Parish pump Newhaven - October 31, 2014

0
Have your say

ALFRISTON

THE CONSERVATIVE candidate for the Lewes constituency, Maria Caulfield, will be having lunch with the Alfriston branch of the local Conservative Association on November 8 at 12.30pm in the War Memorial Hall. The lunch is £12 per head. All are welcome but anyone wishing to attend or seek further information should contact Tony Woodthorpe on 01323 871695.

WI NEWS: There was a good turnout of members for the October meeting to hear Lindy Smart talk about calligraphy. She showed examples of illuminated manuscripts and examples of her own lovely, intricate work on books of memoriam and commissions for certificates, invitations and menus. After talking about the tools used and giving a demonstration she handed out pens and paper and encouraged members to copy letters and patterns. Not as easy as it looks, but everyone enjoyed trying. The president then read out a letter from Canine Partners thanking the WI for their donation at the previous meeting and giving news of their current projects. The November meeting will be the AGM and a look forward to the Christmas party.

MUCH ADO BOOKS are once more selling their individually designed Christmas stockings to raise money for Prospero’s Project. This year an orphanage and school in Uganda will benefit from the sale of the stockings with funds going towards the building of the school library.

THE OLD CHAPEL CENTRE has reached the final stage of development with the completion of the garden landscaping. The hall has had a new kitchen and toilet and the garden landscaped, both with access for the disabled. It is becoming a popular and busy amenity in the village. To enquire about hiring contact Caroline on 01323 870536 or email: cradock@hotmail.co.uk.

Bishopstone

ALL SAINTS and All Souls Service at St Andrew’s Church on Sunday, 10.15am: All Souls will be celebrated when a list of loved ones departed will be read; 4pm Evensong: All Saints will be celebrated.

HALLOWEEN: Today’s Halloween, which is short for All Hallows’ (Saints’) Evening. It is thought to be a survival of the pre-Christian Celtic harvest festival (Samhain) when the dead could mingle with the living. Costumes were worn to frighten the ghosts and seasonal nuts and apples were eaten. Biddy recalls apple bobbing still in the last century (getting rather wet trying to retrieve apples by mouth from a barrel of water). Trick or treat is linked to begging long ago, but illuminated carved pumpkins are a modern Irish-American tradition.

Folkington

CHURCH SERVICES: A lovely joint benefice service was held at St Andrew’s, Alfriston, last Sunday. The church was bursting at the seams with representation from all the churches in the benefice, Litlington, Lullington, Westdean, Folkington (soon to be) and, of course, Alfriston. The choir was splendid and refreshments after the service left little room for lunch. A big thank you to all involved with the organisation. This week, Sunday, sees us back at Folkington for a service of Holy Communion (BCP) led by The Reverend Malcolm Elwis starting at the usual time of 10.30am. It is All Saints Day. Please note that the service of Remembrance on November 9 will start at the later time of 10.45am in order to observe the two minutes’ silence at 11am. Refreshments are always available in the church after every service so do come and join us. All welcome.

Lewes

COFFEE MORNING: South Street Bonfire Society are holding a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, at Cliffe Church hall 10am till noon. Free admission. Membership, cakes, tea/coffee, tombola, merchandise, bonfire programme.

TABLE TOP SALE: South Street Bonfire Society are holding a table top sale at Cliffe Church Hall on Saturday November 8. Tables are available at a cost of £8 booked in advance 9.30am till 12.30pm. Contact Tina on 01273 478479.

BRIDGE CLUB: Thursday October 9, Thursday Teams: 1, Adela Thomas and Susan Louis; 2, Peter Cattermole and Jonathan Hyde; 3, Ron and Margaret Buddery. Tuesday October 14, Tuesday Teams: 1, Richard Burnett and Diane Johnstone; 2, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson; 3, Peter and Irene Gannon. Thursday October 16, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Peter Kennedy and Nancy Wiginton; 2, Simon Kirkwood and Peter Cattermole; 3, Ann Wykeham and George Hearn. Tuesday October 21, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Jerry Emery and Roy Skan; 2, Meic Goodyear and Mickie Lodge; 3, Michael Keeping and Edith Jeffery. Thursday October 23, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Nigel Osmer and Peter Gannon; 2, Peter Kennedy and Peter Waters; 3, Rosemary Land and Nancy Wiginton. New players welcome. Contact the secretary on 01273-475877.

