Parish pump Newhaven - March 7, 2014

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Alfriston

THE 300 CLUB will meet this month at The Smugglers on Tuesday March 11 at 8pm when there will be another chance to witness who the lucky winners of the draw will be and to have a congenial meeting with fellow players. Or, if you are not a member, to join and have a chance for the next months to be £50 richer if your number comes up.

THE EAST SUSSEX Music Service have organised a fund raising musical event for Saturday March 22. The South Downs Youth Orchestra will be performing at four local churches. The final concert will be at St Andrew’s Church at 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Entry to the concert is free with a collection on the door to raise funds for the church.

DEANS PLACE HOTEL was the warm venue on a damp night for a discussion on community events in the village. The August Bank Holiday Festival will happen. After many years at the helm Rod Young, chairman, and Jackie Knights, treasurer, along with several other committee members stood down from being responsible for organising the festival. The group who organised last year’s Dickensian evening called a village meeting to explore the possibility of one group being responsible for both the Summer Festival and the Dickensian Evening and also suggested a Spring festival to celebrate Sussex Day. Sussex Day is June 16 but would be held in the village on the nearest Sunday. The meeting resulted in some enthusiastic discussion and a general feeling being given for the team to go ahead with plans.

SADLY the magnificent elm tree that dominated the cross roads of Star Lane, Kings Ride, Deans Road and Weavers Lane has been felled. The buzz of the saws has dominated today. But there is good news that another tree nearby, suspected of disease, has rallied and will be saved.

Bishopstone

ST ANDREW’S Electoral Roll. If you have joined the congregation since March 2013 and would like your name to be added to the church electoral roll, please get an application form from Hilary or John (deadline for applications is Sunday).

QUIZ NIGHT: How well do you know Sussex? Find out at 7.30pm, Saturday March 15 in Bishopstone Parish Hall. This event is in aid of the Willett Trust, tickets costing £7.50 including wine and cheese and available from Linda’s Stores.

TIDE MILLS community beach clean is at 10 am on Sunday March 16. Meet at the beach end of Mill Drove (off the A259). Come along, grab a bag and litter picker, and help clean up the area for visitors and the local wildlife. For further information, email Jim Skinner (brian.skinner2@binternet.com) or phone 01273 517291; or contact Peter Mason (petermason@seaford2.freeserve.co.uk) or phone 01323 893096.

LAST SATURDAY Liz Holland of Bishopstone went bright pink. She had her hair dyed in aid of Progressive Supernuclear Palsy to raise awareness and funds for PSP, a rare brain disease from which her mother-in-law is suffering. You can make a donation via the website www.justgiving.com/LIZ-holland2 or call in person at Linda’s Stores, Bishopstone Station, before midday to see Liz in all her pinkness.

Kingston

BINGO: For some light-hearted fun, amazing prizes, drinks and food, come to a Bingo Night in Kingston Parish Hall on Friday, March 14 from 7.30pm to 11pm. Tickets at £7.50 each include entry, a bingo pack and food (sausage in a hot dog roll and chocolate brownies). There will be a Cash Bar with Harvey’s beer, wine and soft drinks and an opportunity to bid for a free week’s holiday at a fabulous apartment in Tuscany, Italy (flights not included). Tickets on sale from Rachel Chandler (07717 771509), Emily Hiscox (07748 967841) or Brian Simmons (01273 474303). Net proceeds for equipment for Kingston Pre-School.

Lewes

HISTORY GROUP TALK: The Newtons of Southover Grange, Monday, 7pm (for 7.30pm) at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road. Malcolm Kitch, formerly Reader in History at the University of Sussex, will describe the personalities and lives of the family who occupied Southover Grange for nearly 300 years. The first William Newton built Southover Grange in 1572 with stones from the recently dissolved Lewes Priory. The Grange, with its 14 acres, was the Newtons’ main residence until 1859 when the last of the family died. During this time they were the leading family in Southover. Its best-known members were the second William Newton, a leading Puritan at the time of the mid 17th century Civil Wars, and Lt Col William Newton, who commanded the elite 10th Dragoons, was a friend of the Prince Regent and whose marriage established a connection with Jane Austin. All welcome. Free refreshments. Small entry charge on the door. www.leweshistory.org.uk

JUMBLE SALE: Wallands School annual Jumble Sale on Saturday March 29, 2pm to 4pm Gundreada Rd. Lots of bargains, café and free parking. 50p entrance, children free. Jumble donations welcomed at school reception from March 17. For more info call Zoe on 01273 479464.

