Parish pump Newhaven - February 21, 2014

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Alfriston

ALFRISTON VILLAGE is Open for Business. Once again there is a Road Closed sign at the north end of the village. At the time of writing the water is covering the road beyond the High Street and part of the Willows car park but the access to the village from the south is flood free and a welcome awaits visitors. The traders in the village have been severely challenged in the early months of 2013 and 2014. Last year the drains were being replaced and the road closed signs kept visitors at bay. This year the flood water has meant the road closed signs are out once more and the village is quiet yet the shops, restaurants and pubs are open and village life is as usual.

ALFRISTON AND DISTRICT Amenity Society’s February talk will be an illustrated talk on The Friends of Eastbourne Hospital on February 25 at 2.30pm in the War Memorial Hall. It will be about the work of The Friends, what they have achieved, their relationship to the NHS and what they are aiming to achieve in the future. This is an opportunity to hear about their work for The DGH and to ask questions. The meeting is free to members but new members are always welcome. Membership is £3 per household per year.

Bishopstone

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

PLEASE JOIN US in wishing Linda Wallraven (our valued local councillor) a speedy recovery from her recent operation.

THE WEATHER has been in the news again this week although the Atlantic storms seem to be blowing themselves out. The beach now has a retro look with shelving sands and old groynes showing. Temporary sunshine, a lull in the wind and school holidays brought out lots of visitors. The large, yellow-coloured vehicles trundling up and down shifting loads of gravel from Tide Mills to Seaford seemed surreal. How long before the sediment is back again, or gone around Seaford Head? Meanwhile the snowdrops are flowering and spiders spinning fresh webs, but there are frosty nights ahead.

Falmer

OUTAGE: At last it seems as though there may be an improvement in the weather and a break in the relentless round of storms and rain. Last weekend’s storm brought a tree down on a power line near Ridge Road and the eight houses that had to endure a power cut all over Christmas were affected again. Fortunately, this time the power was only off for one night. Let’s hope this is an end to the terrible weather and we can all dry out and take stock.

SQUIRRELS: I have invested in some new ‘squirrel proof’ bird feeders. I use inverted commas as I am not convinced that any feeder is completely squirrel proof, the pesky little rascals are so ingenious. They are still swinging on the feeders and managing to get something out of them, although the peanuts are (thankfully) not disappearing quite as fast as they were.

WINTERBOURNE: The river that used to appear in the field near the Kingston roundabout during very wet weather had surfaced again last Sunday for the first time in many years. We were setting off to go to lunch with friends in Lewes (very delicious it was too) and were held up for at least half an hour as one lane of the A27 was closed due to water on the road.

EASTER: Plans for the Easter Exhibition at St Laurence are coming on with some fine artists signed up to take part and some really beautiful poetry already received. I hope we will be able to have some booklets of the poetry printed with accompanying illustrations as we had last year.

Firle

THE GARDEN is still like a very luxurious carpet, Eric and Elsie continue to squabble with the resident bird population for the nuts, their palette being a little too refined for the fat balls. It always amazes me how the beautiful crocuses know when to open in the morning and close up for the night, mother nature is amazing. The snowdrops have a little more purpose, they seem to stretch up more when bathed in sunlight. I can’t be absolutely sure but I could swear that the Norwegian Spruce was showing a hint of green, we keep our fingers crossed.

THE VILLAGE HALL saw the amazing Firle Factor, over 100 people saw the children at their best, lots of whooping and shouting and a grand time was had by all.

QUIZ NIGHT: Tonight, Friday, is bonfire quiz at the hall, starts at 7.30pm and includes food. Tickets cost £8 and it is teams up to six people. So do come along and enjoy.

OVER 50S meeting on Monday, we have a small agenda. Next meeting is March 17, and then April 28 and May 20 when we will be going to High Beeches for the afternoon, and then in June 16 a picnic lunch at the Cricket Pavilion.

Kingston

FAMILY DISCO: Do come to a Family Disco on Saturday, March 1 from 6pm to 9pm. This will be a lively fun evening for all adults and children from approx five years of age upwards. All children must be accompanied by an adult, but mums and dads are also very welcome to come on their own for a good night out. John Crabb (Jaycee) will be providing the music to enjoy and to dance to. If you wish, you can choose your favourite songs by sending an e-mail beforehand to john.crabb70@gmail.com. Free nibbles and squash drinks for all and a cash bar for adults serving beer, wine and soft drinks. Get your tickets now, at just £2.50 each for both adults and children, from Brenda Neller (472720), Brian Simmons (474303) or Jennie Yates (473264). Net proceeds to Kingston Church.

