Arlington & Berwick

Arlington & Berwick news
Arlington & Berwick news

Parishioners in the Arlington Village area of the parish will receive the winter distribution of the Arlington Scene in March. As there are some events referenced in the newsletter for February, a copy of the newsletter can be downloaded from the parish website at

DICKER DAY: A date for the diary, Dicker Day will be held on June 25. The next planning meeting is tonight in the Plough in Upper Dicker starting at 8pm. The meeting will be at the far end of the pub near the door out into the rear car park.

MICHELHAM PRIORY’S RESIDENT PASS: Michelham Priory is offering residents of Upper Dicker or Arlington the opportunity of a Resident Pass for the 2017 season. The pass will only be issued to residents of Upper Dicker or Arlington who visit the Gatehouse at Michelham Priory up to the February 28 between 11am and 3pm. The following conditions apply; only one pass per household, proof of address must be shown in order to receive a pass (utility bill, driving licence etc.), the pass can only be used by the two adults whose signature appears on the card, and they will be asked to sign in with each use. The pass entitles the holder to free entrance for two adults and four children to Michelham Priory during normal opening hours throughout the 2017 season, including event days. The pass allows free admission to the Priory and grounds only. Any additional chargeable activities must be paid for at the normal rate. The pass cannot be used for outdoor theatre performances or any other ticketed event.

ALLOTMENTS: Arlington Parish Council has a number of vacant plots on the allotments located behind the Recreation Ground in Upper Dicker Village. These are available for parishioners to cultivate as tenants. Should these plots continue to remain vacant then the opportunity will be advertised to others outside the parish. For a copy of the tenancy agreement, interested applicants should contact the Clerk at .

ROADWORKS: Details of imminent roadworks in the two parishes (and elsewhere) are available from Until Monday there will be traffic controls in place to allow BT works approx 23m southwest from the junction of Camberlot Road on Coldharbour Road in Upper Dicker.

Between February 15 and 17, and possibly into March, there will be a diversionary route in place to cater for a road closure (C210) of Thornwell Road, Wilmington. This has implications for traffic volumes along Bayleys Lane and through Arlington Village.

BERWICK PARISH COUNCIL: The next meeting of Berwick Parish Council is planned for Thursday at 7.30pm at Berwick Village Hall. Please check the website at for updates.

ARLINGTON PARISH COUNCIL: The next Arlington Parish Council meeting will be held on Thursday, March 16 in Arlington Village Hall. Further details will be available on the parish website at

FLOODING: At the January meeting of Arlington Parish Council, District Councillor White gave details of the Flood Resilience Project, the project has the support of the Environment Agency, the National Flood Forum and a team of professional property surveyors, and aims to identify those most at risk. Everyone has been invited to attend a special meeting on March 7 at the Emmanuel Church in Hailsham, to find out more. Depending on the take-up least £2000 will be offered to those householders who have had surveys (carried out by JBA Ltd at no cost to them) to put towards the installation of resilience measures. Parishioners are advised that the key authorities may not have a full picture of properties prone to flooding (irrespective of whether being caused by sea, river or rainwater run-off) so making the assumption that these authorities have automatically included such properties in the survey list is erroneous.

ARLINGTON ARTS GROUP: On February 23 and March 1, the Arlington Arts Group will be welcoming Gillian Toft, who will holding demonstration and workshops in water colour and acrylic. The subject will be water, boats and harbours. Further details from the website The group also meets every Thursday (except the third in the month) in Arlington Village Hall between 7 and 9pm. Demonstrations are at 7pm at Arlington Village Hall, please book your place. Third Thursday/Outdoor painting sessions - please get in touch for details on our website or call 01323 485153

DICKER QUILTERS: A new group will be starting soon for existing patchworkers and those who would like to find out more about the craft. The group will meet on every 2nd and 4th Monday in Upper Dicker Village Hall. For further details please contact Brenda 01323 849835 or Gill 01323 844867 in the evening.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Every Thursday morning, between 10.40am to noon in Upper Dicker Village Hall, a coffee morning and book exchange takes place.

YOGA CLASSES: There are yoga classes every Tuesday evening starting at 7pm in Berwick Village Hall. Further information may be obtained from either Anne on 01323 870842 or Cathy on 01273 813541.

WHIST DRIVE: A whist drive takes place every fourth Wednesday of the month starting at 7.15pm in Berwick Village Hall. Further details from either Jenny on 01323 870681 or Beryl at the Berwick Post Office 01323 870358.

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