Parish pump Newhaven - November 29, 2013

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Barcombe

SING CHRISTMAS: 7.30pm, Friday December 13 in the village hall. An evening of your favourite Christmas carols and songs accompanied by local musicians. Come along with all your family and friends, join in, or just relax and enjoy the ambience of Christmas sounds. This event now includes items by the young people of Universal Dance and the close harmonies of The Singing Salon. Free admission, mulled wine, Christmas snacks, raffle. All donations to St Peter and St James Hospice. Further details from David Lloyd 01273 400520.

THE WALKING GROUP’S December walk is on Sunday. Meet at 2pm at Eastcroft, Spithurst Road, for a short local walk, followed by mulled wine and mince pies to start the Christmas celebrations. Leader Claire Skinner.

Bishopstone

PATRONAL FESTIVAL and Gift Day is tomorrow, Saturday. There will be a Eucharist Service at noon followed by lunch in the Bishopstone Parish Hall. Tickets for the lunch cost £6, available from Linda’s Stores and churchwardens.

RAFFLE: St Andrew’s Christmas Raffle will be drawn at the Patronal Festival Lunch. Tickets for the raffle are available from John and Pat Earle.

ST ANDREW’S Monthly Lunch Club will meet on Tuesday December 10 at 12.15pm for 12.30pm at the White Lion Pub. All welcome.

CHRISTMAS CAROL Service is on Sunday December 15 followed by afternoon tea in the parish hall.

FAMILY SUPPORT NETWORK is collecting toys for Christmas for needy families. Please leave gifts, suitably marked, for toddlers to 18 year olds in St Andrews’s Church Tower. (They will be collected during the second week of December).

SO WILL IT BE a White Christmas? Snow seems a necessary accessory started by the traditional Victorian cards and writers like Charles Dickens. Lack of snow cannot be blamed on global warming, however, because most Victorian Christmases didn’t have much either. The penny post and publishers just happened to be busy during a succession of suitably cold Decembers. We are, however, prepared to bet there will be one new Elizabethan tradition kept soon along Bishopstone Road, bungalows gaily displaying Christmas lights. Not in the old village, though (of course).

Falmer

CHRISTMAS: So it is the start of Advent this weekend. Children will be opening the little windows on Advent calendars and snaffling the chocolate inside. In my day there used to be a picture to look forward to with some glitter and nice colours and I’m sure it was just as exciting. We have our Advent service on Sunday at 10am and will no doubt be singing some of the advent carols that mark the build up to Chrstmas; a build-up that started weeks ago in the shops. We will be using a new liturgy devised by Colin who unfortunately has to be away that day. The service will be taken by Dr John Caperon.

CHRISTMAS FOOD: I am starting my Christmas preparations in earnest this week. I have already made my pudding and my cake and will be ordering an excellent turkey and delicious chipolatas from Falmer’s Farm Shop. It makes life nice and easy being able to go and get everything (including the tree) without struggling through the crowds in the supermarket.

MUSIC: My husband, a lifelong fan of Bob Dylan, has been up to the Albert Hall this week to see and hear the great man in the flesh. I am writing this before the event, so don’t have the review yet but I’m sure he will enjoy himself.

MARKET: Tomorrow (Saturday) we have our Christmas Market, 15 artists and makers will be taking part and will be selling glassware, ceramics, jewellery, prints, hand printed cushions and other textiles as well as paintings, cards, decorations, basketware (Saturday only) and bird boxes (Sunday only). There will also be home-made goodies and festive decorations for sale in the kitchen. We even have live music from flautist Karen Rash who will be playing carols and seasonal music in the mornings on both days. The market is at the village hall and is open from 11am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Don’t forget to bring your cash and cheque book as we don’t have card facilities. There is a convenient cashpoint nearby however.

BIRDS: I have seen a number of birds of prey lately, including kestrels which are sadly supposed to be in decline. The most exciting view was of buzzards. Reaching the top of Ridge Road, I could hear mewing and knew there was a buzzard about. When I looked up into the sky I could see nothing. The sound carried on as I walked down towards Mary Farm and then I saw two birds down in the valley of the field to the west of Ridge Road. They flew the length of the field and it was fascinating to be able to look down at them instead of up. The birds that tend to come to our feeders only in winter have started to arrive. I have already seen some yellowhammers and the beautiful nuthatch. These birds are here all year but only seem to forage further afield in winter. We have also had crowds of jays and jackdaws hanging off the feeders (which are clearly designed for much smaller birds).

