Parish pump Newhaven - November 7, 2014

Alfriston

REMEMBERANCE IN ALFRISTON: The charity Animal Aid has produced a Purple Poppy, to be worn alongside the Red Poppy, to mark the service that animals gave in wartime. The Purple Poppies can be purchased from the Cuckmere Emporium. In the early part of the twentieth century Alfriston was a flourishing agricultural and horse racing centre that depended heavily on horses for the livelihood of the village community. Over 200 ponies and mules were taken from Alfriston for war service, very few returned. This year, as part of the commemoration of the start of WW1, there will be a display of information and images telling the story of Animals’ Service in War. On Sunday, after the gathering in the Market Square there will be a service at St Andrew’s followed by the launch of the display at the Old Chapel Centre when from 11.30am to 1.30pm refreshments will be served (gluten free available). The display will be open for a few days. On November 11, meeting at 10.50am in the Market Square, The British Legion will lead the annual remembrance ceremony with two minutes’ silence, the playing of the Last Post and the Reveille followed by prayers.

300 CLUB will meet this month on November 11 at 8pm at The Star. It is not too late to join and have the chance to win £50 each month and also know that any profit made will go towards the upkeep of our much used and very valuable, War Memorial Hall. As members it is not necessary to attend the monthly gatherings to witness the draw, though it is a jolly, social occasion and each meeting is at a different village venue.

TRAIDCRAFT will be holding a coffee morning between 10am and noon, on November 12 at the Old Chapel Centre with stalls of gifts and cards.

SUSAN HILL, author of among other books, Woman in Black and Howards End is on the Landing, will be speaking at Deans Place Hotel on November 30 at 4pm. The visit is sponsored by Much Ado Books tickets, £10, are available only in advance at Much Ado Books, 8 West Street or on line at www.muchadobooks.com. Susan’s Christmas poem Can it be True? has recently been reprinted with illustrations. Everyone who comes to the talk will receive a free copy of the book.

THE CLERGY HOUSE has opened a new showroom. The old property stock room has been restored with new lighting and conservation work to the floor and walls. The Clergy House was built in the 1350s when this room would have been used as a family bedroom. Now the room will house a temporary exhibition showing images of the house over the last 150 years. During November and December this National Trust property is open on Saturday to Wednesday from 11am to 4pm with the last admission at 3.20pm (it is closed on Thursday and Friday). Normal admission applies.

Bishopstone

EUCHARIST SERVICE on Sunday, November 16 at 10.15am in St Andrew’s Church Joan Parrott will be commissioned as a Lay Minister of Holy Communion.

TIDE MILLS community beach clean at 10am and noon on Sunday, November 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.

WHIST DRIVE on Saturday, November 22 at 7.30pm in the Bishopstone Parish Hall. Admission including refreshments £2.50. This event is in aid of Bishopstone Parish Hall.

FREE HORSE MANURE available on west (Newhaven) side of Bishopstone Road between Bishopstone Estate and Bishopstone Pond: help yourself, but please return or replace the bags.

BONFIRE NIGHT: Despite the wintery weather, this week saw the 408th Guy Fawkes’ fireworks and bonfire night. It used to end a national Thanksgiving Day for the failure of the famous papist gunpowder plot, and was observed by law until Victorian times; some say ‘twas also a protestant plot to get rid of Samhain (a record-breaking warm day last week). Fortunately, it is now a family fun night, cost and weather allowing.

Falmer

AUTUMN: The clocks have gone back and autumn seems to be properly upon us. The vegetable plot has been cleared and our pumpkins are sitting in the greenhouse ready for use. There was a distinct chill in the air and the leaves from our trees are falling like large flakes of brown, yellow and red snow. It will soon be time to get the broom out and try to sweep it all up. It never seems to me to be worth doing until all the leaves are down.

