Parish Pump Newhaven - December 6, 2013

Alfriston

THE DICKENSIAN EVENING was a great success. The weather was unusually kind. So often in the recent past we have had rain and wind to deal with. The dry, crisp evening gave the atmosphere a truly seasonal and festive feel. Congratulations must be given to Sylvia Daw who guided this year’s Dickensian Evening, solving the many problems and challenges that always befall such large events.

SAVE THE CHILDREN’S Philippines Appeal. After the hurricane hit the Philippines the village speedily raised £420 which was matched pound for pound by St James’ Partnership Foundation, bringing the total to a splendid £820 which was sent to the Save the Children Philippines Appeal HQ.

HEARTSTART has taken delivery of a newer 4 x 4. Colin Burden, co-ordinator of the Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Heartstart Community First Responders, on behalf of Heartstart, expresses their grateful thanks to the generosity of the many local residents who responded to the fund raising events that made the purchase possible. With the increased number of call outs it is essential that the first responders can gain access to the off road areas that surround the villages.

THE 300 CLUB will this month meet at The Smugglers on December 9 at 8pm. The pre-Christmas meeting is always a jolly evening, even if it is not your lucky night to be the winner of £50. It is not too late to join either. For £10 a year you have the chance each month to be the winner of £50 and at the same time help with the upkeep of the War Memorial Hall.

Barcombe

REMINDER: Barcombe Sings Christmas, 7.30pm Friday December 13 at Barcombe Village Hall. An evening of your favourite Christmas carols and songs accompanied by local musicians. All donations to St Peter and St James Hospice. Further details from David Lloyd 01273 400520.

BARCOMBE WI: Tuesday 7pm at Little Holmans, Town Littleworth, Christmas Celebration. Food, drink and carols. Please bring a plate of food to share and car share if possible. Friday December 13, 3pm St Marys, Barcombe WI Lewes group WI annual carol service.

CHRISTMAS IN THE PARLOUR: Barcombe Village Hall, Sunday, December 22 at 8pm. This Christmas show has toured the UK for the past eight years, sponsored by the Arts Council of Wales, and has been featured on radio and on television. Two highly experienced professional operatic soloists, Pippa Dames-Longworth and Karl Daymond bring you an evening of laughter, joy and tradition with the help of Queen Victoria, Dylan Thomas, Charles Dickens, Handel, Lehar....‘A Brilliant show, super-talented, very-funny and totally professional.’ (Arts Council of Wales). Tickets £12 to include mulled Wine and mince pies (£10 concessions). Auction in aid of Riding for the Disabled and Dementia UK. Tickets can be bought in Barcombe Village Shop.

AGM: Barcombe Bonfire Society’s AGM 2014, 8pm, Monday February 17, in the Function Room of the Royal Oak.

Bishopstone

ST ANDREW’S Monthly Lunch Club will meet on Tuesday at 12.15pm for 12.30pm at the White Lion Pub. All welcome.

CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE is on Sunday December 15 followed by afternoon tea in the Parish Hall.

FAMILY SUPPORT NETWORK is collecting toys for Christmas for needy families. Please leave gifts, suitably marked, for toddlers to 18 year olds in St Andrews’s Church Tower. They will be collected during the second week of December.

TIDE MILLS community beach clean is at 10am on Sunday December 15. 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. For further information, email Jim Skinner (brian.skinner2@binternet.com) or phone 01273 517291; or contact Peter Mason (petermason@seaford2.freeserve.co.uk) or phone 01323 893096.

TOMORROW is the anniversary of what was probably the biggest maritime disaster ever in the bay - the loss of no less than seven ships and over thirty sailors in one night, on 7 December, 1809. It was basically due to a navigational error by HMS Harlequin, the leading vessel in a war-time convoy, the captain thinking he was in Pevensey Bay and not Seaford Bay. Only the firing of signal guns on the Harlequin before she went to pieces stopped the rest of the convoy from coming ashore. Although a well-publicised disaster, the exact location of the wrecks is still debated, the submerged cannon off the Buckle possibly belonging to the Harlequin, although others say she came ashore further east in Seaford.

