Parish pump Newhaven - December 5, 2014

Alfriston

Alfriston

UNEXPECTED warm sunshine brought lots of visitors to Alfriston last weekend and the shops have taken on a festive look. The individual village shops boast a real divergence of gift ideas from those found in the big-town High Streets and to make day of it there are plenty of places to eat and drink. The commercial part of the village stretches from Deans Place Hotel to Badgers so, when visiting don’t forget to cross the Tye and visit the Clergy House with the National Trust shop, Rathfinny’s shop in the Old Gun Room and Chestnuts tea room and the Coach House Gallery. These are tucked away and are worth finding.

PRO MUSICA will be presenting their Christmas concert at St Andrew’s Church on Sunday at 6pm. The Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols composed around such tunes as the Sussex Carol and Somerset will give the programme a festive flavour. Also featured will be Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. Carols by composer Bob Chilcott complete the programme along with some traditional favourites for everyone to sing. Directed by Ray Maulkin, with the Florentine String ensembles and David Ollosson (organ) and Frank Fox-Wilson (percussion); Michael Bunting is the soloist in the Vaughan Williams and Katie Walter sings the role of the boy soprano in the Bernstein. The evening concludes with a glass of wine. Tickets £12 are available at the door or from choir members.

CHRISTMAS MARKET in West Dean: The Dovecote Garden Christmas Advent Market in West Dean will be held on December 6 and 7 from 10am to 4pm. With a wide variety of stalls including home grown Christmas trees which may be chosen and dug from the ground. There is free parking and well behaved dogs on leads are welcome.

300 CLUB this month will be held on December 9 at 8pm at The George. It is still not too late to join and a £10 membership (giving, each month, the chance to win £50 for two members) could be a novel Christmas gift.

Bishopstone

A CAROL SERVICE will be held on Sunday, December 21 at 4pm in St Andrew’s Church followed by tea in the hall.

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.

FARMER, the ginger tom cat, is no longer missing. He found his way home to the old village, much to his owners’ delight. Farmer was somewhat reticent as to where he had been or what he was doing, but appears none the worse for his escapade.

THIS WEEKEND is the anniversary of memorable winter storms and famous local shipwrecks. In 1929, a man died on 6th December near the Buckle when the Seaford Rd was inundated; many more were lost the following day in 1809 when not one but seven sailing ships went to pieces in the bay. Fortunately, the weather forecast for the weekend is not too bad.

PANEL MEETING: Police and Neighbourhood panel meeting for Seaford West Ward and Bishopstone at 7pm Thursday at the Bishopstone Village Hall. This meeting is an open forum to give an opportunity for anyone who lives or works in Seaford to discuss local crime and anti-social behaviour with your local neighbourhood policing team.

Falmer

YOUNG TALENT: Those of us who attended the concert last Sunday morning were treated to an amazingly confident and polished performance by young violinist Ayla Sahin. Ayla is still at school and is clearly destined for a career in music. I particularly liked Le Chant de Roxanne by Szymanowski, a composer I had never heard of, what a beautiful haunting tune.

MORE MUSIC: Still to come in our regular Saturday concert series (tomorrow): The Bothy Singers. Since their inception in 2011, the Bothy Singers have enjoyed taking part in Herbie Flower’s Jazz Breakfasts at the Brighton Corn Exchange. They also performed alongside the very talented jazz singer, Tina May at the Ropetackle Centre in Shoreham during one of the Lonely Hearts Piano Bar concerts, and more recently have sung as part of the web radio broadcasts The Thursday Night Show. As usual admission is free with a retiring collection. The concert starts at 5.30pm and will last about 45 minutes.

CAROLS: We are also looking forward to our Advent Carol service this Sunday at 6pm. I love the Advent season with the slow build up to Christmas and the lighting of another new Advent candle each week. We will be hosting the University of Brighton carol service again this year on Wednesday. This is always a lovely service with the Brighton youth strings led by Andrew Sherwood and the Brighton University choir. There are always some really interesting readings too.

PLANNING: Two planning matters have come up recently, the first is an application to build some new houses in Falmer South on the farm yard. The plan is to convert two of the farm buildings (the stables and granary) into dwellings, the second is the building of a terrace of four houses on the footprint of a previously demolished barn. You can view the plans here: http://planningpublicaccess.southdowns.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=NF0OW6TUKM100

The second is that the University of Sussex is to appeal against the decision regarding their masterplan. The objections to the plans included the loss of 453 trees and that the scale and height of the plans could create a ‘dense urban environment’.

