Parish pump Newhaven - January 23, 2015

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Alfriston

WINTER BREAK at Much Ado Books: The shop will be closed for its annual break and refurbishment from January 26 reopening on February 13.

MUCH ADO BOOKS’ Prospero’s Project this year raised a very substantial £3,120 for the library at a Healing, Focus school and orphanage in Uganda. Cate Olson and Nash Robbins spend a good part of their time designing and making the very popular unique Christmas stockings each year. These are then sold and the money raised for their charity Prospero’s Project. The donation is different each year and always connected to books.

A BURN’S NIGHT QUIZ will be held at the Smugglers on January 25 starting at 7.30pm in aid of the Chestnut Tree Hospice. There will be a prize for the most original Scottish outfit.

MAY THE FARCE BE WITH YOU is this year’s pantomime presented by the Alfriston Players. There will be three performances at the War memorial hall; Friday January 30 at 7.30pm and Saturday 31 at 2.30pm and again at 7.30pm. Tickets are available at Hicks, The Newsagents.

Bishopstone

ST ANDREW’S CHURCH Stewards needed for Wednesdays and Saturdays to keep the church open. If you can spare a couple of hours, see the Stewarding Rota on the table at the back of the church. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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

LAST WEEK, after much rain, a pond appeared on the triangle of land with several trees lying between the Egg and Barrack Cottage. The map collection in our local library provided some clues. A mid-19th century Ordnance Survey map showed a village pond here although it had completely disappeared by the 1890s. Could be an old Winterbourne.

Falmer

THE LADIES GROUP always meet in January to discuss their programme for the year, it is too early to say what will be on offer for the whole year, but two months are definitely settled, the first on February 10 when John Warton will be showing us a film of what it was like when he went diving off the Cocas Islands, swimming with sharks and many other species, the second month confirmed is May 12 when Peter Hill will be giving us a talk on Potions, Pills and Patience. Meetings are always in the Falmer Parish Hall beginning at 7.30 and all are welcome.

MAYBE it is a quiet time in Falmer, but not for the wild life, there is a fox who regularly visits our gardens, twice I have seen him in as many days, walking nonchalantly down steps and across the road to the field, and again through our own hedge. After the tail end of the storm called Rachel we walked through the woods the next day and caught our breaths when a branch fell just after a student had passed right under the tree, he was completely unaware of what had happened, we even called out to him, thinking he might like to see what he had just missed, but these students are permanently plugged in to their music and he heard nothing.

ANOTHER NEAR MISS was when we drove down to Cuckmere on Sunday, we took the road through Littlington and very soon after the village we could see the road was flooded, we let a 4x4 pass us and watched to see how deep the water was, and followed them through with no problem, but coming round the next corner the 4x4 had disappeared and we could see the water was even deeper, we carefully made our way through, not too fast, not too slow, and after about 25 mtrs we were safe, and reassured a young lady in another 4x4 facing the way we had come, that she would have no problem. We certainly took a different route home.

EXCITING: It was quite exciting to see the article in the Telegraph Saturday colour supplement about Lisa O’Connor and Toby Smallpiece who lived in Falmer for a few years, and then moved to build their dream at Hawthbush Farm. Their family was very much a part of Falmer when they lived here and it is lovely to read and see what they are doing with their new life, well done them.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children; 6.30pm Churches Together in Heathfield and District service at Holy Cross Priory for the week of prayer for Christian Unity. Tuesday, 1.30pm St Richard’s Art and Craft Group in the church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion.

WEALDEN Decorative and Fine Arts Society. The new year started with a splendid lecture by Julian Halsby entitled Toulouse-Lautrec and the Golden Age of Cabaret. Montmartre came to life as Mr Halsby took the members into the cabaret clubs of the early 20th century through the posters of Toulouse-Lautrec. Despite his family wealth, the life of this talented artist was all too brief but his iconic works have enabled us to experience, albeit at second hand, the spirit of La Belle Epoque in Paris. Next month Imogen Corrigan will talk on the signs and symbols in medieval art and buildings.

