Parish pump Newhaven - February 6, 2015

Alfriston

THE ALFRISTON PLAYERS succeeded in giving their audience a really good night out with this year’s pantomime, May the Farce Be With You by Andrew Yates. They played to packed houses and raised £400 with the raffle in aid of SUDEP - Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy. The sets, lighting, costumes and make-up created the lively atmosphere of pantomime. The cast told the tale of poverty, changing to good fortune, surviving threats from Garth Invader and his minions (from the planet Zog) and true love overcoming resistance from overbearing mother. And the whole play was held together by the junior players, Guy Beddows, Andrew Harmer, Seraphina Watkins, Xanthe Watkins, Rebecca Uridge, Ruby Matthews, Patrick Jackman, Connor McKenna and Macy Spencer, linking the scenes. At the Alfriston Oscar’s party the coveted Glass Head for going the extra mile in performace was shared between Liz O’Neill and Debbie Exley with the Junior Glass Head being awarded to Phoebe Watkins. Sylvia Daw and Mandi Kegg directed a tight piece of theatre which had the audience booing, hissing and shouting and singing as all good pantomimes should.

AMENITY SOCIETY: The Alfriston and District Amenity Society will be holding its Winter Talk on February 10 at 2.30pm in the Old Chapel Centre. A member of the Bentley Wildlife and Motor Museum will talk giving an overview of the whole enterprise - the family, the house, the motor museum and the birds.

NEW YEAR FITNESS can be easily embraced in Alfriston. I am not sure if the Art Club can be said to be an exercise to fitness but it can be a challenge so I include it in the list. More vigorous (though requiring varying degrees of effort) there is Knit and Knatter at Abbeyfield, bell ringing at St Andrew’s. Singing with the Octaves at the Old Chapel Centre, line dancing, yoga and short mat bowls all at the War Memorial Hall, Falun Gong at the Old Chapel Centre, chair based exercises at Abbeyfield and the Meanders walking group. These are some of the activity groups which are held in the village. There is absolutely no denying the facilities that this small village has to offer and the new year is always a good time to embrace a new challenge.

Bishopstone

TIDE MILLS community beach clean is at 10am to noon on Sunday, February 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.

WHIST DRIVE on Saturday, February 21 at 7.30pm in the Bishopstone Parish Hall. Admission including refreshments £2.50. This event is in aid of Bishopstone Parish Hall.

DRAWING COURSE with tutor Sally Taylor starts February 23: every Monday, 1.30pm to 3.30pm, for six weeks in Bishopstone Parish Hall, cost £55. Register by February 18 with Sally 01323 370907. Subjects covered include techniques of pencil shading and use of coloured pencils, pen and wash.

ANNIVERSARY: Sunday is the 116th anniversary of one of the most memorable wrecks in the bay, that of a sailing ship called the Peruvian, whose figurehead and other memorabilia can be seen in both local museums. She had a unique cargo of ivory nuts which are still washed up occasionally after storms. When in better condition a century ago, they were uniquely used by local artists to paint miniatures, sold to visitors and locals alike.

Falmer

CANDLEMAS LUNCH: After the service on Sunday the congregation and other friends retired to the Parish Hall for a sumptuous lunch. It was a real feast and enjoyed by everyone.

THE CONCERT on Saturday February 14 at 5.30pm in St Laurence Church when the tenor Timothy Wilcox and Peter Williams on piano will be performing Schumann’s Dichterliebe and works by Faure and Vaughan Williams. This is the first of the 2015 concerts and there is a full programme taking us through to May when there are three arranged to coincide with the Brighton Festival. Watch this space for details.

Hailsham

COMPETITION: Adults and children can get creative, make their Valentine’s Day card and bring it along to the next Farmers’ Market which is on Saturday February 14 from 9am to 12.30pm. Get votes from our customers and stallholders and at noon the lucky winners of the three categories for ten and under years, 16 and under years and adults will be judged and awarded produce, crafts or a voucher to spend at this or a future market. Amateur hobbyists only please.

