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Piddinghoe

LEST WE FORGET: It was something of a gala weekend in the village with the first production by the newly-formed Piddinghoe Players of War and Peace in the village hall on Saturday night and the wonderful Remembrance Service led by Revd Mary Sitwell in St John’s Church on Sunday. The Players showed the value of their intense rehearsal-schedule with an entertaining two-hours performance, obviously with a Conflict-and-Armistice theme, containing old-fashioned song, dance, rhetoric and audience-participation plus a lively bar and delicious snacks. The Sold-Out notices were soon up (although it has to be said the village hall has only a capacity of 30 at the tables) for this type of event and all who attended enjoyed themselves immensely. Further productions are promised in the near future after a considerable donation from the proceeds was made to The Poppy Appeal. The theme continued, of course, 24 hours later when the church was packed to the brim with villagers and friends. Revd Mary set up a splendid and moving Remembrance show, recruited villagers to do readings, along with hymns, prayers and songs from the two Great Wars. Drinks were provided afterwards while Gill and David and Christine led the village bell-ringers who perform every Sunday in the Church at 9.15am. It must have taken a huge amount of hard work and although it was meant to last just 35 minutes, few would have noticed how long it did actually go on due to the sheer enjoyment of it all. The brilliant piper Vanessa Bristow-Rose stole the show with her powerful rendition of Battle’s Over benefiting from St John’s marvellous acoustics but Michael Bunting’s vocals were also a delight and the contribution from members of Seaford Silver Band, including the playing of The Last Post, was a joy. There were word-perfect readings from Gavin, Bridget, Jim, David, Janet, Jennifer and Dr Mike With all the candles alight the Church looked a picture and especially the lovely flowers provided by Marcia.

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Peacehaven

COUNCIL MEETING: The next council meeting will be on November 20, this will be a Policy and Finance meeting held in the Anzac Room from 7.30pm.

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Ditchling

FILM SOCIETY: The next film is on Thursday, December 6 and is The Breadwinner. Adapted from a novel by Deborah Ellis this film is based on her interviews with girls and women in the refugee camps in Pakistan. The film is about a courageous 11 year old girl, Parvana, living under Taliban rule in Afghanistan in 2001. After the wrongful arrest of her father by the Taliban, unable to leave the house unchaperoned, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy enabling her to sell meagre goods to support her family. In parallel with Parvana’s story, the film is a history of Afghanistan, told as a fable. Director: Norah Twomey. English, 2017, 127 mins 12A Cert. Films are shown in Ditchling Village Hall and start at 8pm. Doors open at 7.30pm. On Thursday December 6 the society is kick-starting the Christmas season with delicious mulled wine and mince pies. There is ample free parking behind the hall. Guests and temporary members are welcome for the sum of £5 payable at the door.

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Waldron

REMEMBERING: Last weekend was the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, recording the end of the Great War. The atmosphere of the weekend was sombre as we recalled the devastating effect on our village of the death of 55 young men who died in the conflict or immediately afterwards. There was a display of photographs of the first World War in the Memorial Chapel of All Saints’ church and records of how and where our village men died. The talk on Thursday November 8, called The Prisoner’s Story was about Monty Chidson, a young pilot brought down over enemy lines in February 1915 and his three years in Prisoner-of-War camp, mostly at Friedberg, Germany. The talk was very well attended and the retiring collection for the Royal British Legion raised nearly £600. Sunday’s traditional Service at which we read the names of the village dead and hold our annual two minutes silence was so full (over 200 people) that there was standing room only by the time service began. After the service, our bell-ringers rang a joyful peal to record the victory, joining hundreds of other villages across the country who did the same. In the evening, many villages along the Downs lit beacons, the traditional method for centuries to pass messages from one to another. By the end of the weekend it felt as if we had well and truly remembered and honoured those who had fought for their country.

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Kingston

KINGSTON WI: Meeting November 1, at Kingston Parish Hall. Annual Business Meeting. The meeting began with a short social time where refreshments were served then the business meeting began. There were several apologies, some due to illness. The treasurer, Carol Taplin, gave the figures of our bank accounts, which is good. However, she told us that we ought to be fundraising next year to keep ourselves solvent. The preserves left over from a previous fundraising event are now for sale at a reduced price.

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Nevill

SAD OLD LEWES: As I walked down the town Sunday for the war memorial service, I was surprised at he amount of people around Hawkenbury Way. It was a cross country event taking place and as I walked towards the public convenience in the Western Road, there was a large queue of men and women waiting to use the one and only toilet which is a disabled one. What a sad state of affairs for the County Town of Lewes.