FIREWORKS: Another way to recognise the season is the number of fireworks you can hear being let off in the evening these days. I love a good firework display as much as anyone, but it is difficult these days to know when to keep your pets indoors as firework displays seem to be going on all the time from the beginning of October through to the end of the year. I suppose the best thing is to keep your cats in after dark all the time. It is safer even without the fireworks as cats can be dazzled by headlights and are more likely be hit by cars at night. They are also more likely to go hunting at night so you can avoid being woken up by the ‘gift’ of a dead mouse or similar.

CHRISTMAS MARKET: I have been busy painting signs for our Christmas Market coming up on November 22 and 23. We have a fabulous line up of artists and craftspeople taking part plus all the home-made goodies that we will be selling in the kitchen. More details nearer the time.

CONCERTS: We have some splendid concerts coming up in November and December, the first is on November 15 at 5.30pm at St Laurence Church and features Gabrielle Stephens who plays classical guitar. If you want a taster of the kind of music she’ll play for us, have a look at her website www.theclassicalguitarist.co.uk. Details and times of upcoming concerts are on www.achurchnearyou.com/falmer-st-laurence

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY: On Remembrance Sunday we hope to have a small display dedicated to the men from Falmer who lost their lives during the Great War. Sheila Massey has been finding out about these men and in some cases we have photographs of where they are buried.

Kingston

READATHON WITH MUSIC: This event will be held in Kingston Church on Saturday, November 15 at 7.30pm. If you would like to read a piece of prose or poetry of your choice (about five minutes maximum in length), please contact Hugh Bailey (01273 478213) beforehand, so that it can be included in the evening’s programme. Equally, if there is a piece you would like to be read but want somebody else to read it for you, do get into touch with Hugh. We would like as wide a variety as possible, so please don’t be shy to ask. Choices of music would also be very welcome, either to play it yourself or to ask Hugh to arrange for somebody else to play it for you. All contributions would be very welcome, but alternatively, if you wish, just come along and listen and enjoy the evening. There will be drinks and nibbles for all during an interval. There is no charge for reading, performing music or listening, but there will be a retiring collection for Kingston Church Funds.

Lewes

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Ardingly Reservoir was our meeting place for a 5 mile walk on Sunday October 26. We started from the car park and soon followed the Kingfisher Trail along the reservoir perimeter path. We followed this path for some time before leaving it to take an uphill path to Edmunds Farm and a road which led us into a beautiful woodland path carpeted with recently fallen leaves. This downhill path led us down to a finger of water at the northern end of the reservoir and this was crossed by a quite spectacular footbridge rather reminiscent of crossing a ravine by a rope bridge although this one was wooden and quite stable. Leaving the bridge we were soon walking alongside the perimeter fence of Wakehurst Place and gardens and then on to the path at the back of the South of England Showground. After passing Ardingly Church we followed a lane which soon took us back to a downhill path back to the reservoir. This was a lovely autumn walk and enjoyed by 30 of us. The next walk is on Sunday, Blackboys. Meet at top North Street car park for a prompt 9.30am start.

TABLE TOP SALE: South Street Bonfire Society are holding a Table Top Sale tomorrow, Saturday, at Cliffe Church Hall 9.30am till 12.30pm. Tables available Contact Tina on 01273 478479 Cost £8.

HISTORY GROUP: Lewes History Group talk, The Social Impact of the Great War, Monday 7pm (for 7.30pm) at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road. This lecture will reflect on some of the ways that the war shaped Lewes, Sussex and wider British society, discussing the extent to which it can be understood as a watershed in British history. Dr Lucy Noakes, Reader in History at the University of Brighton, talks about the social impact of the Great War of 1914-1918 in Lewes and in Sussex. How it shaped the lives of almost everyone in Britain, leaving in its wake a society shaken not only by the enormous loss of life, but by the huge social, political and cultural shifts that the war had bought about. All welcome. Free refreshments. Small entry charge on the door. www.leweshistory.org.uk

