Parish pump Newhaven - February 7, 2014

Alfriston

ALADDIN by Dave Jeanes was this year’s pantomime and played to enthusiastic audiences. There is always a large junior section of performers and over the years we have seen the little ones grow into big, talented players. Harry Savage, Pheobe Watkins, Emma Wadlow and Ed Jackman were once very young players in the children’s chorus, and are now completely at home on the stage with leading roles. The children’s chorus still has some familiar names: Seraphina and Xanthe Watkins, Arabella Wallwork Tobias and Eliza Lloyd, Anastasia Jay, Patrick and Connor McKenna, Eden and Beau Lewis, Gracie Davis and Peter Jackman. New comers include Harry Everden, Jess and Zara Downton. It won’t be too long before they too are playing leads. After the show the cast and most of the audience made their way to The George for the Alfriston Oscars and the distribution of gifts for those in the company who went that extra mile. This event ends with the presentation of the coveted Glass Head, as valuable in Alfriston as any Hollywood statuette. Directors Mandi Kegg and Sylvia Daw felt the pressure of choosing one recipient of the coveted Glass Head so have instated a second Glass Head to be presented to the leading light of the junior section of players. The first Junior Glass Head deservedly went to Harry Savage who played Wishee Washee with the Senior Glass Head going to Stephen Rabagliati. During the panto Stephen played the villainous Abanazar but on this particular moment in the evening he received rousing cheers, not boos that had greeted his every appearance during the play. Those involved in performing, building, painting, technicians, costume makers, back stage and the very talented musicians comes to 70. I can’t name them all but they deserve the applause they received at the end of the show.

300 CLUB this month will be meeting at The George at 8pm on February 11.

CANTILENA CELEBRATE 10 years with a concert in St Andrew’s Church on February 16 at 6pm. The group was founded by Kathryn Sargent and will perform Vivaldi’s Gloria with all female voices. The varied programme, directed by Ray Maulkin, with David Ollosson playing the organ and featuring Cate Couch on saxophone and Frank Fox-Wilson on drums, will last just over an hour. Tickets cost £8 and include a glass of wine. All proceeds going to St Andrews Church.

CRICKET: The Alfriston Cricket Club is already looking forward to the 2014 season. New members are always welcome and should get in touch with John Harmer at 870270. Matches are played on Saturdays (East Sussex League) and Sundays (friendlies) and there are some mid week evening games. There are two pre-season events when players, supporters, friends and relatives are welcome. The annual dinner at Deans Place Hotel is on March 22 (please contact Geoff Ellis on 871586) and the annual coffee morning in the War Memorial Hall on April 10 from 10am to noon when there will be various stalls including books, tombola, bric-a-brac and cakes.

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.

TIDE MILLS community beach clean is at 10am on Sunday February 16. 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, Saturday, is the anniversary of the loss of the Peruvian, probably the best-known shipwreck in Seaford Bay, 115 years ago. Relics grace the Seaford and Newhaven museums and her unusual cargo of ivory nuts still washes up occasionally after storms like the latest gales, which cast up a waterlogged and pecked example at Tide Mills. The nuts, intended to make ladies’ dress buttons, were salvaged and cut open by local artists to engrave miniature scenes on the hard white kernels and sold as souvenirs.

Falmer

THEFT: A Falmer resident fell victim to an opportunistic thief last week. A window was open and the thief managed to steal a purse even though someone was in the house at the time. A warning to all of us to make sure we have windows and doors shut, although it seems terrible that one should have to be so suspicious. I don’t suppose the thief realised there was someone at home or he would not have had the nerve to try.

