Parish pump Newhaven - March 20, 2015

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Alciston & Selmeston

FILM EVENING: A Sussex Farm in the 1950s, Film Evening and Drinks in Selmeston Village Hall at 7pm on Thursday, (opposite the Barley Mow Public House on the A27 between Firle and Berwick). Free entry and refreshments. Come along to see this fascinating cine film of farming in the 1950s in this part of Sussex introduced and narrated by Ian Everest, from a local farming family. Drinks and light refreshments will be served from 7pm with the film show commencing at 7.30pm. The evening is in support of our Local Benefice Mission link to Kenya where we are helping displaced farming communities to rebuild their livelihoods with the provision of seeds, fertilisers, saplings and other support. Voluntary donations to this charitable cause will be most welcome at the end of the evening. For further details please contact John and Jane Anderson on 01323 870075.

Bishopstone

APC MEETING at 11.40am (after 10.15am service) on Sunday in Bishopstone Parish Hall. Please attend this annual meeting to vote for churchwardens, PCC members and to accept the annual accounts and reports. There are various duties that need to be covered including a new churchwarden appointed.

BISHOP Richard will visit St Andrew’s Church on Wednesday at 2pm. Please come and welcome him for this short 20-minute visit which is part of the Diocean Vision being launched at Pentecost.

SPRING: Today, Friday, is the spring equinox which means that even the astronomers agree spring has arrived and we are in for longer days than nights (with British Summer Time starting on March 29). This year astronomical spring was marked by an eclipse earlier in the day (the meteorologists prefer spring earlier in line with global warming).

Falmer

FIBRE OPTICS? For the past two weeks we have had work being carried out on the road at the entrance to Falmer north, we were told that it was the groundwork for the future availability of fibre optic broadband in the village. The workmen could not tell us when that future date would be but it is an optimistic hope that it will be sometime in the near future.

LADIES’ GROUP: A Beetle Drive was held for the March meeting, it was quite competitive but great fun was had by all present. The April meeting on April 21, John Glover is coming to talk about his war time experiences.

CONCERT in St Laurence tomorrow, Saturday, at 5.30pm will be performed by Roedean Music Scholars, an afternoon recital of chamber and solo music. It will be a concert of outstanding talent, and should not be missed. Admission is free with a retiring collection.

A FILM PROJECT: Judith Alder has been in contact with the churchwardens of St Laurence Church asking to film as part of a project she is working on with a film maker to make a series of short films which will be shown alongside each other. One will be shot in an empty operating theatre and one in a church, and a third one will feature people’s conversations about living, dying and their thoughts on afterlife and what it might be like to live forever. Permission has been granted to film in St Laurence, and Judith points out that her objective will be to just capture the feel of the church, and nothing is planned to be controversial. The three films would be shown in such a way as to simply make links between people’s faith and belief in religion and their faith in and expectation of science and medicine, and their dependence on faith in times of sickness and crisis. It sounds an interesting project and we hope to be able to give more details when the films are made.

HILARY MELLOR died on March 2. Hilary never lived in Falmer but was very much a part of the village scene, for over 50 years she had been coming twice a day to feed and tend her donkeys and horse all the way from Patcham. She would arrive early in the morning with a big bag of carrots and goodies for the donkeys and the sheep, who knew before they even saw her, that she was coming. Her devotion and loyalty to her animals was noticed and spoken about by all who knew her, and we will miss seeing her. Her funeral will take place at the Woodvale Crematorium on Monday at 1pm.

Laughton

INDOOR BOOT SALE Sunday March 29 in Laughton Parish Hall. Doors open 10.30am. Refreshments available. More information 01323 811385.

JUMBLE SALE: Also, Jumble Sale to be held in Laughton Parish Hall on Saturday May 9. Doors open 10.30am. Jumble wanted. More information 01323 811385.

Lewes

FOOTPATHS GROUP: From time to time the group take a train trip into an area new to them for a walk. This was the case when 10 members went to Littlehampton to largely follow a walk which had first been featured in The Argus some time ago. Starting from the station the walkers took the opening footbridge across the River Arun and then followed the west bank of the river northward until just after the A259 road bridge. A muddy field then awaited them as they made their way westwards to Climping. Noting the church to the north, the party then walked south to the primary school and Climping Street. Passing some interesting properties the party were soon at Climping Beach and a welcome café where a lunch stop was made. After lunch the party went eastwards partly along a track, partly along the beach and partly among the grass dunes, before reaching the remains of a fort at the mouth of the River Arun. Then it was a case of following the west bank of the river back to the footbridge mentioned previously before returning to the station. The weather had been good and few people were seen in this tranquil part of the coast.