RELIEF: The installation of the new loo in St Laurence Church is almost complete. We are not sure if there is going to be a grand opening with the cutting of a ribbon, but it is certainly a milestone in the effort to upgrade the church’s resources and we are eternally grateful to Sue Mileham for her heroic work in co-ordinating everything and securing the funding for the loo.

FUN AT THE SWAN: Coming up for your Christmas entertainment at The Swan Inn there will be a Christmas Draw on December 20 and a Christmas quiz on December 21. I love a quiz, unfortunately there always seem to be a lot of sport questions and I know nothing about sport.

Folkington

CHURCH NEWS: We celebrated a beautiful Advent service last Sunday and said goodbye to The Reverend Canon David Gutsell who has led many of our past services and also played the organ so professionally, as he did on Sunday. Thank you. Mulled wine and festive fare was enjoyed by all in the church after the service. On Sunday there is a service of Holy Communion at 10.30am led by The Reverend Malcolm Elwis. The second Advent candle will be lit. All welcome to join our services and stay for refreshments in the church afterwards.

LeweS

WESTGATE WI: Our November meeting is our AGM month and our chairman, Julia Blake, was duly re-elected, the other officers will be assigned at our next committee meeting at the beginning of December. After the business side of our meeting we were requested to stand in specific areas of the hall representing whereabouts in the UK we were born, the majority of our members were born and bred in Sussex, then came London, a couple in East Anglia, two more in the south west of the country, one northern England and one born abroad, Jerusalem, so, as you can see we are quite a mixed bunch regarding our birth areas. This is all to do with our 2015 Centenary Project, to find out more come along and join us, we are a very friendly group and welcome anyone who would like to visit to see what the WI is all about, you are entitled to attend three meetings before deciding whether or not you would like to become a member. We meet in St Thomas’ Church Hall, Cliffe High Street on the second Wednesday of the month, doors open at 10am for coffee and the meeting commences at 10.30am. We did have a lovely treat this month as M&Co gave us a lock-in at their store in Cliffe High Street on Wednesday November 26 and some 12 of us attended, four of which volunteered to be models. Caroline, the manager, and her staff did us proud, welcoming us with drinks and nibbles before we embarked on a wonderful couple of hours watching the models and discussing what they were wearing, how great they looked in the clothes (each model displayed two different types of outfits) and we certainly became aware that it was fine for us slightly older ladies to wear trendy clothing without looking like mutton dressed as lamb. Once the modelling was over we had the store to ourselves to browse everything in store; children’s clothing, household linens and cushions, teenage clothing as well as the ladies apparel, trying on whatever we fancied. I think nearly all of us purchased one or more items of clothing, some bought the items which they modelled and, I have to say (as I was one of the models), all the clothing was extremely comfortable to wear, especially the ‘flapper’ dress I wore. Very many thanks to Caroline and all her staff who were only too happy to help us with styling, colour, size, etc., a long day for them as they were all in the store before 8.30am and wouldn’t have left until 9pm. We are hopeful that we can do it all again in the spring. (Dee Barr).

HISTORY GROUP: Lewes History Group talk, Monday, 7pm (for 7.30pm) at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road is entitled The History of Sun Street. Following a short AGM, there will be an illustrated talk by Rosemary Page, Sue Weeks and the other members of the team who have been investigating Sun Street’s past since October 2013 as part of the Lewes Streets Story project. They will present their findings to date about the buildings and their occupants and there will also be a display of historic photographs, press reports and other research results. All welcome. Free mulled wine and mince pies. Members free, £3 for non-members. www.leweshistory.org.uk

CHRISTMAS SHOW: WishWorks Christmas Show, Merry Mayhem, will be at Christ Church, Prince Edwards Road on Sunday at 2.30pm. Tickets available on the door, doors open at 2pm.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Last week the group held one of their monthly strolls of about three miles walking part of the old Lewes Racecourse on to Mount Harry and returning over Offham Hill and finishing at the bottom of Highdown Road. Although the weather was dull with some slight rain, the visibility was good thus the strollers were able to enjoy the interesting landscape including a part of the South Downs, for a full view of 360 degrees. The strolls, a fairly recent innovation, are proving to be very well supported. We have two walks this week. The first one is on Sunday when we go to Coleman’s Hatch. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start. Then on Wednesday we have another stroll. This one will be a flat walk from Firle. Meet at 10.30am at top North Street car park. New walkers always welcome.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

CHRISTMAS TEA today (Friday) in St Michael’s Church Rooms at 4pm. Tickets are £4 with proceeds going to St Michael’s. Delicious afternoon tea with crackers, poppers and carol singing. Telephone Margaret on 01273 517323 or Ann on 01273 514841 if you intend to go.