DAY OF PRAYER: Women’s World Day of Prayer is today, Friday, 10.45am at St Michael’s, Lewes High Street. The speaker at this year’s service (entitled Streams in the Desert and written by women in Egypt) will be the Rev Mary Sitwell, Assistant Rural Dean of Lewes and Seaford. The service will be followed at 12.15pm by a ploughman’s lunch. All (men and women) are welcome.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Our last walk was at Horam, and unsurprisingly, it started on the Cuckoo Trail, on the track bed of the old railway which once linked Eridge and Polegate. After leaving the Cuckoo Trail we made our way across fields and through woods to Marle Green. As has been the case this winter it was very muddy in places especially around stiles and gates. From Marle Green we made our way to Maynards Green and from there we joined the welcome firmer ground of the old rail track back to Horam. It was a joy on this walk to see the beginnings of spring and the wildflowers suddenly appearing despite all the rain and wind. We saw swathes of snowdrops, primroses and violets and the bluebell shoots, inches high, promised the usual blue carpet in the woods. The walk was led by Roy. The next walk is on Sunday from Hadlow Down and we are promised mud. Waterproof boots essential. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

LEWES PASSION PLAY Group invite you to come and find out more about Lewes Passion Play 2015 at a Bring and Share Supper with light entertainment tomorrow, Saturday. Meet 7pm for 7.30pm at Christ Church, Prince Edward’s Road, Lewes. Please bring either a main course or a dessert to share, and a bottle. All ages are welcome. RSVP 07926 486567, email towardslewes2015@gmail.com.

GOOD FRIDAY PROCESSION: The Good Friday silent procession of witness leaves St Pancras Church at 6pm on Friday April 18 heading down the High St, turning right down St Andrew’s Lane, past the railway station to the Mount (Mountfield Rd) where a short service is held at the foot of the Mount after the cross is raised. Parking is available in the Mountfield Rd car park.

MYSTERY PLAYS: The Lewes Passion Players proudly present the Lewes Mystery Plays on Saturday April 19 in Harvey’s Yard. The same four short plays will be performed on each occasion at 11am, noon, 1pm (free entry). A Lewes adaptation of the medieval mystery plays, a prequel to Lewes Passion Play 2015. Creation: the Fall of Adam and Eve; Cain and the murder of Abel; Noah‘s Ark in the Flood; Abraham and Isaac. Portraying murder and mayhem, floods and testing times. Contact tel/text 07926 486567, email towardslewes2015@gmail.com or www.lewespassionplay.org.uk .

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: East Dean village hall 11.10am to 12.10pm; Merrifield Court, Edinburgh Road, Seaford 1.15pm to 1.45pm; Mitchell House, Lexden Drive, Seaford 2pm to 2.20pm; Old Ben, Chyngton, Seaford 2.30pm to 2.50pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11am.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER today (Friday). Inspiring services prepared by the women of Egypt held this year in Newhaven Baptist Church. There will be two services with different speakers. 2pm Jeniya Gwendu from Laindon Baptist Church and 7.30pm Christine Doherty formerly St Luke’s Seaford. This is a United Churches Initiative so everyone is welcome, men, women and young people. Refreshments will be served afterwords.

FIRE STATION: The plans for the new purpose-built building, the first in Sussex, to house both the Newhaven Police Station and the Newhaven Fire Station will be on show at an exhibition tomorrow (Saturday) at the Hillcrest Centre, from 10am to 3pm. The new building will replace the present police station in South Road and the fire station in Fort Road. Everyone is welcome to attend and see what is planned for the town. The plans will also be available in Newhaven Library.