Falmer

CRAFT FAIR: Falmer Christmas Craft Fair was a great success. The weather was set fair, and everyone who visited, and many who had never been to Falmer before, said just how beautiful it all looked. Inside the hall the variety of goods on sale looked really inviting to tempt people to buy; lots of beautiful paintings, baskets, pots, jewellery, cards and great homemade soup and cakes. There was a great deal of hard work put into the organisation of the fair and we are very grateful to those people.

CAROL CONCERT: Wednesday at 5pm in St Laurence Church, the University of Brighton will be having their carol concert.

LAST WEEK I treated myself to an appointment with the City College Brighton and Hove for some beauty therapy. Whilst waiting for my appointment I could see that the BBC were filming. I found out that a Beauty Therapy student, Agnieszka Ceesay, had won a Gold Medal for Nail Art at the NEC, Birmingham World Skills UK Competition, where many other competitions are run annually. I was lucky to be at the college, during the filming, and was lucky to see first hand Agnieszka’s work, the nails were amazing, I have never seen anything like them before, Agnieszka said that each of these very special nails took her an hour to complete. The interview was shown on the South East News that Monday night, maybe some of you saw it. City College are very proud of her achievement, quite rightly so.

Glynde & Beddingham

TOADS AT THE TREVOR: On Monday the Trevor Arms toads team will be playing at home to the Flying Toads from Isfield. The match begins at 8pm and spectators and would-be players are warmly welcome to come along.

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR: On Sunday, The Little Cottage Tea Rooms are hosting a festive afternoon of Christmas crafts and entertainment. There will be traditional stalls selling handmade crafts and artisan foods, all made locally. There will be the Great Glynde Bake Off with a chance to win a Christmas hamper plus afternoon tea for two so why not come along and pick up some Christmas gifts while you are there? The tea rooms are also now offering a take-away service of hot soup, toasted sandwiches, cakes and snack for busy people on the move.

PARISH COUNCIL: Last Wednesday, the parish council met in the Reading Room. Many thanks to Councillor John Wilson who gave his notice of retirement after many years of dedicated service to the council. His experience and expertise have been of vital importance to the team and everyone wishes him well for the future. There will also be a vacancy from the end of the year for a new parish clerk. Barbara Knight has tirelessly clerked the council for several years now and many thanks were also given to her for the wonderful job she has done. If any members of the community are interested in either of these vacancies, please contact the chairman, Andrew Small, by email on cllr.alsmall@live.co.uk.

ROAD SAFETY: Unfortunately during the last month there have been two serious accidents on Ranscombe Lane involving motorists. The lane is often used as a short cut from the A27, especially in times of heavy traffic, but due to its size and corners, is unsuitable for large vehicles or speeds in excess of 30mph. Luckily in both the recent incidents the drivers and their passengers sustained non-fatal injuries, but it is worth our normally mindful community remembering that visibility is poor on this road and there are often pheasants, rabbits, foxes and even deer crossing from one side to the other. Please slow down and take care.

CHURCH SERVICES: Today, Friday, there will be a Christingle Service in Firle at 2pm. The Sunday service of Holy Communion will be in Beddingham at 10.15am.

Lewes

CHRISTMAS FAIR: St Thomas’ Church (Cliffe) Christmas Fair tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to 12.30pm at the hall. Cakes, preserves, tombola, raffle, tea, coffee and much more. Proceeds to Church Restoration Fund.