OUR HOUSE: From February 11 to 14 Hailsham Community College Performing Arts returns to the Devonshire Park Theatre with its dynamic production of the hit musical Our House, based on the iconic songs of Madness. 2011 saw this talented group bring the hugely successful On One Day to Eastbourne and now they are back, to bring the house down. This is a family show jam-packed with fun and enjoyment, by talented young Hailsham people on the professional stage. If you want to go along and support them there are daily performances at 7.30pm from Wednesday to Saturday, with a 2.30pm Saturday matinee. Tickets are available from the Eastbourne Theatres Box Office on 01323 412000 / www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk priced at just £10 for adults, £8 for senior citizens and £6 for under 16s and students.

DALEKS ARE COMING: The Daleks are coming to Hailsham Pavilion for a special showing of the 1965 film Dr Who and the Daleks for one show only. This will be on February 13 at 7.45pm put on by the Hailsham Old Pavilion Society as it is the 50th Anniversary of the first Dr Who movie and the film has now been digitally enhanced. The society is also delighted that they will be visited by a real, full size, working Dalek and Dr Who’s trusty companion K9 and you can go along and have your photo taken with these authentic characters before the film. Tickets, which are expected to go fast, are £7 adults and £5.50 concessions with a ten per cent discount for HOPS members so book in advance to avoid disappointment at the Pavilion box office 01323 841414 or online at wwwpavilionhailsham.co.uk.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: The speaker last week was Colin Westgate FRPS MFIAP who gave a PDI lecture entitled Wild Britain. All about landscapes, in colour and monochrome, weather and light, the presentation started in Sussex with several images of the famous coastguard cottages at Cuckmere Haven. Firstly, they were atmospheric in the mist, then at sunset with pale pink cliffs, and lastly after a snowfall with the sun shining. Moving on to Yorkshire, Colin showed a limestone pavement with a dead tree in the snow, and a waterfall taken with a slow shutter speed, Colin’s preference, to create a milky effect of the spray cascading over the rocks. Next came the Scottish Highlands with a picture of Destitution Road, Dundonnell. There was light on the wet road which meandered along the foot of a mountain shrouded in mist and had a small croft by the side. There were also some wonderful photographs of sand patterns left by the tide which had subtle orange colours, puddles reflecting the blue and white sky, and many gulls dotted about. Colin was extremely knowledgeable about the UK as he organises many photographic field trips and workshops each year. He also travels much further afield including Iceland, India, Cambodia and Vietnam. It was a very inspirational evening and the club was very lucky to see him as he does not make many presentations now.

HAILSHAM FM QUIZ: Nearly 100 people joined in the fun at Hailsham FM’s first fundraiser held at Grovelands School. Teams battled against each other in a family quiz that covered a whole range of topics. The winners, I’d Rather Be Playing With My X-Box, were presented with a bumper hamper overflowing with many high value prizes to be enjoyed by all the family. The total raised was £564 which is earmarked to help finance Hailsham FM’s involvement in this year’s Festival of Arts and Culture during September.

YOUTH BAND: The band rehearses at St Mary’s church each Tuesday during term-time, from 7.30pm until 8.45pm. Any secondary-school age youngsters interested in joining the band should contact Chris Taylor by emailing chris_taylor@phonecoop.coop or ring 01323 304927.

100 YEARS AGO: In February 1915 the Parish Magazine reports from the Vicar of the day: My dear friends, we are reaching a stage in the War when endurance will come into play. The novelty, the excitement, is giving place to a grim settling down to its stem realities and circumstances, ups and downs, are influencing us less than they did. We are setting our teeth and doing the job: and we mean to finish it, if it costs us very much more: this endurance is the characteristic of the nation today and will be more and more, till the end comes. The order about ‘lights out’ from 5pm to 8am, put us to a considerable flutter, being anxious to fall in with the spirit as well as the letter of the Law. I hear that it is withdrawn.