Lewes

AT ST JOHN’S this Sunday which is the 2nd Sunday before Lent, our Morning Service will be at 11am with Rev Dick Field officiating. Tony Idle will be preaching the second of a series on the chapters of The Acts of the Apostles, and its meaning to Churches in Lewes as they plan God’s Vision for Our Town. As Lewesians know, St John’s has the most wonderful acoustics and to do it justice and help with the restoration project, our own Susan Bain will be playing our beautiful organ for all to enjoy tomorrow, Saturday. the Organfest starts at 10am, ending at 3pm when Susan, who is a most accomplished musician, will be playing classical and popular pieces with time for coffee and cakes and the purchase of CDs. As an Organfest all are invited to simply drop in whenever you can and treat yourselves. We hope to see you there as it will be a performance not to be missed. And now a pat on the back for the generous folks of Lewes who gave much needed shoeboxes full of food for the hungry in Eastern Europe. I believe the grand total was 34,000 boxes. Well done for Lewes’ contribution.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH runs a professional counselling service with qualified, accredited counsellors who are also committed Christians. Referrals are accepted from health professionals and GPs. The service is available irrespective of belief and ability to pay the full costs. At present the cost of the service is £40 per session (£45 for couples). However, there is a sponsorship fund available to support those unable to meet the full cost. To make an appointment or find out more about Southover Counselling please telephone 07852 221449; or look at the website at www.southovercounselling.org.uk; or you can find a leaflet in the Welcome Pack at the back of the church. Last weekend 27 of our young people between the ages of 11 and 19 years went to Dalesdown, a Christian residential activity centre near Worthing, accompanied by 12 leaders. The guest speaker came over from Prague especially for us. Activities included late night football, self-esteem workshops and marshmallows round a bonfire. Everyone had a marvellous time and deepened their faith. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service; 11.15am informal service (church hall); 6.30pm informal service with musicians and singers. Do join us if you can.

LEWES PASSION PLAY group invite you to come and find out more about Lewes Passion Play 2015 at a bring and share supper with light entertainment on Saturday March 8. Meet 7pm for 7.30pm at Christ Church, Prince Edward’s Road. Please bring either a main course or a dessert to share, and a bottle. All ages are welcome. RSVP on 07926 486567, email towardslewes2015@gmail.com.

Malling

SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL wishes all their children and parents/carers a happy and safe half term holiday. Children start school again on Tuesday. There is an Inset (staff training) day on Monday in which all the staff will be involved in designing a new curriculum map to meet the requirements of the revised National Curriculum that comes into operation in September. The head teacher, Jo O’Donoghue says, ‘We are keen to maintain our exciting and purposeful whole school learning journeys that are enjoyed by the children and which also involve the parents every term when they come to our open afternoons.’

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: Following Holy Communion last Sunday, Revd Steve Daughtery, the Rector of Southover, met with the congregation to talk about plans for a coming together of South Malling Parish with Southover and St John sub Castro. Revd Daughtery, who will become the Vicar of the proposed larger parish if it comes into being, urged his audience to ask about everything that potentially troubles them about the proposals, and not to be afraid of sounding negative. A large proportion of church members had stayed behind and many of them spoke. One member told me that everyone had had a chance to say what was on their mind and the questions were well received. She said they were sensible and reasonable, and covered a wide area of issues which people were wondering about. The meeting went very well and she felt it had been very positive. Members particularly wanted reassurance that everyone on the Electoral Roll would have a chance to say what they think of the proposals when it comes to the actual decision. This will be happen in April at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting. Meanwhile, Revd Daughtery is giving the other two churches the same opportunity to ask their own questions so that everyone will fully understand the implications of the decision they will be taking. This coming Sunday, there will be a service of more informal worship, with music provided by a music group. It will be led by the Assistant Vicar, Revd Jeremy Bamber.