HISTORY GROUP: Lewes History Group talk, Telling Lewes History for Children, Monday 7pm (for 7.30pm) at the Kings Church building, Brooks Road. Lewes is old. Of course it is haunted. That is the opening of Alison Jolly’s series of children’s books about a little girl who can see people of historic times still walking round Lewes’ streets. She will talk about the challenge of inventing stories which are true to history even though they are fiction for 10 year olds: Cromwell and the Priory, Tom Paine and the smugglers, Every’s Iron Works and the first Lewes workhouses, with scary made-up adventures for Fiddle and her friends. All welcome. Free refreshments. Small entry charge on the door. www.leweshistory.org.uk

NT LEWES CENTRE: On December 12 there will be a meeting at Priory School, Mountfield Road at 7.30pm. The speaker will be John E Vigar who will be talking about Sussex Churches. Non members welcome £3.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: On our last weekday walk in November, on a beautiful bright and cool day, we travelled further than usual for the start of our ramble. Our leader, Clare, had chosen Ashurst Wood which is one mile to the south east of East Grinstead, for the starting point of our walk. Soon after starting the walk we could see the imposing mansion of Stoke Brunswick. This was a former school which was originally based in Hove with Winston Churchill as one of its early pupils. We often encounter the Vanguard Way on our rambles and we met it here for a short stretch. Several new walkers were welcomed and the first mince pies of the season were enjoyed. The next walk is on Wednesday at Wilmington, a hilly 6 mile walk. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

LEWES FOOD BANK: After the successful food collection in May, Lewes Food Bank will be outside Waitrose collecting donations of food today, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am to 6pm. Please support this worthy cause.

AT ST JOHN’S CHURCH on Sunday, the first Sunday in Advent, which is our season of the four Sundays preceding Christmas, our Sunday service at 11am will be Holy Communion for all those who would like to attend and enjoy with us the wonderful family spirit we have at St John’s. There will also be chat, tea and coffee etc. Also on Sunday at our sister church in Malling is our annual Christingle Service at 3pm for all the family, your friends and children of all ages. It will be quite fascinating with all the candles and excitement of the coming Christmas. Even adults enjoy this one. Please come. We were very sad this week to learn that our dear friend George Oakley passed away peacefully last Sunday night and we send our love and prayers to Mary, his wife, and all his family.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH: Tea and carols today (Friday) in the church rooms 3.30pm. Numbers limited so telephone Ann Payne on 01273 514841 to check availability. Christingle Service in the church on Sunday at 3.30pm and Salvation Army Carols at 6.30pm on the same day.

CHRISTMAS FAIR tomorrow (Saturday) at Denton Social Centre in aid of The Rocking Horse Appeal 11am to 3pm. Visit Santa between 11am and 1pm. Christmas carols, mince pies, festive beverages, lots of stalls to get your Christmas presents. Christmas raffle.

COASTWATCH is a voluntary service which assists the coastguards search and rescue to help keep our coastline safe. They rely entirely on voluntary contributions and their next collection is tomorrow (Saturday) at Paradise Park from 9am to 6pm. They will also have a stand at the Fete de Newhaven on Saturday December 14 where they will be raffling a giant teddy bear and run their usual tombola.

PLANNING MEETING: Newhaven Town Council’s planning and development meeting will be held in Meeching Hall on Tuesday at 7.30pm followed by a meeting of the Public Environment and Open Spaces meeting.

GUEST HOUSE Storytellers. Tuesday at the Hillcrest Centre. Winter Tales to warm the heart. Enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie while listening to traditional stories told in the warm glow of candlelight. Just sit back and listen or join in. To book a slot to tell a story (max 10 minutes) email wizzie@uwclub.net. Mulled wine, ginger biscuits and seasonal fare will be available in the Hillcrest Cafe which opens at 7pm,stories begin at 7.30pm. Please bring candles, tea lights and holders if you have them.

NCDA: Newhaven Community Development Association will be holding their AGM on Wednesday at 7pm at Denton Island Community Centre. All welcome, plenty of free parking.

MEECHING WI Christmas lunch takes place in Meeching Hall on Thursday. Members are asked to arrive at noon and bring a knife,fork and spoon, glasses will be provided.

CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA takes place in Newhaven High Street on Saturday December 14 from 9am to 5pm. Lots of community stalls, Father Christmas, music and opportunity to meet your local councillors. Get into the festive spirit at this popular annual event. The normal market stalls will be there with lots more so it will be like one big street party.