ST JOHN SUB CASTRO CHURCH: Sunday is Remembrance Sunday; our Holy Communion service at 11am will, as usual, begin with an Act of Remembrance, with the two minutes’ silence and the reading out of the names on the war memorial in the church of those who were killed in the two World Wars. Then at 3pm the Lewes Town Remembrance Service takes place at St John’s following the ceremony at the town war memorial when all those who would like to come, led by the Mayor of Lewes, the town councillors, the British Legion and other uniformed organisations have processed to church. This year the preacher will be Rev Steve Daughtery, now Priest-in-Charge of St John’s. Now for a Christmas plea: Waitrose have very kindly included the Church’s Together Children’s Party in their green tokens gift collections which will help to give the children a wonderful Christmas party. Please will you bear it in mind when Waitrose shopping, thanks.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

BONFIRE NIGHT: Tomorrow (Saturday) South Heighton Bonfire Society hold their celebrations. The torchlight procession leaves the Flying Fish in Denton around 6.30pm and makes its way via Denton Road, Thompson Road, Wellington Road and Heighton Road to the bonfire site on South Heighton recreation ground. The firework display starts about 8pm. Admission to the ground is £3 for adults, accompanied children free.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY is on Sunday. Denton Church has a special service at 10am. St Michael’s, Newhaven is holding a service at 9.45am followed by the parade from Neill’s Close to the Memorial Green via the town centre arriving in time for the two minute silence at 11am followed by wreath laying.

SOUTH HEIGHTON WI: Kevin Gordon will talk to members on Eastbourne Murders on Monday at 2.15pm in South Heighton village hall. Visitors and new members always welcome.

GUEST HOUSE STORYTELLERS meet on Tuesday at the Hillcrest Centre. The storyteller will be Xanthe Gresham-Knight presenting HER which was premiered at the Glastonbury Festival this year. The Goddess of Storytelling recreates the Celtic storytellers and poets of the past with this programme where she challenges the boundaries between performance art, theatre and storytelling. Tickets are £6 in advance and £8 on the door. Advance tickets are available from the Hillcrest Café. Café opens at 7pm and the stories begin at 7.30pm.

FILM SOCIETY: Tickets are on sale now for the Hillcrest Film Society’s next film Everlasting Moments (Cert 15) being shown on Saturday November 15 at the Hillcrest Centre at 7.30pm. In a time of social unrest, war and poverty a young working class woman Maria wins a camera in a lottery and the decision to keep it changes her life. Inspired by a true story the film is set in Sweden at the beginning of the 20th century. Tickets are £4.40 and are available from the Hillcrest Centre reception, Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4pm.

Peacehaven

HAVE YOUR SAY: The meeting for members of the Meridian Mature Citizens Forum will be held this month at the Hillcrest Centre Newhaven on Tuesday from 10am to noon. There will be a free flower arranging demonstration followed by a quiz, some chat and of course tea/coffee. All over 50 years are welcome. The forum is free to join.

RACE NIGHT: Don’t forget this popular event tonight, Friday, is in the Community House, Meridian Centre. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start and remember to take your own food and drink. Tickets at £2 from the information office.

BLOOD DONATIONS: The Blood and Transplant team will return to the Community House main hall on Friday November 21 from 2pm until 4.30pm and again from 5.30pm to 8pm. For those donors who prefer to have a specific appointment time call 0300 123 23 23. New donors are very welcome so do go along even if you have never been before. Always remember you could be taking the first steps to saving someone’s life. That someone maybe somebody you know.

MORNING MARKET: There is a market tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community House, Meridian Centre which has been arranged by the Peacehaven Evangelical Church. Next week’s market is on November 15 and will be organised by the East Sussex Disability Association (ESDA). To book a table with them ring 01273 583913.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, there is a coffee morning in the Community House from 8.30am until noon organised by the Royal British Legion. Next week on Tuesday it will be the Kemptown Conservatives serving the teas and coffees followed on the Thursday by the Peacehaven Catholic Church. Finally on Friday November 14 the Sussex Pet Rescue group will be behind the counter.