GHOST WALK: Guided Ghost Walk of Lewes, November 12 starting 7.30pm outside the Town Hall. Prices are £7 adults and £3.50 under 14s. Contact 07740 828215 or www.sussexguidedwalks.co.uk

FOOTPATHS GROUP: We have this year enjoyed several walks in the Plumpton area and have found the walks leaflets to be found in the village shop very useful and informative. Clare led a different walk at Plumpton on October 21 and 13 people joined her. In perfect walking weather she started the walk down East View Fields before crossing the railway line and then into fields with very friendly ponies. After crossing more fields Streat Lane was reached. Before turning into a lane by the church, Streat Place, was much admired. This magnificent building was built by Walter Dobell in the early 17th century. The walk continued in the direction of the Mid-Sussex Golf course until following paths back to Plumpton. The walk ended in Riddens Lane, a short distance from the Fountain Pub which is where we had lunch before catching the bus back to Lewes. The next walk is on Wednesday, Wivelsfield Green, a 4.5miles walk. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Operation Christmas Child takes place each year to give shoe-boxes of goodies to disadvantaged children overseas who might otherwise not receive any present at all for Christmas. If you would like to fill a shoe-box and don’t have one at home you can get one from Clarks shoe shop on Cliffe High Street, as they are kindly setting some aside. Leaflets at the back of the church give full information on the items needed (new toys, school supplies, etc). Details are also at: www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk. Southover Church is a collection point for filled boxes, which should be brought to the church before or after any service on Sunday 23 November. We are running two free movie nights for men of all ages, whether inside or outside the church, at the church hall in St James’ Street. On Saturday November 8, The Dark Knight (Batman) starts at 7pm. On Saturday November 29, Gravity starts at 7.30pm. On both occasions we will adjourn to the pub afterwards. No need to book, just turn up. Don’t forget the Fairtrade Fayre in the church on Saturday November 22, 12.30pm to 4pm, for cards and gifts. Food stalls will provide lunch/afternoon snacks. Diary date: Saturday January 10, Lewes Sings Gospel winter concert. Come and hear the BBC champions. Booking opens November 8 on lsgwinter2015.eventbrite.co.uk. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am family service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal family service in the church hall; 3.30pm Taizé contemplative service, with singers; 6.30pm informal evening communion service, with singers and band. Please do join us.

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

AIR CADETS: The 1218 Squadron Newhaven Air Cadets made £186 at a prize bingo night held at Denton and Mount Pleasant Community Centre on Saturday October 25. This included a generous donation from Maeve Mabey, widow of the late Don Mabey who did so much for the Royal Air Forces Association and the Air Cadets. These evenings where you win prizes instead of money are held once a quarter and are always fun. The next one will be in the spring so watch out for it. The money all goes to much needed equipment for the Squadron. In the interval they sell delicious cup cakes made by the cadets.

CONGRATULATIONS to 12 year-old Janki Pillani, a year 8 pupil at Seahaven Academy who has been elected as Newhaven’s new Young Mayor. She was presented with her badge of office by the Town Mayor, Councillor Judith Ost, at the Academy on October 24. Janki’s first official engagement will be laying a wreath at the War Memorial at the Remembrance Day service on Sunday November 9.

NEWHAVEN FORT is holding a children’s Halloween party this afternoon (Friday) at the Fort from 1pm to 4pm. Spooky games and activities, prize for the best fancy dress. The party is open to every child visiting the Fort today.

SPOOKY WALK: Meeching Amateur Dramatics in association with Newhaven Fort is staging Another Walk on the Spooky Side tonight (Friday) starting and finishing at the Fort. A fun thrilled evening for all the family. Tickets should have been booked in advance as the £6 admission includes hot refreshments but to check availability telephone Newhaven Fort on 01273 517622or MADS on 07912 965507.

RNLI: An evening of Sea Shanties will take place in Newhaven Lifeboat house West Quay tomorrow, Saturday, from 7.30pm. These will be performed by Hard Pressed who are returning by popular demand. Tickets are £5 each and to check availability telephone Lynn on 01273 517488. Refreshments will be available for a donation.