COFFEE MORNING tomorrow (Saturday) in St Michael’s Church rooms, from 10am to noon. Cakes,bric-a-brac, raffle. All welcome. Proceeds to St Michael’s Church.

NEWHAVEN FORT has re-opened for the season with new exhibitions this year Dieppe and D-Day and Home Front. There is also an exciting new exhibition put together by the International Brigade Memorial Trust called Antifascistas. This tells the story of many British and Irish volunteers who fought in the Spanish Civil War from 1936 to 1939. The first event of 2014 will be a concert by the Maestro Academy Players bringing you music from the Big Band era to the Romney Hut on Saturday March 22 at 7pm. Tickets are £8 and are available now from the Fort or from Meeching estate Agents.

POLICE: There is an opportunity to meet your local officers throughout March and get advice on crime prevention or voice your concerns. The dates and times you can talk to them are: Wednesday March 12, 11am to 11.45am at Denton Church Hall; Friday March 14, 2pm to 2.30pm at Searchlight, Claremont Road; Wednesday March 26, 7pm to 7.30pm at Denton Church Hall; Thursday March 27, 7pm to 7.45pm outside The Ship pub; Sunday March 30, 12.30pm to 1pm Newhaven Lifeboat Station, West Quay.

SOUTH HEIGHTON WI: Victoria South is talking to members on Monday on The History of Wine in South Heighton village hall at 2.15pm. New members and visitors always welcome.

PLANNING MEETING: Newhaven Town Council’s Planning and Development Meeting will be held in Meeching Hall on Tuesday at 7.30pm followed by a meeting of the Policy and Resources Committee.

STORYTELLERS: Guest House Storytellers next meeting is on Tuesday at the Hillcrest Centre. The theme is Fairytales from Far and Wide, fairytales in every culture which deal with our deepest fears and desires and contain warnings, wisdom and messages of hope. Pick your own fairytale from anywhere in the world and come and share it with the group, or just sit back and listen. To book a ten minute slot email John:jalden3288:aol.com. Hillcrest Cafe opens at 7pm, stories begin at 7.30pm.

RNLI coffee morning in aid of Newhaven Lifeboat at the Lifeboat House on Saturday March 15 from 10am to noon. Refreshments available for a donation. Support your local lifeboat,all welcome.

FILM SOCIETY: Hillcrest Film Society is showing a subtitled film Seraphine Cert 15 on Saturday March 15 and tickets are on sale now. Winner of seven Cesars (French Oscars). It is based on a true story about the life and art of a simple maid discovered by a German art critic on the eve of the First World War. The cafe opens at 6.30pm and the film begins at 7.30pm. Tickets are £4.50 available from Hillcrest Centre reception.

HCPT QUIZ: HCPT Group 154 is a charity run by Tarina Breeds that takes children to Lourdes. She is holding a fund raising quiz on Saturday March 15 in South Heighton village hall. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Entry is £5 a head including a ploughman’s supper and there will be a raffle. Bring your own drinks. Booking essential so Tarina can assess the amount of food to get. Telephone 01273 612227 or 07751 532900 to reserve a table or a place.

NEWHAVEN MUSEUM: Volunteers are working tirelessly at the museum next to Paradise Park which is going a complete refurbishment. It is now going to be divided into sections which makes it easier to view and new sections have been added. There will be an official re-opening on Saturday March 29 at noon but you can check out their website now on www.newhavenhistoricalsociety.org.uk About The Museum and Museum Archives.

Peacehaven

BLOOD DONORS: Remember there is a session in the Community House, Meridian Centre on Wednesday from 2pm until 4.30pm and for a second session from 5.30pm until 8pm. Can you bring a friend who has not given before? If you would like a specific time to donate this can be arranged by calling 0300 123 23 23.

CINEMA: The March film to be shown in the Community House, Meridian Centre is the Bafta Award winning Gravity. It starts at 7.30pm on Wednesday March 19. Tickets are available at £5 each from the information office. At the time of writing the Oscars are due to take place in Hollywood. This film is amongst the nominations with high hopes of winning an award. Please note there will not be an intermission this month during the showing of this film.

