Parish pump Newhaven - January 31, 2014

Alfriston

COLIN BURDEN, the team leader of Heartstart, has been nominated for a South Coast Ambulance Service Chief Executive Commendation for the outstanding patient care recently given to a man in cardiac arrest on the South Downs near Alfriston. Heartstart as a group has been nominated for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services in recognition of the service they provide to the community. The winning nominations will be announced in June. The Heartstart members led by Colin are greatly appreciated by the village and district that they cover. This service is highly valued and deserving of public recognition.

WI NEWS: After wishing members a Happy New Year, the president introduced the speaker John Wilton. His talk was entitled A Penny for your thoughts which covered the history of coins from the time when each coin was actually worth its weight in gold or silver to the present day. John Wilton entertained with tales of hoards of coins found on building site or recovered from shipwrecks, about forgeries and clipped coins and about the time when tokens were used in the village shops by the hop pickers. Samples of various coins were passed around and coins brought by members were valued. Plans for prospective outings were discussed and also the possibility of a change of meeting place. It looks like a busy year ahead with a varied programme of meetings. The next meeting will be on February 18 when Michael Gould will be talking about his Forty Years in the Wine Trade. Visitors are welcome.

VALENTINES DAY will be here soon and Much Ado are offering the chance for craft lovers to express themselves by creating personal cards. There will be a one-hour workshop at the bookshop for clipping, pasting, tearing, sewing, stamping to make up to three cards. The workshops run over the weekend of February 1 and 2. Tickets cost £7.50 for each workshop. For details and tickets visit the website at www.muchadobooks.com/valentine-making2014. Drop- ins will be welcome but space is limited so it might be advisable to book.

LAST CALL for Aladdin. The Alfriston Player’s pantomime opens tonight (Friday) at 7.30pm and tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm and again at 7.30pm at the War Memorial Hall. Adult tickets £5, children £3 and family tickets (two adults and two children) £14. Tickets at Hicks The Newsagents and The Tudor House Restaurant.

Bishopstone

COFFEE MORNING: Bishopstone Community Coffee Morning (coffee and cakes) at 10.30am today, Friday, at the parish hall.

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.

ONE HUNDRED and not out Parish Pumps two years later. You would have to go to parishes like Newick, Ringmer or Sedlescombe to see an actual parish pump today, and they are all over 100 years old. Not that they would make much impression on the recent rainfall which will be appreciated at the local Poverty Bottom pump if we have a dry summer. It’s an ill wind that blows no good, and at this time six years ago the beach was covered with tons of sawn softwood from a wreck in the Channel. You won’t find many garden sheds dating from that time, however, as there was soon a collecting ban. The salvers, nevertheless, failed to reclaim much of the timber which was ruined, but not before local artists improvised some memorable beach installations.

Falmer

POWER CUT: Last Thursday we had a notified power cut from 9am until 4pm for the engineers to make permanent the repairs made after Christmas. This time we were prepared, and managed to fill the thermos flasks with hot water. But, when the engineers arrived we felt really sorry for them, they were told that they were not allowed to take their van down the track to the bottom of the field and they had to carry the heavy cable by hand down to the end of the field, then coming back for their tools. We couldn’t help thinking that if Dennis could see them he would be dismayed.

THE RAIN has been relentless, but we are lucky not to have suffered flooding in Falmer, even though the pond did overflow into the farm yard. I had the following news from my farmer from whom I rent a cherry tree every year, he says ‘with the ground so saturated, it can have an impact on the health of the cherry trees as the roots become waterlogged with the oxygen in the soil replaced by water until it drains away, some form of root asphyxiation and therefore root death is inevitable. You will always get a degree of this every winter, so we could really do with minimal rain for a few weeks to allow the roots to breathe again’. Hopefully we will get some dry weather soon as we worry for the trees and the crop, as well as the farmer who makes a living from the crop he picks to sell. Last year we had such a good crop.

THE BLACKBIRDS having a standoff in front of our house this morning made us laugh, for over an hour they both stalked their territory, one outside the fence, the other inside, with the female close by, seemingly unconcerned men, let them get on with it.

THE CONCERT on Sunday at St Laurence Church at noon is a student performance in aid of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, called Flutes and Friends. On Saturday, February 8, the concert at St Laurence Church starts at 6 pm to allow the football traffic to dissipate. Yvonne Patrick soprano, Jane Money mezzo-soprano, Stephen Caira tenor, Christopher Parke baritone and Stephen Ellis piano will be performing Brahms Zigeunerlieder (Gypsy songs); a concert not to be missed.