POPPY LAUNCH: Sussex Royal British Legion is officially launching the 2014 Poppy Appeal at Newhaven Fort tomorrow (Saturday) at Newhaven Fort. A fun packed day of music and activities for all the family. Normal admission times and prices apply.

CONCERT by the Golden Age Singers on Sunday at 3pm in the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Fort Road. All welcome and there will be a retiring collection for Homelink.

PARADISE PARK is holding a Timely Talk on the Winter Garden on Wednesday at 11am in the coffee shop at their garden centre in Avis Road. Plants to light up the garden. Free tea/coffee plus a plant offer, all welcome.

U3A: Newhaven and Peacehaven U3A members will enjoy a talk by Ian Gledhill on the Magic of Pantomime in the main hall at the Meridian Centre, Peacehaven, on Thursday at 2pm. New members always welcome.

SOUTH HEIGHTON Bonfire Celebrations take place on Saturday November 8. The torchlit procession leaves the Flying Fish in Denton Road around 6.30pm and processes up Denton Road, Thompson Road, Wellington Road, Heighton Road for a break at the Hampden Arms, then continues down the hill to the bonfire site on South Heighton recreation ground. The firework display starts around 8pm. Admission to the site is £3 for adults, accompanied children free. Please note following the display the Hampden Arms is closed apart from people in the procession and their families due to restricted space.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY is on Sunday November 9. Denton Church is holding a special service at 10am and the service at St Michael’s Church Newhaven, takes place at 9.45am. This will be followed by the parade from Neill’s Close to the Memorial Green via the town centre where the two minute silence will take place at 11am followed by prayers and wreath laying.

Peacehaven

HI FOLKS: I am back with you again. You may have missed the Parish Pump over the last couple of weeks and this was due to some technical difficulties; however I hope those have been overcome now. My thanks to Sally Funnell and Blaise Tapp of the Sussex Express who have helped to resolve the issues.

RACE NIGHT: This popular event is being held in the Community House, Meridian Centre on Friday November 7. Entry tickets from the information office for £2. Why not buy a horse for £2 at the same time? Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Bring your own food and drink. It is a good fun night out for all the family. The event is in aid of the Mayor’s Local Project Fund.

BLOOD DONATIONS: The Blood and Transplant team will be in the Community House main hall on Friday from 2pm until 4.30pm and again from 5.30pm to 8pm. Do go along even if you have never been before. You could be taking the first steps to saving someone’s life.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the leisure and amenities committee on Tuesday in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre starting at 6.30pm. A detailed agenda can be seen before hand on notice boards around the town. Residents are welcome to attend and may ask questions during the first 15 minutes.

MORNING MARKET: There is a market tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community House, Meridian Centre which has been arranged by the Rotary Club. Next week’s market is on November 8 and will be organised by the Peacehaven Evangelical Church. To book a table with them ring 01273 587352.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, there is a coffee morning in the Community House from 8.30am until noon organised by the Peacehaven and Telscombe Flower Club. Next week on Thursday it will be the Peacehaven Players serving the teas and coffees while raising funds for their Christmas Pantomime Sleeping Beauty. Finally on Friday, November 7, the Royal British Legion will be behind the counter ahead of a busy schedule for the Remembrance Day local events.

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

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: There will be a surgery in the Meridian Centre on Saturday, November 8. This is a drop-in surgery so no prior appointment is necessary. Councillors will be available to discuss confidentially any matters affecting residents and the town.

TIMELY TALKS: This month’s talk at Paradise Park is on the Winter Garden, plants that light up the garden without the need for a torch. It starts at 11am in the coffee shop and last for about 40 minutes with a free tea/coffee plus a plant offer. All are welcome.

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 pickers did a sweep of the cliffs from the Peace Park right along to the east of Peacehaven and filled over 25 sacks. It is hoped to make this a regular event but hopefully a few more people joining in to help making a stroll along the seaside more enjoyable.

REMEMBRANCE DAY: There will be a service at the War Memorial, Meridian Park on Sunday November 9 at 11am led by the Royal British Legion.