SOUTH HEIGHTON WI: Members will enjoy seasonal entertainment on Monday in South Heighton village hall by Encore (Ian and Sylvia Randel) at 2.15pm. Visitors welcome.

GUEST HOUSE STORYTELLERS present Winter Tales to Warm the Heart (or freeze the blood) at the Hillcrest Centre on Tuesday for their annual Winter Solstice Celebration. It is the time of year when families sat around the fire and stories flowed. Stories about ghosts and ghouls, about light and hope emerging from the cold and darkness, stories that warm the heart and bring people together. Go along and celebrate the community, bring a story to share or just sit back and relax and listen. Mulled wine, gingerbread biscuits and mince pies served in the break. To book a slot and tell a story, maximum ten minutes, email John jalden3288@aol.com. Hillcrest Café opens at 7pm, stories begin at 7.30pm. Admission £5, unwaged £4 on the door.

MEECHING WI: November was the AGM when the president and committee were all re-elected. The December meeting on Thursday is the Christmas lunch and members are asked to arrive between noon and 12.30pm and bring a plate, bowl and cutlery, glasses will be provided. The meal will be cold meats, salads etc followed by dessert with entertainment after the meal. The January meeting, on Thursday January 15, will host Peter White as speaker who will give a talk Town Crier - Bellman past and present.

ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH: The Reverend Martin Miller has asked me to include the Christmas Services at St Michael’s. Sunday, 6.30pm Carols with the Salvation Army, Sunday December 14, 3.30pm Christingle Service, Sunday December 21, 6.30pm Carols by Candlelight, Wednesday December 24, 3.30pm Crib Service, 11.30pm Midnight Communion, Thursday December 25, 10am to 10.35am Family Christmas Service, 10.35am Shortened Holy Communion. The Christingle Service, Crib Service and Family Service on Christmas Day are all designed to be child friendly.

FILM SOCIETY: Tickets are on sale at the Hillcrest Centre for the film society’s Christmas film 20 Feet from Stardom (12A) to be shown on Saturday December 13. This is an unusual documentary about the backing singers behind the greatest musical legends of the 20th century. There is rare archival footage, a peerless soundtrack and interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder and more. Tickets are £4.50 each and can be purchased at the Hillcrest Centre between 9.30am to 4pm Monday to Friday. Or email film@hillcrestcentre.co.uk to book your ticket and pay on the night.

THE AGM for Sussex Community Development Association Ltd will take place on Wednesday December 17 at 7pm at Denton Island Community Centre, Denton Island. All are welcome to attend, please confirm attendance by email board@sussexcommunity.org.uk or telephone 01273 517250.

Peacehaven

BINGO: There is another session of these ever popular eyes down games tonight Friday in the main hall, Community House starting at 7pm

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: Celebrations in the Community House and Meridian Centre Shopping Mall on Saturday December 13. There is a whole afternoon of events starting at noon with a variety stalls and activities for all ages of the family to enjoy. Perhaps that last minute present or stocking filler can be found here.

CAROL CONCERT: This year the Community Carol Concert will be in the Main Hall, Community House on Wednesday starting at 6pm. Entry to this free event is by ticket only available now from the information office. All are welcome but tickets are limited to two per person.

PANTOMIME: These details were shown in last week’s Parish Pump early by mistake but are correct now. The Peacehaven Players are currently presenting Sleeping Beauty in the Community House main hall. There is a show tonight, Friday, at 7.30pm. The final show is on Saturday at 2pm and 6pm. Tickets from £7 may be available by phoning 01273 681861.