Lewes

HISTORY GROUP: Lewes History Group talk: The Tory MPs for Lewes, 1874-1997. Lewes prides itself on being different and, despite being a prosperous Home Counties constituency, it is over 20 years since it last elected a Conservative MP. From a descendant of a royal bastard to an influential godfather, John Kay delves into the lives of the seven Tories who held sway over the town for more than 120 years. 7pm for 7.30pm on Monday at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road. All welcome. Free refreshments. £2 members, £3 for non-members. www.leweshistory.org.uk

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday January 20 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Peter and Irene Gannon; 2, Meic Goodyear and Mickie Lodge; 3, Janet Catermole and Peter Waters. Thursday January 22 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Nigel Osmer and Peter Gannon; 2, Edith Jeffery and Ann Davidson; 3, Meic Goodyear and Simon Kirkwood. Tuesday January 27 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Martin Hall and Peter Gannon; 2, Simon Fishburn and Paul Allen; 3, Richard Burnett and Alison Dunbar-Dempsey. Thursday January 29 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Nigel Osmer and Peter Cattermole; 2, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone; 3, Edith Jeffery and Ann Davidson. Visitors welcome, phone 01273 476757.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Our last walk was ideal for a crisp winter’s morning. We started from East Dean village car park and took the Birling Gap road as far as the Sheep Centre where we turned off and crossed fields until we reached the Beachy Head Road. Here we climbed steadily until we reached Belle Tout lighthouse and admired the wonderful views of the Seven Sisters and beyond. After an exhilarating stretch along the top of the cliffs we descended into Birling Gap where we had a chance to see the extent of the cliff falls last winter and admire the new National Trust shop before enjoying our coffee sitting in the sun. After a stiff climb and descent of a Sister, we turned inland and soon picked up a downhill path back to the lovely village of East Dean. An ideal walk for a winter’s day with almost no mud. The next walk is on Sunday, Plumpton. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start. An undulating 5.5 mile ramble. On Wednesday, Newhaven to Seaford, a stroll, 2.5 miles. Meet at Lewes Railway station to catch the 10.28am train to Newhaven. New walkers always welcome.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Tomorrow, Saturday, night at 7.30pm in the John Harvey Tavern we will be screening Inception at another of our men’s Saturday night cinema evenings; and again at 7.30pm in the JHT on February 28 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. No need to book, just come along. If you have missed out on being baptised, we are having a special baptism service on February 22 at the 6.30pm service: please contact the rector Steve Daughtery asap on 472018. Our Alpha course starts on Thursday February 26 for nine weeks: a great opportunity to explore the basics of the Christian faith and discuss the big questions of life in an informal, relaxed setting. Please contact Steve. If you have any spare warm clothing, blankets and sleeping bags for homeless people in Brighton, we have a collection box in the church porch. The church is open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and on Sunday for services. The organisers have asked us to pass on their sincere thanks for donations so far. If you need home care or know someone else in Lewes who does, you may be interested to know that the church runs its own not-for-profit home care service called Southover Community Care. Registered by the Care Quality Commission and trading since 2011, the service offers practical and friendly care, tailor-made to meet any individual needs, to help clients remain in their own home as long as possible. The manager would arrange an initial visit to discuss a client’s requirements and draw up a care plan together. Please contact 07866 301384 or janettehsrc@aol.com for more information. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service with communion in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service, with singers and band. Please join us.

LEWES PASSION PLAY 2015 Group. Calling all singers. Anyone who would like to join us as a singer in any part of the Lewes Passion Play this Easter is welcome to join us at Southover’s choir practice this evening, from 7.45pm to 8.45pm in the church. We invite all supporters to a bring and share supper tomorrow in Christ Church, Prince Edward’s Road, 7pm for 7.30pm. If anyone has a ‘party piece’ to perform please let us know. We are still recruiting for minor roles, members of the crowd, singers and instrumentalists. Family groups are particularly welcome to join in the music and drama on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. We hope to involve as many people in the local community as possible, including schools. Please email towardslewes2015@gmail.com or visit our website at www.lewespassionplay.org.uk.

