BLOOMSBURY PAINTINGS: An Exploration of the Bloomsbury Paintings in Berwick Church through image, music and word today, Friday, 6.30pm at 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.
HAILSHAM CHORAL: Haydn the Creation with Hailsham Symphonia tomorrow, Saturday, 7.30pm at 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.
DAFFODIL FESTIVAL: At Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker tomorrow, Saturday, until April 14.
CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Holy Communion BCP at Alciston; Holy Communion 9.15am at Upper Dicker; Holy Communion 9.30am at Arlington; Holy Communion 9.30am at Selmeston; Holy Communion 11am at Berwick; Morning Worship (no Communion) 11am at Wilmington.
COFFEE MORNING: Community Coffee Morning, Tuesday 10am to noon at Alciston and Selmeston Village Hall. All welcome.
WHIST DRIVE: Berwick Whist Drive, Wednesday 7.15pm in Berwick Village Hall. New members always welcome.
DICKER PLAYERS REUNION: Dicker Village Hall, Saturday March 30. Have you ever been in a production by the Dicker Players? We are having a reunion of Dicker Players past and present, anyone who has helped with the catering, lighting and tech, music or performing on stage. Clive Hale has now retired from organising the annual cabaret so it is an appropriate time to have a reunion and look back on what we’ve done. If you have any video footage of show, please let me know. We’ll try to show some clips during the evening. We also want to plan a special one night only event on November 30, a return of the Dicker Players to their roots, at the Dicker Hall. If you’d like to come along to the reunion, let me know and I’ll give you details. Josie 01323 840048/07505 007049.
MUSIC EVENING: Bluebell Roots Music Evening, Sunday March 31, at The Bluebell Kitchen, Bates Green, 6.30pm for 7 pm. Tel. Jim 07980 892072.
PUDDINGS GALORE: Wednesday April 3, 7pm, Alciston and Selmeston Village Hall. Come and hear about a new initiative to support schools in Uganda being organised by Paul Sutton from Milton Street, with the support of our churches and local residents. A simple dish of soup cooked by your favourite chef, Peter Blee, followed by desserts of your dreams: pavlova, apple pie, trifle, ice-cream and cream, how can you resist? Come to the pudding fest at 7pm, or if that’s not possible, come to the talk by Paul at 8pm. To book your place ring Linda Hallums, 01323 896008 or Michele Boys, 01323 870623, by Wednesday March 27. The hall and food have been donated by an anonymous benefactor, so all money collected goes to this very worthwhile charity.
ARLINGTON RESERVOIR: Arctic conditions heralded the start of February but by the end of the month our anglers were basking in temperatures that were more like early summer than late winter, and the weekends were super busy not just for The Fishery, but walkers and visitors were out in force taking in the glorious views and enjoying the unseasonably warm temperatures. The fish have been equally enthusiastic and, to quote one of our rangers, ‘they’re just jumping on to the hooks right now, it’s fantastic.’ One weekend in February saw 89 anglers catching a staggering 320 fish between them, that’s an average of nearly four fish each. Flies doing well are still primarily boobies fished close to or on the bottom, and green seems to be the favourite colour, especially with a blue flash in the tail. The most successful spot is currently The Bay, but for a bit more of a challenge the rangers suggest trying The Willows, Gabians and The Dam Wall. For more advice about how the reservoir is fishing either give our friendly rangers a call on 01634 276310, e-mail: fishinglodge @southeastwater.co.uk or visit corporate.southeastwater.co.uk/ fisheryreports for an up-to-date report.