CHRISTMAS DISPLAY: Peacehaven Horticultural Society is not just about growing vegetables and flowers. They have arranged a wonderful seasonal display at the entrance to the Community House. If you normally enter the Meridian Centre via the Co-op end it is well worth walking through the mall towards the information office, especially if you have young children. It is a colourful display of Christmas magic.

WRESTLING: Whenever this event is held in Peacehaven it is a sell-out. So fans will be pleased to know arrangements have been made for the grapplers to return in February and tickets are already on sale at the information office.

MORNING MARKET: There is a market tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community House, Meridian Centre which has been arranged by INAA. Next week’s market is on December 13 and will be organised by the Conservative Party. To book a table with them ring 01273 583975.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, there is a coffee morning in the Community House from 8.30am until noon organised by the Meridian Evening WI. Next week on Tuesday it will be Mencap serving the teas and coffees followed on Friday December 12 by The Martlets.

CINEMA: The film Belle is a film inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Captain. It will be shown in the Community House main hall on Wednesday December 17 starting at 7.30pm. Tickets at £5 each are available from the information office. Note: the information office is no longer open on Saturdays.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the planning and highways committee on Tuesday starting at 6.30pm. Details of the agenda can be seen at various notice boards around the town. Residents are welcome to attend and may ask questions during the first 15 minutes.

MISSED THE POST? A reminder that the advertised last posting dates for those Christmas cards is from December 3 to 9 for most world-wide destinations. It is December 12 for USA and December 13 for Western Europe.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: The last surgery of this year will be on Saturday December 13 from 10am to 11am in the Meridian Centre. Two ex-mayors will be on hand to listen to any problems that affect you and the town. This is a drop in surgery so there is no need for an appointment, just turn up.

Ringmer

ST PETER AND JAMES HOSPICE: The annual Lights of Love service will take place tomorrow (Saturday) at St Mary’s Church and not on Sunday as was incorrectly stated last week. Many apologies.

BOWLS CLUB: Our Christmas Coffee Morning will be held tomorrow (Saturday) from 10am to 11.30am in the club house on the village green. Entry 50p includes coffee and a mince pie. All the usual stalls, a tombola, raffle, cakes etc.

ST MARY’S CHURCH: The Christingle Service takes place at 9.45am on Sunday with special collections for The Children’s Society. A special Toddlers Time at St Mary’s takes place at 1.45pm to 2.45pm on Thursday. The Carol Service takes place on Sunday December 14 at 6.30pm with a selection of carols and lessons for Advent.

CAROLS AND COFFEE: Our annual get-together to sing carols and enjoy coffee and mince pies in the village hall will be on Thursday December 18.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday November 26, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Liz and Tim Owen; joint 2, Jenny Charman and Alan Grindley, Lesley Durrant and David Warner. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

FATHER CHRISTMAS: The Rotary Club of Lewes will be bringing Father Christmas to Ringmer with their Tree of Goodwill on Thursday covering the Springett Avenue, Sadlers and Mill Estates areas commencing at the clock tower and the following evening, Friday December 12, commencing at Broyle Lane covering the Broyle Estate, Christie and Delves Estates. Both evenings will start at 6pm.

FOOTBALL CLUB: The kids’ Christmas Party will be held in the club on Sunday December 14 between 4pm and 7pm. This is a free event and all are welcome.

Rodmell & Southease

PARKING: Every time I go to the Royal Sussex County Hospital and see all the parking problems, I think, if only we could have had a brand new hospital where the Amex is. It would have had its own station, plenty of parking space and university facilities for on-campus research and training. It was a dream for many that did not become a reality, unfortunately.

FINES: So, the government is contemplating fining people who refuse to take elderly relatives back home from hospital, because they find they need the beds (understandable) and they say some people go off on holiday leaving the system to cope with their sick relatives. I’m sure this is only a small amount because having dealt with such situations for many years and talked to many worried people, the shoe should surely fit the government’s foot, as they should have seen this situation arising years ago with people living so much longer, not being able to afford a house and having to work until at least 70 just to make ends meet. How can they take care of elderly relatives when they can barely cope themselves. Being a carer myself and coming into contact with many other carers, I just wonder how many cope. Much more needs to be done such as good convalescent homes such as we had years ago. It would be nice to see the old system of Alms houses come back into villages so people can stay in an area they love, with people they know and feel safe with, instead of being sent to the back of beyond to an area developed to isolate them.