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday March 3 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Peter Waters and Nancy Wiginton; 2, Peter Catermole and Jennifer Wilson; 3, Janet Catermole and Di Johnstone. Thursday March 5 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Peter Catermole and Mickie Lodge, Meic Goodyear and Lynne Tunley; 3, Gerrald and Suzanne Malley. Saturday March 7 Jack Cripps Salamander Plate winners: Jerry Emery and Janet Catermole. Tuesday March 10 Butler Pairs: 1, Robin Parris and Peter Kennedy; 2, Jerry Emery and Roy Skan; 3, Richard Burnett and Di Johnstone. Thursday March 12 Teams: 1, Meic Goodyear and Simon Kirkwood, Clare Nankivell and Pauling Brown. Visitors welcome phone 01273 476757.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: During Lent we have early morning prayer sessions at 6.30am on Fridays. All are welcome for a time of quiet prayer and reflection. On Saturday March 28, 10am to noon, our eco team are organising a spring tidy of the church grounds and would like volunteers (with tools) to help, please. Services this Sunday: 8am communion (prayer book); 10am morning service with communion, 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 communion, with singers and band. Please come and join us.

LEWES PASSION PLAY: If you would like to come and get involved please do, everyone is welcome: there are still jobs to do, things to make, crowds to swell. Or please just come and watch, following Jesus through Holy Week. Palm Sunday March 29, St Anne’s Church 2.00pm follow Jesus on His triumphal entry into Jerusalem OR Cliffe Precinct 2.00pm a crowd gathers, awaiting the arrival of Jesus, Jesus heals the blind man, procession to Harvey’s Yard where 2.45pm more miracles unfold and Jesus enters the temple courtyard. Maundy Thursday April 2, Lewes Priory ruins 8pm to 9.15pm the last supper, betrayal and arrest (if very wet, Southover Church); Good Friday April 3, Cliffe Precinct 1pm to 1.30pm the trial and verdict, procession to The Mount where 2.15pm to 2.45pm the crucifixion; Easter Sunday April 5 Lewes Priory ruins 3pm to 4pm the resurrection (if very wet, Southover Church).Please email towardslewes2015@gmail.com or visit our website at www.lewespassionplay.org.uk.

Mobile Library

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

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

HILLCREST FILM SOCIETY: Tomorrow (Saturday) at Hillcrest Centre, Nebraska (15) a funny and tender film about a father and middle-aged son who take a very uncomfortable road trip because the father has received a flyer which appears to promise him a $1m lottery pay-out. It is an obvious scam but Woody is convinced he has won it and not trusting the post decides to travel to the office in Lincoln, Nebraska, to collect his winnings. This film is full of bittersweet pathos and comedy with superb performances. The Hillcrest Café opens at 6.30pm, film 7.30pm. Tickets are £4.50 from the Hillcrest Centre or on the door.

RNLI: Next weekend, March 27 to 29, is the Sovereign Seas Folk Festival with all proceeds going to Newhaven Lifeboat. Concerts at the Lifeboat station, to book tickets email rnlinewhaven.society@Hotmail.co.uk. Free music events at The Ark and the Ship.

BOOT SALE at Paradise Park on Saturday March 28 in aid of Newhaven Twinning Association. Sellers from 8am, buyers from 9am.

FAMILY QUIZ in aid of the Denton Challenge which takes place on Saturday June 6. The quiz will be held on Sunday April 12 at 7pm in the Hampden Arms and all funds raised at the quiz will be put towards the cost of the challenge which is a fun day for local challenges. Cost is £5 per team of up to six people, booking not required.

Peacehaven

PRESENTATION: Peacehaven Evangelical Church. Tomorrow, Saturday, there will be a presentation at the Friendship Centre at 4pm showing slides of the latest trip to India. The talk will be followed by a light tea, new visitors are welcome.

MARKETS: Tomorrow’s market will be organised by the Peacehaven and Telscombe Scout group, if you would like a stall contact 01273 582861. Markets on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays are organised by Roy Ellmer. If you would like a stall contact 01273 58 3136

CAB: A reminder that an advisor is available in Peacehaven Library from 9.45am every Tuesday, no appointment is necessary.

HALLS/ROOMS FOR HIRE: Excellent room facilities are available at Community House for your special event, conference or meeting and reasonable prices. Contact 01273 585493.

