Hellingly & Horsebridge

HELLINGLY CHURCH: 8am Holy Communion Hellingly, 10.45am Holy Communion. All welcome. Every Thursday 9.30am BCP Holy Communion at Hellingly. This Sunday at 5pm there is a Joint service of informal prayers and worship for our benefice at Hellingly church. Today at 9.30am Hellingly School it is the KS1 Harvest at Hellingly church. On Monday 2 November at 8.45am there is the Licensing of Rev Tim Buckler at Bedes Multi Purpose Hall, by the Bishop of Lewes. Advance Notice for Sunday November 8 is Remembrance Sunday and there will be a Service of Remembrance at Upper Dicker church at 9.15am and the Hellingly service will gather at the War Memorial in Hellingly Cemetery for 10.45am. (The church will be closed and there will be the one commemoration for the whole community)

MUSIC FOR MINIS: For pre school age children, every Wednesday in term time at 2pm at Hellingly church. Musical activities and a cuppa for the grown ups. Free but donations welcome.

FOOD BANK: Hellingly Church is a foodbank distribution point every Thursday morning from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Use your vouchers to pick up your supplies and enjoy a cuppa.

FESTIVAL OF TRANSPORT: Quality always sells. Any follower of the TV programme Flog It will recognise this phrase. It is true of cakes as well! Tess and Simon Gray would like to thank all the cake bakers for the high quality cakes they made for this year’s Festival of Transport cake sales. There are many people who come to us every year for their favourite cakes and then come back for more. There were many generous contributions of over £100 which helped swell the total which was £1,370. There was a day of rain where unfortunately when there were no outside customers. Tess and Simon said ‘We feel that our presence at the Festival highlights the church as the centre of Hellingly, the whole Festival has a very good feeling and this comes to a focus with our church service. ‘We enjoy the Festival and look forward to it, never doubting the support that we get from all of you in making, selling, and buying the cakes. Any ideas from you for different products we can sell are always appreciated.’

THANK YOU: Gill Monico is very pleased to announce that the coffee morning at The Kings Head, Horsebridge, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, held on Thursday September 24, raised a total of £633. Thanks to all who supported this event.

PCC NOTES: At the Hellingly PCC meeting of September 22, the following were the main items discussed at this meeting:

MARION NICHOLLS’ MEMORIAL PLAQUE: Having thought the approval was going to be forthcoming the Chancellor of the Diocese, who has the final say, had requested that the wording on the plaque should be reconsidered if he was to give his approval. The PCC unanimously, but reluctantly agreed to respect the DAC’s proposed inscription with extra wording.

GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE: The Church Architect is working on a detailed plan of the proposed Memorial Garden which will be open for inspection and comment in due course.

HOLY TRINITY CHURCH: Upper Dicker is considering seeking to become a Chapel of Ease, enabling Hellingly and Upper Dicker to become one parish. The augmented PCC would be for the whole benefice and the Church would grant a licence under faculty for Bede’s School to use the building, but church services would be retained. This is still at an early stage.

ADMINISTRATOR: Administrator and Publicity Officer. The PCC agreed to proceed with this post and an advertisement for this post will be put in the Parish Magazine.

SECURITY: Owing to a situation that arose over the Summer new access arrangements and distribution of keys has had to be reconsidered.

MUSIC FOR MINIS: This has made an encouraging start on Wednesday afternoons with newcomers every week.

CHARITY COMMISSION: The current charity status of our Parish Church is as an unregistered charity but now has to register with the Charity Commission.

CHARITABLE GIVING: Every year the church makes donations to local charities and organisations that members support. This is a Biblical principle of sharing God’s generosity with others. A list of organisations was considered and donations agreed.

DICKER SUNDAY SERVICES: 9.15am Holy Communion at Holy Trinity Church, Coldharbour Road.

COFFEE MORNINGS: There are weekly coffee mornings with a book exchange at Dicker Hall 10.40am to noon every Thursday. Book Exchange or purchase 20p.

MICHELHAM PRIORY EVENTS: For more information visit www.sussespast.co.uk but in summary coming up over half term from October 24 there is a trail to follow, Ghost Walk on October 30, Halloween weekend (October 31 and November 1) and another Ghost Walk on October 31.

LEISURE AND RECREATION: At the Advisory Committee the following items were discussed: Regarding dogs on allotments, there had been two occasions when dogs had not been under control. A discussion was held on the current wording in the tenancy agreement and what the PC may allow. The committee will recommend to the PC to allow well behaved dogs on a lead on the allotments or in the owners fenced enclosure, providing the dog cannot get out. If the PC agree to this proposal the Clerk will change the tenancy agreement to commence 1 January 2016. The sign at the allotments will be checked and recommendations for changing it will be brought to the Parish Council meeting

The cricket club is really struggling and is trying to recruit new members. If they are not successful they may have to fold. They are looking at getting a site screen and possibly a sign along the road to highlight that cricket is being held. It was confirmed that the sign would probably require Highways’ and possibly the PC’s permission. Suggestions were given on recruiting new members and obtaining grants for the sign. The PC have been given details of the proposed improvements to the area by the cricket commemorative stone, the committee will take the proposals to the PC meeting for approval.

Concern was expressed that some people who had written to the PC did not appear to be aware of the

reasons why the design the new village green competition was being undertaken. It is because the fencing had to be removed and the PC wanted to involve residents and needed to ensure that cars

could not be parked on the grass and that the green continued to be a pleasant area for residents and visitors. A discussion was held on prizes for the winners and it was suggested that a list of the winners be shown in the noticeboard. It was proposed that the entries be scanned in and shown at the Village Shop so that residents have a chance to see them.

PARISH COUNCIL: During the public session it was confirmed that the Clerk was leaving the PC. Also, Lindy Gillam (Speeding Action Group Arlington - SAGA) thanked the Parish Council (PC) for adding speeding to the agenda. She confirmed that ESCC had rejected their request for a 30-40-50mph speed limit in Arlington, they have offered to improve signage and work is being done with Highways on this. She highlighted local villages that do have a 30mph speed limit and gave details of an accident recently between a car and a horserider. The PC was requested to take action over the speed limit. Cllr. Nigel Coltman (WDC) confirmed that he is on WDC Planning Committee South and was available to comment during the planning session. A member of the public expressed concern over the planning application for a new solar farm on the Wick Street site and that it is being advertised as a community solar farm however, it is not a community venture. He also expressed concern about how long it would take members of the public to get their investment back. It was highlighted that the application is on good arable land. A Councillor asked whether the planned site is where the archaeological remains were previously found and it was confirmed that the application now covers half of the north field and that English Heritage have now accepted the new proposals.

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