CANDLEMAS: We celebrated the end of the Christmas season with a Candlemas service at St Laurence last Sunday followed by a very enjoyable bring and share lunch at the vicarage. People had been busy cooking and a delicious meal was put together. In between the service and the lunch we had a concert in the church. Sue Paine has sent me this report: On Sunday, February 2, young flautists, all students of Anne Hodgson, performed in a concert Flutes and Friends at St Laurence Church in aid of the Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity. Taking part were Ella Burton, Suzie Crosby, Helen Doble, Lily Halward, Lucy Hopson, Lucy Horner, Imi Kentsley, Pippa Kirby Milbrook, Pasha Milburn, Heather Owolabi, Honor Scotland, Miriam Segal and Izzie Sheeran. They all performed to a very high standard, and the programme was very varied, ranging from the humorous Banana Song by Mike Mower and Comic Song by McDowall to the beautiful, haunting melody, Call of the Angelus by Walton and Vocalise by Rachmaninov, to name just a few of the items. They raised £191.67 for the charity, which Anne Hodgson has been supporting. She has already raised £3,500.

WATER, WATER: I seem to have spent most of last weekend eating as we went out on Saturday to a birthday lunch. The party was in Brede and driving over, the countryside was a demonstration of how much rain we have had. Large lakes seemed to have replaced fields and on the Pevensey Levels sheep nibbled at some very muddy looking grass with huge puddles surrounding them. As we approached the village of Brede we found we had to drive through a mini lake.

CAR PARK: Arriving in Falmer South last Sunday I was amazed to see the entire area full of cars, every space seemed to have been taken. I discovered that a run was taking place and the village hall was the centre of operations. Unfortunately people attending the church service had great difficulty parking and runners had also parked in front of the farm shop without asking permission. This was really bad organisation. The website for the run informs people that there is parking available here and asks for drivers to park courteously and not in front of the church. I’m afraid just suggesting courtesy doesn’t make it happen. Obviously once runners had arrived they decided it was easier to ignore this advice and just park as close to the village hall as possible. Curiously Falmer North was virtually unaffected. You’d think runners would have the energy to walk over the bridge.

CONCERT: Tomorrow, Saturday, we have a real treat in store for us with our concert at St Laurence. The music will be Brahms’ Zigeunerlieder (Gypsy songs) and the line-up of musicians will be Yvonne Patrick soprano, Jane Money mezzo-soprano, Stephen Caira tenor, Christopher Parke baritone and Stephen Ellis piano. The musicians are super talented, Jane Money is not only musical director of the Brighton chamber choir but has worked with many of the world’s leading conductors, including Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink and Andrew Davis. She has also sung regularly for Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Operas. Yvonne Patrick has worked with Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne Touring Opera and Garsington. The concert starts slightly later than usual at 6pm. Entrance is free with a retiring collection.

Firle

IN THE GARDEN: Having watched with awe the amazing agility of the squirrel, I now know why my model blue tit is constantly on its side. A very simple exercise, Eric (we named him after the wonderfully proportioned MP) climbed the greasy pole, pushed the model blue tit over and used it as a step to reach the peanut feeder. Not only do we have Eric but I think he bought ‘er indoors’ out with him because they worked as a team and had a good nosh into the bargain, now we have to think of a name for her. The update for my Christmas tree, it looks somewhat jaundiced but I am informed that is because of overwatering. I personally haven’t had a watering can anywhere near it so who is the culprit, I blame that Carol Kirkwood myself, and she just keeps giving us rain.

THE VILLAGE: Everywhere you go there is the sign of spring, so many snow drops looking absolutely super, the birds are full of life, and my peanuts and my fat balls. If this is the worst we can expect from this winter then I can forgive the Kirkwood girl but not whoever is responsible for the road in and out, the constant flow of water is taking its toll, about time the council put its hand in its pocket and did something about proper drainage? Many thanks to who ever did a super job of clearing the slippery leaves from the path along the street.

QUIZ NIGHT: Firle Bonfire Society are holding a Quiz Night at the village hall on February 21 at £8 per person to include food. Teams of up to six people.

CURIOSITY: During the 19th century it was reported that a dentist on the demise of his wife had her body embalmed and displayed in the front window of his practise. Not quite sure how that would improve his business but she stayed there for four years, where did all this happen you ask? It could only be in London, the Victorians were certainly a strange lot.