CHRISTMAS: It’s becoming the time for festive celebrations and don’t we know it. Advertising on TV is rampant encouraging people to spend money they probably don’t have which will result in despair in January when the credit card bills come in. It would be nice to think that gifts are given with thought and don’t have to be expensive or to impress. There will be many local market and craft stalls around where unique and reasonably priced items can be purchased and much appreciated.

PANTO: I heard a rumour that Rodmell is not having a village Panto this year. I hope it isn’t true as it’s one of the village special occasions.

THE MILD WEATHER means that many spring bulbs are peeping through. They will have a shock if it turns cold as in the USA at the moment.

Seaford

CRIB FESTIVAL: An ambitious event is to be held at St Peter’s Church, Seaford, over the weekend of December 12 to 14. It’s a Christmas crib festival which tells the familiar story in a most imaginative way. It is aimed at everyone, with all kinds of displays which have been created by members of the church. Angels in particular will be prominent, and there will be a variety of cribs. There will also be displays in the church hall and grounds, and a bazaar with textiles, soaps, jewellery and mosaics. It is hoped children will be particularly involved, and there will be a concert and service by the Chamber Choir from Seaford Primary School. Also there will be a best-dressed King competition. During the festival the church will be filled with music, and it all ends on the Sunday with a celebration of carols at 6pm, to which all are invited. This festival will be opened on Friday, December 12 at 10.30am by the Mayor of Seaford, Councillor Mark Brown. It is open on Friday from 10.30am to 4pm; on Saturday from noon to 5pm; and on Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. St Peter’s is in Blatchington Road, East Blatchington.

PANEL MEETINGS: Police and Neighbourhood panel meeting for South and Central wards at 6pm Tuesday at Seaford Police Station. The meeting for Seaford West Ward and Bishopstone at 7pm Thursday at the Bishopstone Village Hall. The meeting for Seaford East and North wards at 7pm Friday December 12 at St Luke’s Church, Walmer Road. These meetings are an open forum to give an opportunity for anyone who lives or works in Seaford to discuss local crime and anti-social behaviour with your local neighbourhood policing team.

Telscombe

PUMP CORRESPONDENT VACANCY: After many years 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 and then emailing it through to the Sussex Express. Email me at stella.newman@telscombetowncouncil.org.uk if you are interested and I will forward on your details.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: The next councillors’ surgery is taking place tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 11am at Telscombe Civic Centre. This is your opportunity to discuss local issues with your town or district councillor. Have you thought if you could become a town councillor and make the decisions that really matter to you and your community? Drop in at the surgery to talk to existing councillors about what it means to be a councillor for your town. No appointment is necessary.

FILM AND GAMES: Young People’s Film Show and Games Morning has been cancelled. This event, which normally takes place on the first Saturday of the month at the Civic Centre, is no longer running.

COFFEE MORNING: Telscombe Residents Association will be holding a coffee morning from 10am to 11am tomorrow, Saturday, to coincide with the councillors’ surgery. Come along and join them for an informal chat over refreshments about local issues. All Telscombe residents are welcome. They look forward to seeing you there.

TELSCOMBE CLIFFS WI will be holding their Christmas Party at the Telscombe Civic Centre from noon to 4pm on Wednesday. They welcome new members. For any queries or more details please telephone Pat Grey on 01273 583778.

CHRISTMAS 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.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

SUNRISE SENIOR LIVING: The lighting of the Christmas tree accompanied by the Sunrise Choir will take place at Sunrise Senior Living at 6pm today, Friday. Tomorrow, Saturday, the Christmas Fete will be held at Sunrise from 2pm to 4pm raising funds for the Eastbourne Talking Newspaper. Light refreshments are available on both occasions.

DEMONSTRATION: Willingdon Flower Club will be meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. The demonstration is by Stephanie Laing and is entitled With Christmas in Mind.

CHRISTMAS GALA: The festive fun begins at Trinity Church tomorrow, Saturday, with a Christmas Gala which starts at 2.30pm. The Downland Singers will be joined by Wealden Brass for an afternoon of rousing Christmas music during which seasonal refreshments will be served. There will also be the opportunity to join in with some traditional carols. Entrance programmes priced at £5 can be purchased in advance by ringing 01323 484189 or emailing secretary@trinitylep.plus.com. Alternatively they can be purchased at the door.