Glynde & Beddingham

THE PARISH COUNCIL is pleased to approve a planning application for replacement doors and windows at 7 to 10 Trevor Gardens, Station Street. Residents feel this to be much needed and are looking forward to reduced heating costs and warmer houses. The council has also conditionally approved plans for 12 new parking spaces serving Spring Gardens. Although it was felt that it would not in itself help with the general move to reduce the speed of traffic in the village, the council recommended a 30mph sign should be positioned close to the junction with the A27. Plans are still ongoing for other traffic calming initiatives, especially in Trevor Gardens and Lacy’s Hill. The council has been asked to contact the owner of the station forecourt with regard to a recent sign indicating that parking restrictions will soon be in place. Please keep an eye on the Parish noticeboard for any developments.

THE TREVOR ARMS: Bookings are now being taken for Valentine’s Day, so be sure to give them a ring soon on 01273 858208 to reserve your table or have a look at the special menu. The team are also planning a movie night on February 13 with a screening of the classic 80s cult brat pack movie The Breakfast Club. Showing starts at 8pm so either arrive early for a bite to eat beforehand or just turn up and be entertained.

SEED BANK: The Sussex group of seedsavers is bouncing back into action with a stall at Seedy Saturday in Lewes Town Hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am until 3.30pm. There will be fun activities for all the family as well as an appearance by well-known Gardeners’ Question Time panellist, Bob Flowerdew. If you are out and about this weekend, do come and see them for tips on sowing, growing and saving all types of seeds.

CHURCH SERVICES: This week’s services will be Morning Prayer at Firle at 9am, Matins at Glynde at 10.15am.

Lewes

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Nine members took part in a walk from the Wok Inn at Shortgate recently. Although it was muddy and in places quite waterlogged underfoot no actual floods were encountered and the party were also blessed with fine and not cold weather. Starting from the Wok Inn the party went down a bridleway to Bell Farm and then eastwards to the road junction in North Laughton. The bridleway on part of this stretch had been churned up by horses making it difficult to traverse but there was evidence that chippings are about to be put down to provide a better surface. The party then went eastwards along the byway past Brickhurst Wood, noting the temporary ban of 4 wheel drive vehicles from part of it. They then went north on a path towards Laughton Park Farm, a path where much of the furniture had been installed by the Group over 15 years ago. After passing this farm a long green lane was traversed towards Halland Park Farm, near where a break for coffee took place, before taking the direct footpath to Halland. The return to the Wok Inn then passed Bog Shaw and Shortgate Manor Farm. The next walk is on Tuesday at Fletching. Meet at North Street car park, 9.30am.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: We’ve been supporting development work in Rwanda since 2007. One member of the church lives there long-term and others go out twice a year to work on specific projects. Four are going there this spring to work on several rainwater harvesting systems and two community studies into using water filters to provide safe drinking water to more than 20,000 people, many of whom collect contaminated water from swamps. Other work has included HIV/AIDS training, supporting Mother’s Union and environmental projects, teaching English in schools and helping with house building for the destitute. Helpers are always needed, as are laptops with supported software. If you can help, please ring 01273 473600. As we no longer use them, you are welcome to give a kneeler a new home. If you or a relative made one you will have priority. Please come to collect on Sunday 2 February (only), after the 10am service from about 11am, at Church End (the house beside the church, entrance off Cockshut Road). Southover School are collecting Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers. All donations are welcome, either to the school or in the box at the back of the church. Diary date: Easter Saturday, Mystery Plays involving the whole Lewes community, in Harvey’s Yard. Services this Sunday are: 8am communion; 10am family service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, children especially welcome; 11.15am informal family service in the church hall, children especially welcome; 3.30pm quiet worship service in the Taizé style led by a small group of singers and musicians; 6.30pm informal service with communion. Do come along, we try to be friendly and welcoming. Our next Alpha Course starts February 20, contact Steve Daughtery 01273 472018 for more information.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

SEA CADETS: Not nearly enough praise is given to our Newhaven and Seaford Sea Cadets, TS Defiance. The cadets attended the annual Sea Cadet Service at St Michael’s Church on Sunday looking very smart, along with Denton Scouts, but it was also the Memorial Service for HMS Brazen which floundered on rocks off Newhaven on 26 January 1800. Following the service in church the Cadets stood on the hill by the Brazen Memorial in the rain while the Unit Padre Rev Martin Miller led a short service of memorial. The Town Mayor Councillor Julie Carr was there to support them. Well done to all concerned.

