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Lewes

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Wild Park walk on August 22. Although the distance was only two miles the 12 members who joined Janet’s stroll had some fairly steep hills. We took the 28 bus out to Coldean Lane, then crossed over into Wild Park and started off climbing through woods before coming out at the edge of an open field with a good view of the Amex stadium over to our right. We followed the field edge, ascending gently, then made a left turn down a sandy track which opened into a wide meadow. We took our coffee break enjoying a broad panorama over Moulsecoomb and Bevendean up to the racecourse with the sea to our right. There were plenty of professional dog walkers out and about including one with a three-legged greyhound who kept up with the other dogs. Suitably refreshed, we continued around the dew pond and down through the woods until we emerged opposite the Pavilion Café with the Giant’s Foot to our left. We noted the memorial to the two little girls sadly murdered in the park back in 1986. One or two left to take the bus back to Lewes while the rest of us enjoyed coffee and refreshments on the café terrace.

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Hellingly & Horsebridge

COMEDY NIGHT: Book your tickets early as these sell out fast. The next Comedy Night at the Blackstock Estate, Grove Hill is on Friday September 28. There will be amazing and very funny stand-up comedy talent from across the UK for over 18s only. Doors open 6pm for Tex Mex and Burger dining, show from 8pm to 10.30pm. Shared table from £6.95pp restricted view or £9.95pp. Private tables available. Advance booking only at https://www.blackstockestate.co.uk.

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Plumpton

MASCOT RACE: In aid of Chailey Heritage Foundation, will be at Plumpton Racecourse this Sunday as part of their Family Raceday. The Haywards Heath Lions Mascot Dash will begin with a Mascot Parade at 1.15pm, with the race starting about 1.30pm and followed by prize giving.

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Ninfield and Hooe

SINGING: From Singing in the Rain, to Singing in the Pub. It’s the start of a busy weekend and a varied one at that. Happy Birthday Julia. Celebrating a Zero today and having a lovely party tonight. See you there. And then, The Martlett’s barbecue Saturday evening, pray for dry weather and see you there. Then the Gig at the Red Lion on Sunday evening, see you there. So, even though the stamina levels will be somewhat tested again, they say that change is as good as a rest, so each time the events change that means that the internal batteries will naturally recharge. Ok, unlikely but it’s a good concept and one I’m sticking to for the rest of the year.

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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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Peacehaven

TOMMY UNVEILING: A big thank you to all the residents who attended the short ceremony to unveil the Town’s Tommy statue in Meridian Park, Peacehaven on Friday September 14.

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Nevill

SURPRISE SURPRISE: We were completely surprised on the evening of our Golden Wedding Anniversary as our daughter had arranged a party at the John Harvey Tavern and we had absolutely no idea. The secret was well kept for nearly a year. Thank you for your enquiries about my thumb which is progressing well.

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Arlington & Berwick

ART EXHIBITION: Tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday, 10am to 4pm Bluebell Barn, Bates Green Farm, Arlington. An exhibition of many different art forms including ceramics, paintings, glass, photography fabrics and silver jewellery. Refreshments available. Venue Directions: From A22 North of Arlington Eagles roundabout turn left on to Arlington Road West. After 1 mile turn left towards Abbots Wood. Turn right after Old Oak Inn. Part of the Hailsham Festival Art Trail sponsored by Hart Reade.

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Barcombe

FREE CAKE CAFE: Coming soon. Free cake, tea or coffee café, starting on Tuesday, October 2, 3pm to 5pm in St Francis Church. Do come in. All welcome.

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Cross in Hand, Horam, Blackboys & Five Ashes

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: Update on Operation Blitz activity. The team worked alongside Network Rail Enforcement Officers, British Transport Police and Special Constables to target anti-social behaviour and fare avoidance on the stations and trains between Crowborough and Uckfield. A number of fixed penalty notices and dispersal orders were issued, and parents were asked to come and collect children who had been involved in nuisance behaviour. A number of youths were also stopped outside the train station in Polegate after there was a report of kids being on the roof of the Coop and causing a nuisance to members of the public. Their details were taken and parents will be informed. Other hotspot areas across Wealden including Heathfield were patrolled with no major issues being reported.