HISTORY SOCIETY: This month the members were treated to history through artefacts as Raymond Broomfield described life as a schoolboy between 1940 and 1945 in North London. He evoked personal reminiscences as items were produced and discussed. Amongst them were gas masks, ration books, identity cards, radios, crystal sets, telephones and even tins of dried milk and a third of a pint milk bottles which we all remembered standing in crates outside the school door, ice cold in winter. All this was accompanied by sound effects and music from the era. The discussions went on over coffee and biscuits as members shared their memories in a very convivial atmosphere. Next month David Calvert will be talking about Herstmonceux Castle. Anyone who is interested in local history is invited to come along to our meetings which take place on the third Thursday of the month at 7.30pm in the Ian Price Room at Heathfield Community Centre.

U3A: We now have a U3A in Heathfield. The U3A provides social and educational activities for residents of Heathfield and district. We will be holding monthly meetings in the Main Hall of the Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane, Heathfield, on the third Tuesday of every month from 2.30pm to 5pm. Our first meeting will be Tuesday February 17 between 2.30pm and 5pm and this will give people the opportunity to meet group convenors, suggest and discuss their own ideas for groups, join us and, perhaps, participate in the running of our U3A. We have set the U3A membership fee at £15 a year. Discounts are made for partners and for new members who are already members of other U3As. Planned group activities will range from languages, book group, outings, music, art appreciation, craft, art, history/local history, theatre, gardening, IT, photography, to walking. Come along and meet us. Our web site: www.HeathfieldandDistrictU3A.org.uk

Hellingly, Horsebridge & Dicker

CHURCH SERVICES: Hellingly Church, Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP), every Sunday Holy Communion (CW) at 8am and 10.45am. Fourth Sunday Family Service 10.45am. Upper Dicker: Sunday Services 9.15am.

TRANSPORT FESTIVAL: The Eastbourne Historic Vehicle club recently donated £2,000 to the Eastbourne Branch of the Royal British Legion from the proceeds of the Hellingly Festival of Transport held over the last August Bank Holiday weekend. The club decided to support a service charity in 2014 as part of its WW1 Commemoration. The cheque was presented by EHVC vice-president, Mike Bray, to Dave Smedley of the Legion, at a recent club meeting. Club chairman, John Bishop, said that despite the weather not being kind over the bank holiday weekend, the show was a great success with record numbers of both entrants and public attending. This has enabled the club to continue their annual donations to local charities, which over the years have totalled in excess of £100,000. 2015 will see the 40th anniversary of both the Eastbourne Historic Vehicle Club and the Festival of Transport held at Broad Farm, Hellingly. The event has grown from small beginnings to an event displaying over 1,000 varied, historic transport exhibits. The EHVC meets on the 4th Thursday of the month at the Red Lion public house at Stone Cross. New members are always welcome. Contact the secretary, Dave Bone, on 01323 843186, for details.

MOSES’ STORY: Dr Colin Tourle reports that he has recently been in Ethiopia with his good friend Fitsum, the eye surgeon and re-lived the true story about his son Benjamin, who is now about twenty seven years old. Twenty seven years ago there was an appalling civil war in Ethiopia, at that time Ethiopia was ruled by Mengitsu, a communist dictator. They were fighting the Tigray separist movement in the north. Fitsum was a young doctor of 23 years old. He was banned from Tigray, his homeland, and sent to the south of Ethiopia to work in a small hospital. One night the police brought in a new baby, found under a bush, near the hospital. He had been left by his mother, unwashed, covered in meconium, a brownish fluid that covers some new babies. Fitsum, who was unmarried, describes the moment emotionally. He told Colin that he looked at him and instantly loved that baby. Fitsum had a mother living at the time and he had about nine brothers and sisters. The family was against him having the baby. They thought it was his undeclared baby and the found under a bush story was false. Only one person supported him and that was his brother-in-law who said to him that this child was a gift from God. You bring him up. Fitsum paid for nurses and housekeepers whilst he did his training as a young doctor. Then years later he married and Benjamin was part of his new family. Colin has met Benjamin, a lovely chap, very fit and a professional cyclist. He asked Fitsum if he had a girlfriend yet and he replied ‘yes, but he has not introduced her yet.’ Colin says he is reminded of the story of Moses being found in a basket on the edge of the Nile.

CHOIR NEWS: Following the announcement of a new contralto, choirmaster of Hellingly, John Francis, has been able to secure the services of an additional bass, increasing the numbers from two to three. Graham Little, who is an experienced singer, having commenced his musical association by being a treble at the age of seven years, in his local church, and needs no introduction in what is required to become a full choir member. New RSCM medals and ribbons have been obtained ready for the two new singers to be officially instated by the vicar.