RACE NIGHT: This event in aid of the Mayor’s Local Project Fund takes place in the Community House, Meridian Centre tonight, Friday. Entry is £2. Doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. If you wish to make your evening a little more exciting by owning a horse there are still plenty to choose from on the list available in the information office. Do remember to take along your own food and drink.

MMCF: The monthly meeting of members of the Meridian Mature Citizens Forum is taking place in the Art Room at the Hillcrest Centre, Fort Road, Newhaven on Wednesday from 10am until noon. Get there at 9.45am for a free coffee. The speaker this month is Gemma Wakeham from the East Sussex Fire and Rescue service explaining how to keep you and your home safe. Making use of free smoke alarms and also free home visits assessing your needs. If you live on the coastal strip between Seaford and East Saldean do come along. It is free to join the forum for residents over 55 years old, and there are a number of benefits to enjoy.

BIG PARK: A new website has recently been launched atwww.bigparksproject.org.uk. All the latest news of the progress will appear regularly enabling us all to keep up to date with the development of this new facility. Why not bookmark this site in your favourites.

ON THE MOVE: The town’s ground staff who make such a significant contribution with the flower displays around the town during the summer are having to vacate their maintenance area in the Piddinghoe Sports Park over the next two months. The Big Park project will be commencing in May to convert the building into the Gateway Cafe which hopefully will then be opening in September.

BINGO: Next Friday, March 14, there is another session of the ever popular bingo in the Community House, Meridian Centre starting at 7pm. It is £4 for eight games plus flyer and Snowball games. There will be free refreshments during the interval half way through the evening.

MORNING MARKET: There is no market tomorrow, Saturday, as the hall is being used for the International Woman’s Day. The next market is on Saturday March 15 and will be organised by the Labour Party. To book a table contact them on 07876 561 880.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, the Peacehaven Evangelical Church will be in the foyer of the Community House from 8.30am until noon serving teas, coffees, and cakes. Next week there is just one local club in the kiosk on the Thursday. The Seahaven Active Support Scouts will be there offering the refreshments.

COUNCIL MEETING: There are no committee meetings next week on Tuesday. The next scheduled meeting will be for the Planning and Highway committee on Tuesday March 18.

COUNCILLORS’SURGERY: Remember tomorrow, Saturday, there will be a councillors’ surgery in the Meridian Centre from 10am until 11am when members from the council will be available to talk with individual residents. If you have an issue you would like to discuss then come to this drop in surgery.

SKATE PARK: An online poll has been developed to enable people to vote for the preferred design for the new skate park that is shortly to be built in the Big Park. Go to the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/peacehavenskateparksurvey. There are three proposed designs. Choose your favourite. If you take part you will be entered into a draw for a £30 voucher from Route One skate shop in Brighton and a goody bag from Hardest Clothing. So make sure you have have your say and remember to include your email address. You may be a winner.

Polegate

SOUTHDOWN STROLLERS walking programme for March 2014 is available by telephoning 735714. Monday, Burwash Weald, Kipling’s Country. Meet at Wheel Inn, Burwash att 10am.

WALK tomorrow, Saturday, with Eastbourne Rambling Club: Bexhill Manor Gardens and Sea Front with Dorothy B. Meet at Manor Gardens, Bexhill 10.15am bus No 99 at 9.23am stand B, to Manor Gardens. Finish at about noon or just after. More info from strolls organiser Peggy on 840387. Or, Let Bus No 2 do the Work. Meet at White Horse bus stop Rottingdean 10.28am, bus No 12, 9.28am Terminus Road stop J. Walk starts at East Dean car park. Cars can park in Rottingdean and join bus No 2 at 10.36am finish. Or, Brisk Pace it’s Them Sisters Again. Meet bus 12, 8.55am Terminus Road stop J. Walk starts East Dean car perk. GB 5579778 finish at 12.45pm.

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

HOME FOR TEA is the walk by Eastbourne Rambling Club on Sunday. Meet bus 12A at 9.36am stand J. Walk starts from Eastbourne Youth Hostel 9.45am GB 587990. Finish 3.30pm, 9 miles.

