HELLINGLY COMMUNITY PARK TRUST: Chairman of the HCPT, Gill Hesselgrave reports: We started work in 2001 on the getting the Hellingly Hospital grounds designated as a public open space. This was achieved and since then we have worked with developers and Hellingly PC to obtain our wonderful park. Our work is now virtually finished as on June 24 Hellingly Country Park was handed over to Hellingly Parish Council. This was marked on August 20 by a reception and a tree planting. We had a large turnout of HCPT members and most of the Committee. At the moment we are spending our funds on equipment for the groundsman and we also made a contribution to the CCTV as this overlooks the children’s playground and helps ensure a safe environment. We would like to thank all those who have supported us over the many years, and we hope to see you at our winding up AGM on November 18.
MEN’S BREAKFAST: Come along to Upper Dicker village shop at 9am tomorrow, Saturday, on the second Saturday of the month. They meet for breakfast and then have a guest speaker. The café does a scrumptious breakfast, just have tea and toast or indulge in a Big Dicker Breakfast. This week, Vicar David Farey, talks about My Life in Cars.
FAMOUS ART SONGS: As part of the Hailsham Festival of Arts and Culture, there is an event at Hellingly Church on Sunday at 3.30pm. In the 19th and 20th centuries, composers took poetry written by the most highly regarded poets of their time, and turned them into songs for one voice and piano. Performed by Linda Grace accompanied by Duncan Reid. Arrive at 4pm and enjoy a cup of tea and slice of cake before the performance (£3). Tickets are £10, £9 concessions.
MOTHERS UNION: On Tuesday at 7.15pm there is an evening of reflection of the MU theme for this year, A Celebration of Faith in Hellingly Church.
VOICES AND BELLS: On Thursday there will be a concert with a selection of light and comedy music at Hellingly Church led by the Hellingly Church Choir and Musical Director Peter Willson. Great music from George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin with some Flanders and Swann, Tom Lehrer and other great humorous songs. Bells will be provided (you’ll see!). Tickets from Hellingly Church, Pavilion Box Office or on the door subject to availability. Adults £7.50, seniors £6.50, children £2.50.
PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: The new photographic season has begun with a welcome from the new Chairman David Mills ARPS. The guest speaker Trevor Gellard FRPS, well known for his amazing street photography, gave an entertaining and amusing description of his photos taken in Hong Kong, Brighton, Markets, and Circuses. Many of these photos captured the movement, colour and atmosphere of many events. A real treat for Hailsham members, who also enjoyed wine and nibbles and a good catch up following the summer break.
FESTIVAL OF TRANSPORT: The 41st annual Hellingly Festival of Transport held over the Bank Holiday weekend, was blessed with three days of fine weather, resulting in a record turnout of both entrants and visitors. Historic vehicles of all shapes and sizes were on display alongside associated exhibits. Particularly popular with the public were the large array of traction engines, with the opportunity to steer a steam engine, Huxley’s Birds of Prey and the brewery dray from Harvey’s of Lewes. The local community was also involved, with the Sunday church service conducted by the Rev David Farey, held in the main arena. Festival of Transport Chairman, Dave Bone, said ‘It was great to see so many people enjoying the spectacular sights on display on a glorious weekend, the first we have had for several years. As a bonus, the successful show means the Eastbourne Historic Vehicle Club will be able to continue to support local charities. We would like to thank all those in the village for supporting this long standing event and apologise for any disruption our activities caused.’
10K ROAD RACE: Hailsham Harriers are holding their 31st John Faulds Hellingly 10k Road Race at 10.30am on Sunday. The course is similar to recent years with the start in Station Road just past the bridge by the Cuckoo Trail and with a circular route left into Park Road, right into New Road towards Magham Down at Amberstone corner. Left on the Cowbeech Road to the junction and into Cinderford Lane and left down Grove Hill then right into Mill Lane and back to the village on the left road by the church and finally turn right in Station Road to the village hall which is the HQ and a final stretch in Richard Lee’s adjacent field. The event continues to attract the best Sussex athletes and is part of the Sussex Road Race Grand Prix series but the club welcomes all fun runners to test themselves on this challenging but rewarding country lanes course. Entries are still available with a 300 limit and can be accepted either on line through the Harriers website link www.hellingly10k.co.uk or at the race HQ above on the day before 9.45am subject to the maximum limit not being reached. Car parking is only available at the finish area field next to the hall so the competitors are asked not to use local roads. A quality medal is awarded to all finishers together with winners and age category prizes so come along and take part or come out and support the runners on the course.
ARLINGTON PARISH COUNCIL: Next meeting is on Thursday at 7.30pm at Arlington Village Hall. The minutes of August 18 meeting, which include discussion of the 5000 houses in this parish, will be circulated when available. Paper copies available as usual at the Village Shop. See http://www.arlingtonparish.org.uk for all APC information.
MEDIEVAL WEEKEND: This weekend from Saturday at Michelham Priory. For more information visit www.sussexpast.co.uk.
VINTAGE TEA: This event was organised by Glynis Brook and Christine Armitage-Hinks, with added input from Sue Caffyn and a supporting team to raise funds for a memorial window to dedicate as a thank you to a lovely, talented, caring person who is sadly missed. Caroline lived in the village for many years with her first husband and their children. She was a teacher at Park Mead and a member of the Dicker Village Hall Committee. Between them, the family raised significant funds for Macmillan through many different types of events. The Village Hall and Holy Trinity Church also benefited from funds raised by separate fun events. The Vintage Tea raised enough for the window and it was installed on August 18 with members of the family and a number of the residents who made it possible in attendance.
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