FINALLY: To residents and visitors alike, please take care when entering or leaving the village. The local wildlife doesn’t ask to be brought into this world and nobody teaches them the green cross code, to an animal lover like myself it is heart-breaking to see the results on the road coming into the village.

Lewes

HISTORY GROUP: Monday 7pm for 7.30pm at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road Lewes History Group talk: The History and Conservation of No 1 North Street. Lewis Orchard, the owner of this unique Georgian property on the one-way system, will talk about the history of the building and its occupants, as well as the work in conserving the structure and interiors that is nearing completion after 12 years. All welcome. Free refreshments. Small entry charge on the door. www.leweshistory.org.uk

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Eleven walkers were rather hoping that the weather forecast of heavy rain and strong winds would not materialise when they met for a six mile walk around Chailey Common on our last wet Sunday walk. There was no such luck and it turned into one of our wettest walks in recent times. As the ground was already water-logged, most paths were either muddy or swampy. We started from Pound Common car park and headed west across heathland passing Holford Manor before turning south via Wivelsfield Green to avoid the busy North Common road. The walk continued towards Grassy Wood and Lumberpits and we passed by St Peter and St James Hospice. By this time we were extremely wet but there was no way of shortening our walk which would have been appreciated given the conditions. We eventually made our way back to Pound Common along flooded footpaths and finding the path, amongst the many, criss-crossing the Common, that led us back to the car park. This stimulating walk was ably led by Wolfgang. The next walk is on Wednesday February 19, Ashdown Forest. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start. On Tuesday February 18 we have our AGM followed by a talk on The Meridian Way by Graham and Hilda Heap who created this new long distance footpath. This will be held at Cliffe Church Hall at 7.30pm.

NT LEWES CENTRE: On February 13 there will be a meeting at Priory School, Mountfield Road at 7 30pm. The speaker will be Jane Cecil whose subject is Apples, Butterflies and Cliffs - The National Trust in the South Downs. Non members welcome £4.

COFFEE MORNING: South Street Bonfire Society are holding a coffee morning at Cliffe Church Hall, 10am to noon tomorrow, Saturday. Tea, cakes, tombola and bonfire merchandise. Free admission.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: You may know that there is a proposal (referred to as the Trinity project) to create a partnership between the three churches of Southover, St John sub Castro and South Malling. The congregations of the churches are currently being consulted on this. Our next Alpha Course starts on February 20. It provides an informal and relaxed opportunity to explore the basics of the Christian faith; contact Steve Daughtery on 01273 472018 for more information. Services this Sunday are: 8am communion; 10am morning service, a blend of traditional and contemporary; 11.15am informal communion in the church hall; 6.30pm informal service led by a small group of musicians and singers. Do come along: we try to be friendly and welcoming. Once a month we are trying out different forms of more traditional services at 3.30pm on Sunday. Last Sunday we enjoyed a quiet, reflective service in the Taizé style, by candlelight, with beautiful chanting and musical accompaniment. If you like singing hymns next month is for you: Sunday March 2, 3.30pm, a service featuring a selection of favourite, classic hymns that stir the soul and inform the mind. Please ring Ken Bridger on 01273 812031 to request a hymn. You can find out more about the church’s activities in the church magazine, which is available free from the back of the church.

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

TWINNING ASSOCIATION: Tonight (Friday) Newhaven Twinning Association is holding a fund-raising quiz at the Hillcrest Centre at 7.30pm. Singles,couples and tables of six are welcome. £4 per person or £20 for a table. Prizes for the winning table and raffle and all monies raised will go towards the growing links with La Chapelle St Mesmin near Orleans. Bring your own drinks but the Hillcrest Cafe is open for meals and refreshments before the quiz at 6.30pm. To check availability, as booking in advance is necessary, telephone 01273 612236.

SOUTH HEIGHTON WI: Stephen Ash from Barwells will give a talk to members on Monday at 2.15pm about the pitfalls of not making a will. The meeting takes place in South Heighton village hall.

