HELLINGLY COMMUNITY PARK TRUST: HCPT started work in 2001 on getting the Hellingly Hospital grounds designated as a public open space. This was achieved and since then it has worked with developers and Hellingly PC to obtain a wonderful park. Their work is now virtually finished as on the 24 June Hellingly Country Park was handed over to Hellingly Parish Council. This was marked on 20 August by a reception and a tree planting. There was a large turnout of HCPT members and most of the Committee. At the moment HCPT is spending funds on equipment for the groundsman and also made a contribution to the CCTV as this overlooks the children’s playground, and helps ensure a safe environment. Members would like to thank all those who supported it over many years, and hope to see everybody at their winding up AGM on 18 November.
FESTIVAL OF TRANSPORT: The Hellingly Festival of Transport will be held as usual over the August Bank Holiday weekend at Broad Farm, Hellingly. This year will be the 41st annual event organised by the Eastbourne Historic Vehicle Club. On show over the 3 days will be some 1000 historic vehicles of all sizes and types, together with associated memorabilia. Some of the exhibits will be approaching 100 years old and all credit must go to the respective owners for their efforts in keeping our transport heritage alive. In addition, there is something for all the family, with the Harris Bros. vintage fairground, Huxley’s Birds of Prey displays, children’s attractions, a large variety of trade and autojumble stalls, the Sunday church service with the Rev. David Farey and a beer/catering tent with live entertainment. FOT Chairman, David Bone said, “It is an amazing achievement that, from small beginnings, our show has grown into one of the largest 3-day historic vehicle events in the south east. As well as showcasing our transport heritage over the years the EHVC has donated well over £100,000 to local organisations and charities from the proceeds of the shows.” The event is open from 10am until 5pm each day. Admission is £10 for adults, £2 for children and £7 for seniors. Car parking is free. Stagecoach bus route 51 passes the showground. Further information about the show and the EHVC is available from the Club web site www.ehvc.biz.
HELLINGLY CHURCH: The church is running a cake stall throughout the Festival of Transport from Friday 26 to Monday 29 August. Also, there will be a worship service held in the field at the event on Sunday 28.
Regular services are: Sundays - 8 am Holy Communion Hellingly, 9.15am Holy Communion, Upper Dicker, 10.45 am Holy Communion or Family Service on fourth Sunday, Hellingly; Thursdays 9.30am BCP Holy Communion at Hellingly
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