SUSSEX WILDLIFE TRUST is planning to extend its training and activity events in South Malling churchyard this summer. These will include Moth and Bat nights, so successful last year, reptile and Wildlife Training and butterfly identification events. A whole day Bioblitz Wildlife Survey is also being planned. They will take place between April and July. Watch this space for further details.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: East Dean village hall 11.10am to 12.10pm; Merrifield Court, Edinburgh Road, Seaford 1.15pm to 1.45pm; Mitchell House, Lexden Drive, Seaford 2pm to 2.20pm; Old Ben, Chyngton, Seaford 2.30pm to 2.50pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11am.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

ORCHID ADVICE: The Mid Sussex Orchid Society is returning to Paradise Park on Sunday from 11amto 4pm. Dr Gary and Maria Firth and society members will give visitors expert tips on orchid after care. There will also be a display of orchids.

FOOD BANK: Newhaven has a food bank in the High Street next to the NCDA offices which are in the old Thomas Cook building. It is open Mondays and Thursdays from 9am to noon and its aim is to provide extra support for families and individuals in crisis in Newhaven and the surrounding areas. The food bank,which is run by NCDA, will feed a family for up to three days and they can visit the food bank six times. To receive a food parcel they must be referred by schools, the job centre, New CEP, GPs, Health in Mind or sheltered housing managers, but if you are unsure how to get a referral you are welcome to call into the shop to receive advice on how to get one. Staff and volunteers will also give advice about activities and courses run by NCDA including free cookery courses to show people what they can produce from their food parcels.

U3A: Despite the inclement weather the February meeting of the Newhaven and Peacehaven U3A was so well attended extra chairs had to be brought out. Reuben gave a fascinating talk on Coincidence - Accident or Design citing many coincidences he has experienced. He also reminded members about the strong coincidental connections between Presidents Roosevelt and John F Kennedy. Many members added some of their own comments. The Cheapside Hoard trip is on March 5 and members should check on times for their pick up points. The next meeting is on March 6 in the main hall of the Meridian Centre. This will be the Spring Quiz meeting and there will also be a short talk by a Police Community Support Officer. New members are always welcome, for further information contact 01273 589953.

ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH is holding a coffee morning on Saturday March 8 from 10am to noon in the church rooms, cakes for sale,bric-a-brac table and raffle. All welcome.

Peacehaven

CINEMA: The next film to be shown in the Community House, Meridian Centre will be Gravity. It will be on Wednesday March 19 starting at the usual time of 7.30pm. At the recent Bafta Awards in London it received six awards . The film stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as two astronauts whose space craft is destroyed while they are on a space walk leaving them attached to each other with only a limited amount of oxygen left. I have yet to see it but have been told by someone who has that it kept them on the edge of their seat and not daring to take their eyes off the screen. Tickets are available at £5 each from the information office.

QUIZ NIGHT: The result of the quiz night was a win for the Book Worms. A picture of the winners taken with the Mayor after the announcement shows it to be an all ladies team. Come on lads; where are you?

RACE NIGHT: This popular event in aid of the Mayor’s Local Project Fund takes place in the Community House, Meridian Centre on Friday March 7. Entry is £2 per person. If you wish to own a horse take your pick from a list of names available in the information office. Doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start and remember to bring your own food and drink.

ASSOCIATION OF CARERS: This a very small charity based in Sussex who for over 25 years have provided free respite to unpaid carers in the community. Recently they have secured funding which enables them to expand the service which is based on volunteers who are willing to sit for a couple of hours once a week. Fiona Philips, the Associations Service Co-ordinator, is hosting a coffee morning on Friday February 28 in the Community House, Meridian Centre from 10am until noon looking for new potential volunteers. Do have a chat with Fiona and if you would like more information she can be reached on 01323 301122.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by Harlequin Studios in the Main Hall, Community House from 8.30am until midday. The next market on Saturday March 1 will be organised by the Recycling Project. To book a table contact them on 07932 448 721.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, the local advice group INAA will be in the foyer of the Community House from 8.30am until noon serving teas, coffees and cakes. On Tuesday UKIP will be offering refreshments followed by the Peacehaven Catholic Church on Thursday. On Friday February 28 the Association of Carers will be serving refreshments (see fuller details above).

COUNCIL MEETING: On Tuesday there is no planned meeting. On Tuesday March 4 there will be a meeting of the full town council in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre starting at 6.30pm.

