Parish pump Newhaven - January 30, 2015

Alfriston

LAST CALL: The Alfriston Pantomime, May the Farce be With You, opens tonight at the War Memorial Hall at 7.30pm. There will be two performances tomorrow, January 31; the matinee begins at 2pm and the evening performance at 7.30pm. Tickets may be bought at Hicks the Newsagents or on the door at the War Memorial Hall. May the Farce be with You, by Andrew Yates, is a fusion of Jack and the Beanstalk and the Sci-fi classic Star Wars and performed by The Alfriston Players.

HORTICULTURE: The Cuckmere Valley Horticultural Society will be meeting on February 3 at 3.30pm in the War Memorial Hall. The speaker will be Irene Eltringham-Willson, county organiser of the National Gardens’ Scheme whose talk, All Gardens Great and Small, will be about her work organising the open gardens in our area.

THE 300 CLUB this month will meet at Deans Place Hotel on February 10 at 8pm. An important aspect of the club is to make a profit which is donated to the upkeep of the War Memorial Hall. The hall is mentioned in this column at least once a week as being the venue for a village activity. It is used by the majority of our village clubs and societies and the aim is to keep the overheads down so that we can all afford to use it. The 300 Club create their profit from the £10 a year membership fund and the membership enables two names to be drawn from the bin, each winning £50. You cannot win if you don’t join - and it is not too late to join for this year. To become a member drop in to Deans Place on February 10 or put your £10 in an envelope with your contact details into Hicks, The Newsagents. You do not have to live in Alfriston to be a member.

WI NEWS from Wendy Day: Many members and several visitors braved the snowy January weather to hear local historian Kevin Gordon’s talk, The A-Z of Sussex Churches. It was soon obvious how little we knew even about our own churches. His pictures were full of facts about the history of the churches, their parishioners, the saints and the clergy of times gone by. The following business meeting revealed the year’s future events and outings and a programme full of interesting afternoons to come.

POPPY APPPEAL 2014: The Poppy Appeal at the end of last year raised £3,483.94 from local villages which included Alfriston, Litlington, Berwick, Selmeston, Lullington and West Dean.

Barcombe

SCHOOL FLINT WALLS: East Sussex County Council proposes to replace the flint wall around Barcombe School. If approved, its planning application will see the existing wall on three sides of the school replaced by one made from flint-faced concrete blocks, topped by a metal rail fence. The new wall would be between 1m and 1.2m high (3ft 3in to 4ft), with the fence adding another 1m (3ft 3in). The total height would be up to 2.2m (7ft 3in), compared to the existing wall’s 1.1m to 1.2m (3ft 7in to 3ft 11in). Details of the application, together with elevation drawings and pictures of typical blocks, are on Lewes District Council’s website: search there for LW/15/0045. Or use the direct link on the front page of the parish council’s site, barcombe.net. The parish council will discuss the application on Tuesday at 7pm, in the Sports Pavilion. If you would like to make your views known, please come along or speak to any parish councillor before the meeting. Or contact the clerk, Julia Shelley (01825 766356 or barcombe.pc@homecall.co.uk).

Bishopstone

COFFEE MORNING: The Bishopstone Community Coffee Mornings will resume today, Friday, at Bishopstone Parish Hall. We look forward to seeing old friends and new, everyone is welcome. Free fresh filter coffee and tea and homemade cakes from 10.30am to noon on the last Friday of each month. Do come along and why not bring a friend or neighbour who you think would enjoy a morning out.

LICENSING of Fr Trevor Smyth (new House for Duty Priest) by the Rt Rev Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester, on Wednesday, April 29 at 7.30pm in St Andrew’s Church.

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.

DESPITE the cold weather, an optimistic woodpecker has been hammering the trees on the southwest side of the village for the past fortnight. Exactly six years ago, tonnes of timber arrived in the bay from the wreck of the Ice Prince in the Channel. Removing it was at first prohibited, but didn’t stop artists making some nice installations on the beach.