CINEMA: Just a reminder that The Love Punch starring Pierce Brosnon and Emma Thompson is showing in the Community House, Meridian Centre on Wednesday 12 starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from the information office at £5 each.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: A reminder there is a surgery in the Meridian Centre tomorrow Saturday 8. This is a drop-in surgery so no prior appointment is necessary.

CLIFF TOP CLEAR-UP: Residents living on the cliff top were invited to join a group of litter pickers at The Dell on Friday October 24. A small gathering armed with black sacks and litter pickers did a sweep of the cliffs from the Peace Park right along to the east of Peacehaven and filled over 25 sacks. This could become a regular event but hopefully with a few more people joining in to help making a stroll along the cliff top more attractive.

REMEMBRANCE DAY: There will be a service at the War Memorial, Meridian Park on Sunday at 11am led by the Royal British Legion.

ARMISTICE DAY: It is nearly 100 years since the guns fell silent on the battlefields at the end of World War 1 with the loss of millions of British and German soldiers. This special day commemorates the signing of the Peace Armistice and will be marked with services all over the UK. Here in Peacehaven there will be a service at the War Memorial Meridian Park on Tuesday. Guests, local school children and residents are invited to attend at 10.50am. A maroon will be launched at 11am followed by a two minute silence and the reading by the Royal British Legion of the Kohima Epitaph.

GOING OUT: Now that the clocks have gone back an hour it is dark by late afternoon. So if you are out at any time after sunset be sure to leave a light on to deter burglars. It is useful to use a timer and also draw the curtains. It not only keeps the house warm but prevents unwelcome prowlers looking in. Keep your home secure and safe.

Polegate

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Country Pursuits and Castle, 4.5 miles with Pauline S. Meet leader at Herstmonceux car park, 10.30am bus No 98 Terminus Road stand H. On Sunday, Past the Vino 9 miles with Tony W. Meet bus 12A 9.16am Terminus Road, walk starts at Telscombe Tye 10.25am. Dry lunch Rodmell. On Wednesday, Ouse Views and More, 10 miles with Peter D. Meet bus No 12, 9.43am to Hill Rise Bus stop. Where walk starts at 10.15am GR 469003 dry lunch. finish 15. Leader will join bus at Old Town.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, is hosted by Polegate Wine Club. All welcome in the lounge at Polegate Community Centre from 10am until noon. On Saturday November 15 the coffee morning will be hosted by Stud Farm Allotment Society.

FRIDAY CRAFT group meets every Friday at Polegate Community Centre, organised by the MS Society, we make things and chat over a cup of tea or coffee. Contact Val Liles on 460336 or Shirley Hannam on 488035 for more details.

MEETING of Eastbourne Natural History and Archaeological Society on Friday November 14 when our speaker is Giles Dawkes on Pococks Field Excavation 2014. Some early thoughts on this exciting archaeological site. Meetings are held at St Saviours Church Hall, South Street, Eastbourne, entrance Spencer Road. Members free, visitors £2.50. Commencing at 7.30pm.

CHRISTMAS FAIR and tables on Saturday November 15, at Polegate Community Centre from 1pm to 4pm. There will be many stalls and a Christmas raffle. Father Christmas will be visiting for a free gift for the children.

TRINITY DINERS next meal is on Friday November 21, at Trinity Church Hall, Lower Willingdon. To book your place please telephone Jennie on 484189. Email secretary@trinitylep.plus.com

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society meeting on Friday November 21 when T & J Burgess will be giving a Magic Lantern Show. Doors open at 6.30pm, at St Johns Church Hall. Meeting starts at 7 pm.

Ringmer

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The AGM of the society will be held in the village hall at 7.30pm tonight (Friday). This is a very important meeting as decisions have to be made as to the future of the society. The AGM will be followed by an illustrated talk by Andrewjohn Clarke on the gardens at Borde Hill, Haywards Heath. There will be the usual raffle in aid of the RBL Poppy Appeal. New members will be assured of a warm welcome.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: Remembrance. The parade and service will take place on Sunday. Those taking part in the parade are asked to assemble in the car park behind the shops at 10.30am. All service or ex-service men and women are invited to join the parade, as are all the youth organisations. The ceremony at the war memorial will commence at 10.55am, followed by a service in church. Please join us. You will be most welcome.