PEACEHAVEN WI: We were pleased to have an excellent attendance on Wednesday afternoon in spite of terrible weather and everyone was in good spirits. Peggy Penalver spoke at length in praise of Denman College, she had taken courses there no less than 16 times so was quite an authority on all counts. Let’s hope it gave members food for thought as it is not only educational but a great way of meeting other WI ladies. Our speaker was Mr D Allen (no relative) who had moved from Brighton to London since we booked him. His talk on the making of the film Gone with the Wind was dramatically interesting and the brief playing of the accompanying music was nostalgic as many of us had seen the film at the beginning of the Second World War. The meeting closed at 4pm and we faced the elements to get home. Our next meeting is on March 5 at 2pm. (Joy Allen).

Polegate

TRINITY DINERS next lunch club takes place today, Friday. Doors open at noon for lunch at 12.30pm. To book your place please contact Jennie on 484189. Vegetarian option available. Meet at Trinity Church Hall, Lower Willingdon.

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

SOUTHDOWN STROLLERS walking programme for January to March 2014 is available by telephoning 735714. Most walks take place on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Monday February 24, Through the Valley to East Dean, 3 miles medium walk meet at YHA East Dean Road, bus back with Pat.

SENIOR CITIZENS: We are continuing to have a very good attendance despite the inclement weather. We enjoyed our Christmas party in December. The games we play at our meetings are varied and include Crib, Scrabble, and several versions of dominoes, rummikub and a variety of card games. We are always happy to try something different. Visitors are always welcome on Monday afternoons in the lounge at Polegate Community Centre from 2pm to 4pm.

RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on February 27 include Seaford to Newhaven to Seaford, 5 miles Seaford and Newhaven, not difficult, three stiles with Ted R. Or Another 6 Tons of Snowdrops – I Hope, 10 miles local down land villages, could be muddy in places, take picnic with Pauline. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

Ringmer

FIRST AID COURSE: Tomorrow (Saturday) there will be a Family First Aid Course in the village hall from 9.30am to 12.30pm. It will be run by Emma Hobden, a fully certificated first aider. Contact Emma on 07771907581 or ejhobden@gmail.com to book or for information.

JUMBLE SALE: Tomorrow (Saturday) there will be a Jumble Sale in the village hall at 2pm. Jumble may be left at the hall before the sale between 10am and 11am.

CHURCH SERVICES: The services on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Family Eucharist, 6.30pm Evensong.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday February 12, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Liz and Tim Owen; 2, Dianne and Mike Preece; 3, Alan Disney and Roy Skan. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

TABLE TOP SALE: Just a reminder that there are still some tables available at £5 for the Table Top Sale being held at Ringmer Community College on Saturday March 8 between 10am and noon. If you would like to book one please contact Ruth Whitlock on 01273 812220 ext 253 or email rwhitlock@ringmeracademy.org. There will be refreshments and free parking. Please come along and support the students who are trying to raise extra funds for the development of the school library.

VILLAGE QUIZ: There is still space for a few more teams at the Village Quiz, in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice, on March 8. Please contact Bob on 812784 for more details as soon as possible.

Rodmell & Southease

THE SMALL BIRDS disappearing from our garden are, I fear, becoming a feast for a sparrowhawk. I was out doing a little gardening between showers, when I heard a plaintive screeching and a sparrowhawk flew over me with a sparrow in its talons. It settled in the back garden to eat its meal, but I disturbed it, so it flew off with the poor sparrow still screeching. Such is nature.

I HAVE BEEN DRIVING along the lane that leads to Plumpton quite a bit recently and I can sympathise with Mavis Clark’s opinion of the bad driving along this road. On Tuesday February 11 I was driving along this road around 2pm and as it was flooded in areas, and one of my friends had almost written her car off recently through aqua-plaining, I decided 40mph was a reasonable speed when I had good vision ahead. A car driven by, I hate to say, a lady driver, overtook me and was gone in a flash. She was soon in the far distance and must have been doing at least 70mph. On a day when trees were down all over the place and surface water appeared out of nowhere speeding along narrow country lanes did not seem a great idea. I do hope she made it home safely.

COFFEE MORNING on Wednesday in the village hall at 11am. Everyone welcome.

PARISH MEETING, Monday March 3 in the village hall.

FLOODS: Well, to date Lewes flood defences seem to be working well which is good news especially when we see all the devastation over the rest of the country. Let’s face it, there is going to be plenty of work for people in the future in the clearing up process, and tree surgeons and the other services must be having to do hours of overtime to clear the devastation. People have also been pulling together well, as they did in the war years, many are stoic and smiling. Our thoughts are with all suffering the dreaded floods.

