LITTER PICK: Arlington Litter Pick tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to 12.30pm. As the cycle of seasons moves into a new spring, it’s that time of the year again when we emerge from hibernation for the Arlington Litter Pick, which also acts as a timely prelude to the Arlington Bluebell Walk. As previously, we’ll meet in the village hall at 10am tomorrow, Saturday, to collect litter pickers, bags, hi-vis vests etc, and divide into groups to cover the lanes from Berwick Crossroads to Arlington Road West. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available from 9.30am. This will be our eighth Litter Pick since this community enterprise started in the spring of 2016 and on each occasion a significant amount of rubbish/litter has been collected, never less than 50 bags and on some occasions as many as 100, so I doubt we’ll be disappointed on this occasion. In anticipation of a good turnout for this fun, sociable and worthwhile service to the community as a whole, thank you.
SPRING SHOW: Ripe and Chalvington 52nd Spring Show tomorrow, Saturday, 3pm at The Hayton Baker Hall, Ripe. Entrance free.
CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Holy Communion BCP 8am at Wilmington; Holy Communion 9.15am at Upper Dicker; Holy Communion 9.15am at Arlington; Holy Communion 11am at Berwick; Choral Evensong (joint BCP service with Alciston) 5pm at Selmeston.
EASTBOURNE AUTIONS: The valuation team will be at Denton Island Bowls Club, Newhaven on Wednesday, 10am to 3pm. T: 01323 431444.
PARISH COUNCIL: Arlington Parish Council meet on Thursday, 7.30pm in Arlington Village Hall. Parish Clerk: Alison Stevens, 01323 460007, email arlingtonparish firstname.lastname@example.org
TOURING THEATRE: Title and Deed is on Thursday, 7.45pm (bar open from 7.15 pm) in Selmeston Village Hall. A one-man show by Will Eno, a celebrated American playwright, which is being premiered in this country. It is described as a haunting, funny, quietly moving examination of what it is to search for ‘home’, that singular place in the world where we can feel complete. Why not come along and share a beautifully poetic evening of story-telling? Tickets adults £10, students and children 11yrs plus £3, from Michael Weller, 01323 811396, E: email@example.com
BLOOMSBURY PAINTINGS: An Exploration of the Bloomsbury Paintings in Berwick Church through image, music and word, Friday March 22, 6.30pm,The Towner Gallery, Eastbourne. Following the very successful launch of the Conservation Project at Berwick Church at the Royal Institution in London, which featured the dramatised and illustrated story of the Bloomsbury Paintings at Berwick, the event is to be reprised locally at the Towner Gallery. During the evening there will be access to the archive and collection of the preparatory paintings at the Towner. The event will be preceded by a reception with drinks and canapes. Tickets £17. Please go to the church website: www.berwickchurch.org.uk and under News follow the link to purchase tickets.
CONCERT: Hailsham Choral, Haydn the Creation, with Hailsham Symphonia, Saturday March 23, 7.30pm, All Saints Church, Grange Road, Eastbourne. Conductor Jozik Kotz, soloists Catrin Woodruff, Paul Kelly and Daniel Jordan. Adults £15, under 18s £7.50. Tickets from Eastbourne Tourist Office, Camera Centre Hailsham, wegottickets.com and on the door.
OPEN DAY: Arlington Treatment Works and Reservoir, Saturday April 27, 10am and 1.30pm. Join the team of water experts on a two hour tour to see behind the scenes of your local water treatment works and how your drinking water is stored, treated and supplied to your home. Also pick up tips on how to use water wisely and reduce your bills. First come, first served, entry by ticket only. Places subject to confirmation. Visit corporate.southeast water.co.uk/opendays to book or telephone 01732 375410 between 9am and 5pm weekdays. Conditions apply. ID will be required. As this is a working water treatment facility, it is regretted that access is not suitable for people with impaired mobility or children under the age of 14 years.
THANK YOU: Jean Bradford, Peggy Lawrence and Linda Boys would like to thank everyone who gave and supported their fundraising in 2018, they raised £3,939.60. The organisations supported this year were Parkinsons Hailsham Branch; Chalk Farm Project; Cuckmere Bus; Children with Cancer Polegate; Out and About Hailsham; Cuckmere Valley Lunch Club; Berwick, Arlington, Alciston and Selmeston Village Halls; Berwick Produce Association. Since beginning fundraising in 1992 a grand total of £60,905.82 has been raised. If you have any spare buttons, coins, jewellery, used stamps, knitting wool, or old and new postcards, they are more than happy to turn them into cash for their chosen charities. Jean and Linda can be found at Arlington Village Market which is on the first Tuesday of each month 10am to 11.30am.
RACE NIGHT: February 2, The Race Night was a great success with the village hall full of smiling faces. 72 people enjoyed having a little flutter and our thanks to Jim and Josie Tipler who helped on the tote. From messages and feedback received everyone had a fun evening. Tim and I would like to thank Lindy Gillam and Tony Johnson for helping to set up the hall and clear up, and to Tony for the tasty vegetarian lasagne’s. Thanks to Jackie and Peter Appleton also for helping clear up and to Jackie for the very tasty Banoffi Pie and salad and Philippa Vine and Sue White for their pudding contributions. Julia Marsden made some very colourful flower arrangements for the tables which brightened up the hall. Thank you to everyone who came and supported the evening it was great to look around and see people having fun. We raised £868 but our main reason for the evening was for people to enjoy themselves. M&TC.