On Tuesday at 11am a short ceremony will be held in the shopping precinct to mark the armistice of 1918. Again, you will be most welcome.

ST MARY’S CHURCH: Services on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion, 11am Remembrance Sunday Service and 6.30pm Evensong. Toddler Time at St Mary’s runs from 1.45pm to 2.45pm on Thursday in the church. All pre-school children and their grown-ups are very welcome for as story, songs and play.

FIREWORK PARTY: Ringmer Primary PTA Firework Party, Friday November 14. Gates open 6pm, fireworks to go off at approximately 7pm. Once again Neville Bonfire Society will be setting off an aerial firework display on our school field. There will be a licensed bar and food cooked on our barbecue. Tickets are priced at £10 for a family of four or adult £3.50, child £2.50. No unaccompanied children will be admitted. For tickets please phone 01273 813860/812463.

COFFEE MORNING: Lewes District Art Club is running a coffee morning and art sale in the village hall on Saturday November 15, 10am to noon, in aid of the village hall extension. Paintings and cards available at bargain prices.

Rodmell & Southease

THERE IS A PROJECT in the offing to do with honouring the men from this village who fell in the 1914-18 war and the 1939-45 war. If you have connections with any of the following please could you send details to me and I will forward them to the people concerned. 1914-1918: Attreall, Albert: Corporal L/8032, 2nd Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division ‘A’ Company. Baker, Henry James: Private G/2245 8th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Pioneer Battalion, 18th Division. Barnes, Hubert William: Private G/18046 7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 12th Division. Botten, Alfred William: Gunner 212780, 221st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Elliott, Sidney Charles Robert: Bombardier 102270, 291st Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Hersee, Arthur George: Officers Steward 2nd Class L/8561, HMS ‘Q.25’ (Lady Patricia) Royal Navy. Moore, Frederick William George: Gunner 82581, 99th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Murdock, Archibald James: Sergeant L/6174, 1st Battalion, East Kent Regiment. 6th Division. Trigwell, George Leonard: Private 26293, 2nd Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment. 19th Division 1939-1945: Malthouse, Frederick: Private 6399934, 7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment.

CHURCH SERVICE: The service on Remembrance Sunday will start at 10.55am.

HARVEST SUPPER: The Harvest Supper season is upon us and having had a great time at Rodmell and Southease Harvest Supper, I was honoured to be invited to Telscombe Village harvest Supper on Saturday October 25. It was a fish ‘n’ chip supper with delicious crumbles of various flavours made by my friend Hendra. My friends Alan and Margaret Wooll, with their band of helpers, put on a very good evening, even though throughout the day there had been various incidents to cope with such as a dead bird up the chimney so that when the fire was lit, the place was smoked out. The cooker also played up. All was well in the end and having enjoyed the meal we then had a most interesting talk and slide show about Tide Mills by Archaeologist Joanna Wilkins. Many people (me being one) are not aware just what history is connected to this area. It was at one time a whole village that thrived on the corn mill trade, plus it was also an air base for sea planes, a holiday village and also a hospital connected with Chailey Heritage where my cousin, Michael Baldock, spent time. I remember him telling me that they had their beds outside in all weathers, even in snow and ice and they were covered in tarpaulins. Michael told me that on the day he went there he had his clothes taken away and spent most of the time just in shorts out in the open air to toughen up. Evidently they all loved it. I met a very nice man on Saturday who told me he had also spent time there. Try treating today’s youngsters in this way and there would be uproar. I also spent time as a child in Stanmore Orthopaedic Hospital where they also put our beds outside for much of the year and I can’t remember us being too worried about it. If you enjoy local history I can thoroughly recommend going to one of Joanna’s talks.