Glynde & Beddingham

THE TREVOR ARMS Christmas menu is now available throughout December. Please visit the website for details and to make your booking.

CHURCH DECORATING: Our beautiful village church is getting the festive treatment once again. The church will be being decorated for Christmas on December 21 from 10.30am onwards so if you are free, please do come along at any time during the day with your decorating ideas. Children are more than welcome.

THE PARISH COUNCIL will be meeting at 7pm on Wednesday in The Reading Room. If you would like to come to the meetings, either as an observer or to raise any matters of concern or innovative ideas, you are very welcome. There will be a vacancy for a parish councillor following the next meeting, so if you are interested in joining the team, please either come along or contact Barbara Knight, the parish clerk. Please keep an eye on the parish noticeboard situated by the car park next to the bridge for details as well as minutes of the last meeting.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Matins will be held at 10.15 in Glynde and Evening Prayer will be at 4pm in Firle.

Lewes

CHRISTMAS FAIR tomorrow, Saturday, 9.30am to 12.30pm in Cliffe Hall (behind the church). Cakes, tombola, gifts, bonfire night photographs and more. Proceeds to South Street Bonfire Society.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Even a dull, cloudy and cold day, cannot take away the exhilaration of walking along the Seven Sisters coastline. On our last Sunday walk we started from the Crowlink NY car park and headed down a beautiful valley towards the coastal path. Here, we headed for Birling Gap, climbing three of the Sisters on the way. Just before Birling Gap we left the coastal path and made our way inland to East Dean, a beautiful old flint Sussex village. We took an uphill path from behind the village and were soon crossing the fields towards Crowlink again. The next walk is on Sunday, Rodmell-Iford and the South Downs Way. Meet at top North Street car park for a prompt 9.30am start.

VOLUNTEERS are urgently needed for Furniture Now! in Lewes. Come and join our amazing team, good fun guaranteed. All out of pocket expenses paid. We need drivers’ mates/warehouse volunteers and office/retail assistance urgently needed on Fridays. For more information, call Martyn on 01273 487007 or Sue 01273 479528.

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

RNLI: Christmas Fair tomorrow (Saturday) in the Hillcrest Centre, 10am to 1pm. Haven Harmonies singing at 11am. Visit from Father Christmas, lots of stalls, tombola and raffle. One of the best Christmas Fairs in Newhaven for a very worthy cause. Admission 25p so go along and support your local lifeboat.

CAR BOOT SALE: A new Indoor Car Boot Sale is being held every Sunday in Shakespeare Hall, Fort Road recreation ground. Very reasonable price for tables just £6. Seller set up 8.30am, open to the public from 9am. Held in the downstairs sports hall, free parking in the car park up from the hall. Coffee and tea, hot dogs, sweets and biscuits available. Not reliant on the weather so worth a visit. To book a table telephone 07847 072693. You can find out more about the boot sale on Facebook.

NIPPERS: Due to decreasing numbers attending the after school club Nippers is closing all the activities from December 20. There will be a meeting on Monday at 7pm in the meeting room on the lower floor in Shakespeare Hall to explain the reasons for this and to look at ways these activities can continue. If you cannot attend this meeting you can pass on your comments and ideas to Pam by ringing her on 07796 267388 or put them on the Nippers Facebook page.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Tuesday, 7.30pm. One of the first presenters on the first local radio station in Sussex BBC Radio Brighton, John Henty will talk about the history of the station and call upon his vast experience working there. Non members welcome, admission £2 on the door.

FILM SOCIETY: Tickets are on sale for Newhaven Film Society’s Christmas Film which is Julie and Julia starring Meryl Streep and Nora Ephron. It will be shown at the Hillcrest Centre on Saturday December 14 and is based on two true stories which run parallel. The women are separated by time but come together by cooking. Julia Childs started working in the cookery profession in the 1950s whilst Julie Powell’s challenge in 2002 is to cook every recipe in Julia Childs’first cookbook in a year. Tickets are £4.50 each and are available from the Hillcrest reception Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4pm or you can email film@hillcrestcentre.co.uk to reserve your ticket and pay on the night. The Hillcrest Cafe will be open from 6.30pm for meals which will be styled on Julia Childs’ recipes, drinks and refreshments.