Falmer

AMEX: Last weekend saw the FA cup match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Arsenal at the Amex stadium here at Falmer. After some dramatic upsets on Saturday, with teams like Chelsea and Manchester City being knocked out of the competition, I am sure there was an electric atmosphere in the stadium. As it was Arsenal won the match but Brighton acquitted themselves well with the final score at Arsenal 3 and Brighton 2. There was a capacity crowd and although the traffic appeared to be nose to tail coming down the Woodingdean road (when is it not?) there was little difference to a normal match day for residents. The subject of traffic congestion on match days was under discussion at the recent parish council meeting. The chairman of the parish council had attended a meeting on transport and reported that ESCC have been trying to address the problems of congestion, not only on match days, but at peak times during the week and were looking at placing traffic lights at the roundabouts leading into the university and on the roundabout slip road leading west into Brighton. There would be trials before making anything permanent. Also discussed at the parish council meeting was the news that the Amex were again looking to build a hotel next to the stadium and have put in another application.

CROSS COUNTRY: I was a bit cross myself when I got back from shopping on Saturday to find that almost all the parking spaces in Mill Street were full. The cause was the South of England Athletic Association Cross Country Championships taking place in Stanmer Park. I looked at the website and discovered that Stanmer Park is considered something of a test of stamina in cross country terms due to all the short, steep hills. A major event, the website also warned participants that parking in Stanmer Park or the stadium was not allowed and that cars would have to pay to park in a designated car park. Obviously that did not appeal to people and they all came to Mill Street instead.

BIRDS: I took part in the Big Garden Birdwatch last weekend and dutifully sat by the window watching and counting the birds. I was glad to see some yellowhammers visiting and the nuthatch put in an appearance along with goldfinches and other more familiar birds. I was surprised that no jackdaws or jays turned up while I was counting, but of course they appeared as soon as I put my pen down. I think that generally numbers were a bit down this year and think it must be because we took a break from feeding the birds earlier in the season. One animal which is very apparent in the garden is the mole. We have enormous molehills all over the garden. Some are about 10 inches high.

MUSIC: The next in the 2014-2015 concert series will be on February 14 and features tenor Timothy Wilcox and pianist Peter Williams with music by Schumann and works by Faure and Vaughan Williams. The concert will start at the usual time of 5.30pm, entrance is free with a retiring collection and there will be drinks available.

CANDLEMAS: We will be celebrating Candlemas at St Laurence this Sunday at the 10am Eucharist. The service marks the end of the Christmas season and we will be having a shared lunch afterwards at the village hall. If you would like to join in please contact us on the number at the bottom of this page.

Isfield & Little Horsted

HEAVY: Henry Brookes, widely known locally as H, will be strumming on home turf this evening (Friday) from 9pm when the heavy metal band Dethonator plays in Isfield. The band has a gig at The Laughing Fish where H’s day job is one of two chefs at his parents’ pub. Tonight, however, he will be giving the kitchen a miss to play guitar and sing backing vocals with the London-based band, which has been playing around the UK and in continental Europe since 2002. Tracks from their EP recordings can be found on www.dethonator.com

ANIMAL CHAT: Trevor Weeks is to be the guest speaker at next Wednesday’s meeting of Isfield Forget-Me-Not Club when he will give a talk on East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Animal Service. Fortnightly meetings of the club are held at the village hall from 2.30pm.

Lewes

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: 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. We start with a meal, followed by a talk, then a discussion. Please contact the rector Steve Daughtery on 472018. 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. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am family service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal family service in the church hall; 3.30pm Taizé contemplative service, with singers; 6.30pm informal evening service with communion, with singers and band. Please join us.

LEWES PASSION PLAY 2015 Group invites all supporters to a bring and share supper on Saturday February 7 in Christ Church, Prince Edward’s Road, 7pm for 7.30pm. If anyone has a party piece that they would like to perform please let us know, five minutes max. 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.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

RNLI: Slurp Our Soup fundraising event for Newhaven lifeboat today (Friday) at the Lifeboat House, West Quay from 11.30am to 2.30pm. The cheapest lunch in town. Bowl of soup and a cheese roll for £3.50 plus entertainment from the Handbell Ringers and a raffle. No need to book, just go along.