BRIDGE REPAIR: Sussex Ramblers will be pleased to learn that at Arlington Byway 60b at TQ 543/081 an 11 metre bridge (B0804) on Arlington Byway 60b has recently been replaced by ESCC’s maintenance rangers.

UNION FLAG: The family of the late Lez Smith have donated a Union Flag to Holy Trinity Church, Upper Dicker, and it can be borrowed for village events.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

FREE CHURCH SERVICES: This Sunday service is at 10.45am in the Free Church, Church Road. The Breakfast Club is from 10am to noon at Herstmonceux Village Hall on the first Sunday of each month. All Saints Church, Herstmonceux, and St Mary Magdalene Church, Wartling: Sunday 8am Holy Communion Wartling, 9.45am Herstmonceux.

MESSY CHURCH happens at the Reid Hall usually on the third Sunday of the month at 3.30pm. This meeting is for all ages and includes games, crafts, teaching and an act of worship. It concludes with a light tea at 5pm.

ALPHA COURSE: If you are interested is an excellent course studying the meaning of life from the Christian perspective. This is an introduction to some main aspects of the Christian faith. Please phone 01323 833124 for information. A morning Alpha course starts on Tuesday from 10am to noon at Scolfes Restaurant, Boreham Street. A Crèche is provided.

SCIENCE CENTRE: There is an open weekend tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Last admission is at 3pm. For more information visit http://www.the-observatory.org or phone 01323 832731.

WALKING GROUP: The next walk is on Sunday and is 5 miles to Little London. The group will be meeting at the Cuckoo Trail car park in Heathfield at 10am. If you would like to go along contact Sue on 848790 or 07512 652962.

THE WINDMILL at Windmill Hill. It is exciting news that the windmill machinery will be restored. Windmill Hill will have a working windmill that produces flour, what an exciting thought. There are many opportunities for members of the community to become involved. As always with a Heritage Lottery Grant, there is a large element of volunteer labour that we need to include. For instance, if you can do practical work, whether skilled or unskilled, they would love to hear from you. Can you help on days it is open to the public? People are needed to meet and greet visitors - no special knowledge required, they just need to be made welcome. Can you help on National Mills Day in May manning stalls, providing cakes and plants? There are opportunities for all members of the community to be involved in your very own, soon to be working windmill. If you feel you may be able to help in any way, and would like to find out more please contact

Bee Frost 01323 833033 bee@windmillhillwindmill.org

RAY AND SHELDON: On January 30 members will welcome the ever popular local Di Arndle on the subject of Sweet Making at 2.15pm. This club for the over 60s meets on the second and fourth Friday afternoons of the month between 2pm and 4pm in the small village hall and has a varied selection of speakers, slide shows, quizzes, music and most of all enjoyable company. Membership is £4 annually and £2.50 per meeting. All welcome and transport can be arranged. For more details, please contact Anne on 01323 441244.

HEALTH CENTRE: There has been a very kind and generous donation of climbing plants to the surgery which will be planted along the walkway from the health centre to the pharmacy, from passion flowers to honeysuckle, which should make the short walk even more pleasant. Thank you to all who donated food for the Hailsham food bank through the food basket, Julie at the food bank was extremely grateful and all the food went into the Christmas boxes. You can now purchase your parish magazine from the Health Centre. Watch this space, keep your eyes peeled for more information regarding a Herstmonceux Wellbeing Day coming soon.

Kingston

BINGO NIGHT is back again by popular demand. This year, it will be held in Kingston Parish Hall, The Street, on Friday January 30 at 7.30pm, with the first game called at 8pm. Tickets at £10 each, which includes food and all games throughout the evening. There will be a Harvey’s cash bar and an auction with fantastic prizes to win. All proceeds will go to Kingston Pre-School. Tickets are available from Kingston Pre-School, Vicky Owen (07790903213), Sally Domingo-Jones (07932605967) or Brian Simmons (474303).