MEECHING WI: The AGM was held on November 21 in Meeching Hall when Christine King agreed to continue as president and the committee also agreed to carry on for another year. The next meeting is the Christmas Party on December 12 and members are asked to arrive at noon and bring plate, knife, fork and spoon, glasses will be provided. The carol service will take place at St Michael’s Church on December 18 at 2.30pm with refreshments in the church room afterwards. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 9.45am in Meeching Hall, and new members/visitors are always welcome.

TEA AND CAROLS in St Michael’s church rooms on Friday December 6 at 4pm. Numbers are limited so please reserve your place by telephoning Ann Payne on 01273 514841.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Denton Island Nursery Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday December 7 from 10am to 12.30pm. You can book a table for £5 to sell Christmas gifts and other items, book through the Nursery. There will also be a tombola, raffle and Christmas gifts. Anyone wishing to donate prizes for the raffle or tombola can leave them at the reception marked for the Nursery. All welcome.

NEWHAVEN MARKET: There has been criticism of the empty stalls at the market which is putting people off going there. The market manager and the traders dislike it as much as you do and are going to address the problem of traders not turning up. They would like to know why people are not supporting the market and find out what you as a community would like to encourage you to go there. There is a special Christmas market on Saturday December 14 when it will be packed as usual but what would encourage you to shop there on ordinary Thursdays or Saturdays? Leave your feedback on the Newhaven Market Facebook page or send your comments to Gillian the Market Manager c/o Meeching Estates in the High Street.

THE NCDA AGM will be held on Wednesday December 11 at 7pm in Denton Island Community Centre. Plenty of free parking, all welcome.

Peacehaven

BINGO: On Friday December 13 there is the last bingo evening for this year in the Community House starting at 7pm sharp. Eight games for £4 plus a flyer and a snowball game with cash prizes to be won. There are free refreshments during the interval half way through the evening. Always plenty of free parking.

LITTER: Regular readers will recall I wrote about shopping trolleys being left in Southview Road. I am grateful to several readers who telephoned me with details of the irresponsible person who is the culprit. I understand that the Co-op are aware and have spoken with the person at their home. However recently I have seen at one time three abandoned trolleys on the grass verges. Most of the local residents in this area proudly look after their gardens and some even mow the street verges too. Since many of us walk to the Meridian Centre the only solution I can suggest is we act as good neighbours and push a trolley back if we are going in that direction.

PLANS: Recently plans and drawings of the proposed Big Park project have been on display in the Community House foyer. Also on view are proposals for a new cycle path from Newhaven to Peacehaven. In the light of recent reports of cyclists dying in collisions with buses and lorries in London this surely can only be of benefit for us all.

TREASURE HUNT: Peacehaven Town Council are organising a Treasure Hunt within the Meridian Centre for local boys and girls. It starts on Monday December 9 through to Saturday December 14. Pick up an entry form from the information office now. The winners will be announced at the Christmas Festival at 5pm in the Co-Op.

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: The Mayor will open the event at 2pm on Saturday December 14. There is something for all ages. At 2pm there are children’s stories read by the author in the library. Carols at 3pm followed at 3.30pm with a display of Street Dancing. At 4pm the Coastland Church are again putting on their puppet show. At 4.30pm there is a photo opportunity in the new shop for those grappling fans who would like a photo taken with some of the wrestlers. At 5pm the Mayor will draw the raffle and give the prizes for the treasure hunters and colouring competition. Finally at 5.30pm in the Meridian Park the Salvation Army band along with a local school choir will sing carols. There will be hot chocolate and mince pies. A reminder that Santa’s Grotto will be in the Co-op from 3pm until 5pm; a chance to speak with the big man who will be giving away generous goody bags. Clearly this is a busy event not to be missed.

MURDER: It is Murder Mystery at the Manor. This very traditional Agatha Christie murder is set in the lounge of Hampstead Manor on the South Coast of England during the 1930s. The stage setting and performance is provided by professional actors. It takes place on Saturday January 25 at 7pm for 7.30pm in the main hall Community House. We’re sure Poirot, Morse, or Miss Marple could solve the mystery but could you? Tickets at £12.50 are on sale now from the information office

(01273 585493). Bring your own food and drink for a good evening out.

GARDEN TALKS: The final monthly free informal talk this year is at Paradise Park on Wednesday. It starts at 11am with a break in the middle for a free tea or coffee in the comfort of the coffee shop. The theme this time is A Christmas Cracker given by Mark Curtis. He describes it as: all the surprises of Christmas without the bang.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by the Butterfly Nursery in the Main Hall, Community House from 8.30am until midday. The next market on Saturday December 7 will be organised by the Peacehaven Horticultural Society. To book a table contact them on 01273 589502.

