Parish Pump Newhaven - November 30, 2012

alfriston

ALFRISTON WI’s meeting this month was the AGM. Reports of the year’s activities were given and approved and the officers and committee were re-elected unopposed. ‘An enjoyable break followed, for tea, conversation and President Valerie Thatcher’s excellent cake. Christine Jackson then gave an entertaining account of her recent visit to South Africa. At this meeting members donated beautifully-wrapped gifts to be distributed to needy families by Eastbourne Social Services, as this WI has done at Christmas for many years. Members met again the following day at the Tudor House restaurant to celebrate the 90th birthday of long-standing member Audrey Sherstone. Thanks to Louise and staff for their warm welcome and friendly service’. This report was given by Helen Palmer.

DICKENSIAN EVENING was a success in spite of the rain. Intrepid visitors and villagers wrapped up warmly and ignored the inclement weather. The bands played, the Hailsham Bonfire Society, with their flaming torches, marched through the High Street and Father Christmas (with everyone’s help) counted down the moment when the Christmas tree lights went on. Congratulations are due to Frankie Reynolds and her team who made the evening such an enjoyable success. Special mention must go to the marshalls who ensured the village was kept clear of traffic but who were stationed too far away from the centre of the event to enjoy it. It would seem that not a lot of Christmas shopping was done on the night. Traders, however, tell me that there has been a lot of visitors returning to have a closer look at the stores. It is easier to shop without the distraction of marching bands, singing and sharing the space with the 500 visitors who joined with residents to fill the High Street last Saturday. There is a wide variety of gifts available in the village.

CRIME FOR CHRISTMAS is the intriguing title of a Much Ado Books event. On December 15 sixteen of the country’s leading crime writers will be talking about their profession and discussing their latest books at the Old Chapel Centre. There will be four sessions each with a moderator and panel of writers. In the morning sessions they will be discussing What is literature? and Do books have a future? and in the afternoon Is there an art to writing? and The Working Day. For more information and ticket sales contact Much Ado Books on shop@muchadobooks.com or telephone 01323 871222. Tickets cost £6 each for the morning and afternoon sessions or £10 for the whole day.

bishopstone

A CHRISTMAS PARTY at Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club will be held tomorrow, Saturday, at 7pm.

WHIST DRIVE: The next Whist Drive to raise funds for Bishopstone Parish Hall will be on December 8 starting at 7.30pm. Cost £2.50 per person including refreshments. All welcome for a light-hearted evening’s entertainment.

TODAY, Friday, is St Andrew’s Day, patron saint of fishermen, hence popular in Bishopstone and other local churches.

LEWES

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday November 6, Ladder: 1, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 2, Pauline Brown and Pat Elliott; 3, Peter Cattermole, Jennifer Wilson, Meic Goodyear and Roy Skan. November 13, Teams: 1, Peter and Irene Gannon, Paul Allen and Roy Skan+. Thursday November 8, Handicap Pairs: 1, Nigel Osmer and Peter Cattermole; 2, Margaret Parris and Marie Young; 3, Alan Disney and Rita Hartnell. November 15: 1, Ron and Margaret Buddery; 2, Tony Redshaw and Janice Bell; 3, Frank Hibbert and Roy Skan. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evening and Thursday afternoon. Contact number 01273 473026.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: St Thomas Church (Cliffe) Christmas Fair tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to 12.30pm in the church hall (next to church). Cakes, preserves, tombola, raffle, teas, coffees, gifts, craft, soft toys and more. Proceeds to St Thomas Church.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Our Sunday walk on November 18 was blessed with wonderful still, sunny weather and attracted a good turnout of 24 members. We parked at Ditchling village hall then set off across several rather muddy fields, before following a broad path running up through woodland. A steep slippery climb took us up to Ditchling Beacon, with its stunning views on all sides, where we stopped to get our breath and have our coffee. We continued along the South Downs Way where plenty of walkers, cyclists, families and dogs were taking advantage of the sunshine. After about half a mile we tackled the steep descent in the direction of Keymer. The leader and back marker donned their high visibility jackets to take us along the narrow Underhill Lane and then we turned left over a stile into a field of horses, who ignored us completely. We were soon back in the centre of Ditchling feeling very fortunate to have enjoyed such a brilliant day in the middle of November. The next walk is on Sunday at Laughton. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

WALLANDS Community Primary School is holding its Christmas Fair tomorrow, Saturday, in the school from 3pm to 5.30pm. Christmas crafts, Father Christmas, raffle, tombola, festive refreshments and much more. All welcome.

