Arlington & Berwick

QUIZ NIGHT: Tomorrow, Saturday, 7pm for 7.30pm in Dicker Village Hall. Teams of up to six. On your own? we’ll place you with a team or choose one to join. Tickets £7.50 includes supper (two courses) with tea or coffee. Bring your own other drinks. Raffle with lots of prizes,
quiz-master Stuart Higgins. Tickets and information from Jenny 01323 844687 or Glynis 01323


MILTON HIDE: Under The Telescope tomorrow, Saturday, 7pm at The Observatory, Herstmonceux. Tickets £10 from The release of the new Dandelion Charm single Stephanie is being marked with a special acoustic gig in one of the majestic domes of The Observatory, Herstmonceux. Clare and John Fowler will be performing with Bob Burke and joined by Milton Hide who will open the evening. Locals may have seen Dandelion Charm perform at Folk at the Old Oak, Summer Trifle and at the Winter Wrap event last November. Milton Hide is the stage name of Jim and Josie Tipler, named after the corner of Wilmington Wood renowned for nightingales.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Holy Communion BCP 8am at Wilmington; Holy Communion 9.15am at Upper Dicker; Benefice Family Service 9.30am at Selmeston; Holy Communion spoken 9.30am at Arlington; Holy Communion 11am at Berwick.

LUNCH CLUB: Cuckmere Valley Lunch Club meet on Tuesday, 12.45pm in Alciston and Selmeston Village Hall, for residents of our downland villages. To book a place or find out more, please telephone 01323 870072 or 871299.

CONTEMPLATIVE FIRE: Wednesday, The Quiet Garden Movement and Hidden Houses of Prayer, Rev’d Philip Roderick, 7pm in Alciston and Selemston Village Hall.

WI: Firle and Beddingham WI meet on Wednesday, An Introduction to Crochet, 7.30pm in Firle Memorial Hall. Just come along and join us.

PARISH ASSEMBLY: Arlington Parish Assembly on Thursday, 7.30pm in Upper Dicker Village Hall. Parish Clerk Alison Stevens, 01323 460007, E:arlingtonparishcouncil

BLUEBELL WALK: Arlington Bluebell Walk and Farm Trail, April 11 to May 19, open every day 10am to 5pm.

ARE YOU ABLE TO HELP: At The Arlington Bluebell Walk 2019, over Arlington Village’s Weekend, May Bank Holiday, Saturday to Monday, May 4 to 6, which is in aid of St Pancras Church and our Village Hall.

We will need lots of volunteers again this year to make the event a success and anyone is welcome to join us during this fun weekend for this worthwhile cause.

Why not bring a friend to help too.

Volunteers are invited to a private viewing of the Bluebell Woods on Friday May 3 at 6.30pm followed by bring and share in the Bluebell Barn. If you would like to help please contact Wendy Holmes or Jackie Appleton by emailing: arlingtonbluebell@gmail.comor telephone: Jackie on 01323 482429 or 07721 539000, Wendy/Pauline on 01323 487250 Tuesday to Friday, 9am to 1pm.

OPEN SPRING GARDEN: In aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice Saturday April 13, Squirrels, The Street, Arlington. Open 10am to 1pm. Parking at Arlington Village Hall.

SPRING JUMBLE SALE: Saturday April 13, 2pm in Arlington Village Hall. Jumble may be taken to the Hall from 2pm on Friday April 12.

SEAFORD CHORAL SOCIETY: Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle’, Saturday April 13, 7.30pm at St Leonard’s Church, Seaford. Tickets £10, children £5, from members, Newberry Tully, or at the door.

LITTER PICK UPDATE: There are two quotations from Shakespeare that come to mind and best describe the successful 2019 Arlington Spring Litter Pick, ‘Blow winds and crack your cheeks! Rage! Blow!’ (King Lear, Act 3, scene 2). ‘We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; (and sisters) (Henry V, Act 4, scene 3).

Blow it did, a real hooley of a wind greeted the litter pick stalwarts who gathered at the village hall on Saturday March 16.

However, not put off by the conditions we all ventured forth and set about the task in hand. As predicted, we were not to be disappointed, and within a couple of hours had gathered the usual amount of litter and rubbish.

Personally, I think the whole community owes a huge debt of gratitude to ‘the few, the happy few’, who, without fail, turn up every six months or so and clear the local lanes of other people’s detritus and unwanted items.

Thank you to all the volunteers (you know who you are), who continue to support this enterprise, it is hugely appreciated.