RNLI: Today (Friday) one of the most popular fund-raising events takes place at the Lifeboat House, West Quay. Slurp Our Soup is part of an RNLI national initiative where lifeboat stations can select a fund raiser and this is Newhaven’s choice. So get down there between 11.30am and 2pm to enjoy a lunch of soup, bread and cheese for just £3.50.

ST LEONARD’S CHURCH: Denton is hosting a concert tomorrow (Saturday) at 7pm by the Band of Brothers (Seaford Guitar Ensemble). All welcome. Tickets are £5 including refreshments. To book telephone Ann on 01273 514482.

YACHT CLUB: Newhaven Yacht Club has organised a Harbour Control Tour for members on Sunday at 10am.Those interested should contact Dave Batt on 07768 863554 or email david@battco.net.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Newhaven Historical Society AGM takes place on Tuesday at 7.30pm at the Hillcrest Centre. This is your chance to go along and find out about the society. Following the business meeting there will be a guest speaker. Members free, visitors £2.

U3A: Newhaven U3A will meet at Newhaven Baptist Church Hall, Church Hill on Thursday at 10am when member Reuben Langham will give a talk on coincidences.

TWINNING ASSOCIATION: Newhaven Twinning Association is holding a quiz at the Hillcrest Centre at 7.30pm on Friday February 7. £4 per person or £20 for a table of six. Bring your own drink and the Hillcrest Cafe will be open at 6.30pm for meals, cakes, tea and coffee.

ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH is holding a Barn Dance in the church rooms on Saturday February 15 at 6.30pm and tickets must be booked in advance. They are £5for adults and £3 for children, to book your place telephone 01273 510753. The Women’s Group also has a meeting in the church hall on Monday February 10 at 2.15pm when there will be a demonstration on the art of flower arranging. There will be the opportunity to do your own display. £1 donation is requested towards refreshments.

Peacehaven

OPEN EVENING: Peacehaven Players are now looking for new members who are interested in performing on stage or working with the behind the scenes crew. They are holding an open evening on Thursday at 7.30pm in the main hall Community House. Just go along on the evening or if you need further details contact David Whatman on 01273 885168.

QUIZ: The first quiz night this year is on Friday February 7 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. Take along your own food and drink and for further details contact Debbie on 01273 585493.

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.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: It is not always easy to get to council meetings on a Tuesday. If there is something you would like to raise with councillors they will be available from 10am to 11am in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre on Saturday February 8. An appointment is not necessary, just turn up.

RACE NIGHT: This event in aid of the the Mayor’s local project fund is on Friday March 7. Tickets cost £2 each and are available from the information office. If you would like to own a horse then call in at the office and chose one from a list of runners. For more details contact 01273 585493.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by the Telscombe Nursery in the main hall, Community House from 8.30am until midday. The next market on Saturday, February 8, will be organised by the U3A. To book a table contact them on 01273 586774.

COFFEE MORNINGS: There are two coffee mornings during the first week of February. On Thursday Peacehaven Players will be in the Community House foyer from 8.30am until midday serving teas, coffees and cakes. Then on Friday, February 7, the Royal British Legion will be behind the counter offering those welcome mid-morning refreshments.

COUNCIL MEETING: There are no sub committee meetings on Tuesday. The next one will be for the Policy and Finance committee on Tuesday February 11 in the Anzac Room starting at 6.30pm.

BOOK SALE: The Mayor is still collecting books in aid of her local project fund. All the donated books are on sale at 50p each. So if you have just finished a good read then pass it on for someone else to enjoy by dropping it in to the information office.

DISTRACTION THEFTS: Sussex Police have reported an increase in this type of stealing from car parks, especially at supermarkets. When loading the car a person will approach you and draw your attention to something else where. While you go to look, another person will steal bags, purses and goods from your vehicle. Be very cautious, close all the doors and lock the car so denying access. When paying for fuel after filling remember to lock the car before proceeding to the pay desk.