UTC: The new University Technical College being built in the old marine workshops is holding a taster day in Newhaven tomorrow (Saturday) so potential students in years 9 and 11 can go along and see what courses the UTC has to offer. The taster day will take place at Brightwells Dispensers, Unit 9, Euro Business Park, Estate Road. For more information or to book a place telephone 01273 640776.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Newhaven Historical Society is holding its AGM at the Hillcrest Centre on Tuesday at 7pm for 7.30pm. This will be followed by a presentation from Lord Ambrose Greenway on Maritime Adventures Around the World. Non members welcome for an admission fee of £2.

PARADISE PARK Timely Talk on the Bulbs of Summer on Wednesday at 11am. An exploration of summer bulbous plants and how they can be energy saving bulbs and corms for all gardeners. The talk takes place in the coffee shop and entrance is free and includes a complimentary cup of coffee or tea in the interval and a special plant offer. The talk lasts about 50 minutes.

U3A: Newhaven and Peacehaven U3A meets at Newhaven Baptist Church on Thursday at 10am when Reuben Lanham will give a talk on Ancestry. New members always welcome.

JUMBLE SALE in aid of South Heighton village hall and South Heighton Bonfire Society takes place in South Heighton village hall on Saturday February 7 from 10am to 2pm. Admission 30p, refreshments available. Good quality jumble required, please drop off at the hall on Friday February 6 at 6pm or for collection call 07776 341751.

ATC: Newhaven Air Training Corps is holding a Prize Bingo evening at Denton Social Centre on Saturday February 7 at 6.30pm. All funds go to the Squadron. Great prizes to win, two per game, one for a line and one for a full house, plus a raffle. Bingo tickets £1 a strip and there are two sessions with an interval where you can buy home-made cakes made by the Air Cadets. Always a fun evening, free parking. All welcome.

CONCERT: Brighton Welsh Male Voice Choir will be singing at St Michael’s Church, Newhaven, to raise funds for Newhaven Lifeboat on Saturday February 7 at 7.30pm. Wide repertoire of songs. Tickets are £7.50 and sell out fast. Secure yours by telephoning Ann on 01273 514841 or email rnlinewhaven.society@hotmail.co.uk.

SILLY AUCTION with food at Riverside Hall, West Quay, Saturday February 7 at 7pm to raise funds for Newhaven, Lewes and District Mencap. Pie and chips available, take your own drink. Entry is £5 with food, £3 without.

GUEST HOUSE STORYTELLERS: The entertaining and funny professional storyteller Sahand Sahebdivani will be the speaker at the Hillcrest Centre on Tuesday February 10. One of the main storytellers in The Netherlands, he won the National Storytellers of the Year there in 2014. His story, Speaker of Djinns, takes you on a trip that mixes Persian classical stories with the adventures of his own family. Hillcrest Café opens at 7pm, stories begin at 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 in advance and £8 on the door. Age 12 years plus, not for young children. To book send a cheque made payable to the Guest House Storytellers to Wendy Atkinson, 7 Downside, Lewes BN7 1EE or email wendy.Atkinson@btinternet and collect your ticket on the door.

PUB PARTY Sussex Express Pub of the Year, The Hampden Arms in South Heighton, is holding a party tonight (Friday) to celebrate its win. It is open to anyone but the landlady, Michaela Twaits, and staff hope everyone who voted for the pub will turn up from 8pm. With a free buffet and live music from The Kondoms it should be a good night.

Peacehaven

PEACEHAVEN WI: The first meeting of the new year was two weeks later than usual, due to work being carried out at the Meridian Centre. However, everyone remembered the new date and attendance was good, including three visitors. Resolutions for the special centenary annual meeting in June were discussed and voted on. Several members volunteered to create filled baskets to be sold at the ESFWI Annual Council Meeting in March. After tea we had a games afternoon. All joined in two sessions of Bingo, then other board games were played, ending in a friendly get-together. Then it was out in the cold and home. Next meeting will be held on Wednesday. Why not join us, we have an interesting speaker booked. (Joy Allen).

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.