ARMISTICE DAY: From recent publicity you may be aware that it is 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 will be marked with a service of Remembrance at the War Memorial Meridian Park on Tuesday November 11 when 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.

SIX SPARE SEATS: There are just six seats spare on the second coach travelling to Bluewater Shopping outlet on Friday December 5. This day trip leaves the Meridian Hall in Peacehaven at 9am and drops you right at the entrance to this fantastic shopping area. You have all day to browse, shop, eat and drink at your own pace before getting back on the coach at 6pm to return to Peacehaven. As well as lots of individual designer shops, chain stores, cafés, bars and restaurants, Bluewater hosts a very spacious John Lewis, Marks and Spencer’s and House of Fraser. This fantastic day out which has only one pick up and drop off point costs £13. To reserve these last few seats please call the organiser on 01273 587714.

Polegate

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by the bowls club. All welcome from 10am to noon in the lounge. On Saturday, November 8, the coffee morning will be hosted by Polegate Wine Club.

DRAMA GROUP: The next production of The Uninvited will take place today, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday. Tickets can be booked at the box office at Archer and Partners, telephone 483348 or visit www.polegatedramagroup.co.uk

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Linear Tye to the Hoe 5 miles with Tony W. Meet at Telscombe Tye 10.20am GR 389016 bus No 12, 9.13am from Terminus Road stand J. Finish at 1.30pm at Newhaven, Lower Place. Or a longer walk, Brisk Pace Find The Castle, 8 miles with Reg and Gill. Meet at The Avenue 9am, walk starts at Uckfield town car park (north end long stay). On Sunday, Tee Off Until The End, 9 miles with John and Marion. Meet at the Avenue 9.30am, walk starts Wellshurst Golf Club on A267 north of Hellingly at 9.50am. GR 581146, dry lunch. Tea at end. On Wednesday, Winter Downs, 8 miles with John and Esther. Meet bus No 98, 9.36am from Terminus Road Stand H, walk starts at the Triangle, Lower Willingdon 10am GR 585032. Dry lunch. Saturday November 8, 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. Return bus 12.45pm.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: The Willingdon/Polegate Christmas Bazaar will be held at St John’s Church Hall on November 29 between 10am and 12.30pm. As in past years we will have tables galore sporting Christmas gifts and goodies. Will Father Christmas attend? Why not come along and see.

THE WINDMILL is now closed for the winter period. However if you have a group you would like to have shown around the mill we can arrange a special guided tour during the winter months, but this would be subject to the mill being unobstructed from ongoing preservation work. For group bookings please call Frances Muncey on 01323 644727. General opening to visitors will recommence at Easter next year.

Ringmer

ST MARY’S CHURCH: The Village Clubs Service, led by Neil Thornicroft, was well attended with representatives from many of Ringmer’s sports and social clubs. Placed on the altar for the service were symbols and emblems ranging from a St John’s Ambulance kit bag to an iPad representing the Youth Group. There was a superb mix of hymns and worship and the event was a lovely celebration of our village community. On Sunday, Rev David Perks will be leading St Mary’s morning services, 8am Holy Communion and 9.45am Sung Eucharist, and Evensong will be taken by Rev Mary Sitwell. Evening Prayer will be held at 5pm on Monday to mark All Souls’ Day. Anyone wishing to commemorate loved ones are welcome to attend and may add names to the list held at church.

FLOWER CLUB: There will be a practice morning for members starting at 10am in the village hall on Wednesday. The AGM will be held at 2pm when we review the past year. Visitors are welcome to come to the AGM when they will hear about our plans for next year and to join us for afternoon tea provided by the committee (£4).

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday October 22, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, John Weston and John Walker; 2, Liz and Tim Owen; 3, Alan Disney and Roy Skan. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

OPEN PUBLIC MEETING: Why not come along to the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 10am to hear Maria Caulfield speak and answer any questions you may have. Maria is the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for the Lewes Constituency in the 2015 General Election. This meeting is open to all. Tea/coffee will be served.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The AGM of the society will be held in the village hall at 7.30pm on Friday November 7. All members are urgently required to attend this meeting as important decisions have to be made as to the future of the society. Following the formal business of the evening there will be an illustrated talk on Borde Hill Gardens, Haywards Heath by Andrewjohn Clarke. New members will be assured of a warm welcome.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: Remembrance. The parade and service will take place on Sunday November 9. 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.