Ringmer

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are away to Chichester in a Div 1 SCFL fixture with a 3pm kick-off and on Tuesday evening they are away again, also a league fixture at Hailsham with a 7.45pm kick-off time. The second team are at home tomorrow, Saturday, versus Littlehampton in a Reserve Section Premier fixture with a 3pm kick-off at the Caburn and on Sunday the Youth team are at home to Crowborough with an 11am kick-off. Tomorrow, Saturday, evening at 8.30pm in the clubhouse there is a Disco Night so dig out your dancing trousers and come along for a boogie, all are welcome. The club has also acquired a table tennis table which is available for members to use whenever the hall is free.

CHURCH SERVICES: The services on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Family Service, 6pm Eucharist for Candlemas in the Church Room.

EVENING WI members celebrated their 47th birthday in January with a bring-and-share buffet and a splendid iced birthday cake made by Julia Eldridge. Joint presidents, Norma Phillips and Jay Kendall presented Elsie Bowler with the WI’s silver cup for the Flower of the Month competition for 2013; her garden seems to provide a continuous flow of beautiful flowers all year round. After this members sat back to be entertained first of all by two sketches that had first been performed at the WI Group Christmas party; this provided an opportunity to have a good giggle at fellow members dressed in silly costumes. Following this Ann Hodgson explained her planned sponsored cycling trip in India to raise money for Great Ormond Street children’s hospital and then gave a short flutes recital. After the Christmas break all the regular activities are now getting back into swing with the walks, Scrabble, theatre and craft groups all planning meetings and this year’s entries for the South of England Show competitions being decided. The next meeting is on Tuesday at 7.30pm in Ringmer Village Hall when there will be a talk about the History of Lewes Priory. Visitors and new members welcomed.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday January 22, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: Joint 1, Liz and Tim Owen, Pam Brook and John Weston; 3, David Warner and Simon Webster. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

FAMILY QUIZ: Please come and support your local school at this popular event at Ringmer Primary School on Saturday February 8, 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 on Saturday February 8 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. Proceeds from this event will go the MS Society.

Rodmell & Southease

WI: Rodmell and Southease WI had a very interesting evening on Tuesday, when Terry Penn, a farmer from Piddinghoe, gave a very interesting talk, A Life Less Ordinary. Terry is the great niece of Benjamin Conquest who started a theatre company at the Surrey Theatre on the South Bank of the Thames. Is it any wonder Terry went into show business. Her mother was a ballet dancer and after meeting her father they started an Adagio Act. Terry’s first performance was at the age of 3, an early starter. Having been at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and then, having an agent, Terry had a variety of jobs and met many famous people and worked with them. The list of fame is pretty long, starting with Meatloaf, Edmund Hockridge, Mikki and Griff, Beryl Cooke, Cliff Richard, Robert Morley, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Rod Taylor, Maggie Smith, Liv Ulman, Michael Anderson, Patrick McGoonan, Mickey Spillane, Alfred Burke, Joan Hickson, who Terry said was lovely, Dave Allen; by this time Terry’s stage name was Josephine Penny. Other names were Jacqueline Clarke who appears in adverts, Bruce Forsyth, Terence Frisby, Joan Emney, sister of Fred Emney the comic. By this time Terry had ‘gone to sea’ as entertainments officer on P&O liner The Spirit of London. On a maiden flight with British Caledonian Airways to meet the ship Terry’s companions were Kurt Jurgens, Aristotle Onassis and Ursula Andress. Merle Oberon and Anthony Quayle were other people Terry associated with, and studying for an MA in Modern Drama Studies she decided to do her thesis on Anthony Quayle. When she delivered a copy of her thesis to him and received a big kiss on her cheek, it made her day. On one occasion, having touched down at O’Hare Airport in Chicago, they were waylaid by snow. Mick Jagger was en route to London and shouted ‘I’m Mick Jagger and I have to get to London now.’ The guy at the desk replied ‘I don’t care if you’re Jesus Christ, no-one’s taking off at the moment’. Terry acted for much of her time under the name Terry Clarke-Snow. I can’t begin to tell you all the things she has done, as it would be a long scribe, all I can say is many of us look at people we know and wonder what their lives have been like and in many cases it can be quite a surprise. I think you probably surprised many on Tuesday evening Terry. Well done.

PANTO: Tickets for the Rodmell Panto can be obtained at our pub. Times are 8pm today, Friday; 7.30pm tomorrow, Saturday; 3pm and 7.30pm on Sunday. Tickets £3 children, £6 adults.

