boxing Day and at 11.30am by the Lifeboat Museum.