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Herstmonceux & Wartling

FUN BINGO: This is at Herstmonceux Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm. £6 for a book of 12 games and refreshments. Extra books cost £3. Raffle. Proceeds to the Windmill Hill Windmill Trust.

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Malling

SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: On Friday the whole school came together for a Remembrance assembly. The Year 5 children led the school in thinking about the importance of remembering those who served in World War 1. They specifically explained the role and significance of the Indian and West Indian soldiers, many of whom were hospitalised in the Brighton Pavilion and commemorated at the Chattri memorial on the Downs. The children read some moving poems based on their research and the whole school joined them in singing It’s a Long Way to Tipperary. They showed great respect and compassion throughout a very special assembly.

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Hellingly & Horsebridge

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Come along tomorrow, Saturday, for the Christmas Fair at Hellingly village hall, North Street, from 10am to noon. There are Guide and Brownie led competitions, stalls, gifts, raffle, cakes, bottle, books and lots more.

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Hailsham

LIGHTS SWITCH-ON: At Vicarage Field on Friday November 23, there will be festive entertainment in addition to the big switch-on. Santa will be handing out free sweets to children, and pupils from Hailsham Community College and Grovelands Community Primary School will be carol singing before the official switch-on, which takes place at 6pm. The lucky winners of the Best Christmas Pizza Design competition, which will be announced before the switch-on, will press the button to turn on the town’s Christmas lights. If that was not enough, there will be festive refreshments on sale including candy floss (courtesy of Hailsham Lions) and roasted chestnuts. Hailsham FM will be playing Christmas music throughout the event and Hailsham Parish Church will be hosting their Open Church directly after the switch-on, where there will be background music and free hot drinks served, including hot chocolate.

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Fletching

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

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Cross in Hand, Horam, Blackboys & Five Ashes

HEATHFIELD ABOUT TOWN: Roadworks. Have we been sold a pup? Heathfield High Street remains shut to through traffic. Courageous traders are pulling out all the stops to make sure we get ourselves out and visit them. Well done. But having been told the work was essential for safety reasons, I’m now wondering if we’ve been devastatingly misinformed? ESCC tells us this dreadful timing is because there was simply no other option, we had visions of crashing through the tarmac onto the tunnel floor beneath. Now several traders tell us a) The work was scheduled two years ago. Why was it not done? b) If the road was that dangerous, why were HGVs and buses not banned? c) There was only ever one survey much earlier than we were told, not one conducted by engineers recently that implied the road was in imminent danger of collapse. d) Traders were asked to give ESCC feedback on the date of the repair most convenient to them. They did. When it was clear the works were not set to be done quickly, they asked, plaintively, if there was any chance it could be after Christmas? The short answer was no, although they had 24 months’ notice A shopkeeper who queried the timing was told by the works onsite boss: ‘We usually shut down roadworks operations of this scale in November. We were told the works couldn’t be done any earlier because of the French market.’

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Ringmer

FIREWORKS EVENING: The Ringmer Primary and Nursery School PTA are holding their fireworks evening tonight, Friday. Gates open at 6pm with the display at 7pm. There’s a bar, barbecue, tombola and hot drinks. Tickets on the gate are priced: £5 adults, £4 children. All welcome to come and support your local school at this essential fundraiser.

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Chailey

MUM AND TODDLER GROUP: At St Peter’s Church on Chailey Green, meet every Friday from 9.30am. This is free of charge and coffee, tea and biscuits will be available. If you or anyone you know would be interested in coming along please contact the Parish Office on 01825 722286 for more details.

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East Hoathly

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: Annual Social Evening. The Preservation Society will be hosting their annual social evening on Friday November 30, in the village hall at 7.30pm. You are invited to come along and enjoy the fun. There will be party food and a donations bar. A film will be shown, a competition held (bring along your own wedding photo along so that we can guess who you are), as well as an Indian military chest from the days of the Raj. Last but not least, a light hearted quiz. Admission is free to members, visitors welcome at £4. Please call Toni Whewell on 872460 for further information.

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Burwash

SOUP LUNCH: A big thank you to everyone who attended the soup lunch last week. It was the best one yet. With over 50 people sitting down to enjoy the seven varieties of freshly made soups and eight delicious puddings the atmosphere was terrific. Grateful thanks to those who helped especially Wendy Woolgar, Lorraine Tester, Trudi Lavender Russell and Jilly Wingfield who worked so hard with me in the kitchen. The result was a fantastic £455.08 for the fund for new windows for the front elevation at the village hall.

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Plumpton

HORSTED KEYNES WALK: (Four miles) tomorrow, Saturday, starts at 2pm. Meet members of the Footpath Society at Horsted Keynes Village carpark (Map Ref: 384 282). For more details call Diane Ellis on 01825723716.

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