SPEEDING: The new 30mph signs that light up when drivers are speeding are at each end of the village on the C7. I have noticed that car drivers are generally slowing down. Slow down please folks.

Seaford

EVENT: Seaford Constitutional Club is holding an event tomorrow, Saturday. Non-members are welcome. Sam Jones, who is a magician and ventriloquist will be performing at 8pm, but the evening will start at 7pm. There is a large raffle with some big prizes. Any monies raised will go to Macmillan Cancer Support who are busy raising money for a walk-in clinic in Brighton which will be open to anyone with any worries at all relating to cancer.

Telscombe

BINGO EVENING: Don’t forget Bingo tonight, Friday, at Telscombe Civic Centre, 7pm start. There will be eight games played for £4, plus an additional snowball and flyer game. There are cash prizes and free refreshments at a half-time break. This is a very popular event so come along early to ensure you get a seat and join in the fun. It’s a friendly evening and is a perfect opportunity for getting out and meeting new people. Net proceeds raised will go to the Mayor of Telscombe’s Charity Fund.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY will be held at the Civic Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 11am. This is your opportunity to discuss local issues with your town councillor. There is usually a district or county councillor present too. Make the most of this opportunity to meet your councillor and come along on Saturday. No appointment is necessary.

COFFEE MORNING: Telscombe Residents Association will be holding a coffee morning from 10am to 11am tomorrow, Saturday, to coincide with the councillors’ surgery. Come along and join them for an informal chat over refreshments about local issues. All Telscombe residents are welcome.

FILM SHOW: Young People’s Film Show and Games Morning tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon hosted by Telscombe Town Council at the Civic Centre. There will be films, table tennis, table football, air hockey and pool. Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Entry is free and refreshments will be available to purchase. This is held on the first Saturday of the month, to coincide with the councillors’ surgery and coffee morning.

COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a meeting of the Planning and Highways Committee on Monday at 7.30 pm in room 1 at Telscombe Civic Centre. Members of the public are welcome to attend and can ask questions during a 15 minute period at the beginning of the meeting. The agenda will be on the council notice or at www.telscombetowncouncil.gov.uk

SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a meeting of the local Breast Cancer Support Group on Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm in the Civic Centre. The group’s aim is to give social support to anyone with breast cancer, or anyone with concerns about it, friends, relatives or those awaiting diagnosis. The meetings are friendly and relaxed with tea, coffee and delicious cakes. They have a qualified therapist providing reflexology or hand massage. If you prefer to have a one-to-one chat, or for more information, please ring Pat Dunkley on 01273 582952 or 07760 300467.

REVIEW: Lewes District Council is undertaking a review of polling districts and polling places in its area. It has prepared draft proposals which are published on their website and are available for inspection. Any elector within the Lewes Parliamentary Constituency may make representations on the current arrangements and draft proposals. All representations are required by law to be published. If an individual does not want their representations attributed to them, please let them know at the address or email below. Details of the current arrangements for polling districts and polling places and proposals for change, together with supporting information, are available for inspection on Lewes District Council’s website at www.lewes.gov.uk/pollingreview and at their offices, Southover House, Southover Road, Lewes on any normal working day between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. Representations should be made in writing and set to: Polling Review, Electoral Services, Lewes District Council, Southover House, Southover Road, Lewes, BN7 1AB, or emailed (with the words ‘polling review’ in the subject line) to electoral@lewes.gov.uk This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The final date for receipt of representations is 5pm on Friday March 14. Details of any representations received will be made available for inspection.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