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Friday: Deans Road, Alfriston 11.15am-11.55am; East Dean Village Hall 12.20pm-1.20pm.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

QUIZ NIGHT tonight (Friday) in aid of Newhaven Twinning Association, Denton Island Community Centre, 7pm. All welcome.

JUMBLE SALE tomorrow (Saturday) in South Heighton village hall 10am to noon. Proceeds go to the village hall and South Heighton Bonfire Society. Admission 30p. Good quality jumble required, take to the hall tonight at 6pm or for collection telephone 07776 341751.

RNLI Brighton Male Voice Choir are performing at St Michael’s Church, Newhaven, tomorrow (Saturday) at 7.30pm to raise funds for Newhaven Lifeboat. They will be performing a wide repertoire of songs. Tickets are £7.50, to book telephone Ann on 01273 514841 or email rnlinewhaven.society@hotmail.co.uk

SILLY AUCTION with food at Riverside Hall, West Quay, Newhaven, tomorrow (Saturday) in aid of Newhaven, Lewes and District Mencap. Doors open 7pm, pie and chips available, bring your own drinks. Entry is £5 to include food, £3 if not eating.

PRIZE BINGO in aid of Newhaven Air Training Corps tomorrow (Saturday) in Denton Social Centre, 6.30pm. All proceeds to the Squadron. Two prizes to win per game and a strip of bingo tickets cost just £1. Two sessions with an interval where delicious home-made cakes make by the Air Cadets are on sale. Total 12 games during the evening for £2 plus a raffle. All welcome.

SOUTH HEIGHTON WI: John Kennett will talk to members on Monday in South Heighton village hall at 2.15pm. The subject of his talk is Seaford Street Pastors. Non members welcome.

GUEST HOUSE STORYTELLERS meet on Tuesday at the Hillcrest Centre when professional storyteller Sahand Sahebdivani will be telling Speaker of Djinns. He will take you on a trip that mixes Persian classical stories with the adventures of his own family. Sahebdivani was awarded the title National Storyteller of the Netherlands in 2014. Café opens at 7pm, stories from 7.30pm. Tickets £6 in advance from the Hillcrest Café or £8 on the door.

MERIDIAN FORUM is hosting a free taster session given by Wave Leisure on kurling type of indoor bowls in the main hall at the Hillcrest Centre on Wednesday from 10am to noon. This is designed for those of a certain age and those with mobility problems. A free drop-in session for all ages.

Polegate

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Linear, Let’s Watch the Waves, 4.5 miles with Pat and Richard. Meet at Pevensey Bay Car Park, 9.45am GR 658042. Bus No 99 at 9.23am Terminus Road, Stand E. Saturday February 11, Linear, Any trains today? with Mary B. Meet bus No 51, 9.53am Terminus Road to Heathfield. Walk starts at Heathfield Fire Station.11am. A winter walk back to Eastbourne via Horam, Hailsham, Polegate, you choose. Leader at Church Street. On Saturday February 14, Valentine’s Day Circular, 4.5 miles with Diana W. Meet at the Co-op, Albert Parade, Old Town, Eastbourne, 10am. Frequent bus services Nos 1 and 1A. Hilly walk, followed by refreshments at Victoria Drive. Or, a Brisk Pace Walk, eight miles with Bob B. Walk starts at Saltdean Lido car park at 10am GR 381021 map 122. Bus No 12 Terminus Road Stop J. 8.43am bus goes to start. Alight near Lido on main road.

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History society next meet on Friday February 13 when our speaker is Barry talking about the 1950s Seaside Fun with old penny machines. He will bring along a few of the old one penny machines for us to play on. Meetings are held at St John’s Church Hall, High Street. Doors open at 6.30pm, meetings start at 7pm. Visitors welcome, £3. More information from Margaret Worrall on 484293.

NATURAL HISTORY: Eastbourne Natural History and Archaeological Society meet on Friday February 13 when our speaker is Patricia Stevens on Eastbourne’s extensive early Anglo-Saxon Cemetery and the discovery of an Iron Age Settlement in 1990. Meetings are held at St Saviour’s Church Hall, South Street, Eastbourne, from 7.30pm. Visitors £2.50.

