Arlington & Berwick

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon in Hellingly Village Hall. Cards, gifts and decorations.

MEETING: Cuckmere Rural Business Networking, first meet-up on Tuesday, 6.30pm at the Berwick Inn. An invitation to a free event for anyone running a small business or working self-employed from home in the local rural area. Buy a drink and meet for a chat in the lower bar area. At 7.15pm there will be introductions and a brief talk by Action in Rural Sussex and Let’s Do Business, followed by business card swap and more chatting. Rural communities across East Sussex are full of small businesses and enterprises, many run by a single person, often from home or a small business facility. This event is part of a new initiative to provide an informal forum for local people to come together to meet neighbouring businesses, make some useful local connections, explore specific and general business issues and to hear about the wide range of free business support on offer to assist them in growing their business and running it effectively. This meet-up is facilitated by Jim and Josie Tipler of Hailsham Creative (run from a home office in Wilmington) and the venture is supported by Action in Rural Sussex and Let’s Do Business. This is a free event, but please reserve your place by calling Josie on 01323 840048 or e-mail josie@hailsham creative.com or via the facebook page Cuckmere Rural Business.

CONCERT: Seaford Choral Society Concert, Saturday November 24, Only Remembered, 7.30pm in Seaford Baptist Church. Adults £10, children £5. Tickets from Estate Agents Newberry Tulley, Steamworks (next to the station), or from choir members.

WEALDEN BRASS BAND: Concert on Saturday November 24, 6.30pm n Hellingly Church. Tickets, including light refreshments, at door or Tel. 01323 841685.

WEDDING SHOWCASE: Sunday November 25 at Michelham Priory, 01323 844224, www.sussexpast.co.uk/events

ARLINGTON FAYRE: Arlington Christmas Fayre, Saturday December 1 in Arlington Village Hall, 2.30pm to 5.30pm. Seasonal gifts and produce. Carols with the Seaford Silver Band, bar and mulled wine, tombola, raffle with exciting prizes. Win a bottle of champagne with your £1 entry ticket. Make a note in your diary now to join in the festive fun. Details from Lindy Gillam: lindygillam65@hotmail.com

VICTIM SUPPORT: (VS) is an independent charity dedicated to supporting victims of crime and traumatic incidents in England and Wales. Our purpose is to provide specialist help to support people to cope and recover to the point where they feel they are back on track with their lives.

Our volunteers play a wide range of vital roles within Victim Support, providing emotional and practical support to people affected by crime, supporting our office teams with project work or administration, and raising much needed funds. Victim Support volunteers generously give their time to help people move beyond crime. Their support helps people feel stronger, understood and able to move forward with their lives. We always need new volunteers to join our local Sussex teams so please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you! For more information see our website: www.victim support.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer/being-volunteer, or e-mail sussexvolunteering @victimsupport.org.uk

CHRISTMAS GIFTS: Family Support Work Christmas Gifts. A collection box can be found in each benefice church in November and early December for Christmas gifts (new and unwrapped please) of toys for younger children, vouchers for teenagers, small presents for Mums and also Christmas goodies. These gifts will be distributed to the families by Phillipa Fleming, the new Deanery Family Support Practitioner, in the run up to Christmas. Your gifts of toys, chocolates, crackers and other festive goodies will make their Christmas something to remember, bearing in mind that these families even more than most, are going through hard times. Website: www.familysupportwork.org