DICK WHITTINGTON: From the moment the chorus sang Who Will Buy This Wonderful Morning, it was obvious that this pantomime was going to be something special. The talent of Willingdon Church Players was in no doubt, with terrific voices and great dancing skills, but director Christopher Peck and musical director and piano accompanist Fr Michael Maine certainly knew just how to bring out the best in everyone. Percussionist Jonathan Cornell added to the dramatic effect. Alice, played by Lucy Sarsfield, and Dick Whittington (Alison King) were well cast and their voices blended perfectly together, particularly in the duet Oh Love True Love. Dick’s faithful cat, Tommy (Deanna Cornell), was lithe and graceful. Alice’s father was Alderman Fitzwarren (Alan Benstead). Captain Cuttle was played by Christopher Peck. They both played their parts with enthusiasm and expression. Comedy artist Sarah the Cook (Paul Martin) was a larger than life character with outrageous outfits, Chris Tucknott was in charge of the wardrobe and deserves credit for her hard work. Humour was also provided by Idle Jack (Luke Martin). Their cookery scene with the sausages was hilarious. The good fairy was sprightly Fairy Bow Bells (Natasha Cornell) with her rhyming couplets. Evil Queen Rat played by Kim Dack, with her two henchmen wickedly played by Janet Martin and Emily Faulkner, and her rat followers, was able to demonstrate her singing and dancing talents in Jailhouse Rock in the dungeon scene. John Pritchett and his team were in charge of the scenery. The harbour scene was particularly admired by the audience as Captain Cuttle and his crew were planning to Sail Away and the voyagers joined in with their farewells. Among them were three very small matelots and on board the Good Ship Lollipop, their interpretation of that song met with rapturous applause. The strobe lighting at sea was the mastermind of Charles Percy. Another scene was set in Morocco where the crew were seeking their fortune and where the Sultan (Jeremy Rowett) had a small but important part. And who could forget the belly dancers Rowena Brady and Babs Owen, which brought more enthusiastic clapping from the audience? There are too many people to include everyone by name, but Lesley Etwell, as pantomime secretary and floor manager does need special mention. She was also in the chorus and in charge of the box office. It was a great pantomime with many musical numbers, with words slightly altered, from such shows as G & S’s The Sorcerer, Oliver, Starlight Express, Sweet Charity and Les Miserables.

THE BITE-IN is run in the lounge at St Mary’s Church, Hailsham, every Friday morning from 9.30am to noon when snacks and tea and coffee can be purchased at very reasonable prices. Today, Friday, Wannock resident Jill Parker, project co-ordinator of the JPK Sussex Project, will be attending to set out information about the JPK Sussex Project and to answer any questions that visitors may have. Edgmond Church in Old Town and the site on which it stands has now been purchased by the JPK Sussex Project and when sufficient funds have been raised building work will commence on supported living accommodation for people with a learning disability. JPK will have a further stall at the Bite-In where delicious jams and chutneys can be purchased to help raise funds for the project. Hailsham’s Women’s World Day of Prayer group is supporting this event, so do go along to join them. A work party has been arranged for Sunday February 2 from 11am to decorate the entrance hall, main hall and outside walls (weather permitting) at the old Edgmond Church to enable the JPK to use the facilities for more fundraising events and hiring out to cover overheads prior to the commencement of building. All equipment will be provided along with a fish and chip lunch and liquid refreshments. Contact Jill on 01323 486179 to register your interest. The more people who help the sooner the job will be done.

STREET MEETING: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at The Grove at 11am today, Friday. Do go along and meet her, particularly if there is anything you would like to discuss relating to her role. PCSO Ali Beadon can also be contacted by ringing 101 extension 68233 or on her mobile 07787 685 755.

WANNOCK ARTISTS meet from 7pm to 9pm on the last Friday of the month at Wannock Village Hall. Today, Friday, Nick Englefield will be demonstrating how to paint in watercolour a local scene which includes people. Visitors are always welcome. The fee is £3.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Stone Junction, a three piece acoustic band from East Sussex, 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. The Wheatsheaf quiz is from 8.30pm on Tuesday. Paul and Andy will be hosting the jam night on Wednesday from 8pm.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding an events meeting at 7.30pm in Willingdon Community School on Monday when councillors will discuss past events that they have organised and plan new ones. If you have any suggestions I am sure they would like to hear from you. Meetings are open to the public. Ring 01323 489603 for further info.

MOTHERS’ UNION: The Willingdon branch of the Mothers’ Union will be holding their AGM at 2pm on Tuesday at St Mary’s Church Hall.

ST MARY’S YOUTH CLUB for 8 to 14 year olds is held on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 7.30pm to 9pm in the church hall. February 5 is Wi-Zumba/Just Dance. The subs are 50p per session and there is a tuck shop from 8pm to 8.30pm. For further information please contact Fr Michael Maine on 01323 509528

PROBUS CLUB was formed for retired professional and businessmen to meet to discuss topics which would interest them and plan other social occasions. Lunches are held on the first Thursday of the month 12.30pm for 1pm, and coffee mornings are held on the third Thursday of the month 10.15am for 10.30am. After lunch on Thursday at the Red Lion, speaker Emma Morris will be giving a talk entitled The Tower. The club also has quarterly lunches at the Hydro where wives, partners and other guests are invited. For further information please consult the website.