CAROLS AND CAKES at St Leonard’s Church Hall, Denton Saturday December 14, 2pm.

FILM SOCIETY: Hillcrest Film Society is showing its Christmas film Julie and Julia (12) on Saturday December 14 starring Meryl Streep and Nora Ephron. The film contrasts the life of chef Julia Child in the early years of her culinary career with the life of young New Yorker Julia Powell who aspires to cook all 524 recipes in Child’s cookbook in 365 days. Hillcrest Cafe opens at 6.30pm, film starts at 7.30pm. Tickets £4.50 from Hillcrest Centre reception Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4pm,or email mfilm@hillcrestcentre.co.uk to reserve tickets and pay on the night.

SANTA’S GROTTO will be on South Heighton village green on Sunday December 15 from 6pm when children are welcome to say hello and receive a gift. Followed by carol singing at approximately 7pm. Mulled wine and mince pie to enjoy.

Newick

THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open from 10am till 11am today, Friday, in the village hall. Now is the time to place your orders for Christmas, a good selection of food,vegetables and some lovely Christmas floral arrangements.

RUGBY: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XV will be playing away at Hellingly, the second XV will be making a short journey to Haywards Heath III. Both games will commence at 2.15pm.

Peacehaven

CINEMA: There is a film show in the main hall Community House on Monday starting at 7.30pm. Blue Jasmine is a certificate 12A film and a little shorter than many at 98 minutes, however length does not mean lack of quality. Tickets at £5 each are available from the information office.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: On Saturday December 14 there will an opportunity to talk with councillors about any matters affecting the town. They will be available in the Meridian Centre from 10am until 11am. This is a drop in surgery so no appointment is necessary. Just turn up for a confidential one to one chat.

TREASURE HUNT: Don’t forget the Treasure Hunt that the council has organised with the help of local shops in the Meridian Centre. It is for local boys and girls and starts on Monday through to Saturday December 14. Pick up an entry form from the information office now. The winners will be announced at the Christmas Festival at 5pm in the Co-Op.

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: The Mayor will open the event at 2pm on Saturday December 14. There is something for all ages from children to granddads.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by the Peacehaven Horticultural Society in the Main Hall, Community House from 8.30am until midday. The next market on Saturday December 14 will be organised by the Peacehaven Conservative Party. To book a table contact them on 01273 583975.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting on Tuesday of the planning and highways committee in the Anzac Room Meridian Centre starting at 6.30pm. This is open to the public who may ask questions during the first 15 minutes.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, Peacehaven WI are holding a coffee morning in the Community House foyer from 8.30am until midday. Next week on Tuesday the Telscombe Cliffs WI will be behind the counter. The Royal British Legion will be in the Community House foyer on Thursday offering refreshments. And finally on Friday December 13 Meridian Evening WI will be providing the teas and coffees.

Polegate

CHRISTMAS GALA tomorrow, Saturday, at 10am, held at Trinity Church, Lower Willingdon. All welcome.

THE COFFEE MORNING at the Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday, is hosted by the Social Section. All welcome in the lounge from 10am until noon.

ST GEORGE’S Catholic Church which serves Polegate and Lower Willingdon will be celebrating its 75th anniversary over the weekend of December 7 and 8. Tomorrow, Saturday, at 10am there will be a short service of thanksgiving with members from other nearby churches, local councillors and school children, and members of the general public are cordially invited to join us. There will also be a small exhibition of activities over the years and some church vestments on display. Refreshments will be served in the hall and church and hall will be open until 2pm. If you have ever wondered about this small flint church at Polegate Cross Roads or perhaps have never visited a Catholic church in England do please come along, you will be most welcome.

POLEGATE WINE and social club meeting on December 10, Christmas Party and buffet. More information from Al on 485134.

