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SPRING CONCERT: You are invited to join us at St Pancras Church, Kingston on Saturday March 23 at 7.30pm for another concert performed by the Ouse Valley Singers and Village Voices headed by Andrew Thomas. There will be the usual range of diverse musical genres covering classical, spirituals, popular and folk performed by local soloists and choirs, meaning there should be something to satisfy most musical tastes. So come and enjoy an entertaining evening of music as well as a glass of wine during the interval. Adult tickets at £10 to include wine (under 12s free) are available from Brenda Neller (01273 472720) and Linda Creswick (01273 477368).

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Chailey news


BRANCH LINE WEEKEND: At the Bluebell Railway takes place this weekend, from Friday March 15 to Sunday March 17. This is an opportunity to see vising locomotives including O2-class No. W24 Calbourne (courtesy of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway Company Ltd) and the 0298-class No 30587 Beattie Well Tank (courtesy of the National Railway Museum) built in 1874. For more details visit

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Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey news

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

CHURCH SERVICE: Sunday at St Peter’s Church Offham, 10.15am Sunday School in the church hall, 10.30am Family Communion followed by coffee/tea and cake/biscuits in the church hall. All are welcome.

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Folkington news


CHURCH NEWS: Our thanks to The Reverend Neville Manning who led Holy Communion (BCP) on the first Sunday in Lent; his theme was that we are all on a journey and, at the moment, it is the journey of Lent, culminating in Easter. On our journey towards Easter, The Reverend Stuart Baker will lead a service of Mattins (BCP) at 10.30am on Sunday.

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East Hoathly

VILLAGE OF SANCTUARY: Conversations with Refugees. The next event takes place tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm in the village hall. There is no better way of understanding an issue than listening to those with lived experience. This is an opportunity to talk to individuals and learn about the journeys that they have navigated physical, bureaucratic and psychological, in search of sanctuary here in the UK. Come along to hear their tales, of both welcome and rejection, and understand the everyday reality of life as a refugee in this country. This will be chance to hear, meet, share and converse with a few refugees who have also experienced detention. For more information and tickets (£5, tea and cake provided) please visit category/events/ or call Katherine on 01825 840323 or Barbara on 01825 873337.

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Cross in Hand, Horam, Blackboys & Five Ashes

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: PCSO Recruitment. A major recruitment drive to recruit PCSOs began on Monday March 11, closing on Monday March 25, thanks to increased funding to the precept from the Police and Crime Commissioner. Over the next year our local policing will be strengthened with 100 new PCSOs being recruited. Our PCSOs play a vital part in keeping Sussex safe. The PCSO role is unique. Our PCSOs are able to spend time in communities where they are needed most providing that reassurance and developing relationships to keep people safe and feeling safe. Working alongside our local policing Prevention teams, our PCSOs help tackle local issues and, where possible, prevent them happening in the first place. They are tasked with activities which are proven to reduce crime and protect the public. It’s a role that takes courage to tackle anti-social behaviour, compassion to be there for there for the vulnerable and professionalism to help with investigations. By joining as a PCSO, recruits can expect a career with variety, challenges, rewards a good starting salary, and a qualification in community policing. For more details visit: /police-forces/sussex-police/ areas/careers/jobs/pcsos/

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Lewes news


FOOTPATHS GROUP: Walk report for March 6. The promised rain failed to materialise so when ten of us, led by Graham with Hilda back marking, set off from The Sloop Inn we did so with hope in our hearts that we would enjoy a good walk and so it turned out to be. This part of the Weald shares most of the characteristics of the rest of the Weald, lovely undulating countryside and the promise of some mud after the rain of the last few days. We certainly enjoyed the countryside and coped with the relatively modest amount of mud. Heading north we soon crossed the Bluebell Railway, continued northwards to Heaven Farm, after a brief detour around Kidborough Farm (the leader got a bit lost) and so to the outskirts of Danehill where we turned south and followed the Greenwich Meridian Trail back to the starting point where some of us consumed The Sloop Inn’s excellent ham, egg and chips, with the eggs having been laid that very day by the pub’s own chickens.

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Bishopstone news


BEACH CLEAN: The Tide Mills Community Beach Clean is from 10am to noon on Sunday. Meet at the beach end of Mill Drove (off the A259). Come along, grab a bag and litter picker, and help clean up this important area for visitors and the local wildlife.