MANY THANKS to all who helped clear the churchyard on Saturday. I’m afraid I was not one of them as I took a B&B guest to Alfriston.

GREY POUND: Do people realise how much the grey pound is worth? There is a high percentage of people in England over 55 years old and many have money to spend, but with all the stores and shops shutting down because people are buying on line, where will they spend it? Not many elderly people will buy on line as they either don’t use a computer, don’t have a computer and frankly a lot don’t trust these modern systems so yet again they are being overlooked.

Seaford

TALK: The Quakers of Seaford are delighted to welcome David Boulton, author and broadcaster and Kevin Gordon, local historian to their meeting tomorrow, Saturday, 7pm at The Wesley Room, Cross Way, Steyne Road. David’s talk will be about Conscientious Objectors in the Great War and Kevin will talk about how the war affected our locality.

SEAFORD QUAKERS will be gathering in the Seaford Peace Garden on Sunday from noon to 12.30pm to hold a silent vigil for peace. All are welcome to join us.

CONCERT: There will be a Lunchtime concert given by Chelys Sonora, Historical Flute and Baroque Lute at St Leonard’s Church, Church Street tomorrow, Saturday, at 1pm. The theme of the concert will be a musical journey around the Berlin court of Frederick the Great. The concert has free admission with a retiring collection and lasts approximately an hour. All welcome.

SEAFORD Lecture and Literary Club meet on Tuesday, 7.30pm at St Leonard’s Church Hall for a talk entitled More Yarns from the Ditty Box by Roger Paine. Further details on 01323 899932.

STAMP CLUB: Seaford District Stamp Club meet on Wednesday at Crossway Church Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm when club chairman Roy Ferguson will entertain. All stamp collectors welcome. Tel 01323 890699 seafordstampclub.co.uk

Telscombe

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY: There are many services taking place for Remembrance Sunday. There will be a service at the Peacehaven War Memorial and at the Telscombe Cliffs Community Church.

COUNCIL MEETING: A Policy and Resources Committee meeting is taking place on Monday at 7.30pm in room one at the Civic Centre. Members of the public are welcome to attend and there is public question time for a 15 minute period at the beginning of the meeting. The agenda for the meetings will be put on council notice boards a few days before the meeting and will usually also be available on the council’s website at www.telscombetowncouncil.gov.uk

TELSCOMBE CLIFFS WI will be holding their monthly meeting at the Civic Centre from 2pm to 4pm on Wednesday. New members are always welcome. For any queries or more details please telephone Pat Grey on 01273 583778.

TESTING: Free prostate specific antigen testing at Telscombe Civic Centre, Saturday November 15 from 10am to 3pm. It is by appointment only for men aged 45 to 80 years. The testing is conducted by trained personnel and nurses using the latest Mediwatch Bioscan equipment requiring only a finger prick (not hypodermic needle) with the advantage of giving results within 10 minutes. Book your free appointment time now by ringing 07733 752134.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY: The Parish Eucharist at St Mary’s Church, Willingdon, starts at the earlier time of 9.15am on Remembrance Sunday. The congregation who are attending the main Remembrance Sunday service should be in church by about 10.45am in order to make sure of finding a seat, as the church gets packed. Meanwhile ex-service men and women and local uniformed organisations including the scouts, cubs and beavers will be meeting at 10.15am at Upper Kings Drive ready for the parade along Church Street which will be led by the Kingfisher Band. Piper Ian White will be outside the church to pipe the congregation and parade in for the 11am Service of Remembrance. At 3pm there will be a short service at the Ruth-less Memorial at Butts Brow to commemorate the crew of the ill-fated American Liberator bomber Ruth-less which crashed on the Downs in February 1944.

JEVINGTON CHURCH: The Service of Remembrance at St Andrew’s Church, Jevington, will start at 10.50am and will be led by Tony Rogers.

TRINITY CHURCH: The Service of Remembrance at Trinity Church will start at the usual time of 10.30am.