CONCERT: East Sussex Community Choir and Mid Sussex Sinfonia will perform A Christmas Cracker on Saturday December 15 at 7.30pm at Lewes Town Hall. The seasonal programme will include: Handel, Messiah Part 1, soloists from East Sussex Academy of Music; Mozart, The Magic Flute Overture; Leroy Anderson, Sleigh Ride; Christmas favourites and audience Carols. Mince Pies. Tickets £10, U16s Free; £12 on the door (subject to availability) from Lewes Tourist Information or East Sussex Music Service 01273 336770.

mobile library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: East Dean village hall 11.40am to 12.40pm; Merrifield Court, Edinburgh Road, Seaford 1.50pm to 2.20pm; Mitchell House, Lexden Drive, Seaford 2.35pm to 3.00pm; Old Ben, Chyngton, Seaford 3.10pm to 3.40pm.

newhaven, denton & south heighton

THE ARK: Men are barred from The Ark on West Quay tonight (Friday) until 10pm as Bobi Whitfield hosts her first ever Ladies Night. Raising money for the charity Remember Spencer the ladies will wine dine and twine. The twine is an eyebrow thread from a qualified beautician. There will also be a male auction offering a day’s labour which includes painting, lawn mowing, handyman jobs. This inaugural event has been a great success and hopefully there will be more.

ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH Christmas Fair tomorrow (Saturday) 2.30pm to 4pm in St Michael’s church rooms. Teas, trees and the annual Christmas Fair.

FILM SOCIETY: Tickets are now on sale for the Christmas film which is the original version of Some Like It Hot with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. This timeless classic will be shown in the Art Room at the Hillcrest Centre on Saturday December 15 with two performances, a matinee at 4pm and an evening performance at 7.15pm. To get everyone into the Christmas spirit the Hillcrest Café will be serving cream teas from 3.15pm before the matinee and a hot meal from 6.30pm before the evening performance. In traditional cinema fashion ice creams will be available at both performances. Tickets are £4.50 each and are on sale at the Hillcrest Centre.

NEWHAVEN WANDERERS is a new group of walkers enabling people to keep fit and make new friends. Join free short walks around Newhaven, easy level. Meet outside the NCDA office (the old Thomas Cook travel shop) in the High Street on Mondays at 1.30pm. Bring a bottle of water and wear sensible shoes.

MAYOR’S CAROLS: The Mayor’s Christmas Carol Concert is at St Michael’s Church, Newhaven at 6pm on Tuesday.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Newhaven Historical Society is hosting a talk by Geoffrey Mead on Tuesday at the Hillcrest Centre, at 7pm for 7.30pm. The talk is on Sussex Industrial History – a different perspective. Sussex has a long and varied history which ranges from pre-Roman ironworking to Gatwick Airport and from Wealden Glass to resort facilities and from flint mining to university education. Non members welcome for an admission fee of £2.

HELP NEEDED: Denton Island Nursery are looking for volunteers to help at their Christmas Fair on Saturday December 15 which is open noon to 2pm. They want people to help set up, run stalls and clear away. They are also looking for raffle prizes and any unwanted gifts, food items, wine, chocolates etc. The fair will combine with a table sale at £5 a table, book in advance, pay on the day. Call Sarah on 01273 517250.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Meeching Valley Primary School PTFA Christmas Fair takes place at the school hall on Friday December 7 from 3pm to 4.30pm. All are welcome even if not connected with the school. Entry is 20p for adults and children admitted free.