Lewes

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday December 23 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Jennifer Wilson and Peter Catermole; 2, Meic Goodyear and Jerry Emery; 3, Janet Catermole and Di Johnstone. Tuesday January 6 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone; 2, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 3, Rita Hartnell and Nanette Tarling. Thursday January 8 Teams: 1, Nigel Osmer and Peter Cattermole, Susan Louis and Adela Thomas. Tuesday January 13 Teams: 1, Meic Goodyear and Jerry Emery, Simon Kirkwood and Lynne Tunley. Thursday January 15 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Margaret Buddery and Peter Waters; 2, Meic Goodyear and Simon Kirkwood, Clair Nankivell and Pauline Brown. Visitors welcome, phone 01273 476757.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Our New Year’s Lunch was held on Wednesday last at the Buxted Park Hotel. Forty four members enjoyed a delicious lunch. However, nine of us, led by Graham, our chairman, thought that a gentle constitutional before the group’s New Year Lunch would be a good idea. It was a good idea but it was not exactly gentle. At the best of times the Weald can be on the muddy side; this has not been the best of times. Many days of rain had left the ground soggy, very soggy in places, and walking was more of a plod than a brisk stroll. The good news was that a window of bright, clear weather opened up for us and the gentle pace allowed us to enjoy the scenery even more than usual. From the hotel we headed south, brushed by the outskirts of Uckfield at Hempstead Farm where they have plenty of horses and even more donkeys, before crossing the railway line twice. This involved traversing two steep set of steps down and two back up. The first set were just a little rickety, the second were new and stoutly constructed. We returned to the house by way of the lakes and the church. As a way of giving us an appetite, it worked well. The next walk is on Sunday. East Dean Circular. A hilly 5.5 mile walk. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start. New walkers always very welcome.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Our next Alpha course runs on Thursdays from February 26 for nine weeks. Please contact the rector Steve Daughtery on 472018. If you have any spare warm clothing, blankets and sleeping bags (new or used) which you would like to donate to homeless people in Brighton, we have a collection box in the church porch. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service with singers and band. Please join us.

COFFEE SHOP: Eastgate Baptist Church relaunches their new look Coffee Shop tomorrow, Saturday, and every Saturday, 10am to noon. Please come and enjoy amazing value fresh coffee, homemade cake and a relaxing atmosphere with friendly helpers and time to chat. The Christianity Explored Course has just started and will take place in the church lounge from 9.30am to noon every Wednesday for seven weeks. It is not too late to join. This is a chance to think about and discuss the big questions of life in a friendly setting. Starting with coffee we watch a short DVD presentation, read a bible passage and discuss the teaching presented. Everyone is welcome.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

MEECHING WI: At the January meeting the president welcomed everyone back after the Christmas break. The speaker was Seaford Town Crier, Peter White, who talked about town criers. The next event is today (Friday) when the Knit and Natter group meets at the Age Concern Day Centre on West Quay from 2.15pm to 4.15pm. Members can bring along their knitting or any other craft or just come along for a natter and a cup of tea. The next

WI meeting will be on February 19 at Meeching Hall at 9.45am when there will be an audio presentation by Colin Bell. The book club re-commences on February 12.

MADS: There is still time to catch our excellent local amateur dramatic society in their spring production, Alan Ayckbourn’s A Chorus of Disapproval. It is a perfect choice as it is about an amateur society staging The Beggar’s Opera. It is on tonight (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) at 7.45pm in Meeching Hall, with a matinee on Sunday at 2.30pm. Tickets are £8 from Meeching estate agents, High Street or on the door.

ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH fundraiser tomorrow (Saturday) in the church rooms. A family quiz starting at 7pm. Tickets are £5 for adults and £2.50 for children including a ploughman’s supper. For catering purposes please telephone Alan on 01273 514892 to reserve a ticket.

RNLI: Next Friday, January 30, you can get the best lunch in town at the Lifeboat house, West Quay, with all proceeds going to the local lifeboat. Winter Warmers, or Slurp Our Soup as it was formerly known, takes place between 11.30am to 2.30pm and you get a choice of soup plus a cheese roll for £3.50. It is a very popular event so get there early.

Polegate

POLEGATE CAFÉ has now started a Knit and Natter group upstairs in the café on Friday mornings from 10am to 12.30pm. £2.50 per person includes tea, coffee and cake. A chance to come and meet friends whilst binging your knitting. All crafts folk welcome contact Anabel on 487340 or email thepolegatecafe@hotmail.co.uk

POLEGATE PANTOMINE is Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, from today, Friday, till January 25 inclusive at Polegate Community Centre. Adults £10, children £6. Tickets available from Archer and Partners, High Street, telephone 483348 or online from www.polegatedramagroup.co.uk

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by Kit Wilson Trust. All welcome in the lounge from 10am until noon.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Winter Wonderland Views, 5 miles with Greta W. Meet Wilmington Car Park 10.30am bus No 126 9.48am Terminus Road, stand M. Coffee stop at Alfriston, return bus 1.40pm. On Sunday, Buckle My Foot, 14.5 miles with Clare K. Meet 9.07am bus No 12 Terminus road to Hill Rise. Walk starts at 9.45am GR 486002. Dry lunch Litlington. Drop out points 6 miles, Exceat possible bus 13X at Birling Gap. Then to Eastbourne bus No 3 at St Bedes School. Continue to Eastbourne if daylight permits. On Saturday January 31 Chilly Farm Circular, 4.5 miles with Mavis M. Meet at Pevensey market square 10am bus No 99, 9.23am Terminus Road stand E to Pevensey Memorial Hall.