COUNTRY MARKET: Please remember that the Country Market takes place every Tuesday from 10am to 11am in the village hall, where you can buy a variety of home cooked goods, both sweet and savoury, including ready meals and soup. There is a choice of preserves including local honey, free range eggs and Sussex cheeses, as well as attractive craft items and handmade greeting cards. We also sell plants, fruit and vegetables which are in season and authentic Indian food is usually available. Orders can now be taken for Christmas and hampers can be made up to any sum that you specify. Please do come and see what is on offer and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee which is always available.

FLUTES & FRIENDS: Many thanks to the many people who came to support the recent Flutes and Friends concert in St Mary’s on October 18. A total of £150 was raised for St Peter and St James Hospice, and £30 for St Mary’s. The performers played a range of solos and ensembles and everyone enjoyed tea and cakes and a chat afterwards. A particularly big thank you to Shirley, Pauline, Barbara, Loft and John for all their help.

Rodmell & Southease

AUTUMN: It’s really starting to feel like autumn now and the trees around the countryside are turning glorious colours. Once the spiders retreat, I love the autumn. One of my childhood memories is the smell of damp leaves in the woods on an autumn morning and the sun making the cobwebs sparkle amongst the trees, plus the rustle of small creatures in the leaves. Early in the morning it was magical.

OUT AND ABOUT: As a child on school holidays and at weekends, a group of us would be up and out around 8am or 9am, get stale cakes from the bakers (free from the day before) and we would not be home until around 5pm or 6pm having had a great day out in the fresh air, unlike many children these days who do not have this freedom. My grandmother would also supply us with bottles of home made lemonade and plenty of fruit but woe betide us if we did not bring our rubbish home with us to put in the dustbin. It’s good to see so many people out and about with their children, walking or on bikes, at least they are not looking at electronic devices for hours on end. I often wonder how much money is spent on electricity to keep these things all going. No wonder people are hard up.

FARMING NOSTALGIA: An evening of Farming Nostalgia, Saturday November 8 in the village hall. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Sussex During the First World War Old Sussex Shepherds, their lives and times, speaker Ian Everest. Tickets £7.50 each to include wine and nibbles during the interval are available from Martin Brickell 01273 858628 and David Smart 01273 478151. In aid of Rodmell and Southease Churches.

YHA: I am amazed to find that there are still many people, including locals, who do not know we have a marvellous new YHA at Itford for people walking the South Downs Way. I often walk down there for a cup of coffee and a cake.

NHS: I heard something from one of the ladies at my gym which lifted my heart. She was driving her child to school with his friends and it came over the radio about the state of the NHS. Now these children were I believe eight years old and they asked her why pop stars and footballers were paid so much money but nurses and care workers weren’t when they were doing such important jobs. From ‘out of the mouths of babes’, comes to mind. Perhaps there is hope for the future.

Seaford

NEWS: If you would like to be our Seaford Village News correspondent or if you have any items you would like to put into this section of the paper, please email sally.funnell101@gmail.com. Your contributions are always welcome.

Telscombe

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: The next councillors’ surgery is taking place tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 11am at Telscombe Civic Centre. This is your opportunity to discuss local issues with your town or district councillor. Please make the most of this opportunity to meet your town councillor and come along on Saturday. No appointment is necessary.

FILM AND GAMES: Young People’s Film Show and Games Morning, a fun free morning, is tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon. Telscombe Town Council will be hosting this free film show and games morning for young people at Telscombe Civic Centre. There will be a film showing, table tennis, pool, air hockey table and table football. Children under eight years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Over eights must be collected promptly at midday. Refreshments are available to purchase but entry is free. This is held on the first Saturday of each month.

COFFEE MORNING: Telscombe Residents Association will be holding a coffee morning from 10am to 11am tomorrow, Saturday, to coincide with the councillors’ surgery. Come along and join them for an informal chat over refreshments about local issues. All Telscombe residents are welcome. They look forward to seeing you there.