PEACEHAVEN’S E-NEWS: A great way to keep in touch with up to-date news, subscribe via www.peacehavencouncil.co.uk.

BUS SHELTER: After a long wait the bus shelter at Gladys Avenue has been replaced and up-graded with a seat. The shelter was officially opened by the High Sheriff of East Sussex, Chris Gebbie, accompanied by the Mayor.

THE CAR BOOT season returns to the Dell Field on the A259 in Peacehaven from Sunday March 29 in aid of local Community Transport charity CTLA. For just £8 per car (vans £10) sellers can de-clutter and spring clean to raise extra funds for the upcoming Easter holidays. Gates open for sellers at 8am and for bargain hunters at 9am with refreshments available and a small park for children. (Please do not arrive before 8am as queues will not be allowed to form on the main road). For more details please email paula@ctla.org.uk

CONTACT DETAILS: Please contribute to this column by contacting deborahdonovan@peacehavencouncil.co.uk.

Polegate

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society meet today, Friday, when our talk is about Jack the Ripper. Doors open at 6.30pm, meeting starts at 7pm to 9pm. Visitors welcome. Meetings are held at St John’s Church Hall, High Street.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Cuckmere and Haven Brow, 5 miles with Colin. Meet at Exceat Visitor Centre 10am. Bus No 12X 9.39am Terminus Road, Stand J. On Sunday, Pelhams, Parks and Poachers 9 miles with Angela F. Meet at the Avenue 9.30am, walk starts at car park left of school, Church Lane, Laughton at 10am GR 502127. Dry lunch East Hoathly. On Wednesday, Chyngton to Alfriston Return, 8 miles with John and Esther. Meet bus No 12, 9.35am Terminus Road to Chyngton Lane, Seaford. Walk starts at Chyngton Lane at 10am. Dry lunch. Opportunity to walk 4.5 miles to Alfriston returning to Eastbourne by bus No 126 1.25pm. On Saturday March 28, Springtime in the High Weald, 8.5 miles with Graham. Meet at Sandy Cross, Heathfield 9.50am GR 5832303. Bus No 51 Terminus Road stand H. Car park in Ghyll Road, Horam, some stiles. Leader on bus. Or Five Lords and a Bishop 8.5 miles with Gill M and Dorothy. Meet at the Avenue 9am. Walk starts at Bo Peep car park 9.40am GR 494051. On Sunday March 29, Herstmonceux Highlights, 8 miles with Graham T. Meet at the Avenue 9.30am, walk starts at car park behind Woolpack Inn, Herstmonceux, 10am GR 635127.

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

EASTER FAIR: Polegate MS Easter Fair is taking place tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre from 10am to noon.

WE URGENTLY require a stall that sells home-made chutneys and jams. Contact Wendy on 489002, at Willingdon Community Market.

ELHS next meet on Tuesday at St Saviours Church Hall, South Street, Eastbourne, when our speaker is Susan Djabri, A view of Eastbourne in the 1760s. Doors open at 6.30pm, meeting starts at 7pm. Visitors welcome.

POLEGATE WINE and Social Club’s next meeting on March 24 is entitled English Cheeses to be given by D J March with some tastings. All welcome at Polegate Community Centre, at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome. Tel: Sheila 483222.

WILLINGDON COMMUNITY market on Wednesday in Trinity Church Hall. Many stalls including new local history books, crafts, fresh produce, haberdashery, cakes, household goods, and refreshments. Open from 9am to 12.30pm. free entry. Come and browse or stay a while, raffle for a local charity. To book a stall contact Wendy 489002.

SPRING SHOW: Polegate Gardeners Society Spring Show is on Saturday March 28 at Polegate Community Centre from 2pm. Do come along.

Ringmer

DRAMATIC SOCIETY: Last chance to get tickets for the final two nights of Haywire, a comedy by Eric Chappell of Rising Damp fame, taking place in Ringmer Village Hall tonight and tomorrow (Friday and Saturday) at 7.45pm. Tickets £8 or £7.50 for groups of ten or more. Tickets available on-line from Ringmer Dramatic Society Facebook page or at Creature Comforts the pet shop in Ringmer. There will be a licensed bar and refreshments.