ST WILFRID’S CHURCH will be having their church service at 10am on Sunday as usual.

MEETINGS: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding a planning meeting at 7pm on Monday followed by an amenities meeting at 7.30pm at Willingdon Community School. Please ring 01323 489603 for further information. Meetings are open to the public.

WW1 PLAQUE: At 11am on Tuesday Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be conducting a short ceremony outside Willingdon Library to honour all those who lived in the parish and were involved in any way in the First World War. A 100 year commemorative plaque will be placed in the parish council’s notice board. Members of the Willingdon branch of the Royal British Legion will be present as well as parish councillors. Members of the public are also welcome to attend.

A GOLF SOCIETY was launched at the Wheatsheaf on Monday October 6 with the intention of having a monthly meeting at the pub. The members have already arranged their first game which will be held at Lottbridge Drove from noon today, Friday. Afterwards, it is back to the pub for a curry. To find out if there is still time to play on this occasion, pop into the pub or ring 01323 502069.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday. Members will be having a tea party and are invited to take a friend or two for this free event. There will be a flower demonstration by Su Htoon. Jasmine Gayton will be showing everyone how to wrap up presents to make them look attractive. There will also be some stalls with things to look at and buy. For further information please ring Alison on 01323 645527.

BOOGERA BROS will be entertaining customers at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

SONBEAMS are the babies and pre-school children who meet with their parents, grandparents or carers at 2pm each Wednesday in St Mary’s Church for a time of fun, action, songs and stories.

THE 3 MMM’S (Mrs, Miss and Ms) will be meeting at 8pm on Wednesday at St Mary’s Church Hall. The guest speaker is Malcolm Pratt and his talk is entitled Strange goings-on in the Borough of Winchelsea.

THE GROWERS’ GROUP will be meeting at 6.30pm on Thursday at the Red Lion.

WI: Jevington and Filching WI meet at 2pm on Thursday at Trinity Church Hall for their AGM. For information please ring Hazel on 01323 483454.

WILLINGDON WI meet at 2.15pm on Thursday at Willingdon Memorial Hall. Jackie Mulholland will give a talk entitled My Life in the Wrens.

ST WILFRID’S CHURCH will be having a Christmas Fayre from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday November 15. There will be various stalls and refreshments will be served.

PUDDING NIGHT: Edgmond Church and the site on which it stands in Old Town was purchased by the JPK Sussex Project in June 2013 and the aim is to commence building the supported living accommodation needed for people with a learning disability as soon as possible. Maureen and John Males continue to host regular fund raising events for the charity at their home The Cottage in Dittons Road, Polegate. For anyone with a sweet tooth their next event is ‘a must’. There will be a very light main course followed by many desserts to be sampled. Voting takes place on the preferred pudding with the winner receiving a prize. Contact Maureen on 01323 482011 to reserve a place. Tickets are £8.

TRINITY DINERS: The next Trinity Diners meal at Trinity Church Hall is on Friday November 21. The menu is fruit juice, beef and vegetable casserole or vegetable casserole, creamed potatoes and cabbage, peach and pear crumble and custard followed by tea or coffee. To reserve a place please contact Jennie on 01323 484189. The meals are £5.50.

TRINITY ART GROUP, tutored by Teresa Currie, meet on a Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm at Trinity Church community room. The group hold an art exhibition from 10am to 5pm on Saturday November 22 in Trinity Church Hall. On display and for sale will be original artworks, prints, artists’ cards, painting on wood and other crafts. Admission is free and light refreshments are available all day. This is an ideal chance to purchase an original gift for Christmas.

ALADDIN: Rehearsals for Willingdon Church Players’ pantomime Aladdin are well under way, but there is still the opportunity for adult members to join the chorus. Also needed is someone to operate the sound CD. Contact pantomime secretary Lesley Etwell on 013233 504901 or the director Terry Harvey on 0780 063 0761. The pantomime will be staged on January 29, 30 and 31 and tickets will be available from the church hall after the church service (about 11am) on December 7 and 14.