CONCERT: Maestro Academy Players annual end of year concert takes place on Friday December 7 in Meeching Hall at 7pm. Tickets are £6 each available from Maestro Music in the High Street, 01273 517999.

EXTRAVAGANZA: The annual Christmas Extravaganza in the High Street takes place on Saturday December 8 from 9am to 4pm. Entertainment for all the family, live music, community stalls and more.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Michael’s Church has two special services on Sunday December 9. The annual Christingle Service takes place at 3.30pm and the carol service with the Salvation Army Band is at 6.30pm.

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CHRISTMAS LUNCH: Don’t be home alone this Christmas. The local churches have joined together to provide a meal at the Church Hall on the corner of Arundel Road and Bramber Avenue from 11.30am on Christmas Day. There is a three course Christmas lunch, the Queen’s speech and a visit from Santa perhaps but you must book a place. Transport for those with a mobility problem is available or maybe bring a meal to your home. There will be no charge whether you eat in the hall or at home. So grab your place now by telephoning 07944 302524.

CINEMA: The December film showing at the Community House on Wednesday December 19 starting at 7.30pm is Skyfall. Tickets cost £5 each and are available from the information office now.

PANTOMIME: Peacehaven Players’ production of Beauty and the Beast is on from Wednesday December 5 until Saturday December 8 in the Community House. Tickets are priced at £8.50 for adults with concessions for seniors and children at £7. Book your place now by telephoning 01273 681861 or tickets are available from the council information office during the afternoon.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow is in the Main Hall, Community House, from 8.30am until noon. It has been arranged by the Peacehaven Scouts who are working towards building up their funds for a replacement minibus. Next week the Seahaven Lioness Club is holding the market. To book a table with them call 01273 513016.

COFFEE MORNINGS: The local advice group INAA is in the Meridian Centre, Community House foyer today, Friday, serving teas, coffees and cakes. There is a full house in the refreshment kiosk next week. On Tuesday the Royal British Legion will be behind the counter. On Thursday refreshments are served by the Coastland Church followed on Friday December 7 by St Laurance Church.

COUNCIL MEETING: The next meeting in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre at 6.30pm will be for the planning and highways committee on Tuesday December 11.

KEMPTON HOUSE: This day club off Sutton Avenue (entrance in Cavell Avenue) is open daily for the benefit of residents who are 55 years or over. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12.30pm they offer a two course lunch plus tea or coffee for £3.75. All the fresh food is cooked on the premises. Meals must be booked the previous day to help with the shopping. To book or find out what is on the menu call 01273 585984.

COUNCILLOR’S SURGERY: The last surgery of the year will take place in the Meridian Centre on Saturday December 8. It is not always easy to get to council meetings and the surgery is an opportunity to talk with a councillor in private about any local issues. No appointment is necessary and the surgery is open from 10am until 11am.

BINGO EVENING: A bit of advanced notification of the last of the Mayor’s charity bingo nights for this year. Take you mind off all that Christmas shopping and have a fun evening out with cash prizes to be won on Friday December 14 in the Community House. Starting at 7pm sharp there are eight games plus a flyer and a snowball for £4. Bring along your own food and drink if you wish.

U3A: Thursday at 2pm is the Christmas meeting in the main hall, Meridian Centre. The Mayor will attend to give results of Celebrations Competition. Quiz just for a bit of fun, and our singing group will entertain us in full metal and throttle. Usual 50p at door to cover cost of refreshments. Get in the spirit of Christmas and don’t panic more than usual folks. A gentle reminder to have your membership cards at the ready, just in case. Certainly, from January, these will need to be shown. Looking forward to seeing everyone on Thursday. Follow this up on December 7 with Sharon’s Lunch Club at Brighton Marina, 12.30pm, but you need to contact her about this by today, Friday, at the latest. Great stuff.