TRINITY MARKET on Wednesday at Trinity Church Hall. There is a selection of varied stalls. The market opens at 10am and closes at 1pm. Do come along for a friendly chat. A raffle is held every week. We welcome customers old and new to visit, free entry. We are on a bus route, buses 51, 56, 126 and 143 stop outside. Other buses 54 and 98 stop at The Triangle, Lower Willingdon. To book a table telephone Wendy on 489002 or email maureencopping@yahoo.co.uk

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session at the Winter Garden, Eastbourne on Tuesday from 2pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 8pm.

Ringmer

COFFEE MORNING: A Christmas Coffee Morning will be held by the bowls club in their club house tomorrow (Saturday) from 10am to 11.30am. Entry 50p includes coffee and a mince pie.

FOOTBALL CLUB: The first team are away tomorrow, Saturday, when they visit Worthing United for their SCFL Div1 fixture, kick off time is 3pm. The second team are at home and play their Reserve Section Premier match versus Eastbourne United tonight, Friday, with a 7.45pm kick-off at The Caburn. On Sunday the youth team travel to Little Common for their league fixture with an 11am kick-off time. The veterans’ game last Sunday was cancelled as Forest Row veterans were unable to raise a team but the Ringmer Vets have a game on Sunday December 15 when they play host to Hartfield Veterans.

LIGHTS OF LOVE: The Ringmer Support Group for St Peter and St James Hospice is holding their annual Lights of Love Service tomorrow (Saturday) at St Mary’s Church at 4pm. Prior to the service the Christmas Tree in the churchyard will be illuminated at a short service of dedication and the names of loved ones will be read out during the service in the church.

CHURCH SERVICES: The services on Sunday are as follows: 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist with the Laying on of hands for Healing, 6.30pm Evensong.

CAROL CONCERT: I know that there are a lot of supporters of Pestalozzi International Village Trust in Ringmer who will want to be reminded of the Carol Concert on Tuesday at 7.30pm in St Michael’s Church.

FATHER CHRISTMAS: The Rotary Club of Lewes will be visiting Ringmer with Father Christmas and the Tree of Goodwill on: Thursday, Springett Avenue (starting at the shops), Sadlers Estate, Mill Estate and Anchor Field; Friday December 13, Broyle Estate, Christie Estate, Church Hill and main road finishing at The Pine Shop. Commencing at 6pm both evenings, please give generously as all proceeds are distributed in the local area.

COFFEE MORNING: Christmas coffee morning in aid of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital on Thursday from 10am to noon at Dart Cottage, 1 The Elms. Coffee, cakes, good company, books and bring and buy. Please rsvp Barbara Longhurst on 813574 or Anne Hodgson 812580.

PANTO: Empire Dance is proud to present Aladdin. It’s full of corny jokes about Ringmer and environs. There will be three performances in the village hall on Friday December 13 at 7pm and Saturday December 14 at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets, available from Ringmer Wine Store, are £7 and £5 for concessions.

RINGMER DEBATES: The next in the series of Ringmer Debates takes place next Friday December 13 at 7.30pm in the village hall. The theme for this one is My country right or wrong? Entry is free, though donations are requested for tea and coffee.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday November 27, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Jenny Charman and Michael Slot; 2, Steve Cocking and David Coutinho; 3, Lesley Durrant and Alan Disney. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

THANKS: Angela Howard would like to thank all who generously supported and contributed to the coffee morning held last week for the Philippines Typhoon appeal. A magnificent £700 was raised.

Rodmell & Southease

WI: A lovely sunny morning saw a group of WI ladies plus two husbands descend on the new Veolia incinerator, at Newhaven, for a conducted tour by a very efficient young lady named Hazel, who really knew her stuff. It is an amazing place to visit and it is open to the public, but you have to phone to be included in a conducted tour. As one of the many who was against the incinerator being built, the tour around it has changed my opinion somewhat. I still don’t like it being in such a beautiful prominent location, at the head of a lovely valley, and wish it had gone to a more industrial area nearer Brighton instead. However we now have it and have to realise that it is needed, if we don’t want more landfill sites. What the incinerator trip made me realise was the amount of rubbish all of us promote, yes, that’s you and me. Whether we like it or not we all throw away far too much in our society and we all need to look at our lifestyles. For those interested in this subject a few facts: Your household waste will provide the National Grid with enough electricity to power 25,000 homes and the green waste is made into a peat free soil conditioner Pro-Grow which I’m told local farmers are very impressed with, as a soil conditioner. It is on sale at the incinerator for the general public to buy at £2 per bag. I do urge you to pay the incinerator a visit, ask questions, and form your own opinion.