WI: Today (Friday) at 11am president Norma Phillips will plant a tree at Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare which is situated outside Ringmer on The Broyle. The small oak tree was given to the WI by The Woodland Trust to plant somewhere in the community and the WI are very grateful to Raystede for finding a site. It is being planted to commemorate the centenary of the WI in Britain. We hope that as many WI members as possible will come to the ceremony which will also be attended by the federation chairman Kathryn Hutson . Members will gather for coffee in the Raystede Coffee shop at 10.30am and there will also be a chance to visit the shop and see some of the animals.

JUMBLE SALE: Ringmer Primary Parent Teacher Association will be holding their annual Jumble Sale tomorrow, Saturday, 2pm to 4pm. Donations of jumble gratefully received from 2.45pm to 4pm today, Friday, or tomorrow, Saturday, morning from 9am to 11.30am. If you are unable to deliver please phone Nigel on 07795682950 for collection. (No large items of furniture or electrical equipment please). All of our excess jumble will be collected by the British Heart Foundation. For further information please call 01273812463/813860.

ST MARY’S CHURCH: 8am and 9.45am Sunday services this week will be led by our very own Revd Margaret Constable and the 9.45am service will be followed by a baptism; we are very much looking forward to welcoming Persephone and her family. Evensong at 6.30pm will be led by Ian Graham. The Circle of Quiet meets on Monday at 7.30pm. This contemplative service takes place once a month in our Lady Chapel. New members are always welcome. Advance notice, the Palm Sunday Family Eucharist on March 29 will include a Liturgical Reading of the Passion, many members of the congregation are involved in bringing the story to life through the reading. Full details of Easter services at St Mary’s will be included in the next Parish Pump.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday March 11, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Joan Evett and Sandra Dudley-Williams; 2, Hazel North and Alan Hardy; 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.

COFFEE MORNING: The bowls club spring coffee morning will be on March 28. Please come and join us. There will be a raffle, tombola, cake and a table top sale. Entrance, 50p to include coffee and biscuits. We will be there from 10am to noon at the bowls club. If there are any new people who are thinking of joining us, do come a long and have a chat with a member. We are a very friendly club.

VILLAGE QUIZ: Twenty eight teams enjoyed a challenging evening at the annual Village Quiz in aid of St Peter’s and St James’ Hospice. The Ringmer market crowd repeated their win of last year with 79 points closely followed by Jeanette Swayne’s team on 77 with Marisa Hayes and the bell ringers sharing third place with the other Market team. £789 was raised for the Hospice which included £256 from Juliet’s raffle. Many thanks to all those who took part and gave raffle prizes.

Rodmell & Southease

SPRING: The countryside is blooming and with the sun coming out people seem to be much happier. In the past few weeks I’ve noticed so many trees, shrubs and flowers coming out in flower and it’s wonderful. I just love spring and the newness of everything, it’s such a positive season. Lambs are now in the fields and other young animals are being born. The birds are being very busy nest building and singing their hearts out.

THE QUIZ in our pub on March 10 was a great success and thanks must be given to Maureen, Jenny, Jon and Lucie and all other helpers for their work in making it such a great evening. It was to make money for a local hospice. These wonderful places need as much funding as they can get, as I believe they are self-supporting and don’t rely on government help. So many people have been helped by them and we must support them.

TALK: I support quite a lot of charities, one being Guide dogs for the Blind and I was invited to Seaford Golf Club for a talk and lunch on March 9. I took a friend with me and we found it a most informative occasion and loved meeting the dogs and their trainers and owners. One young owner had lost her sight overnight at the age of 25 years and had come over to England from South Africa and set up a life of her own with her beloved dog. The things she undertook to do with her life were amazing and she was a shining example of someone who did not take the word can’t on board, but lived her life on the word can.

SPRING SHOW: Don’t’ forget Rodmell’s lovely Spring Show in the village hall on March 28. If you are contemplating lunch in the pub first I suggest you book because it gets very busy at weekends.

DON’T FORGET: Clocks go forward on March 29, Palm Sunday.

DEER: I understand deer are being seen frequently crossing the Offham Road, especially in the early mornings. Maybe that’s why signs have now gone up. Do take care when driving in this area.

Seaford

SEAFORD PAST AND PRESENT an illustrated talk by Kevin Gordon at Seaford Little Theatre, Steyne Road, today, Friday, 7pm. Tickets are £5 and are available from Seaford Museum and Stitch, Broad Street.

SEAFORD MUSIC SOCIETY has Alexandra Silocea, pianist, playing works by Schubert, Beethoven and Liszt. Tickets £12 on the door at Cross Way Church, Steyne Road, at 7.45pm today, Friday. For more information 01323 895812.