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TALK: On November 21 an excellent talk on Ouse Valley Wildlife was given by Michael Blencowe of Sussex Wildlife Trust in Piddinghoe Village Hall. It was very well attended by, not only villagers, but interested parties from Lewes, Newhaven, Kingston and Rodmell. Takings went to a worthwhile cause, the Trust.

ARSON, tree-felling taking the roof off a building, storm damage. Enough? No, at midnight on November 17 a speeding motorist on the C7 managed to slam into a farm wall which collapsed on to rare breed sheep, killing one and injuring another. Unbelievably, this all happened in 2012 at Courthouse Farm. We can’t wait for 2013 and hopefully put it all behind us.

POLEGATE

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre is hosted by the Social Section. All welcome from 10am in the lounge.

EXHIBITION: Polegate Sketching and Painting Group are putting on an arts and crafts exhibition tomorrow, Saturday, at St Johns Church Hall. We continue to welcome newcomers keen to try their hand at the visual arts with a free taster session. Contact Bruce on 484568 for more information. The group has extensive equipment for members to try out.

CHRISTMAS FUN QUIZ tomorrow, Saturday, evening at the Community Centre. Further details from the Centre office, Windsor Way. Tel: 482434.

A TOUR OF St Andrew’s URC Church, Blackwater Road, Eastbourne is taking place on Wednesday. Meet outside the church at 2pm, with Eastbourne Local History Society. More information from Maureen 485971.

A DICKENSIAN Spectacular celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens. On Saturday December 8, at 10 am at Trinity Church, Lower Willingdon. An invitation is extended for you to come and enjoy a miscellany of festive music and drama and dance presented by the Downland Singers, St Andrew’s Drama Group, Coppice Dance and in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Victoria. There will also be the opportunity to browse a while in Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe. If you would really like to enter into the spirit of the occasion Victorian dress would be welcome. Programmes priced £3 are available at the door, to include seasonal refreshments.

POLEGATE SINGERS proudly present their Christmas entertainment, Songs and Music for Christmas, in the Community Centre main hall on Saturday December 8, at 7.30pm. Entry by donation only.

WANTED INFO: Why do folks move to Eastbourne? Why did our ancestors move here, and why do folk still move into the town. Answers to me please or to Ann Boniface by email Ann.Boniface@sussexoakleaf.org.uk also the Royal Observer Corps involvement in Polegate. Anyone who served or know anything about them. Any descendants from the Colbran family who ran the Polegate Inn? Please contact Paul Wakefield by email paulwakefield18@sky.com or Maureen as above.

RINGMER

CHRISTMAS FAIR: It is hoped many will attend St Mary’s annual Christmas Fair which is taking place in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 1pm. There are all the usual stalls and refreshments will be served. Grand draw tickets will also be on sale and the draw will take place at the close of the fair.

STOOLBALL: The club is running a Christmas Whist Drive on Monday at 7.30pm at the Football Club. All welcome.

FLOWER CLUB: Hey It’s Christmas is the title of the demonstration by Margaret Williams on Wednesday, which should give those attending some new ideas for the festive season. Visitors will be very welcome at 2pm in the village hall, £4 to include refreshments.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on November 21 was: 1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 2, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 3, Liz and Tim Owen. The next meeting of the club is on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall.

CAROL SERVICE: The Evergreen Club are having their traditional Carol Service in St Mary’s Church on Thursday commencing at 2pm. As usual children from the primary school will be joining them. The Evergreen Club would be delighted to see as many people attend as possible and tea will be served at the end of the service in the Church Room.

SILVER SURFERS: If you would like to enrol for the next Silver Surfer Session at Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form to be held on Saturday, December 8, between 10am and noon please contact Ruth Whitlock, learning resource centre manager on 01273 812220 ext 253. All classes are free of charge.

LIGHTS OF LOVE SERVICE: Do remember that if you want to sponsor a light on this tree in memory of a loved one then you must return your form to Thelma Saunders by today at the latest. The service takes place at 4pm on Saturday December 8.