LIKE MANY people we have suffered the loss of most of the fencing around our property and land, and as we no longer have animals we can at least leave it to be repaired once these winds depart.

FOR 61 YEARS NOW I have had at intervals a recurring dream that I have to go with my friends to the top of Mount Caburn where we will be safe as we look down on the area of Lewes covered in water. On the Berkeley side of the family we are evidently known to have the gift of prophesy, so my cousins in Australia and Nova Scotia inform me, they also have it, and as a child I can certainly remember having odd things happen, but not so much in later life. My friends have been reminding me of the flood dream recently and readers may possibly remember that I wrote about it many years ago in the column. At my friend Jan Kurrell’s funeral (the astrologer) a lady from Piddinghoe told me she has the same dream. Should we be building an Ark? At university I was called, good humouredly, The Rodmell Witch, probably something to do with the fact that I always wore a wide brimmed black hat, that eventually was blown from my head whilst crossing Cliffe bridge and was last seen floating down the Ouse. I wonder did it take my powers with it? Only joking. Mike always says that with my odd fingers and toes I would have been burnt at the stake years ago. Thank goodness times have changed.

Seaford

BARN DANCE: Seahaven Lionesses are organising a Barn Dance on Friday March 7, 7.30pm to 11pm at the Constitutional Club in Seaford. Tickets are £8 from Newberry Tully Estate Agents or by phoning the Lionesses on 01273 513015. There will be a live band called Ded Effnik and caller, plus ploughman’s supper and raffle. All in aid of Leo House at Home.

HARD OF HEARING CLUB: Seaford Hard of Hearing Club was saved from closure by volunteers to take over the committee. The club has been going for 50 years and the new chairman is Pauline Howard, the new treasurer is David Clark and the new secretary is Pauline White. The club meets on the first Friday of the month at St James House, Blatchington Road, at 2pm. Travel in the Lions Minibus is available to members. If anyone has any queries or wishes to come along and join us we would be pleased to see you. The next meeting is Friday March 7 and there will be a talk by Alan Hodges on Old Transport. Tea and biscuits are also provided. Contact details for the club are 01323 895216 or white-c7@sky.com.

CONCERT: Seaford Music Society present Phoenix Piano Trio, 7.45pm today, Friday, at Cross Way, Steyne Road. Information from 01323 895812 or visit www.seafordmusicsociety.com.

LECTURE AND LITERARY: Seaford Lecture and Literary Club’s meeting on Tuesday is a talk entitled A-Z of Sussex Churches by Kevin Gordon. The meeting will take place at St Leonard’s Church Hall, 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

FOLK: Seaford Folk Club meet today, Friday, 7.45pm at the British Legion Club, Claremont Road when their guests will be Barry and Ingrid Temple. All welcome.

Telscombe

NEARLY NEW SALE: Baby and children’s nearly new sale at Telscombe Civic Centre on Saturday March 8 from 10am to noon. Admission £1 and kids go free. Collect a flyer from the Civic Centre and gain entry for only 50p. Items at the sale could include preloved maternity, baby, toddler and children’s clothes, toys and equipment up to the age of eight years.

MEET AND GREET friendship group. Do you have someone you care for and would like to come along with them to chat and socialise with others? If so you will be very welcome to a friendly and supportive group that meets on the last Saturday of the month at Telscombe Civic Centre from 10.30am to noon. The group provides an opportunity to share issues with each other and occasionally they have informative speakers and entertainment. Refreshments are provided and they ask for a small donation of £1.50 to cover the costs of hall hire. Please do drop in or call if you want any further information contact Fred Weston on 01323 898813 or email westonatno1@uwclub.net. Date for next meeting is March 29 as February’s was early.

COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a meeting of the Planning and Highways Committee on Monday at 7.30pm in room 1 at the Civic Centre. Members of the public are welcome to attend and can ask questions during a 15 minute period at the beginning of the meeting. The agenda for the meetings will be put on council notice boards a few days before the meeting and will usually also be available on the council’s website atwww.telscombetowncouncil.gov.uk

Uckfield

RAIL TRAVEL: I’ve had to go to London a couple of times in the past few weeks. Due to the landslide at Oxted, from Uckfield we had to catch a coach to Haywards Heath and a train from there. I was standing, talking to a rail employee in London who was looking up my route home, and three times within a couple of minutes people rushed up, hurled abuse at him and rushed away. Among other things, they called him ‘you people’ and swore at him. He just stood there and took it. But at this rate, there won’t be any staff left. I couldn’t put up with treatment like that.