YACHT CLUB: Newhaven Yacht Club is holding a Skills Forum on Tuesday. There will be a guest speaker and subjects covered will be ropes and splicing. For further details telephone Dave Batt on 07768 863554 or email david@battco.net.

GUEST HOUSE Storytellers meet at the Hillcrest Centre on Tuesday when the subject is Battle of the Trees. A storm rages,a child is born, an ancient secret is uncovered and somewhere an army of trees begin to march. Christine Cooper tells a twisted tale of tangled stories with the mysterious Welsh poem that inspired Toluene and Shakespeare at the centre. Christine plays the violin and weaves an atmospheric tale that has been performed across America and Canada. Admission is £7/£6 on the door or in advance from the Hillcrest Cafe. The Cafe opens at 7pm for meals and refreshments and the stories begin at 7.30pm.

MEET YOUR Councillors Saturday February 15 in the foyer of Sainsbury’s between 10am and noon and put any questions you may have to them. No need to book.

FILM SOCIETY: The next film showing by the Hillcrest Film Society is Searching for Sugarman. This is an incredible story of the greatest 70s rock icon who never was. Sixto Rodriguez a Detroit folk singer had a short-lived career with two well-received albums which did not sell. But he became a pop icon in South Africa and an inspiration for generations. Hearing he had committed suicide on stage South African fans decided to discover the truth about Sugarman and they found out far more than they had ever expected. Tickets are £4.50 from the Hillcrest reception Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4pm or email film@hillcrestcentre.co.uk to reserve your tickets and pay on the night. Hillcrest Cafe opens at 6.30pm, the film starts at 7.30pm.

BARN DANCE: Saturday February 15 at 6.30pm in St Michael’s Church rooms. £6 for adults, £3 for children. Must be booked in advance, telephone 01273 510753 or 01273 973301.

SEA SHANTIES: Tickets are on sale now for an evening of Sea Shanties and entertainment performing live at the Lifeboat House, West Quay on Friday March 1. Tickets are £5 each, to book contact Lyn on 01273 517488 or email rnlinewhaven.society@hotmail.co.uk

Peacehaven

QUIZ: The first quiz night this year is tonight, Friday, in the main hall, Community House at 7pm for a prompt start at 7.30pm. Teams may play with a maximum of eight persons at £2 per head but tables must be booked with the information office in advance. Have a good evening and remember to take along your own food and drink.

CINEMA: The next film in the Community House, Meridian Centre is on February 19. Tom Hanks stars in Captain Phillips. Tickets for the show, which starts at 7.30pm, are available at £5 each from the information office. Remember if you are a pensioner or unable to use public transport CTLA will offer door to door transport plus entry to the film for only £9.50. More details can be had from the information office 01273 585493.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: Remember councillors from town and district will be in the Anzac Room Meridian Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 11am. This is a drop-in surgery so no appointments are necessary. They will be pleased to help and advise with anything affecting you or the town.

BINGO: An evening of bingo in the Community House hall Meridian Centre next Friday, February 14, starting at 7pm. There are eight games plus a flyer and snowball games for just £4. There are free refreshments during the interval half way through the evening. Could this be your Valentine outing I wonder.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by U3A in the Main Hall, Community House from 8.30am until midday. The next market on Saturday February 15 will be organised by UKIP. To book a table contact them on 07801 692 542.

COFFEE MORNINGS: The Royal British Legion will be in the foyer of the Community House from 8.30am until noon serving teas, coffees and cakes. On Tuesday the Kemptown Conservatives will be offering refreshments followed by the Seahaven Active Support Scouts on Thursday. Friday February 14 sees the return of the Royal British Legion serving refreshments and raising funds for their worthy organisation.

COUNCIL MEETING: On Tuesday the Policy and Finance committee are meeting in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre starting at 6.30pm. Residents are always welcome to attend and are able to ask questions during the first 15 minutes.