YOUNG QUILTERS at Polegate now meet at Polegate community Centre once a month on a Saturday afternoon. If anyone in the age groups of five to 16 years are interested to join us, we charge £5 per session for Quilters Guild YQ members. Although we do reduce the fee if there is more than one child from the same family. Our targets are to have fun, learning about different kinds of sewing. Our next meeting is on February 14. To book a place contact Kathryn Greig on 01273 510193 or email Kathryn.greig@uwclub.net. Look at website www.quiltersquild.org.uk

LUNCH WITH Trinity Diners takes place on Friday February 20. To book your place please contact Jennie on 484189.

Ringmer

ST MARY’S CHURCH Services: Today (Friday) 11am Holy Communion; Sunday 8am Holy Communion; 9.45am Sung Eucharist with Laying on of Hands for Healing; 6.30pm Evensong. The search for a new incumbent continues, interviews are to be held in March. Meanwhile our churchwardens Peter and Paul (yes really) and members of the congregation are ensuring everything runs smoothly. Our rota of visiting clergy has been completed to Easter and we are extremely grateful to all of the priests who have joined us so far.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday January 28, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 2, Valerie and Peter King; 3, Lesley Durrant and David Warner. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

CHURCH BELLS: A date for your diary. The bellringers will be holding a Tea and Tours on Saturday February 28 from 3pm to 5pm in the church room. Tea will be served and tours of the tower will be possible. This will be in aid of the fund to repair the fifth bell which has developed a crack.

BRIDGE DRIVE: Ringmer Bridge Club is holding a charity bridge drive on Saturday February 21 at 2.15pm, to raise funds to complete the extension of Ringmer Village Hall. Building work is expected to start in the summer. On offer is a good afternoon’s bridge with a delicious high tea for £8 per person. There are prizes for the first and second pairs (and last, but there may be a lot of competition for this). There are some tickets still available, so please reserve your place by ringing Tim and Liz Owen on 01273 814220. Ringmer Village Hall is a registered charity, number 207885.

Rodmell & Southease

THE GARDEN: Whilst doing a few hours’ gardening recently I was amazed at how many bulbs were popping up and also at the amount of shrubs bursting into bud. I’ve also seen several Red Admiral butterflies flying around, one was in my greenhouse.

MILK: I feel very sorry for our dairy farmers at the moment. It comes to something when a small bottle of so called spring water costs £1 and in some cases is dearer than a bottle of milk. We must support our farmers and their animals else England’s green and pleasant land will change forever. As Bill Bryson, the author from USA, once said: ‘It is one of the greatest accomplishments of the British people to have had this incredibly densely populated landscape and to have used it so productively for so long and kept it so incredibly beautiful. It’s a miracle. Don’t take your farmers for granted.’ I would hate to see our green fields without healthy livestock grazing on them, it’s one of life’s small pleasures to me.

TECHNOLOGY: Yet more technology to tax our patience. I heard on the radio that the new parking system at Ditchling Beacon is putting people off parking there, which probably means they will park elsewhere and cause problems. When people set up systems to pay on your mobile phone don’t they think about elderly people who don’t always have phones, deaf people and people who are just not compos mentis to uses such systems. Also on the radio, I heard people complaining about the new system of getting a ticket at Brighton Station. One young lady had missed three trains whilst waiting for her number to be called. Evidently it’s like the deli system in supermarkets, where you get a ticket with a number on it and wait to be called to be served. Even my god-daughters who are much younger than me tell me they have problems and one says she needs her 14 year old daughter to instruct her at stations these days.

WI: Rodmell and Southease WI had a very successful evening on January 20 when Kim Mercer instructed us on making paper flowers. On February 17 the speaker will be Joan Jones, A Judge’s Tale.

SADLY I heard that Don Norman, a well-known Kingston resident, has died. I’ve known Don for over 50 years and he and his wife Maureen actually moved me to Rodmell and looked after me when I had various traumas in my life. They were always good friends even if we didn’t see each other so much in later years.