COUNCIL MEETING: A Planning and Highways 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

SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a meeting of the local Breast Cancer Support Group on Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm in the Civic Centre. The group’s aim is to give social support to anyone with breast cancer, or anyone with concerns about it, friends, relatives or those awaiting diagnosis. The meetings are friendly and relaxed with tea, coffee and delicious cakes. They have a qualified therapist providing reflexology or hand massage. If you prefer to have a one-to-one chat, or for more information, please ring Pat Dunkley on 01273 582952 or 07760 300467.

RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION: Telscombe Residents Association are meeting in room 1 at the Civic Centre on Thursday at 7.30pm. 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 and new members are very welcome.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

SPOOKY SPECTACULAR: Andy Robertson will be at Sunrise Senior Living in Upper Kings Drive at 2pm to entertain on Freaky Friday, October 31. For more information please contact Emma Viera on 01323 525000.

WANNOCK ARTISTS will be meeting at 7pm today, Friday, at Wannock Village Hall when Jane Dwight will be demonstrating Chinese brush painting of birds and flowers. Visitors are welcome. The fee is £3.

QUIET DAY: Canon Dr Andrew Mayes will be leading a Quiet Day at St Mary’s Church from 11am to 4pm tomorrow, Saturday, which is All Saints Day. All are welcome. See the list at the back of the church.

JPK PROJECT: The Songs and Pies evening hosted by Maureen and John Males at the Cottage in Dittons Road, Polegate, was most enjoyable. The food was delicious and the Bourne Chorus sang in close harmony as well as leading the 50 plus diners in some war time community singing. The evening raised £290 for the JPK Sussex Project which aims to provide supported living accommodation for people with a learning disability at the Edgmond site in Old Town. Project leader Willingdon resident Jill Parker thanked Maureen and John for their continual support. Over the years they have raised about £30,000 from the various events they have held. The Bourne Chorus will be performing a candlelight Christmas at 4pm on Sunday November 30 at All Saints Chapel Darley Road Eastbourne in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support. Tickets are £10 each. Ring the box office on 01323 479732 or visit www.bournechorus.co.uk .

BAG PACKING: Supporters of the JPK Sussex Project will be bag packing at ESK Warehouse tomorrow, Saturday.

JOHN CRAMPTON with his foot stomping blues and bluegrass music will be at the Wheatsheaf at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

MOTHERS’ UNION will be meeting at 2pm on Tuesday at St Mary’s Church Hall when Ros Thunder will be giving a talk entitled Twelve Days of Christmas. There will be a sales table including MU Christmas cards. Visitors are always welcome.

ALZHEIMER’S SOCIETY will be delivering a special Dementia Friends’ Session from 10.30am to noon on Wednesday at Sunrise Senior Living. The session is aimed at helping those caring for people with this debilitating condition understand a bit more about dementia and the small things they can do for those living with memory loss. Everyone is 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 on Friday November 7. Afterwards, it is back to the pub for a curry. To find out more or to sign up to play, pop into the pub and put your name down or ring 01323 502069.

CORRECTION: The next Trinity Diners meal at Trinity Church Hall is on Friday November 21 not November 14 as previously reported. 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.

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. For more information please contact the 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 to the public from the church hall after the church service (about 11am) on December 7 and 14.

TRAVELLING LIGHT: You are invited to spend a time of relaxation and reflection away from the stresses and bustle of daily life at Trinity Church from 10am to 3pm on Wednesday. Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided. At 10am coffee will be served followed by opening worship at 10.30am. Travelling Out is at 11am followed by lunch at 12.30pm. After lunch there is Travelling In at 1.30pm and finally Holy Communion at 2.30pm. Please add your name to the list in church if you would like to participate.

ROAD CLOSURE: To enable more water to be pumped into the Eastbourne area, South East Water is laying a new 1.3km long pipeline in the Willingdon and Wannock area. Part of the road between Wannock and Jevington is due to be closed from Monday November 3 to Wednesday November 26 and a diversion route will be clearly signed. Wannock Road will be temporary closed to through traffic at the Paddock Gardens junction. Visit southeastwater.co.uk/wannock.