Arlington & Berwick

BINGO EVENING: Today, Friday, in Berwick Village Hall.

HAILSHAM CHORAL: Perform Favourite Carols Through the Ages tomorrow, Saturday, 7.30pm in Hailsham Parish Church, Vicarage Road, Hailsham. Tickets adults £12, under 18s £6, from The Camera Centre, Hailsham, or on the door.

WW2 CHRISTMAS: (An Evacuees Christmas) tomorrow, Saturday, at Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, 01323 844224,

CAROL SERVICE: On Sunday, 4.30pm in Selmeston Church. Also Carols on Sunday in Upper Dicker Church.

COFFEE MORNING: Community Coffee Morning, 10am to noon on Tuesday in Alciston and Selmeston Village Hall.

CONCERT: Richard Durrant’s Candlelit Christmas Concert with special guests Amy Kakoura and Nick Pynn, Friday December 21, 2.30pm and 7.30pm at St Mary and St Peter’s Church, Wilmington. Richard heralds the Christmas season as he returns to Wilmington with singer Amy and master fiddler, Nick, to serve a festive feast of tunes from the early music repertoire. British folk, traditional carols and original guitar works. Hosted by natural storyteller, Richard, these three musicians’ performances are always flawless and full of midwinter magic. Over many years Richard’s Candlelit Christmas concerts have become a seasonal tradition eagerly awaited by music lovers across the UK. Tickets £16, £15 concessions, £5 for under 18’s. Tel. 07771 641856 or visit

WHIST DRIVE: On Wednesday, 7.15pm in Berwick Village Hall.

NEW YEAR’S EVE SPECIAL: Bluebell Roots New Year’s Eve Special, Sunday December 30, 6.30pm, Bluebell Kitchen, Bates Green Farm. Something nice in that little period between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Join us for a ticket only special evening of live acoustic roots music and of course Philippa’s wonderful food, menu TBA. Music from Lily Ramona and our very own Milton Hide, plus local floor performers. Email: or call Jim on 07980 892072 for more details.

CONSERVATION WORK: In Arlington Churchyard in late autumn. Five of us met on Monday October 29 and Saturday November 10 in dry weather for a general tidy up in the churchyard and to continue improving the areas near the lych gate and the meadows. Brambles and dead stems of Nettles have been cut back and some surplus docks dug out. Fallen leaves and more dead grass were raked off and the turf lightly scarified. This has produced small bare patches where seeds of yellow rattle, knapweed and ox-eye daisies have been sown. Near to the east wall of the church, the grass has been close strimmed and the cuttings removed. This will reduce the fertility in the soil and allow more light to reach the soil for new seeds to germinate. Primroses, foxgloves, ox-eye daisies and knapweed are some of the locally grown native plants which have been planted near the lych gate. These plants will provide nectar for pollinating insects from Spring to late summer and colour for us to enjoy. Earlier work of cutting and raking off the grass cuttings is already paying dividends. On the east side, several plants of meadow buttercup have appeared. On the north side, bird’s-foot trefoil and ladies’ bedstraw have increased significantly. Many thanks to everyone who has taken part this year including those who provided hot drinks and cakes. We look forward to seeing you all next year. (HP).