STONE JUNCTION with their contemporary and transatlantic folk music will be entertaining customers at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

WILLINGDON SCHOOL OF DANCE will be presenting Forever England at the Floral Hall in the Winter Garden Eastbourne at 2.30pm and 7pm on Sunday supported by Eastbourne Silver Band. Tickets are £7 or £6 concessions. Ring the box office on 01323 412000. Donations will be given to Matthew 25 Mission and the Eastbourne branch of the Alzheimer’s Society.

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSES: Over 50 artists have been showing their work in various venues around Eastbourne during the weekend of November 29/30 and will continue to do so over the weekend of December 6/7. The first weekend was busy for Jennie Binnie and she will again be at the Old Schoolhouse in Jevington from 11am to 6pm on the second weekend when visitors can see her paintings, drawings, limited edition prints and festive fare. A warm welcome awaits you, whether you are buying or browsing. For further information please ring 07534 208402, email jensbinnie@gmail.com or visit www.jenniferbinnie.co.uk .

A CHRISTMAS BAZAAR, organised by the Micheldene Women’s Institute is being held at East Dean Village Hall from 10am to 12.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. Attractions include gifts for adults and children and Christmas decorations and accessories. Father Christmas assisted by his elves will be ensconced in his Winter Wonderland with a supply of presents. Also for younger visitors, there will be games and treats, plus a free drink and cake. There will also be a fantastic raffle and tombola with prizes for all ages. Visitors can also peruse shabby chic painted furniture, stock up on beautiful hand-made greetings cards, Christmas wreaths, local art, and a fabulous range of local crafts. New for this year is a vintage clothes stall for that essential party outfit, plus beautiful bags and jewellery to complete the look. And of course no WI event would be complete without a fabulous cake stall. Entry to the bazaar is free for children and just £2 for adults, which includes tea or coffee and a warm mince pie.

THE PRE-SCHOOL NATIVITY will be taking place in St Mary’s Church Hall at 9.30am tomorrow, Saturday, followed by a Christmas Fair in the church hall.

PANTOMIME TICKETS for Willingdon Church Players pantomime Aladdin to be staged at the end of January will be on sale in the church hall after the 9.45am Parish Eucharist and Sunday School on Sunday. At 11.30am the Christingle service will take place. Oranges supporting candles will be held by children to light up the church.

MEETINGS: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding a planning meeting at 7pm on Monday followed by a full council meeting at 7.30pm at Willingdon Community School. Please ring 01323 489603 for further information. Meetings are open to the public.

CAROL EVENING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding their annual Christmas carol evening on Thursday at Willingdon Triangle. The Kingfisher Scout Band will be starting the proceedings at 6.30pm followed by carols accompanied by Wealden Brass who will take their place outside Brains the Butchers. Sheet music will be available for everyone to join in with the carols. It would be a good idea to take a torch or lantern. The parish council will be supplying mince pies and mulled wine and there will also be food provided by Brains. Father Christmas will be in Willingdon Library where there will also be activities for children. There will also be a variety of stalls in Trinity Church Hall and perhaps one or two outside Terry’s the greengrocers. When the activities are closing down, probably about 8.30pm, some of those present will probably make their way to The British Queen where there will be a lively atmosphere with a barbecue with hot dogs and burgers outside.

‘X’MAS FACTOR: Friends of Willingdon Community School are presenting the ‘X’ Factor Christmas and craft fair from 10am to 1pm on Saturday December 13. Attractions at the school include local craft stalls, charity stalls manned by students in years 7 and 8, a visit to Santa, live music from students of Willingdon and a raffle and a variety of refreshments. If you would like to take up a stall yourself please ring 01323 481101.

THE EIGHT BELLS at Jevington: Every Monday evening from 7pm The Hot Club of Jevington, a gypsy swing band, will be entertaining the customers.

THE JPK PROJECT has been registered on the Easyfundraising website by some of its supporters. If you shop on line, you could help the charity to raise much needed capital to commence building the supported living centre for people with a learning disability. It won’t cost you anything to do so. Initially you will have to go to http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/find-a-cause to register your details, and then select JPK Project as the cause you wish to support. In the search box enter jpk. Click on support this cause and set up an account. You can then purchase online through the easyfundraising website at a wide range of outlets including Amazon and John Lewis, who will donate a small per centage of the purchase price to the JPK Project.