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Bishopstone

FLOWER FESTIVAL: The Flower Festival and Exhibition at St Andrew’s Church raised £2,259.04. Congratulations to all those involved.

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Burwash

FIRE: I guess the subject on everyone’s mind over the last week has been the fire at our local village stares. This was an awful experience for the owners and the residents of the flats above, but happily everyone got out safe and though there has been extensive damage to the store, office and cloakrooms the main shop has got away with smoke damage. This is down to all the amazing firefighters who attended. We are all very grateful for all the hard work they did to save the main building. Now comes the hard and dirty work of cleaning up and rebuilding. We all know this is going to take a while and as a village everyone is being very supportive, not just of the shop but those who need the shop for their goods and post office items. Offers have been flooding in of lifts to Heathfield or the Post Office in Etchingham. Well done Burwash, once again you have proved this is one of the best places to live in times of adversity.

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Telscombe

YOGA: With Natalie Heath every Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm in the Civic Centre. This class is back after the summer break on Tuesday September 4. Contact Natalie Heath email: mrsnatalieheath@yahoo.co.uk phone: 07738538094.

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Hailsham

BONFIRE BINGO: Only a few weeks before the Hailsham Bonfire Society spectacular celebration evening on Saturday October 20. Come along today, Friday, and the third Friday of every month, and help raise those funds that make this event a highlight of Hailsham’s calendar. This evening at the Charles Hunt Centre, doors open 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm. The evening includes raffle and refreshments.

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Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak

TALK: Old Heathfield in the 19th century. FASCOH (Friends of All Saints’ Church Old Heathfield) present an evening on Thursday at 7.30pm when local historian Pauline McIldowie looks back at the Houses and Stained Glass Windows of the village of Old Heathfield. The event is in The Space and tickets are £5 (adults), £2 (children under 16 years of age) and available from Jean Barnes 01435 863784 or Gemini Cards, High Street, Heathfield.

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Fletching

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

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Falmer

MELLOW FRUITFULNESS: Autumn is almost upon us, but what a fabulous summer we have had. My fruit trees are laden with apples, pears and quinces. People keep asking if I will be making jam, but that would just be a waste of fruit. Last time I made jam it needed to be sliced with a knife. Instead I am going to be making pies and crumbles and filling the freezer full to keep us in desserts all through winter.

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Malling

SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: Head Teacher, Mrs Jo O’Donoghue writes. It was lovely to come back to school to start the new year and sense the anticipation of all the wonderful things to come. Our focus remains the children and their learning and this year we will be looking at how to support them develop resilience so they can persevere and learn from their mistakes, make improvements and then enjoy well-earned success. This doesn’t always make learning a comfortable or easy experience but the sense of achievement and success, not to mention the delight on their faces, are unparalleled. We were very sorry to be saying goodbye to Sara Head on September 7. Sara has been offered a job working with the police which is a great opportunity for her and we wish her all the very best. We would also like to say a huge thank you to her for doing such an amazing job at South Malling over the last 12 years.

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Piddinghoe

WHO’S ARE YOU?: The Village Green in Piddinghoe, which serves as a car park for random vehicles outside our lovely church of St Johns, is sometimes regarded as a waste of space, especially for the residents of the few houses there. Many in the village would like to see something progressive done with it rather than just fill up with puddles of rainwater during the winter. The trouble is that nobody seems to know who owns the land. And even after the parish councillors (aka the hard-working Gang of Four) took legal advice, it is still unknown. The legal advisers’ advice was that they didn’t know either. And their subsequent further advice? Do nothing. Not satisfactory (even without knowing the cost of that advice). Some of us, those of a more cavalier attitude admittedly, wonder why not put, say, a waste-bin or a flower-display on the Village Green, thereby staking a claim of ownership. Then see if anybody turns up to rival that claim. Probably too simplistic.

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