HORTICULTURE: The town clerk, Kevin Kingston, addressed a packed monthly meeting of members of the Peacehaven Horticultural Society and gave a very interesting talk about the many projects and developments that are taking place in the town. He also mentioned that Peacehaven are not increasing the town’s proportion of the the council tax although it is likely that East Sussex County Council may have to due to increased demands of the Police and the Fire and Rescue service.

Polegate

AGM meeting for Polegate Rambling Club held today, Friday, at St John’s Church Hall. Coffee will be served at 2pm the meeting will start at 2.30pm. £3. Subscriptions.

SOUTHDOWN STROLLERS walking programme for January to March is available by telephoning 735714. Most walks take place on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Monday, meet at Chalk Farm at 10am for transport up and walk down Butts Brow with John. Medium to hard walk. Wednesday, meet at Pevensey Castle car park at 10am for an easy three mile walk with Hilary. Monday, February 17, meet by Chalk Farm, Coopers Hill, at 10am for a medium hard walk with David and Joan.

Ringmer

FAMILY QUIZ: Please come and support your local school at this popular event at Ringmer Primary School tomorrow (Saturday) 6.15pm to 8.15pm. Once again Bob Cairns has kindly set the questions for all ages and has agreed to be our quiz master for the evening. Teams of up to six people must include one adult and one school aged child (reception to 16 years) phone 01273 812463/813860 for all information or tickets. Team ticket £18, adult £5, child £2.50. All prices to include food. Licensed bar available. Hope to see you there. Organised by Ringmer Primary Home School Association.

ACOUSTIC MOODS: Talented local musicians will come together again for an unforgettable evening of folk, blues, rock and pop tomorrow (Saturday) in the village hall. Doors open at 6.45pm for 7.15pm start. Tickets at £7.50 are available from Esther or Mark on 01273 813 698 or e-mail ringmeracousticmoods@gmail.com, Facebook Acoustic Moods Evening Ringmer. Proceeds from this event will go the MS Society.

CHURCH SERVICES: The services on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist with the Laying on of Hands for Healing, 6pm Evensong.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday January 29, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Dianne and Mike Preece; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

ZAFFRE DUO CONCERT: Many thanks to the very appreciative audience who turned out to support the Flute and Harp concert in St Mary’s last Sunday, despite very stormy wet weather. It was good to be joined by Paul Lewis, the composer of the beautiful Norfolk Idyll which opened the concert. There was a variety of music from Bach to Bartok, and all enjoyed tea and biscuits and a good chat afterwards. A retiring collection raised a total of £155, of which £30 was donated to St Mary’s and £125 to Great Ormond Street Hospital, taking total donations to Anne Hodgson’s India cycle charity challenge to over £3,500, a wonderful result. Huge thanks to Will Pratt and all from St Mary’s for making us so welcome once again.

SUPPER CLUB: Celebrate Valentine’s Night, Friday February 14, 7.30pm to 10.30pm in the village hall. Book a table for a three course buffet supper at £10 per person. Bring your friends, Valentines, own drink and glasses. Tickets must be bought in advance of the day and are available from: Daisy 01273 814859; Bren Bonner 01273 813303 or the Ringmer Wine Store (10 percent discount on drinks). Wine, dine and dance the night away. Proceeds to the Village Hall Appeal.

RINGMER DEBATES: The next in the series of Ringmer Debates takes place on Friday February 14 at 7.30pm in the village hall. The theme for this one is What Are Benefits For? Entry is free, though donations are requested for tea and coffee.

TABLE TOP SALE: Ringmer Community College will be holding a Table Top Sale on Saturday March 8 between 10am and noon. Tables if booked in advance £5. To book a table or for more info please contact Ruth Whitlock on 01273 812220 ext 253 or e-mail rwhitlock@ringmeracademy.org

Rodmell & Southease

AS I DRIVE to and fro to Haywards Heath every day now, it’s surprising how the vista changes, mainly due to the weather. Catkins are well out everywhere and snowdrops and daffodils are appearing in gardens. Mine have been out for two weeks now. The fields are still well flooded but there are areas of green appearing. It must be so difficult for farmers especially as lambing time will soon be upon them. Let’s hope the rain lets up soon.