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Arlington & Berwick news

Arlington & Berwick

LITTER PICK: Arlington Litter Pick tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to 12.30pm. As the cycle of seasons moves into a new spring, it’s that time of the year again when we emerge from hibernation for the Arlington Litter Pick, which also acts as a timely prelude to the Arlington Bluebell Walk. As previously, we’ll meet in the village hall at 10am tomorrow, Saturday, to collect litter pickers, bags, hi-vis vests etc, and divide into groups to cover the lanes from Berwick Crossroads to Arlington Road West. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available from 9.30am. This will be our eighth Litter Pick since this community enterprise started in the spring of 2016 and on each occasion a significant amount of rubbish/litter has been collected, never less than 50 bags and on some occasions as many as 100, so I doubt we’ll be disappointed on this occasion. In anticipation of a good turnout for this fun, sociable and worthwhile service to the community as a whole, thank you.

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Burwash news


SOUP LUNCH: Thank you to everyone who supported the last soup lunch. Once again it was a fun event with a great atmosphere. We had even more people come along to taste one or more of the seven delicious freshly made soups and the naughty but nice desserts. Some went back for more than seconds which was good and we had very little left at the end of the day. Grateful thanks to everyone who came along and especially the amazing helpers. We raise £474 for the new window funds at the village hall.

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Ditchling news


HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Please make a note that the Annual Spring Bulb Show is being held tomorrow, Saturday, between 2pm and 4pm in Ditchling Village Hall. Entry is free for members and 50p for visitors. Children are not charged. This is also a reminder for those who are exhibiting and an invitation to those who would like to spend a pleasant afternoon with the Society and enjoy a cup of tea and cake.

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Barcombe news


GARDEN CLUB: Barcombe Garden Club meet on Tuesday, 7.30pm to 9.30pm in the village hall. Darren Everest will be talking about Growing Dahlias. Darren is a Dahlia enthusiast who has been growing them since he was 12 years old. He likes to show his plants, both locally and nationally with mixed success. Members free, visitors £3. All very welcome.

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Fletching news


CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday, 10am Parish Communion. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion.

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Falmer news


WIND: The winds have been very high lately and Falmer is fairly high on the downs. Last week I was walking up Ridge Road and came across a large fallen tree which I managed to clamber over. Shortly afterwards I met another walker and warned him about the tree. He told me he had walked up the lane a short time ago and there had been no tree in the road. It seems I am lucky not to have been underneath.

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Hailsham news


U3A OPEN DAY: Apologies. I mistakenly put the wrong subscription renewal price last week. It is in fact, still incredibly good value at £14. Come along on Tuesday March 26 to the Civic Community Hall, by Freedom Leisure Centre and find out what you get for your fee. This is an open day for anyone interested in finding out more about U3A and the wide range of interest groups that it runs. It is also when existing members can come along and renew their subscriptions which are only £14 for the whole year. Refreshments will be served from 2pm with access to the hall and tables from 2.30pm.

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Hellingly & Horsebridge news

Hellingly & Horsebridge

QUIZ NIGHT: Have you booked your table yet? This quiz is on Saturday March 30 at Hellingly Village Hall, 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Tables of six. Cheese platter, refreshments. Please bring own drinks. Cost £8 per head, tickets available from Barbara Moore 01323 841685. Raffle prizes. The fun raising committee would also welcome any donations of raffle prizes for their planned events.

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Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand news

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak

PUNNETTS TOWN VILLAGE HALL: The Punnetts Town Village Hall Jumble Sale held on Saturday March 2 was a great success. Many thanks to all those who helped organise and run it and to all our customers. Looking ahead, the Punnetts Town Village Hall Open Gardens Event is being held on Sunday June 9 from 2.30pm to 5pm, entry £5. Do come along and see some beautiful gardens and enjoy tea and cakes.

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Ringmer news


ST MARY’S: Services on the Second Sunday of Lent. 8am Holy Communion, 10am Eucharist, 6.30pm Lay-led Evensong. Our Lent course follows a programme alongside many other Sussex churches and meets at 3.30pm and 7.30pm every Thursday. You do not have to attend all sessions, but they do promise to be interesting and challenging. Further study of the Stations of the Cross continues every Tuesday at 5pm, a short time of mediation and prayer around images of Christ. On Wednesday at noon, a small group will meet in the church for Lenten Prayers. You would be most welcome to join them. On Monday at 9am, our prayer group also meets to set aside a quiet time in God’s presence. On Tuesday March 19 from 7.30pm, you are invited to Join Us for a drink at The Anchor. It’s an open invitation for anyone who find themselves alone with a dark evening stretching ahead. Come and find some friendly faces and company.

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Malling news


TRINITY SOUTH MALLING: (Parish Church). This Sunday the service will be Holy Communion, led by Revd Steve Daughtery, Vicar of the three churches. Steve will be speaking on Partnership. The service begins at 9.30am. As usual, children have their own Sunday Club, after joining the adults at the beginning and end of the service. They join their parents at the end for Communion. All are welcome.

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