Seaford

COMMUNITY CINEMA: Seaford Community Cinema is showing Lucy cert 12A at The Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane, starting 7.30pm today, Friday. Then tomorrow, Saturday, at 2.30pm Belle cert 12A. Tickets £6, £5 and £3.50.

FOUNDATION of Spiritual Healing and Guidance at St James’s Clubhouse, Blatchington Road. Between 2pm and 4pm tomorrow, Saturday, there will be free healing, qualified healers in attendance. Tea and homemade cakes. Donations welcomed. Tel: 01323 896192.

SAILING CLUB: Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club at Piddinghoe Pond on Sunday from 11am. Winter Series Race. Open to non-members. www.nssc.org.uk

TALK: Seaford Natural History Society meet on Tuesday for a talk by Peter Austen entitled Sussex Wildlife 140 Million Years Ago at St Luke’s Church Centre, Walmer Road. 2.15pm visitors £3. Tel: 01323 491964

SYNERGY THEATRE present The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde at the Clinton Centre from Tuesday to Saturday, February 10 to 14, at 7.30pm. Tickets £10/£8 concessions, available from Box Office 01273 301444, boxoffice@thesynergytheatre.co.uk or from Newbury Tully Estates, Church Street. For Friday February 13 tickets can be purchased to include pre-performance Late Afternoon Tea with Lady Bracknell at 6.30pm £14/£12 concessions, pre-booking essential. For further details contact Box Office.

STAMP CLUB: Seaford and District Stamp Club meet at Cross Way Church, Steyne Road, at 7.30pm on Wednesday. Michael Farrant on German East Africa - The War Years 1914 - 17. All collectors welcome. Tel: 01323 890699.

Telscombe

SUPPORT GROUP: The Breast Cancer Support Group meet on the first Wednesday of each month 1pm to 3pm, at Telscombe Civic Centre and the third Wednesday for outings and meals out. Contact Pat Dunkley 01273 582952 or 07754 546798. E-mail bcsgroup@btinternet.com

TELSCOMBE CLIFFS WI: ALSAR, the Association of Lowland Search and Rescue, will be giving a talk on February 11, at the Civic Centre, followed by a competition for a dog ornament. Meetings are between 2pm and 4pm. For more information contact Pam Winton, on 01273 585205 or Pauline Botting on 01323 492281.

TOWN COUNCIL: Councillors’ surgery tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to 11am. Planning and Highways meeting on Monday, 7.30pm. All meetings are held at the Civic Centre.

WINTER: The cold weather is upon us with a vengeance. The car is already letting me know how cold it is by its reluctance to start these mornings. The heating control continues to move upwards as my bank balance descends to pay for it. Wrap up warm, daffodils are already poking their shoots up, so spring can only be around the corner.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

LAST SERVICE: Fr Michael Maine conducted his last service at St Mary’s Church Willingdon on Sunday February 1. The church was packed. A buffet lunch had been prepared in the church hall for after the service, and Fr Michael was presented with a number of leaving gifts, and farewell speeches were made. It was an emotional time as he will be sorely missed here in Willingdon when he becomes the vicar of Cuckfield Church.

ALADDIN: This year’s pantomime staged by Willingdon Church Players was dedicated to Doris Atkins and Jean Wise who were active participants and loyal supporters of the pantomime for many years during their lifetime. This year, the pantomime was directed by Terry Harvey and produced by Lesley Etwell and they worked well together. The first scene opened in Old Peking and the ‘backroom boys’ John Pritchett and his team should be congratulated for their colourful scenery. Abanazar, played by Mike Barber, sang If I Ruled the World. He has a strong powerful voice and also really looked the part. Aladdin was played by Lucy Sarsfield, and Princess Jasmine by Sophie Sarsfield who provided the love interest. Paul Martin was a humorous Widow Twankey and Liam Avery, her son, an excellent Wishee Washee. This part was shared during the five performances with Kim Dack. It is impossible to mention everyone in this column but a new ‘star’ for Willingdon Church Players has definitely been found. Trevor Amey as Genie of the Lamp in his all green outfit was fantastic and his singing of Give ‘em the Old Razzle Dazzle brought the house down. Congratulations also to Clara Gott and her team who organised Trevor’s outfit as well as many of the others. It was nice to see the vicar Fr Kevin Agnew becoming involved as the man-servant to the Empress as well as a chorus member with his wife Kate. It was their first experience of the Willingdon Church Players’ pantomimes. It will sadly be the last time that Fr Michael can be called upon to be musical director and pianist. In the finale, the whole cast sang We’ve Had the Best of Times and I think the audience agreed that on that evening - they had.