REPAIRS: As I run a B&B I have to get household repairs etc done in the quiet period, so it’s been rather cold around here lately as workmen have been fitting a new wood burner and replacing the heating system and shower, which means no heating, water turned off and doors open quite a bit. The workmen are all very polite and cheerful young men and seem to enjoy their work.

CANDLEMAS: It was Candlemas on Sunday February 2 when traditionally snowdrops are put in churches. If out walking visit Southease Church which has a magnificent display of snowdrops.

WI: On Tuesday February 18 Rodmell and Southease WI have an interesting talk by Helen Poole on Sir John Gage and his House at Firle, 7.30pm in the village hall. All welcome.

COFFEE MORNING on Wednesday February 26 in the village hall at 11am. Everyone welcome.

RECYCLING: I have just received my WI Life Magazine and was horrified to find 11 advertising flyers in it which immediately went into the recycling drawer. I’m sick to death of junk mail and the system for cancelling it only works for a short time. I’m sure most readers feel the same as it takes time to sort it, take out the free pens, purses, beads and cards, as all these things muck up the recycling.

PANTO: On Friday January 31 I went to the first night performance of the Rodmell Panto, Mother Goose. I actually like first nights as they can be very amusing. I wasn’t disappointed. Mother Goose, David Stearman, was brilliant, David is a born actor as is Spencer Prosser, Baron Vile. Spencer loves being the evil one, and getting hold of a mike to vent his vocal talent. Richard Sellick, Squire Nicely, always surprises me, as he throws himself into the part, and to me he always comes over as a quiet man in real life. Maybe I’m wrong. Jo Wettern, Jon Goose, what is that girl on? Bounce, bounce, is it a sugar surge? Wish I had some of that energy. Prunella, The Goose, has to be admired for being encased in a hot but wonderful costume. Gina Prosser, Lucie Nicely, glam on legs as usual. Libby Mellor, Fairy Nuff, looking so like her dad, and how did she cope in those heels? Fairy Liquid/King, Scott Sherwood, a bundle of 6ft and muscle in a tutu. Queen of Goosovia, Wendy Shaw, did she take elocution lessons with the Queen? Sidney Watt, Richard Roberts, not really the village idiot, but likes playing those parts. Villagers were Jane Mitchell and Paul Mellor on the night I went, let’s face it, Paul had to appear somewhere after playing panto Dame for years. Grey Lady, Rowan Sellick made for the part, very ethereal. Black Beauty the horse, Jacob Prosser and Henry Last, who did an excellent performance in a difficult costume. Dancers included Julia Stone, Amelia Shaw, Phoebe Edwards and Izzie Edwards. Choreography was done by Rowan Sellick and Kim Mercer. Musical Maestro Uncle Andy and the costumes, Sarah Jay and Carol Ashplant. Lighting and special effects done by Martin Burnaby-Davies. A bit thank you to Jon and Lucie and their staff at The Abergavenny who provided rehearsal space, box office and refreshments. Many thanks to Celia Edmonds for help with bookings and to Northease Manor School for the hire of the stage. Thanks to all involved for giving so much pleasure.

BIRD WATCH: I did my Bird Watch last weekend, did you? Where have all the small birds gone? I haven’t seen a wren (my favourite) for ages.

Telscombe

TELSCOMBE CLIFFS WI will be holding their monthly meeting at the Civic Centre from 2pm to 4pm on Wednesday. This month it is a murder mystery and afternoon tea. New members to their friendly Institute are always welcome. Apart from the monthly meeting held at the Civic Centre, they have several groups which meet monthly too. There is a craft group, chatterbox group, Scrabble and singing. The meetings are held in members’ houses and information about dates and times are given out at monthly meetings. Most of the activities involve a cup of tea and cake, as do their outings and walks which take place mainly during the summer. There is a £1 charge for visitors and you can go along for two months before you decide if you want to join, when you will be asked to pay the subscription (which for 2014 is £34.70). For any queries or details telephone Pat Grey on 01273 583778.