PARAGON FIELDS Preservation Association are meeting on Friday March 14 at 7pm in Wannock Hall. In 1992 the Paragon Fields Preservation Association was formed. The purpose was to purchase and preserve the land as an open space for the amenity, recreation, quiet enjoyment and use of the public at large. More info from Mary Taylor 485241 or email met.pfpa@gmail.com

CONGRATULATIONS to Councillor Clewett for saving Polegate Crossing Box and turning into a railway museum. This is not the first signal box to become a railway museum. Crawley box has been open for a number of years.

SPA VALLEY RAILWAY timetables now available for the season starting on March 15 or visit our open day at Groombridge Station on Saturday March 26. Bookings now being taken for special events like Thomas, fish and chips lunch, Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day etc. More information from www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk

POLEGATE RAMBLING CLUB walks on Thursday: The Harbour, nearly 5 miles beach walking and harbour. Coffee at waterfront, no stiles. Or a longer walk, Coastal and Forest Trails, 11 miles coastal tracks with downland views and forest trails, 15 stiles, take picnic. More info from www.polegateramblers.org.uk or secretary Angela on 504280. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

PCaSO: Prostate Cancer Group. The annual general meeting of the PCaSO East branch was hosted by the Eastbourne group on February 13. It was well-supported and members welcomed six new people plus visitors from the Rustington and Pulborough groups. Chairman Roger Bacon gave his report for the year. Top of the highlights was the completion of the Quiet Room, known as the PCaSO Room, on Seaford 4 ward at Eastbourne District General Hospital. The treasurer’s report showed the Eastbourne group had raised the most money during 2013. It was noted money from the group’s 2013 fundraising project was for a two-thirds contribution to the purchase of a template biopsy kit for the Urology Department at Eastbourne. Vivian Miles was elected as the new branch treasurer, Roger Bacon re-elected as chairman and David Hurst as secretary. Committee members also agreed to stand for another year including two members of the Eastbourne group. The business of the meeting concluded promptly at 7.30pm and then guest speaker, consultant oncologist Dr Mckinna, provided an update on radiotherapy provision in Sussex. She was pleased to report some progress had been made for plans to install new radiotherapy machines at the District General Hospital, Eastbourne. Delays had not been helped by NHS changes which have generated different processes for approval and procurement given the large capital costs. In the meantime, demand for radiotherapy increases. Interim measures will include provision of radiotherapy at another site in Brighton on a temporary basis. Dr Mckinna was pleased to report the machines will be high specification to provide newer treatments. Discussion followed about men opting not to have radiotherapy treatment for prostate cancer because of the distance to travel for daily treatments, modes and routes of transport and parking. It was agreed having radiotherapy closer to home is preferable for choice of treatment. Dr Mckinna was thanked for her time and willingness to keep the group informed. PCaSO Eastbourne will be at the Langney Shopping Centre on Saturday March 22. Please do visit the stand to find out further information about the group. Next meeting is on Thursday, 7pm in the Post Graduate Centre, Eastbourne District General Hospital. Consultant urologist Peter Rimington will be guest speaker. All are welcome. Please contact Graham Hatfield on 01323 749258/641513 or e-mail graham.hatfield@btopenworld.com if you require further details.

Ringmer

DAY OF PRAYER: The Women’s World Day of Prayer Service for our area will be held at Firle Church today (Friday) at 11am and is entitled Streams in the Desert. It was prepared by the Christian women of Egypt, a country with a turbulent past and immense problems in the present, especially for women. This is reflected in this challenging service at which all are welcome. For transport, please ring 01273 812697.

TABLE TOP SALE: Don’t forget the Table Top Sale being held at Ringmer Community College tomorrow (Saturday) between 10am and midday. There are over 30 tables already sold so come along and grab a bargain. Also refreshments and free parking. Please come along and support the students who have helped to organise this event, to raise money for the ongoing refurbishment of the school library.

SOUPER SATURDAY: Do come and join us for a lunch of homemade soups. There will be at least four on offer. Cost £2.50 and free refills. There will also be a raffle of mystery prizes. Tickets £1 each. In aid of the Village Hall Appeal, this will be held in the village hall from noon to 1.30 pm tomorrow (Saturday).