JEVINGTON CHURCH is part of the united benefice of East Dean with Friston and Jevington and the rector is the Rev David Baker. He writes in the February Jevington Journal that their curate since 2009, the Rev Andrew Smith, is to become the rector of Fetcham in Surrey on March 19 and his final Sunday in Jevington will be on February 15 when he will be preaching at the 11.15am service. Andrew was the first curate for the benefice in living memory and he and his wife Jenny have always had an enthusiastic and positive outlook and have served the benefice well and they will be very much missed. A coach is being booked for the induction on March 19.

TRIANGLE TOTS is a baby and toddler group which is held at Trinity Church Hall from 9.30am to 11.30am on Tuesday mornings. The session costs £2 per family regardless of the number of children who attend with each adult and there is a routine of free play with a good selection of toys, messy play activities that vary weekly, and a snack time and refreshments for adults and children. There is also a bikes and trikes time and a singing and stories time at the end of the session. Within the hall there is a sectioned area for carers with small babies and pre-walkers with a good selection of baby equipment and multi-sensory toys. Triangle Tots is connected with Willingdon Pre-School Nursery and the tots when they are a little older often go on to the pre-school. For further information please contact Samantha Thomas on wandslandscaping@gmx.co.uk .

LOCAL TRADERS are keen to promote their businesses and other activities which are based around the Triangle in Willingdon and slightly further afield. It is an interesting and informative website. Visit www.willingdontriangle.co.uk .

DEMONSTRATION: Willingdon Flower Club will be meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. The demonstration is by Christine Nash and is entitled Travelling Light.

ASTRONOMY: Eastbourne Astronomical Society will be meeting from 7.30pm to 10pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. Prof Nial Tanvir will be giving a talk entitled Gamma-ray Bursts and the Early Universe.

MESSY CHURCH: This is a new initiative at St Mary’s Church and is aimed at children and adult family members, whether they are regular church goers or not. Craft activities will take place in the hall, lasting about three quarters of an hour and there will be a theme to each session. There will then be a time of worship during which the crafts are put away and a simple tea is prepared for the families. There is a lot of enthusiasm for this new venture but first of all, help will be needed from volunteers and Fr Kevin has arranged for all those who would be interested in helping to come along to the church hall from 10am to noon tomorrow, Saturday.

MOONBEANS a fantastic band with female singer will be providing the entertainment at the Wheatsheaf at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding an events meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon Community School. Councillors will be discussing recent events which they have organised, and planning new ones. Meetings are open to the public. Please ring 01323 489603 for further information.

THE 3 MMM’S (Mrs Miss and Ms) will be meeting at 8pm on Wednesday at St Mary’s Church Hall when there will be a representative from the Body Shop, Skin Deep and Posh Nails. Members are also reminded to bring the £35 for the trip to Windsor being arranged for Thursday May 14 either in cash or cheques made out to L J Edwards.

WILLINGDON WI will be meeting at 2.15pm on Thursday at Willingdon Memorial Hall when the speaker, Mr G Enstone, will be giving a talk entitled Kipling, His Remarkable Life.

THE GROWERS’ GROUP will be meeting at 7pm on Thursday at the Red Lion when the topics will include feeding our plants and pond maintenance.

JEVINGTON AND FILCHING WI will be meeting at 2pm on Thursday in Trinity Church Hall when Dr Jo Shawcross will be giving a talk about Advance Care Planning. For further information ring Rose on 01323 849562 or visit www.jevingtonwi.co.uk .