CAROL CONCERT: Notice that there is a Carol Concert being held at St Michael’s Church, Lewes on Wednesday, December 12, commencing at 7.30pm in aid of the Pestalozzi International Village Trust. This concert includes a programme of music for the Christmas season, audience carols and contributions from Pestalozzi students.

CHRISTMAS Extravaganza Cafe Theatre and play reading. Well known Ringmer actors Ian Jackson, Adam Rice, John Payne and Barrie Smith with Ringmer Dramatic Society friends are going to be telling the enchanting story of Toad of Toad Hall by A A Milne in the village hall on Saturday, December 15, from 2pm to 5pm. This will be a fun afternoon of family entertainment with a tasty afternoon tea. Tickets are now available from Middletons, Ringmer; adult £5,child £2.50.

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society are holding a Jumble Sale in Ringmer Village Hall on Saturday, December 8, at 2pm. Please bring any jumble you wish to donate to the village on the morning of the sale as near to noon as you can.

RODMELL & SOUTHEASE

WI: The meeting on Rodmell and Southease WI on Tuesday November 20 was most entertaining and very enjoyable. We had the sparkling humour of journalist and broadcaster John Henty, an award-winning author, to entertain us. John, who lives in Lewes, specialises in giving talks on the charm of children’s illustrator Mabel Lucie Attwell and the cheek of Brighton comedian Max Miller. I was a bit shocked when John asked if Pauline Cherry was present as he is an admirer of my column. We had a bit of banter between us and to my surprise John presented me with a Nostalgic Classics bathroom sign by Mabel Lucie Attwell. It was the one that says ‘Please remember – don’t forget - Never leave the Bath room wet – Nor leave the soap still in the water that’s a thing we never oughter. Nor keep the bath an hour or more when other folks are waiting one – please don’t forget – it isn’t done.’ A former BBC producer, John can also recall the early days of local radio in this country ( Parish Pump Radio) and movingly recaptures the special magic of Wartime Wireless in sound. Many thanks for my gift John it will be treasured. If you’d like to hear John talk look up johnfhenty@waitrose.com or phone 01273 478070 office hours please. I have to admit that in the many years I’ve written PP I’ve come into contact with many interesting people, the perks of the job.

STIR SUNDAY: Are readers aware that November 25 was Stir Sunday? Now you may wonder what I’m talking about, since many of the old traditions are now forgotten. Stir Day was when families all had a stir in the making of the Christmas Pudding to bring luck throughout the year. A Christmas pudding is supposed to have 13 ingredients, one for each disciple and one for Jesus. You were supposed to stir it from East to West because the Wise Men came from the East. I can remember my grandma waiting for us all to come home from work and stir the pudding and silver sixpences were also put in it. What would Health and Safety say about that these days?

PARKING: I fear Lewes will be shooting itself in the foot if it puts parking prices up. Circumstances arise all the time which pt one under tension regarding parking. I love Lewes and try to support it as much as possible but often find myself shopping in other towns which have free parking areas. It would help if when you buy a ticket you can move from car park to car park with it instead of paying different prices and getting different tickets all the time. Why not bus workers into and from Lewes at a set rate that will take the pressure out of workers parking, save fuel and be much more ecological. When I worked at Burgess Hill years ago we were bussed in from Woodingdean, Brighton etc. The bosses always said they wanted to see everyone at their drawing boards on time and leaving on time. Mini-buses also met trains at the station and took workers into work and back to the station at night.

WET WEATHER: Going down to put my old goat into his stable for the night I find the ground is sodden, it’s like walking in slippery jelly. Fortunately he has a warm stable and a paved area so I hope he wont’ get foot rot from the wet weather. Farmers must be very worried about their livelihood at the moment with this awful weather.

WATER PARK: Did readers see a view of the proposed new water park on TV last week? It looked like Disneyland. I wonder what people involved in the National Park for this area think about it?

C7: There was a steady stream of people visiting the exhibition of what is proposed to be done to make the C7 safer throughout the village. We await results.

SEAFORD

MILITARY POST: Today, Friday, is the last day for sending Christmas mail if you are sending letters to a BFPO address.