ROTARY CLUB: If you are aged 16 to 25 years old, have you applied yet for the Rotary Club’s Making Dreams Come True award? There is £1,000 available to help a local person achieve his or her dream, whatever it is. Relevant information, and the application form, are on the club’s website, www.uckfield-rotary.org.uk. If you need any further information, or you would like to discuss any aspect of the award, please contact the Rotary Club on 01825 761145.

VILLAGE MARKET: Framfield Village Market in Framfield Memorial Hall tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon. Local produce, crafts, bric-a-brac and many more stalls. Tea and coffee, bacon rolls. Come along and catch up with friends with a lovely friendly atmosphere. For further details contact 01825 890182.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

HOMING SOCIETY: The Eastbourne and District Homing Society is meeting at the Red Lion on Wednesday to hand out trophies won by members throughout the previous year. The flying season starts in late April and continues until September. During that time club members go along to the Red Lion on Friday and Saturday evenings where their pigeons are marked and registered and placed into a special modern road transporter. The lorry will pick up other birds within the federation which includes Bexhill, Lewes, Brighton, Newhaven, Littlehampton and Bognor Regis. They are then driven to a site designated by the Royal Pigeon Racing Association such as Lindhurst or further afield. The birds have a special electronic timing device fitted to them and when they are released, barring accidents, they fly home. Their results can then be calculated from the speed and distance that each bird has covered. Pigeons were particularly important during the 2nd World War where a quarter of a million birds were used by the army, RAF and Civil Defence services for important assignments. Some of the birds were awarded the equivalent of the animal Victoria Cross. The sport then grew in popularity after the 2nd World War and into the early fifties. Pigeon racing is an interesting sport which can be taken up by the whole family or any individual regardless of their own personal fitness. The birds are valuable and are vaccinated each year but those interested could start this sport with just one bird and progress from there. For further information contact the club secretary Miss Sue Gore on 01323 891502, or the president of the Eastbourne and District Homing Society Fred Hutton on 01323 641115 or email him on beachyheaduk@yahoo.co.uk. For general information you could also visit the web site of The Royal Pigeon Racing Association.

ART: Teresa Currie, professional artist and tutor, now teaches three art groups, Church Street Art Group on Mondays from 3pm to 5pm at St Mary’s Church Hall, Trinity Art Group from 7pm to 9pm on Wednesdays at Trinity Church Hall and more recently a new group which meets at St Mary’s Church Hall, Decoy Drive, Hampden Park, from 12.30pm to 2.30pm on Wednesday afternoons. The new group has started off well with a nice friendly group. There are still a few spaces left if you are interested in joining them at the Hampden Park venue. Alternatively there is a space at Trinity Church Hall in Coppice Avenue. People of all abilities are welcome to go along and develop their artistic skills in a friendly and relaxed environment from beginners to the more experienced. Subjects covered will be drawing skills, painting techniques, figure drawing, perspective and more. Refreshments are provided and there are disabled access and a car parking facilities. For more information please contact Teresa on 01323 501213 or 077080 56128 or via email taccurrie@aol.com

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 2pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall for a practice meeting. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

CANDLELIGHT: Tomorrow, Saturday, from 7pm a romantic dinner evening by candlelight is being organised at Edgmond in Old Town in aid of the JPK Sussex Project, which is aiming to provide supported residential accommodation on the site for people with a learning disability as soon as sufficient funds have been raised to start building. Tickets are £10 and are available from the project co-ordinator Wannock resident Jill Parker. Please ring 01323 486179 or email jill@thejpkproject.co.uk.

ANDY MILLEN will be entertaining customers at the Wheatsheaf at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding a finance and policy meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon Community School. Meetings are open to the public. Please ring 01323 489603 for further information.

KAREN CROWHURST resigned as assistant parish clerk and cemetery manager for Willingdon Parish Council on February 14 and is taking up a new post as parish clerk for Ringmer. Her previous positions have now been advertised.

THE 3 MMMs (Mrs Miss and Ms) will be meeting at 8pm on Wednesday at St Mary’s Church Hall. The topic is entitled Say Cheese, a talk by Eleanor and David Robins.

WANNOCK ARTISTS will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm on Friday February 28 at Wannock Village Hall. Julian Sutherland-Beatson will be giving a talk on presentation and selling paintings.