SAD LOSS: Rodmell has lost yet another resident, Kadarijah Gardiner, wife of Sharifin. They were well known for running a B&B in Barn House where they used to live until they moved into a house specially built for them within their grounds. Whilst in Barn House, they were our neighbours and we’ve always got on well. Sharifin would like people who could not get to Kadarijah’s celebration to know about it as follows: Kadarijah’s earthly remains were laid to rest at the Church of St Peter in Rodmell, on a brilliantly sunny, late autumn day. It seemed a fitting tribute. As one of her many friends said, ‘Kadarijah brought sunshine everywhere she went.’ She was born near Birmingham on 20 April 1930 and during her last days she was lovingly cared for at St Peter and St James Hospice in Chailey till 14 November. She became famous as the Actress Jean Harvey, starring in the TV series Compact and in the Mousetrap. The Gardiners moved to Rodmell in 1998. St Peter’s 800 year old church, decorated with flowers by Pam Carpenter and Marcia Heywood was packed with family, neighbours and friends from as far away as Zambia; while around the world friends were also honouring her with moments of silence, and prayer. The ceremony, conducted by Revd Geoff Daw, was a harmonious interfaith celebration of spirituality and culture, expressed through related traditions, and interspersed with hymns, and readings by her daughters as Kadarijah had wished. A close friend spoke about Kadarijah’s spiritual life in Subud, and another explained the significance for Kadarijah of the Muslim Al Fatiha and then chanted it in Arabic. An Ave Maria (Angel Gabriel’s salutation) was sung by Sharifin Gardiner, followed by the Magnificat, read by Kadarijah’s granddaughter, Laura. J S Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring was played by organist Lorna Melia as a recessional. After the simple casket was lowered into the ground in the churchyard, everyone there had a chance to strew red and white rose petals over the coffin, a Javanese tradition accompanied by a chant: We come from God and to Him we return. The funeral was followed by a reception at the village hall beautifully decorated with autumn branches from Ashfodon House garden. Her farewell gift to us all: ‘The only things that matter now are love, worship and laughter.’

CANADIAN AIRMAN: For those showing interest in the grave of the Canadian airman in Southease churchyard, his name was Sgt Pilot Arthur James Vaughan who died the day after crashing in Kent on 26 April 1941. He was 41. It is a mystery why he was laid to rest in Southease.

SERVICE: The advent Service of Light was a lovely service as usual in our church on Sunday but it’s very noticeable that members each year are going down. At one time you had to get to the church early to get a seat.

SCHOOL FETE tomorrow, Saturday, 2pm in the school.

RODMELL DERBY is also tomorrow, Saturday, at 7pm in the village hall.

COFFEE MORNING for senior citizens in Rodmell School at 10am on Thursday.

Seaford

HEARING RESOURCE: It has been reported that the East Sussex Hearing Resource mobile unit will be in Seaford on December 19. This is incorrect, but it will be visiting Broad Street from 10.30am to 3.30pm on January 9.

