Hellingly & Horsebridge

HELLINGLY CHURCH: 8am Holy Communion Hellingly, 10.45am Family Service Hellingly. Every Thursday 9.30am BCP Holy Communion at Hellingly.

MOTHERS UNION: The next meeting is at 7.15pm on Tuesday in Hellingly church. Colin Tourle will share his choice of the eight discs he would like to have with him on a desert island. Last month, Hellingly MU welcomed Kathryn Anderson in June. Kathryn talked about her trip to Kenya last year and members thoroughly enjoyed an interesting, friendly and cosy meeting. After a short service Kathryn showed slides from her memorable trip and you could tell from her stories, how much the party of eight who travelled to Kenya, got out of the whole experience. It will be something they will never forget. The roads they travelled on were terribly dusty and rough, but all the faces they saw, especially the children were always smiling. Dishes of local food were prepared everywhere they went and it was a pleasure to welcome fellow MU members. The trip was very busy, visiting many MU groups, seeing the faith they had and the things they do and were moved by the fact that these people have nothing, but are so happy and welcoming. They have their faith and that is everything to them. The trip remains so close to Kathryn’s heart. They met and worshipped with many people. Kathryn shared her feelings of becoming the new Diocesan President at the end of December when Chris Emson finishes her six years of office. She was feeling quite nervous but very much looking forward to the challenge.

SUNDAY SERVICES: 9.15am Holy Communion Upper Dicker.

SEWERS: Dicker Residents Association confirmed that Southern Water has mended the wastewater pumping station and has installed a second pump. CCTV is identifying congestion spots and pumping of the sewer water pipes was being done. Jetting of the sewer from Bedes to Coldhardbour Road is scheduled to be done every six months.

BEDES: The planning application for the football pitches was passed. It is now confirmed that there will be no flood lighting, portable or otherwise of any description on the previous ménage area, or on any of the other pitches.

SPEEDWATCH: The April monitoring session at The Plough coming from Berwick and at Cricketfield House coming into the village, resulted in 99 vehicles reported. The next session will be during the week of June 22. The team was thanked for its work. Speeding fines and penalty points can only be handed down where a police officer or safety camera has been involved. Speedwatch groups are aware that some offenders are ignoring the letters and visits they receive from the Police, and continue to re-offend. Arlington Parish Council has asked the Chief Constable why an individual’s speedwatch record over the previous twelve months cannot be taken into account when they next come under notice by a Police Officer or safety camera. APC awaits a response.

ENVIRONMENT GRANTS: Funding is now available for Environmental Projects. The developers and the landowner of the solar Farm at Berwick, as part of the Unilateral Undertaking have now paid approximately £34k into a Fund, to be administered by Wealden. This replaces the Community Benefit Scheme which had previously been promoted. Under the Unilateral Undertaking this fund of money should be used in the local parishes of Arlington, Berwick, Chalvington with Ripe and Selmeston and should be used as follows: the making of grants and or loans to offer opportunities to grass roots community voluntary groups and individuals to receive grants for the promotion and installation of energy efficient measures, small-scale renewable energy projects and education and capacity building projects or other projects involving renewable energy, climate change and nature conservation and enhancing the public realm through planting so they may create and/or deliver outcomes for the benefit of their community and members by a simple effective inclusive programme within the local parishes. The four parish councils have agreed to work together to make sure that the funds are allocated in an equitable way. Wealden DC are Trustees of the funds so they will have the final say, but we have been assured that our recommendations will be listened to. So if any organisation/group in one of the four parishes would like to propose a project that needs funding in line with the Undertaking please approach your parish council.

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