WE WOULD like to provide a service where local people can meet and have a chat over lunch or tea. If you find you would like to come along for a social afternoon contact Heather on 370709 or find us on Trip Advisor and www.facebook/thetrianglecafe. Meet at the Triangle Café, 3 Orchard Parade, Lower Willingdon. Email hbbatkin@gmail.com

MEETING: Polegate Wine and Social Club are meeting on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Community Centre. There will be wine tastings and a talk given by Rodney and Pat Reeve.

Ringmer

HISTORY STUDY GROUP: Tonight (Friday) the group will meet in the village hall at 7.45pm. The speaker will be Debby Matthews, A Tour around Gideon Mantell’s Lewes. Debby lives in the house on Station Street (then St Mary’s Lane) that was the family home of Gideon Mantell, the Lewes surgeon and geologist who held the medical contracts for Ringmer parish and Ringmer barracks. After Mantell had left Lewes he wrote a very early guide book to introduce the town to visitors, and Debby guides tours around Lewes today.

ST MARY’S CHURCH: Tomorrow (Saturday) is the Posh Coffee Morning in aid of The Leprosy Mission. 10am to noon in the Church Room with bring and buy and a raffle. It’s the coffee that’s posh, you don’t have to dress up. Sunday morning services at 8am and 9.45am will be led by Revd David Perks and at 6pm there will be a joint service at the Baptist Church in the village hall to pray for Christian Unity.

JUMBLE SALE: Tomorrow (Saturday) Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society will be holding a Jumble Sale in the village hall. Doors open at 2pm.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday January 14, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Barrie Smith and Alan Grindley; 2, Joan Evett and Sandra Dudley-Williams; 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.

WI: In 2015, along with 212,000 members in 6,600 WIs throughout the country, Ringmer will be marking in different ways 100 years since the first WI was formed in Britain. The January meeting marked the 48th birthday of Ringmer Evening WI with a birthday cake and bring and share buffet. The speaker was John Kayon, The life and times of John Whitfield, smuggler. This provided a fascinating insight into life in Sussex in the 1750s. The next meeting continues the theme of historic Sussex when on February 3 at 7.30pm in the village hall Ian Everest, the local historian, will talk about Old Sussex Shepherds. Visitors and new members welcome. For more details contact Jay Kendall (07845 143664) or Norma Phillips (813897).

Rodmell & Southease

LIFEBOAT: I think that the Lifeboat crews who go out in atrocious conditions to save lives need our thanks and support for the remarkable work they do putting their lives at risk to save others and without payment. These men also have families and friends who love them and are probably hoping and praying that the turbulent seas do not take their lives whilst they are attempting to save others.

THE PEOPLE working for the NHS, especially in the A&E departments, must also be supported more and it would help if people did not drink so much and take drugs. I have recollections of my mother when she had cancer many years ago now, being in a ward and outside were people on mattresses, who were drunk or overdosed on drugs and the poor nursing staff did not know where to put them and how to deal with the amount of people. I was young in the 60s and knew many people who took drugs or drank too much. Sadly a lot of them died young and they were not bad people, just easily led.

GOOD THINGS happening at the moment are the signs of spring, as snowdrops push their delicate white heads up through the very green lawns, which are still growing fast as the weather has been so mild. Catkins are also dangling their curly whirly blossoms, ready to expel their dusty yellow pollen into the air. They actually have a little red flower as well.

SURPRISE: I also had a nice surprise from EDF who say from this month they are dropping my monthly payments by a very substantial amount. As these villages don’t have gas we have an assortment of heating such as a wood burner, gas bottles for the heaters, in case we get electricity cuts and oil filled radiators, so any cash back is welcome. If you live in a village you cope with the problems of lack of transport, no street lighting, no shop, bank or post office and just get on with life.