SEAHAVEN LIONESS CLUB: On Thursday and Friday, December 12 and 13, Seahaven Lionesses will once again be working to part the shoppers of Seaford from their money. They will not be threatening you with any offensive weapons, however, just inviting you to take part in their Lucky Receipt Draw in Morrisons. Many of you will be familiar with this event, but for those who are not here is how it works. For just £1 your name is entered into a draw, together with details of how much you spent in Morrisons that day. At the end of Friday (5pm) a name will be drawn and that person will win back the cost of their shopping up to £75. There has to be a limit the idea is, after all, to raise money for charity. In view of the terrible recent events in the Philippines the members have decided to donate the proceeds of this event, through Lions Clubs International, to the Philippines Appeal. The advantage of giving money this way is that it is then distributed through local Lions Clubs in the Philippines and we can be confident that all the money gets to the people who need it most. The Lionesses would like to thank Morrisons for letting them hold this fund-raising event on their premises and also thank in advance the people of Seaford for their support. Without you it couldn’t happen.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

DEMONSTRATION: Willingdon Flower Club will be meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. There will be a floral demonstration by Gill Sadler entitled Joy to the World. The completion is entitled It’s Magic.

TRINITY CHURCH Christmas Gala is at 10am tomorrow, Saturday. It will feature the Downland Singers and Wealden Brass. Programmes for entry are £5 each and include seasonal refreshments. Programmes are available at the door or ring 01323 484179 or purchase them at the Trinity Community Market held in the church hall every Wednesday from 9am to 1pm. Trinity Church will also be having a carol service at 10.30am on Sunday December 15 followed by refreshments.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Tomorrow, Saturday, Kevin Pallister will be providing the entertainment at the Wheatsheaf with his contemporary and classic covers. On Monday jazz and dinner starts at 7.30pm with the Happy Day Band. It is best to book to avoid disappointment.

CHALK HILL pre-school Nativity will take place in St Mary’s Church at 9.30am tomorrow, Saturday, followed by a Christmas Fair in the church hall.

ST MARY’S CHURCH will be having a Christingle service at 11.30am on Sunday. The collection is for the work of the Children’s Society.

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. Meetings are open to the public. Ring 01323 489603 or 01323 489104 for further information.

THE GLEN CHORALE: If you missed the Glen Chorale’s Christmas concert on December 2, there is still a chance to see it at 2.30pm on Monday at Wannock Village Hall. Tickets are £6 each to include tea and mince pies. For further information please contact Janet on 01323 502113.

CHALK FARM HOTEL will be the venue for the next coffee morning, at which the students with learning disabilities will be helping. It will take place from 10.30am to 11.45am on Thursday. Attractions include plants and cards as well as delicious home- made cakes.

CAROL EVENING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding their annual Christmas carol evening on Thursday December 12 from 6pm to 8.30pm. Father Christmas will be arriving at Willingdon Library between 6pm and 6.30pm and handing out small gifts to the children, and games and activities will also be organised in the library. Meanwhile, there will be a variety of stalls in Trinity Church Hall. Outdoor events commence at the Triangle at about 6.30pm with a performance by the Kingfisher Scout Band and this will be followed by community carol singing accompanied by Wealden Brass from 7pm to 8pm. It is best to take a torch or lantern so that you can see the sheet music handed out more easily. Brain’s the Butchers will be open, providing hot food, and mulled wine and mince pies can also be purchased. There will also be the opportunity to support local charities through their tombola and raffles. The British Queen will be holding a quiz from 9pm and will also be providing basket meals. The council has provided new Christmas lights in trees at the Triangle and two additional lamp post lights between Wannock Lane and Trinity Church which can be seen from the main road. All are welcome to join in this popular community event.

CONCENTUS CHORALE’S Christmas concert takes place at 7.30pm on Saturday December 14 at St Saviours and St Peters Church Eastbourne. For tickets or further information, please contact Evelyn Smith on 01323 643358. There will be a retiring collection for local charity the JPK Sussex Project.

THE 3 MMMs will be having their Christmas celebrations from 8pm on Wednesday at St Mary’s Church Hall.

TRIANGLE LACE CLUB members will be meeting at Trinity Church Hall from 10am to 2pm on Saturday December 14. There is a trade stand with lace supplies and equipment, and guidance on the art of lace making can be given. The cost, including tea and coffee, is £2.50. For further information, ring Rowena Gausden on 01323 484165.