VILLAGE QUIZ in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice, will be held tomorrow (Saturday) in the village hall. Teams are invited to bring their own drinks and refreshments, but tea/coffee and biscuits will be available during the interval. There will be a raffle. Doors will open at 6.45pm for 7.15pm start.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are at Home to Lingfield in a SCFL Div1 fixture with a 3pm kick-off at The Caburn. The seconds travel to Selsey for their Reserve Section Premier league match. On Tuesday evening the first team are at home to Horsham YMCA in a league fixture with a 7.45pm kick-off time. The weather is still playing havoc with the pitch so please check with the club or on the website, which is updated straight after pitch inspections, before travelling.

CHURCH SERVICES: Ash Wednesday, 7.30pm Sung Eucharist with the Imposition of Ashes. The services on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist with the Laying on of Hands for Healing, 6.30pm Evensong.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday February 12, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; Joint 2, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery, 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. Contact 814220.

RINGMER DEBATES: The last in the series of Ringmer Debates takes place on Friday March 14 at 7.30pm in the village hall. The theme for this one is The Value of Land. Entry is free, though donations are requested for tea and coffee.

THE FLOWER CLUB has been selected as one of the Waitrose Community Project recipients for the month of March. When shopping in the store, we would be delighted if you could consider giving your green token to the flower club which would be greatly appreciated.

SILVER SURFERS: Advance notice that the next Silver Surfer class at Ringmer Community College will be on Saturday April 26. To book a place or for more information please contact Ruth Whitlock on 01273 812220 ext 253 or e-mailrwhitlock@ringmeracademy.org

Rodmell & Southease

SPRING is in the air and hence we have a list of functions to go to. Southease has its Spring Plant Fair on the green at Southease on Monday May 5.

WI: Rodmell and Southease WI have a special speaker for their next meeting on March 18. Maggie Lanning, an ex Rodmellian, and friends are coming to give us a talk on the Battle of Lewes Tapestry which should be finished very soon. Visitors welcome at 7.30pm.

CHURCHYARD: Saturday March 22 is the spring churchyard gardening morning from 9.30am to noon.

COFFEE MORNING in Rodmell Village Hall at 11am on Wednesday March 26. All welcome for coffee, biscuits and of course a chance to catch up on Rodmell news.

JUMBLE SALE: On March 29 there is a jumble sale in aid of WI funds. Plenty of help needed and jumble. If you can help either in the morning or afternoon please contact Sarah Jay on 477887.

MOTHERS’ DAY: On Sunday March 30 Mothering Sunday will be celebrated with a short service in our church at 11am. Everyone is welcome and we hope children of all ages will bring their mothers and collect a pretty posy of flowers for them. There will be coffee and biscuits afterwards.

ADVANCE NOTICE as we know how much people love coming to our Open Gardens and plan ahead. Open Gardens will be in Lower Rodmell on Sunday June 8. Plenty of help needed.

PLAY READING: Lorna Melia is organising another play reading, The Man Born to Be King, on Friday March 14 at 4pm at Flat 1, Rodmell House. RSVP to Lorna Melia on 01273 479620.

READING Curmudgeon’s column in Manet magazine I noticed this piece: ‘I would like to point out to the generation that thinks poverty is not having a pair of £200 trainers, a computer in your pocket and a wide screen TV, that my life time’s savings are earning zero interest in order that the younger generation can have cheap mortgages. I had calculated that my interest would be a financial cushion for the cold backside of my old age. Instead I find myself having to continue working until the arrival of the Queen’s telegram. I may have once boomed, but now I think it’s more a question of bust’. How many readers feel the same I wonder. Such is life. Personally I’m delighted that I am still able to work in my 70s, it gives me a project in life. This piece took me back to when I did work with poor families in Brixton and gave holidays to deprived children in the 70s. The first thing they said to us when they came to the house was ‘where’s your big colour TV like ours’. We at the time, had a small black and white TV and they considered us the poor ones.