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

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, in the lounge of Polegate Community Centre is hosted by Polegate Conservatives. All welcome from 10am until noon.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, 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. Or brisk pace Brisk and bracing Birling Gap. 8 miles with Doris and Gavin. Walk starts at Bede’s School Upper Kings Drive, at 10am GR 600971 finish at 1.30pm. Option bus No 3A from Terminus Road stop M at 9.45am, goes to starting point. On Sunday Two Deans, 8.5 miles with John and Marion. Meet bus No 12, 9.37am Terminus Road to East Dean. Walk starts at 9.50am at East Dean GR 557977, dry lunch.

DOWNLAND SINGERS: Do come and have fun on Thursday evening between 7.30pm and 9pm. We meet at Trinity Church Hall, Lower Willingdon. To find out more about us you can telephone 484189. Visit our website http://downlandsingers.webplus.net or see us on our Facebook page. Email downlandsingers@mail.com

WOW, what a spectacular performance by Polegate Drama Group’s Pantomime, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. A show stopping riveting performance. A combination of Scherazade telling the tales of the Arabian nights, and Ali Baba from Aladdin’s magic lamp. The usual bad and good characters played by Margaret Wood and Mandy Brown as Alastia a dog, and Caterina a cat. Assisted by Bashim, Grabbit and Asbad played by Cris Haniver, Cliff Bendall and Ian Parfit.The Grand Vizier played by Trevor Fuggle with Scherazade by Linda Thompson. Whilst husband Chris rocked us with laugher and antics as dame Fatima Fandango. Fatimer was assisted by Mustafa Screwloose, played admirably by Laurence Dengate-Roe. As usual there was a prince and princess, Prince Haroun and Princess Jasmine, played by Ronnie Boyce-Stevens and Sue Talmadge. Nice to see that the Buck sisters were performing, Laura as Marjana and Hannah as part of the chorus along with Rebecca Tanner, Denise Rose, Ronnie Boyce-Stevens and Michael Eccles. The Sue Wood Dancers, Alexandra Knight, Hannah Osborne, Heather Tingley, Sydney Rogers, Peter Saunders and Emma Durrant. The musical director Pat White played the piano, assisted by Louisa Patient on bass guitar and Graham Hall on drums. We look forward to their next production. www.polegatedramagroup.co.uk

OUR SPEAKER for Eastbourne Local History Society on Tuesday afternoon at 2pm is Sevket Hylton Alyidiz on the topic of Eastbourne Mosque. Visitors welcome at St Saviours and St Peters Church Hall, South Street, Eastbourne. Doors open at 1.30pm.

Ringmer

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are away to St Francis Rangers in a SCFL Div 1 fixture with a 3pm kick-off at the Colwell Ground. On Tuesday the firsts are at home to Loxwood, also a league fixture with a 7.45pm kick-off at The Caburn. The second team are at home to Saltdean Utd on Saturday with a 3pm kick-off time. On Monday evening the club plays host to AFC Ringmer when they have a friendly match at The Caburn ground with a 7.30pm kick-off.

ST MARY’S CHURCH: Services this Sunday: 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Family Service and at 6.30pm a Taize-style Eucharist for Candlemas. These services take their name from the ecumenical Taize community in Burgundy and are quiet and meditative with lots of candles and chants accompanied by a small instrumental group and singers. On the church website at www.ringmerchurch.org.uk you will find details of services, a calendar of events, information about all the church groups, and a parish journal of photographs taken during the course of the last 12 months. Coffee Break takes place every Wednesday in the Rogers Room of the village hall 10am to noon. It’s a chance to catch up with friends and there’s always a warm welcome. And in 2014 an amazing £1,225 was raised for St Peter and St James Hospice, thank you everyone who supports them.