COUNCIL MEETING: There are no committee meetings this Tuesday. The next meeting is for the planning and highways committee and will be on Tuesday December 10 starting at 6.30pm in the Anzac Room.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, St Laurence Church is holding a coffee morning in the Community House foyer from 8.30am until midday. Next week on Tuesday the Catholic Church will be behind the counter. Mencap will be in the Community House foyer on Thursday offering refreshments. And finally on Friday December 6 Meridian WI will be providing the teas and coffees.

Polegate

POLEGATE DRAMA Group pantomime, Robinson Crusoe, from January 18 to 26. Bookings taken at Archer and Partners, High Street.

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

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR in aid of Willingdon and Polegate windmill tomorrow, Saturday, at St Johns Church Hall from 10 am until 12.30pm. All welcome. We are expecting a visit from Santa.

CHRISTMAS FUN Quiz at the Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30 pm. Entry £3 per person, teams of up to six. Bring your own food, tea and coffee on sale. Tickets are on sale at the Community Centre Office and Saturday coffee mornings. For further information please contact Wendy or John on 484631.

ST GEORGE’S Catholic Church which serves Polegate and Lower Willingdon will be celebrating its 75th anniversary over the weekend of December 7 and 8. On Saturday December 7 at 10am there will be a short service of thanksgiving with members from other nearby churches, local councillors and school children, and members of the general public are cordially invited to join us. There will also be a small exhibition of activities over the years and some church vestments on display. Refreshments will be served in the hall and church and hall will be open until 2pm. If you have ever wondered about this small flint church at Polegate crossroads or perhaps have never visited a Catholic church in England, do please come along you will be most welcome.

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session at The King’s Centre, Edison Road, Eastbourne on Wednesday from 2pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 8pm.

EAST SUSSEX Hearing Resource Centre’s mobile unit will be visiting the Library car park, Windsor Way from 10.30am to 3.30pm on Thursday. For further information please contact 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) email info@eshrc.org.uk

Ringmer

HISTORY STUDY GROUP: At its meeting this evening, Friday, in the village hall at 7.45pm the speaker will be Joanna Wilkins whose talk is entitled Making Medieval Meals. Joanna is a Sussex Archaeological Society education officer based at Anne of Cleves House where she regularly gives visitors advice on how to be a successful Tudor housewife.

CRAFT FAIR: Christmas Craft Fair and Table Top Sale at Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon. Father Christmas, raffle, mince pies and coffee.

COFFEE MORNING at 1 Elm Close, Lewes Road by kind invitation of Angela Howard tomorrow, Saturday, from 10.30am to 12.30pm. There will be a bring and buy stall and a raffle. All proceeds will go to the Philippines Hurricane Disaster via Cafod Disaster Appeal so it is hoped for a good attendance at this event. Entry £1.

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society are holding this event in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, commencing at 2pm. If you have any jumble you wish to donate please get it to the hall as near to noon as possible.

CHURCH SERVICES: The services at St Mary’s on Sunday, are as follows: 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am the annual Family Christingle Service at which oranges will be distributed, candles will be lit and the collection taken will go to the Children’s Society. The travelling cribs will also be blessed and sent on their journeys at this service. The 6.30pm service will be a Sung Eucharist.

CAROL SERVICE: At 2.30pm on Sunday St John Ambulance will be holding their County Carol Service commencing at 2.30pm in St Mary’s.

FLOWER CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday at 2pm in the village hall there will be a demonstration by Lucinda Knapman entitled Joy of Christmas. Visitors welcome: £4 to include refreshments.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday, November 20, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 2, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith; 3, Roy Skan and David Warner. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact number 814220.

COFFEE MORNING: A Christmas Coffee Morning is being organised by the bowls club and will be held in their clubhouse on Saturday, December 7 from 10am to 11.30am. Entry 50p includes coffee and a mince pie.

LIGHTS OF LOVE SERVICE at St Mary’s on Saturday, December 7, commencing at 4pm. Prior to this service the Christmas Tree in the churchyard will be illuminated at a short service of dedication. The names of the loved ones being remembered will be read out during the service which follows in the church.

FESTIVE FEASTE: The Ringmer famous Festive Feasts booklet. This is an interesting booklet which contains articles from many Ringmer people who have recently cooked up their contributions. Costing only £2.50 it contains recipes, jokes, quotes, poems and cartoons and is now on sale. It can be purchased by contacting Jayne on - jayne.mr@btinternet.com. All proceeds will go to St Peter and St James Hospice.