MUSIC AND TEA: The St James Trust hold regular tea parties at their HQ at 11, Blatchington Road. Everyone is welcome to pop in to meet friends, and listen to Charles play a variety of music for all tastes and from all eras. The next event is at 2pm this afternoon.

PASTA EVENING: There is a fund raising meal on behalf of Seaford in Bloom at Diella’s Restaurant in Dane Road tonight, Friday, from 7pm. For further information call Jim on 01323 896651.

FOLK CLUB: Phil Hare, an accomplished guitarist is playing tonight, Friday, at Seaford Fold Club which meet at 8pm in the Royal British Legion in Claremont Road. His songs are finely crafted and have great choruses.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Seaford National Trust Group are hosting a Christmas Fair at St Leonard’s Church Hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am. There will be seasonal stalls selling Christmas cards and cakes. Entrance is 50p which includes refreshments.

FARMERS MARKET: The popular Seaford Farmers Market will be available all day (10am to 4pm) tomorrow, Saturday, at the Clinton Centre. There will be lots of Christmas goodies for sale and the beauty is it is all locally sourced.

SCHOOL FAIR: Cradle Hill PTFA tell me they are holding a seasonal fair tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon at the school from 1pm to 4pm. There will be stalls, food, a tombola and refreshments. Santa’s elves will be there, as will Santa in his grotto. The school is in Lexden Road.

FOOTBALL: Seaford Town are playing Little Common at the Crouch Ground tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon. Kick-off is at 3pm so why not go along to support your local team.

HENDEL’S MESSIAH: Seaford Choral Society have been practising for their rendition of this spectacular musical event for many weeks. Their performance at St Leonard’s Church starts at 7pm this evening, Friday, and tickets are £10.

MARTELLO TALK: I will be providing the entertainment at the meeting of the Seaford Twinning Association tomorrow, Saturday, evening at 37 Church Street. I will be giving an illustrated talk about Martello Towers and Seaford Museum. There is a small charge (£1), but this is a Christmas event so you are asked bring some Christmas food to share. The event starts at 7.30pm and doors will be open from 7.15pm. For further information call Garry on 01424 201610.

FRIENDS OF CUCKMERE: Like many people, I have joined this new group which aims to care for the beautiful Cuckmere valley and estuary. On Sunday there is the first in a series of litter picks. Meet at the visitor centre at Exceat at 10am (Free parking but pick up a pass for your windscreen) Equipment will be provided but wear sensible clothing and footwear. For further information call 01323 871938.

MUSEUM ARCHIVES: I will be at Seaford Museum on Sunday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm, so pop along and say hello. The Museum Archives will be open to the public too.

SEAFORD LECTURE CLUB will be meeting on Tuesday at 7.15pm in the St Leonard’s Church Hall. The speaker is Sarah Green and her subject is Dead men and animals do tell tales - sounds intriguing.

GOLF CLUB MEETING: There will be a meeting of the Seaford Town Council Golf Club Committee (Seaford Head) on Tuesday at 7pm at 37 Church Street. Members of the public are welcome and can ask questions at the start of the meeting. An agenda is available on-line or from the council offices.

POLICE PANEL: There will be a meeting of the Central Seaford Police Panel at Seaford Police Station on Wednesday evening at 6pm. If you have any concerns or questions about local policing, this is your opportunity to meet your local policing team.

THE BONFIRE SOCIETY will be meeting at 7pm on Thursday at their headquarters at the White Lion Pub. This is an open committee meeting and you have a chance to join and meet other members.

LATE NIGHT SHOPPING has been set for next Friday evening December 7.

CHRISTMAS CINEMA: Tickets for next weekend’s films are now on sale at the Tourist Information Office. There is a matinee performance of the popular children’s film Hugo 2D and an evening performance of the popular Oscar winning film The Artist. Both are bound to be sell-outs so buy your tickets early.