COMPUTER LESSONS: Free basic computer lessons. East Sussex County Council provide a mobile office service which visits local areas. It is at the Civic Centre from 10am to midday on a Monday morning. The tutor can teach you how to use a computer, surf the internet, set up and use email and use Word to write letters and design posters. Other services provided are free internet access, you can check your emails, get help with council enquiries, library services, join and collect reservations and free scanning and printing. No booking is required, simply come along and visit the mobile office minibus which you will see parked in the corner of the Civic Centre car park.

CHILDREN’S Singing Workshops, Julie’s Art of Noise singing classes at Telscombe Civic Centre every Monday from 5pm to 6pm. £5 per hour, pay as you go. Each week Julie works on breathing techniques, pitch control and resonating spaces disguised as fun singing exercises. Children also sing a few rounds, play some vocal games and sing some well-known tunes too. She works on new songs regularly (with words provided) and everybody gets a chance to sing over a microphone if they wish. Each lesson finishes with a bit of jumping around to the latest tunes for mums and dads, friends and family to enjoy. Julie’s groups also appear regularly at local events so there are plenty of opportunities for your child to perform if they would like to. Please contact her for further details 07460 702328.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

THE WHEATSHEAF: Jazz and blues singer Penny Page will be entertaining customers at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. On Sunday the meat raffle will be held at 2pm. Tickets are £1 each. On Monday it is jazz and dinner night with the Happy Day Band playing from 7.30pm. The Wheatsheaf quiz is from 8.30pm on Tuesday February 11. Chef on Tour night is on Thursday when customers can order an authentic three course meal from a different region of Italy.

DEMONSTRATION: Willingdon Flower Club will meet at 1.45pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall when Graham King will be adding A Splash of Colour to his arrangement. The competition is entitled My Favourite Read.

TRIANGLE LACE Club members will be meeting at Trinity Church Hall from 10am to 2pm tomorrow, Saturday. This is an active friendly club promoting all forms of bobbin lace. All lace makers of any age are welcome. There is a trade stand with lace supplies and equipment, and guidance on the art of lace making can be given. The cost including refreshments, raffle and insurance is £5. For more information, please contact Rowena Gausden on 01323 484165.

MEETINGS: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding a planning meeting at 7pm on Monday followed by an amenities meeting at 7.30pm at Willingdon Community School. Meetings are open to the public. Please ring 01323 489603 or 01323 489104 for further information.

THE 3 MMMs will be meeting at 8pm on Wednesday at St Mary’s Church Hall when David Jones will be giving an illustrated talk on the Bluebell Railway.

THE GRUMBLEWEEDS will be meeting at 6.30pm on Wednesday. Guest speaker is Ray Waite who will be talking about his time as glasshouse superintendent at Wisley.

WILLINGDON WI will be meeting at 2.15pm on Thursday at Willingdon Memorial Hall when Judith Bastide will be giving a talk entitled What the Dickens.

JEVINGTON and Filching WI will be meeting at 2pm on Thursday at Trinity Church Hall. The topic will be Sussex Caring Pets – animal assisted therapy with cats and dogs. Bring an animal tea towel.

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm on Friday February 14 at St John’s Church Hall Polegate when there will be a talk on Stone Cross Windmill. Please ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 01323 486208 for further information.

CHURCH CONCERT: St Mary’s Church is the venue for a concert which will be taking place at 7.30pm on Monday February 17. The concert, directed by Michael Stumbles, will include choir pieces, vocal ensembles and various instrumental items. Fr Michael will also be playing some organ solos. Admission is free. There will be a retiring collection for locally based charity Children with Cancer.