CARS: As several of my friends have recently acquired cars that are fitted with push button starters etc., I was horrified to read an article that stated that modern cars being fitted with wireless networks and internet connections to allow for music streaming, restaurant booking, news updates and Google searches have a weak spot which can be exploited by hackers who can access the control of such cars. Technology may be wonderful but it can also cause many problems. Evidently these cars can also be stolen easily. Give me my comfortable, manual little old car anytime. I like basics.

Seaford

CORELLI ENSEMBLE, Cross Way Church, Steyne Road. Sunday at 4pm Music of the Austro-Hungarian Empire featuring cellist Ella Rundle. Followed by cup of tea. Tickets £12 at the door or £10 in advance from www.corelliensemble.co.uk Children free and transport can be arranged.

GOT PROBLEMS with your Smartphone, Tablet or eBook? Bring them along to Seaford Library on Monday from 10.30am to noon for help and advice.

TALK: Seaford Natural History Society are holding a talk at St Luke’s Church Centre, Walmer Road, on Tuesday starting 2.15pm. Madagascar and its Wildlife, the Eighth Continent by Bob Self. Visitors £3. Contact No 01323 491964.

SWEETHEARTS WI are looking for new members, they meet monthly from 8pm at Claremont Hall. The next meeting is on Tuesday.

GERMAN CONVERSATION Evening at White Lion, Claremont Road, on Wednesday from 7pm to 10pm. Food available to order. Seaford Twinning Association members free, guests and visitors £2.

COUNCIL MEETING: Planning and Highways Committee will be meeting on Thursday at 7pm at Seaford Town Council, 37 Church Street.

Telscombe

HELLO EVERYONE: My name is Alan Baker and I am taking over this Parish Pump from today. I am a semi-retired actor and director and have lived in this area for 20 years, after moving from South London. So please let me have all the details of all your activities, concerts, charity sales, spring occasions etc., and I will endeavour to get them in for you. I have always looked through the Parish Pump for details of what is on locally and it is a good way of advertising for free. So I look forward to hearing from you.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

ALADDIN: Willingdon Church Players’ pantomime Aladdin will be staged in Willingdon Memorial Hall on the evenings of Wednesday to Saturday, January 28 to 31, with a matinee on the Saturday. Tickets are still available for the Wednesday and are £6 for adults and £3 for children aged 16 years and under. There may also be a few seats left for the Thursday and Friday evenings. Please contact the pantomime secretary Lesley Etwell on 01323 504901 or 07708 05 16 63.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Jonny Fitzpatrick and Kate, known as Me Myself and Her will be entertaining customers with their acoustic covers from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. On Sunday pianist Ross Skilbeck will be entertaining customers from 1.30pm. The end of the month meat raffle and cash draw will then take place about 2pm. The quiz is on Tuesday at 8.30pm. On Wednesday it is open mic night from 8pm, hosted by Paul Watson.

LAST SERVICE: Curate Fr Michael Maine will be conducting his last combined service at St Mary’s Church at 10.30am on Sunday February 1. The later than normal service will give the catering staff more time to prepare the buffet in the church hall for after the service. A leaving gift will be presented to Fr Michael who is to become the vicar of Cuckfield Church. Coaches have now been booked for Fr Michael’s induction which is at 7.30pm at Cuckfield Church on Thursday February 26. One coach will be leaving St Mary’s Church at 5.45pm and the other coach will be leaving at 6pm. A reserved list is at the back of the church.

PARISH CLERK: Andy Beams has recently accepted a full time post at Battle Town Council and Nicola Williamson is currently the acting clerk for Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council. The parish council is advertising for a parish clerk and responsible financial officer for about 30 hours a week to include attendance at evening meetings. For an application pack please email lcrecruit@ssalc.co.uk. The closing date for applications is January 30.

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

THE EIGHT BELLS: Every Monday evening from 7pm The Hot Club of Jevington, a gypsy swing band, entertains the customers at the Eight Bells in Jevington. Tuesday night is quiz night from 8.30pm. It is advisable to book for a table. Ring 01323 484442.

WANNOCK ARTISTS will be holding their first demonstration of 2015 on Friday January 30 from 7pm to 9pm. Following a change in programme, Nick Englefield, well-known local artist, will demonstrate perspective and buildings in watercolour. New members are welcome at £16 per annum. Visitors are also welcome at £4 per demonstration. Please contact 07789 001256 for further information.