THANKS: Barbara Longhurst would like to thank all who attended or helped her at the recent coffee morning held at her home. A total of £307.80 was raised for SASBAH which is a very good result.

NEW CORRESPONDENT: Please note that this is my last entry in the Ringmer Parish Pump and as from next week your correspondent will be Anna-May Bridger, 19 Shepherds Way, Ringmer, BN8 5LT who would like entries for the Pump to preferably be sent to her by e-mail toannamay.bridger@btinternet.com or you can phone her on 01273 813821 or pop your contribution through her letter box. Can I just thank all those who over the years sent me their contributions for the Ringmer Pump. I tried to make it an information service for the village and I am sure Anna-May will continue to do so.

Rodmell & Southease

APOLOGY: I feel I must start my Parish Pump with an apology to the kind man who left a note with the Sussex Express for me about the war grave in Southease Churchyard. He asked if they had checked with all the relevant military authorities, and the answer is yes, but the people of Southease have not given up on the quest. I did try to phone this kind man, but had no luck and then lost the piece of paper with his name and number on it, hence he has not heard from me.

BOOK: Last weekend Graham Mayhew turned up at my door looking for a property in the area that he was delivering his latest book to. Graham’s book is about Lewes Priory which was one of the greatest monasteries in medieval England. By the early 12th century it had grown rapidly to be the wealthiest of any English monastery founded after the Norman Conquest. The monks of St Pancras is the first ever study undertaken of an English Cluniac monastery and local historian Graham outlines its history form its foundation to its destruction. Signed copies will be available from the Town Hall foyer from 10am to 4pm from Monday December 2 to Friday December 6 and during Lewes late night shopping evening on Thursday.

WI: Rodmell and Southease WI had an entertaining evening on November 19 with a practical craft session, with a Christmas theme given by Lindy Smart, that amazing lady who seems to be able to turn her hand to just about anything. It was a bit taxing for some of us to make a star using the origami technique of folding coloured papers. Guess who was one of the slow ones.

CHRISTMAS: At the moment I’m trying to get my head around doing things for Christmas, starting with filling a shoebox for the Family Shoebox Appeal to do with Link to Hope, then it’s doing up gifts for the Bran Tub for Rodmell School’s Christmas Fair on December 7. I must also get on with writing Christmas cards, but seeing all the crossed out names in the address book where people have died, makes me realise just how many friends I have lost over the past few years. Something to do with old age I suppose.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday is the lovely Advent Service of Light by candlelight at 4pm.

ON SATURDAY December 7 we have the Great Rodmell Derby – Horse Racing in Rodmell. There will be six races. This will be a fun pre-Christmas event in the charge of Spencer Prosser with a 7pm for 7.30pm start. Come in plenty of time, wear a hat, buy a horse and become an owner. Tickets £5, children welcome and free. Only 50p to put money on a horse. Bar and refreshments. Tickets available from Christine Isitt, Spencer Prosser, Mike Twohig, Carol Putnam and Sam Barlow. In aid of village hall funds.

SIGNS: Vehicle activated signs will soon be up in the village in the hopes of slowing down traffic. When you think of the money spent on trying to slow traffic down, and help to save lives, it’s mind bending. A little thought for others could save thousands in many ways but it doesn’t seem to happen.

Seaford

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: The National Trust Seaford Association (NTSA) is holding their Christmas Bazaar tomorrow, Saturday, in St Leonard’s Church Hall from 10am to 11.30am. On sale will be cakes, savouries, bric-a-brac, books, accessories, gifts, raffle, tombola etc. Come along and bring your friends. Refreshments available too.

EAST SUSSEX Hearing Resource Centre’s mobile unit will be visiting Seaford on Thursday, December 19, in Broad Street from 10.30am – 3.30pm. For details call 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) or e-mail info@eshrc.org.uk

Telscombe

BINGO EVENING: Don’t forget bingo tonight, Friday, at the 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.

COCKNEY EVENING: On Friday December 13, 7.30pm start at Telscombe Civic Centre a Cockney Christmas Evening. Entertainment with Ricky T Sargent. Ticket price £5 to include a mince pie and nibbles. There will be a pay bar and a raffle will take place with net proceeds going to the Mayor of Telscombe’s charity fund. Tickets on sale now at the Civic Centre.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

WANNOCK ARTISTS meet at 7pm on the last Friday of the month at Wannock Village Hall. Today, Friday, is the club’s AGM.