AGM: The annual general meeting of Rodmell Horticultural Society at 7.30pm on Tuesday February 25 in the village hall was a most successful evening with guest speaker Willie Edmonds giving us a talk on The Wily Weeds of Rodmell. It’s very nice, for those of us that do not like going far on a winter’s evening, to have so many functions going on in and around the village, not forgetting our very popular pub, The Abergavenny, where there is always a warm welcome and good food.

MY COMMENTS about the congregation of Rodmell Church being around 13 on a Sunday hit a nerve and I hear have been a subject of conversation at events, certainly at church on Sunday, when Marcus made a point that there were 14 in church. I rest my point. There will be more in the following weeks for a baptism and of course Mothers’ Day and Easter and I believe an idea has been floated to have some family friendly style of service, I believe it’s called Cafe Style and is easier for families and children to talk about their faith in such places as village halls etc.

Seaford

BARN DANCE: Seahaven Lionesses are organising a Charity Barn Dance in aid of Leo House today, Friday, 7.30pm at the Constitutional Club, Seaford. Live band, caller, food, raffe, bar - all for just £8 a ticket from Newberry Tully Estate Agents or by phoning the Lionesses on 01273 513015.

FOLK CLUB: Seaford Folk Club meet today, Friday, 7.45pm at the British Legion Club, Claremont Road for Singers and Musicians Night.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

DEMONSTRATION: Willingdon Flower Club will be meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall for their AGM. The competition is entitled Let’s Party.

DAY OF PRAYER: Women’s World Day of Prayer is today, Friday. This year’s service has been written by the Christian Women of Egypt. A service will take place in St Mary’s Church Willingdon at 10.30am. It involves a certain amount of drama and some participants will be dressed appropriately. After the service there will be some refreshments and the chance to sample some Egyptian cakes and time to look at an exhibition about Egypt. At Trinity Church, the Women’s World Day of Prayer service will take place at 2.30pm today. The speaker will be Rev David Yule. Refreshments will be served after the service. A warm welcome is extended to anyone who would like to attend either of these services, both male and female.

WAKIN’ SNAKES is the name of the four-piece band performing at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. Their style is bluegrass, rags and Cajun with four-part harmony vocals in English and French.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council willhold a full council meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon Community School. Meetings are open to the public. Please ring 01323 489603 for further information.

INTERVIEWING for the positions of assistant parish clerk and cemetery manager for Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will take place next week. Applications have been closed. It is hoped the new assistant clerk and cemetery manager will be in place sometime in April; in the meantime the parish clerk Andy Beams is covering all jobs.

TASTE OF SUNRISE: High tea and variety entertainment will take place at 2.30pm on Tuesday at Sunrise Senior Living, Upper Kings Drive. Visitors are welcome to enjoy afternoon tea whilst being entertained by Mark Walsh, comedian and musician. Mark has been working as a solo performer since he was just 13. He has appeared alongside some of our greatest stars including Barbara Windsor, Roy Hudd, June Whitfield and Danny La Rue. Please ring 01323 525000 to book your place.

BRITISH BAKE OFF: On Wednesday from 10.30am to 11.30am Sunrise Senior Living is celebrating Sunrise Great British Bake Off. Do pop in for a cup of coffee and judge who should win the title for the best chocolate cake. Refreshments are free but nominal donations are suggested for the charity Eastbourne Talking Newspaper (Registered Charity Number 273322).

THE 3 MMMS (Mrs Miss & Ms) will be meeting at 8pm on Wednesday at St Mary’s Church Hall. The speaker is Joanna Wilkins who will be giving a talk entitled Tidemills – The Lost Village.

THE GRUMBLEWEEDS gardening group will be meeting at 6.30pm on Thursday at the Red Lion. Guest speaker is Dennis Stidler who will be giving a talk on setting up your own beehive.

WILLINGDON WI will meet at 2.15pm on Thursday at Willingdon Memorial Hall when I Eltringham-Wilson will be giving a talk entitled All Gardens Great and Small.

WI: Jevington and Filching WI will be meeting at 2pm on Thursday at Trinity Church Hall. The speaker is Charlotte Bough-Cooper. She will be giving a talk on Rockinghorse Children’s Charity. Please bring a small toy for a child.