TELSCOMBE

RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION: Telscombe Residents Association is holding a meeting in room 1 at the Civic Centre on Thursday at 7.30pm. Please note that they have changed their meetings to the first Thursday of each month. Come along and join them for an informal chat over refreshments about local issues, and you will have the opportunity to put forward your views and proposals for Telscombe. All Telscombe residents are welcome. They look forward to seeing you there.

ZUMBA: A new Zumba fitness class is taking place at the Civic Centre every Tuesday from 7pm-7.45pm. Zumba is an exhilarating, effective, easy to follow Latin inspired calorie burning dance fitness party. Classes only cost £5 each, or five classes for £20. Just drop in and join the fun. For any enquiries call 07988 610269.

GRANTS SCHEME: The Mayor of Telscombe operates a small grants scheme supported by his fundraising activities. If any local organisations are holding a Christmas event, the Mayor invites you to apply for a small grant. Forms can be obtained from the council offices at the Civic Centre or on the website www.telscombetowncouncil.gov.uk, under the Key Council Documents section.

WILLINGDON, WANNOCK & JEVINGTON

STREET LIGHTING: In order to save money, East Sussex County Council is changing street lighting in some residential and main roads across East Sussex. Highways are proposing turning off all street lights from midnight to the early hours (about 5.30am) in some streets, turning off alternate street lights in some streets, or dimming some street lights. Consultation meetings have already taken place in some areas and now it is the turn of the parish of Willingdon. There will be a meeting from 9am to noon tomorrow, Saturday, at Trinity Church Hall for residents to listen to the proposals and give their views. To find out more Google www.eastsussex.gov.uk and then search for changes to street lighting in East Sussex. Alternatively you can email highways@eastsussex.gov.uk or phone 0345 60 80 193.

THE CHRISTMAS BAZAAR held at St John’s Church Hall on November 17 raised £400 for the upkeep of Polegate Windmill.

QUIZ NIGHT: Friends of Willingdon Community School are organising a free family quiz night at 7pm this evening, Friday. Teams can be up to eight people. To make sure of a place email friends@willingdonschool.org.uk

GRAHAM MORRIS, chef at the British Queen will be having his head shaved on Sunday at about 2.15pm (after the meat raffle) to raise money for the Cancer Unit at the DGH, so do go along and sponsor him. Graham is also getting his team together to join him on his sponsored New Year’s Day swim at 11am from the beach by the bandstand. This will be Graham’s 31st year and the charity that he has chosen to support is Wilmington Stroke Unit at the DGH. Hoping to take part are Rob and Angela Cain, Sam Guppy, Steve Marshall and Liam Bentley. They will be in safe hands as Graham used to be a life guard.

DONATIONS of non-perishable food gifts will be received at the 10.30am service on Sunday at Trinity Church for distribution by the Eastbourne Food Bank.

MEMORIAL SERVICE at 6.30pm on Sunday at St Mary’s Church. It is for all who are bereaved, but a special invitation is extended to the families and friends of those whose funerals St Mary’s has been involved with, but everyone is welcome.

THE GLEN CHORALE under the direction of Robin Moray will be presenting their Christmas concerts at Wannock Hall on Monday December 3 and Monday December 10 at 2.30pm. The choir will sing a variety of Christmas music, both traditional and new as well as carols for audience participation. Tickets, including refreshments are £5 and are available from Vi Robinson on 01323 767209. The Glen Chorale will also be singing at various private functions during the Christmas period.

TRINITY: There will be a Christmas service attended by the local uniformed organisations at 6pm on Tuesday at Trinity Church. Everyone is welcome.

A DICKENSIAN Spectacular celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens will be taking place at 10am on Saturday December 8 at Trinity Church. Come and enjoy a miscellany of festive music, drama and dance presented by The Downland Singers, St Andrew’s Drama Group and Coppice Dance in the presence of Queen Victoria. There will also be an opportunity to browse a while in ye olde curiosity shoppe and if you would really like to enter into the spirit of the occasion, Victorian dress would be welcome. Programmes priced at £3 are available at the door, to include seasonal refreshments.