STREET MEETING: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at the junction of Huggetts Lane and Freshway 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.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: Polegate Windmill will be holding their annual Christmas Bazaar from 10am to 12.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. Attractions include tombola, a raffle, cakes, bric-a-brac, books, mill souvenirs and refreshments. Father Christmas will be arriving at 10.30am.

COURTELLES will be providing the entertainment at the Wheatsheaf at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, while customers at the British Queen will be entertained by Dirk Benson, same time and date.

POSH FROCKS and canapes is the theme of the event to be hosted by Maureen and John Males at the Cottage, Dittons Road, Polegate at 7pm tomorrow, Saturday. It is in aid of the JPK Sussex Project which is fund raising for the supported living centre to be built in Old Town for people with a learning disability. Please contact Maureen on 01323 482011 or Jill on 01323 486179 if you would like to attend.

WIN A CAR: The JPK Sussex Project has been chosen as one of the charities to benefit from the Arndale Centre’s Win a Car fund raising event. The day allotted to JPK is Monday December 2 so if you are in Eastbourne that day, please buy some raffle tickets from them, you might even win the car. This is an annual event and many charities have benefitted through this worthwhile initiative.

AN ADVENT memorial service will be taking place at St Mary’s Church at 6.30pm on Sunday. Families who have lost loved ones during the year are warmly invited to attend but all are welcome to this moving service where they can light a candle for the departed and receive a daffodil bulb as a sign of the resurrection in Christ. Coffee will then be served in the church.

THE GLEN CHORALE, under their new musical director Ansy Boothroyd, will be presenting their Christmas concert at 2.30pm on Monday at Wannock Village Hall and this will be repeated at the same time and venue on Monday December 9. The programme includes The Bell Carol, Calypso Carol, The Candle Song and We wish you a merry Christmas. There will be several solos and carols for audience participation. Tickets are £6 each to include tea and mince pies. For further information please contact Janet on 01323 502113.

NWATCH: Willingdon Neighbourhood Watch will meet in the vestry at Trinity Church at 2.30pm on Monday. For further information contact Ray Ingram on 01323 508634.

THE SERVICE at Trinity Church at 6.15pm on Monday will be attended by the uniformed organisations.

MOTHERS’ UNION will be holding an Advent Service at St Mary’s Church at 2pm on Tuesday followed by tea and mince pies in the hall. There will also be a short presentation on the work of Chestnut Tree Hospice. Everyone is welcome.

YOUTH CLUB: The meeting from 7.30pm to 9pm on Wednesday in St Mary’s Church Hall is entitled Christmas Cakes and Crafts. The Youth Club is for 8 to 14 year olds. To find out more, please contact Fr Michael Maine on 509528 or email him at michaeljmaine@btinternet.com .

JEVINGTON and Filching WI will meet at 2pm on Wednesday at Wannock Hall for their Christmas celebrations.

PROBUS CLUB will be meeting at 12.30pm for 1pm on Thursday at the Red Lion for their Christmas lunch.

DEMONSTRATION: Willingdon Flower Club will meet at 1.45pm on Friday December 6 at Willingdon Memorial Hall. There will be a floral demonstration by Gill Sadler entitled Joy to the World. The competition is entitled It’s Magic.

TRINITY CHURCH Christmas Gala is at 10am on Saturday December 7. It will feature the Downland Singers and Wealden Brass. Programmes for entry are £5 each which includes seasonal refreshments. Programmes available at the door or ring 01323 484179 or buy them at the Trinity Community Market, held in the church hall every Wednesday from 9am to 1pm.

CHALK HILL Pre-school Nativity will take place in St Mary’s Church at 9.30am on Saturday December 7 followed by their Christmas Fair in the church hall.

GOOD NEWS: Trinity Church received £500 from Waitrose in Old Town for their diners’ club following the store’s October green token collection. £1,000 is divided monthly between three local good causes, and customers select which they wish to support. Trinity Diners food hygiene rating was retained at Level 5 following a recent inspection. £30,000 has been awarded to Trinity Church by SITA for the kitchen refurbishment, so serious planning will now take place with work being undertaken in the new year.

FOODBANK: Trinity Church members hope to create Christmas hampers for the Eastbourne Foodbank, and ask for donations of Christmassy items to be brought to the church services at 10.30am on Sunday December 1, 8 or 15.