SEAFORD FOOD SWAP at the Seven Sisters Pub, Alfriston Road, 10am to noon tomorrow, Saturday. Bring and swap, homemade, home grown and home brewed items. For more information and to register go to www.seafordfoodswap.eventbrite.co.uk or tel. Adele or Di 01323 492995/897897.

BAKED POTATO and pud lunch at St Leonard’s Church Hall tomorrow, Saturday, noon and last orders at 1.30pm. There will be a raffle and brain-teasing quiz, in aid of WaterAid tickets £6 from Inner Wheel members or on the door.

LUNCHTIME CONCERT at St Leonard’s Church tomorrow, Saturday, at 1pm. Julia Kemp (soprano) and Rosemary Kemp (piano) lasting about an hour and is free of charge with a retiring collection.

TABLE TOP SALE at St Luke’s Church on Saturday March 28, 2.30pm to 4.30pm with a cake table and refreshments will be served.

FIRST DAY OF SPRING: Today, Friday, is the Astronomical Spring which runs from March 20 to June 21 unlike the Meteorological Spring which started on March 1 until May 31.

Telscombe

COUNCIL MEETING: Planning and Highways meet on Monday at 7.30pm at the Civic Centre.

ACTIVITIES at the Civic Centre: Fitness Pilates every Monday and Thursday. Monday 9.30am to 10.30am; Thursday 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Contact Jennie Palmer on 07825 702775. Lushtums Pregnancy Yoga Class, every Thursday 6pm to 7.30pm. Contact Kim Pehrsson on 07861 926441. Gentle Hatha Yoga Classes, Mondays 7pm to 8pm. Contact Nicola Metcalf on 07564 737028. Zumba Class, every Tuesday 7pm to 7.45pm. Contact Alex Murphy 07988 610269. Living Light Pilates, every Wednesday 10am to 11am. Contact Nicola Murray Smith 07776 457752. Bingo Evening, last Friday of each month 6.45pm for 7pm start. Contact 01273 589777.

HOME FIRES: I know that Ivor Novello wrote of keeping the home fires burning, but the latest horrific fire in Saltdean, gutting a lovely bungalow, had myself and Jack busily inspecting our washing machine and dryer to check that all is well. It is so easy to forget about things like the TV and other electrical gizmos. If, like ours, they are still plugged in at the back of the machines, one tends to ignore them. But a quick check on the plug and wiring can prevent disasters happening.

THE GARDEN: Meanwhile the garden is beginning to recover from its winter travails and it is a joy to see the crocus and daffodil bulbs bursting into bloom. Keeping Jack from poking his nose into them as we stroll out in the mornings is an uphill task, but at 18 he is just content to sniff and move on. And so we toddle off, two elderly gents on their morning constitutional, enjoying the sunshine and fresh air. Have a lovely weekend and a super week.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion and Children’s Sunday Club. St John’s Bodle Street: 6.30pm Sung Evensong. St Giles, Dallington: 9.30am Morning Worship with Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship led by Rev Neville Barnett.

LENT COURSE: The last of the series looking at the 39 Articles of the Church of England, will be on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Osborne House Community Room.

RGWI: The speaker on Thursday at 7.30pm, in the Dunn Village Hall, will be Trevor Weeks. Trevor will be familiar to those who watch the local news as a wildlife expert, and his subject will be East Sussex Wildlife. For further details of Rushlake Green WI, or for help with transport, please ring Marian (01435 831653) or Sharon (812388).

HISTORY GROUP: Our next walk is on Saturday March 28. We meet at 2pm in the car park of Berwick Church.

VILLAGE PLAYERS: Rehearsals for our next production, Fatal Encounter by Francis Durbridge, are going well. This will be performed at the Dunn Village Hall from May 13 to 16. Tickets will be available to paid-up members of the Players on Saturday April 25 (11am to noon) at the hall in person, at £18.50. From Monday April 27, they will be available through the website at £19.50. The ticket price includes the production and a meal. On November 28 we will be presenting A Victorian Christmas, a celebration in words, song and dance. We were originally known as The Village Pantomime Players and I am pleased to report that from February 3 to 6, 2016 we are presenting Cinderella, the Pantomime.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

WRAS: Trevor Weeks MBE, founder of the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service, was the guest speaker at the recently held 3 MMM’s meeting at St Mary’s Church Hall, where he gave an interesting and informative illustrated talk to a very attentive audience. In 1985 as a 13 year old boy Trevor would spend his spare time searching the beaches for guillemots covered in oil from the polluted seas. He would take the birds by bus to Meta Mann who ran the Seaford Bird Hospital from her home. Meta would medicate and clean the birds and release them once they had recovered. She became Trevor’s inspiration.