FLOWER CLUB: At the meeting on Wednesday at 2pm in the village hall, there will be a talk by Lyn Constable entitled Vase, Vase, Vase. The competition for members who wish to enter is My Sweet Valentine to incorporate a vase. A warm welcome awaits members and also visitors who can come along for a small charge of £4, to include tea and biscuits. New members can enrol for an annual subscription of £25, which is only £2.50 a meeting.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday January 21, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Liz and Tim Owen; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3, Joan Evett and Sandra Dudley-Williams. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

ST PETER AND JAMES Hospice Support Group. Now is the time to book your place at Bob’s Bumper Quiz on March 7 in the village hall. If you would like to join/make up a team please ring Bob on 812784. There will be an Open Garden event in Ringmer in June 6 and 14 East (Laughton Road and the Broyle) and June 7 and 13 Central (rest of the village). Contact Bob on 812784 email: rjandljcairns@btinternet.com if you have a garden you would like to show. He will be thrilled to hear from you and will answer any questions you may have. If you have any spare foreign currency hidden in your home, and would like to donate this to the hospice, there is a box at the back of the church, or it can be handed in at Wednesday Coffee Break.

Rodmell & Southease

THE RECENT high winds and icy roads have certainly caused havoc across the area. The C7 has had a spate of accidents and cars have gone off the road and landed in fields and ditches and the road was shut for some hours on Friday January 16. The new fencing that was put up last year on our land was blown down again this year. I suspect we weren’t the only ones to lose fencing. A number of trees also came down in the area. Plenty of work available for tree surgeons.

COLD REMEDY: For those of you suffering from coughs and colds at this time of the year, here is a herbal remedy that does help. Put an elderflower teabag in a basin of hot water, cover head with a towel and inhale to help ease congestion. Elderflower is an old remedy known to relieve symptoms of sore throats, coughs and colds because its warming effect helps to clear congestion. I have also heard from several people that a square of very dark bitter chocolate eaten at night gives almost instant relief from the irritating virus that is causing people to cough all the time. People also rang into radio stations saying it worked instantly for them, it’s worth a try. Elderflower tea bags can be obtained from health shops and herbalists.

TO KEEP MYSELF BUSY whilst watching TV of an evening I decided to knit squares to stitch into throws for animal sanctuaries. I find it helps keep me awake and helps me cope with the problem of my other half constantly switching the TV over with the hand-set, which I hear from other ladies is definitely a male thing. I also have a knitting pattern for a chicken waistcoat which Raystede is giving out, as they need these waistcoats to keep the rescued battery hens warm in this cold weather as they peck their feathers out through stress. Unfortunately part of the pattern I can’t do, so it’s definitely squares for me. If you want to help Raystede keep animals warm they are very grateful, so get knitting.

MEETING: Readers may remember me writing about meeting the daughter of an old school friend at the hunt in Lewes on Boxing Day. This lady wrote me such a nice letter this week and I hope to keep in contact with her in the future. Her name was Gillian Greenfield and we have known each other from school days, going back to when we were around five years old at a school in Brighton. We are going to exchange names of the people we remember and memories. It’s strange how these instances come right out of the blue but in this case a nice surprise.

SADLY Archie, the little spaniel Jerry and Carol acquired from my old friend and neighbour Jude when she left Rodmell, is no longer with us. He passed away just before Christmas at 15 years old. He was a much loved little dog who had a great home at Deep Thatch and was loved by villagers.

Seaford

COMMUNITY CINEMA: The -100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared is showing at The Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane tonight, Friday, at 7.30pm. Tickets £6, £5, and £3.50 also available at Seaford Tourist Information in advance.

OLD TOWN HALL, South Street has become available any groups interested please contact Seaford Town Council, 01323 894870 for further details.

COFFEE MORNING being held at the Clinton Centre on Saturday February 7 from 10am to noon. There will be stalls selling cards, cakes and bric-a-brac in support of Women’s World of Prayer.

Telscombe

COMMUNITY TRANSPORT Lewes Area. The CTLA buses are no longer funded by ESCC: this vital service is a registered charity and receives no funding from any other source. Many elderly and disabled people in Seaford and surrounding towns rely heavily their dial-a-ride service as the only way to visit the doctor’s surgery or go shopping, there is no other community transport facility. Chamber members CTLA are now fundraising desperately to raise money to keep going and are holding an event at Deans Place Hotel, Alfriston, on Saturday February 7 at 7pm. Tickets cost £25 which includes a three-course dinner and entertainment. If you would like to support the charity or buy tickets, contact Paula Woolven (Community and Fundraising Manager) at CTLA on 01273 517332 (mobile 07710 426321) or e-mail Paula@ctla.org.uk. To make a donation to their charity click here.