In 1996, with the cost of helping wildlife becoming too great, Trevor formed East Sussex Wildlife Rescue. In April 2005 WRAS became a registered charity. In September 2010 a new Casualty Care Centre at Whitesmith was opened which is capable of holding up to 200 casualties. There are now four veterinary ambulances, three consultant vets, over 70 volunteers and four part time members of staff working on minimum wage. Training is on-going. In his talk Trevor described many of the rescues in which he and his team have been involved. There were deer caught in wire fencing, hedgehogs and badgers injured on the roads, foxes caught in football netting, and the seal pup which was found emaciated on the beach below Newhaven Fort, later transported to the RSPCA at Hastings. Many of the rescues involve birds, including swans or their signets. In January this year three of WRAS’s rescuers and two ambulances rushed to the aid of a swan covered in blood near the Pevensey marshes. The frightened swan evaded all attempts to catch it and the only solution was for Trevor to swim across the freezing water of the dyke where the swan was eventually trapped in one of the flooded channels. It was treated in the rescue ambulance for multiple cuts and severe bleeding and later assessed by a specialist vet. A week later the bird was released. Trevor is modest about his achievements but in 2012 he was awarded an MBE for services to animal welfare, and the following year WRAS won the ITV1 Local Animal Charity of the Year. Trevor is now launching a 30th year appeal. To make a donation please call 01825 873003 or post a donation to East Sussex WRAS, PO box 2148, Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 9DE. The rescue line is 07815 078234.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 2pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall for a practice meeting. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

TRINITY DINERS: The next Trinity Diners’ lunch at Trinity Church Hall is today, Friday, at noon. The menu will be fruit juice, Cumberland pie or a vegetarian shepherd’s pie option, with seasonal vegetables, followed by Bakewell tart and cream, and tea or coffee. To reserve a place, please ring Jennie early on 01323 484189 or pop along to the hall to check for cancellations. Meals are priced at £5.50.

POLEGATE AND WILLINGDON Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, at St John’s Church Hall, Polegate. The talk is about Jack the Ripper. A microphone with a loop system is used for the benefit of the deaf and hard of hearing at all talks. Visitors are welcome. The fee is just £2.

BOX OPENING and coffee morning: Throughout the year, parishioners at St Mary’s Church have been saving their odd coins in specially provided boxes for the Children’s Society which helps vulnerable youngsters. Tomorrow, Saturday, the boxes will be opened in the church hall between 10am and noon and the contents counted. Refreshments and cakes are available and there will be a raffle.

THE JPK PROJECT which aims to provide supported living accommodation for people with a learning disability will be holding a coffee morning from 9.30am to noon tomorrow, Saturday, at St Mary’s Church Hall in Hailsham. Organised by Angela and Peter Walters, attractions include home-made preserves, greeting cards, cakes, a tombola, raffle and more. Do support this event.

STRAY DOGS will be providing the entertainment at the British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

KEVIN PALLISTER will be entertaining customers at the Wheatsheaf with his acoustic covers from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

AN EASTER SERVICE attended by the uniformed organisations will take place at Trinity Church at 6pm on Monday. All are welcome.

OLIVET TO CALVARY is being performed at 7.30pm on Monday at St Mary’s Church. This deeply moving Passiontide story will be directed by Michael Stumbles with the augmented church choir. Soloists are Stefan Kennedy (tenor) and Mike Barber (bass) and there will be congregational hymns. Admission is free. The retiring collection for the music fund supports Children with Cancer.

MESSY CHURCH: This event is being organised by members of St Wilfrid’s Church. From 3.15pm to 6pm on Tuesday the church will be welcoming primary school aged children and their families or carers to enjoy Easter crafts, an Easter egg hunt, and various other activities including singing and then a cooked tea. There is no charge, but any donations would be appreciated. For further information please ring Suzy on 01323 484574.

BUTTS BROW WI will be meeting at 2.15pm on Thursday at Willingdon Memorial Hall in Church Street. The speaker is John Wilton and his subject is The Comic Postcards of Donald McGill.

HORSE RACING: The British Queen is organising a popular horse racing evening for Friday March 27. It is a charity event in aid of Kids Get Going. The evening starts at 8pm. There are nine races and a raffle. Food is served at half time.