ENTERPRISE EXPO (LDEX): This one-day interactive B2B event aimed at local businesses, social enterprise and educational establishments across the district takes place on Thursday March 19 10am to 3pm at Lewes Town Hall, (Corn Exchange and Assembly Rooms). There will be 80 exhibition stands, free entry, talks, seminars and local cafe Laportes. If you would like to book an exhibition stand or find out more email Claire Kirtland (claire@lewesenterprise.co.uk) or call 01273 473311 (or 07846 554316). Website:

www.lewesenterprise.co.uk

HMRC: NIC changes for employees under the age of 21. Did you know that changes to NIC’s from April 6 mean employers will not have to pay the employers Class 1 secondary National Insurance contributions (NICs) for employees under the age of 21? The rate will be 0 per cent for these employees.

LEAFLET: A timely reminder perhaps. A leaflet reminding me about how to maintain my smoke alarms, just as the news of the fire in the block of flats in Telscombe arrived. Take care in this cold weather when handling fires etc.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

WANNOCK ARTISTS will be holding their first demonstration of 2015 today, Friday, from 7pm to 9pm. Following a change in programme, Nick Englefield, well-known local artist, will be demonstrating 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.

JOHN PAUL MILLER, singer and guitarist, will be providing the entertainment at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at The Wheatsheaf. The Wheatsheaf quiz is at 8.30pm on Tuesday.

LAST SERVICE: Curate Fr Michael Maine will be conducting his last service at St Mary’s Church at 10.30am on Sunday. The later than normal service will give the catering committee 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.

ABLAZE, the youth club for young people aged 14 years and over, meets on alternate Sundays from 6pm to 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church Hall. The next meeting is on February 1 when there will be various games and activities in the hall. Ring 07725 124902 for further information.

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

MOTHERS’ UNION: The Willingdon branch of the Mothers’ Union will be meeting at 2pm on Tuesday in St Mary’s Church Hall. It is the AGM and members will also be discussing their future programme.

ST MARY’S YOUTH CLUB for eight to 14 year olds meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 7.30pm to 9pm in St Mary’s Church Hall. Tuesday February 4 is pancake evening. For further information please ring Fr Kevin Agnew on 01323 502079.

DEMONSTRATION: Willingdon Flower Club will be meeting at 1.45pm on Friday February 6 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 on Saturday February 7 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 on Saturday February 7.

JPK PROJECT: The recently held fundraising launch in the Arndale Centre went very well. The aim was to raise as much money as possible towards the cost of the building work to be carried out at Edgmont in Old Town which will be a supported living centre for people with a learning disability. It is too early to know exactly how much the launch has raised but people can still donate through the JPK just giving website and there are a number of collecting tins in various locations, particularly in the Wannock area where Jill Parker, the project co-ordinator, lives. JPK now has until April 2016 to make sufficient progress on the site or planning permission will run out. Ideally it would be preferable to have all funds in place and then commence building in the most cost effective way. However, if necessary, it could be built in three stages. Either way it is hoped that the project will be completed by 2017.

WIN-A-CAR: The JPK Project was one of the charities to benefit from the win-a-car raffle in the Arndale Centre, and on January 17 Jill Parker was presented with a cheque for £601, representing the number of raffle tickets they had sold on their particular day. Jill would like to express her gratitude to Arndale Centre manager Bill Plumridge and to all the volunteers who helped JPK during their special day for selling raffle tickets and also through the launch and to all those who had contributed.

BRIGHTON HALF MARATHON: Wendy Quinn will be running the Brighton half marathon on February 22 in aid of the JPK Project. She would welcome your support by sponsoring her. Sponsorship forms can be obtained from Jill Parker on 01323 486179 or from Wendy at Hairs and Graces, Willingdon Triangle or on the JPK Just Giving page at www.thejpkproject.co.uk. State it is for Wendy/Brighton half marathon.