Hellingly & Horsebridge

WEDDING SHOWCASES: On Sunday at Blackstock Estate, Grove Hill, Hellingly BN27 4HF from 10am – 3pm entry is free and you will be able to meet the wedding team, explore the venue and grounds as well as sample wedding food. If you are vegan, then there is a Wedding Showcase just for you on Sunday 20 January. Veganism is about more than just diet – so, at this wedding showcase there will be a whole host of suppliers who specialize in vegan-friendly goods and services. Please book early to avoid disappointment on 01323 848006.

COMEDY NIGHT: There is comedy at Blackstock Estate on Friday 25 January. The sell-out stand up night returns with amazing and very funny stand-up comedy talent from across the UK. Doors open from 6pm with the show from 8pm to 10.30pm. Over 18’s only. Licensed bar. Tex Mex and Burger Menu. Shared table £9.95pp, shared table slightly restricted view £6.95pp, private table of 10 £89.55. Boom on 01323 848006.

FARMHOUSE BREAKFAST: On Saturday 2 February at Hellingly village hall between 8.30am and 1.45pm. Suggested donation is £10 and U14s £5. To book please contact Gill and Bryan Hesselgrave on 01323 844613 or email stonehouse@hessel.force.9.co.uk. The event is in aid of RABI the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, which supports farming families. You can find out more at www.rabi.org.uk.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH: About 40 people came to the Christmas lunch at Upper Dicker. A huge ‘thank you’ to the small team who cooked and served the meal. £150 was raised which is being donated to Chestnut Tree House. This is the children’s hospice for Sussex, Brighton, and South East Hampshire caring for 300 children and young adults from 0-19 years of age.

FLOOD FORUM: The Cuckmere Flood Forum is working with ESCC – the lead flood authority, to obtain data on flooding throughout the valley. There are many fields which we all know flood regularly but with no data-base it is impossible to prevent inappropriate development. Flooding is not always from the river but can be highway gulleys or high ground water levels or run-off from high land. Cuckmere Flood Forum is trying to gather information about flooded areas along the Cuckmere, this includes fields which have flooded historically. If you see a flood and can take a photograph with details of date and location, they would appreciate you letting them know. They can either be sent to your parish clerk to forward or direct to the Flood Forum at stonehouse@hessel.force9.co.uk. This data will enable parishes to fight development in inappropriate areas in the future. At the moment there is an Environment Agency map showing fluvial flooding. However, there are many areas with high ground water levels subject to flooding, and there are no historical records of these and the Cuckmere Flood Forum would be grateful for your help.

ACTION IN RURAL SUSSEX: Donna Lonsdale is a Village Agent working for Action in rural Sussex, (AirS). AirS is a charity that has been working with communities for over 80 years and is passionate about supporting local people to provide new activities and services. Her role is to encourage community development in rural locations in East Sussex – this is free to access. If you would like further information or assistance, please email: Donna.LonsdaleO’Brien@ruralsussex.org.uk. Please visit the website: https://www.ruralsussex.org.uk/whatwe-do/village-agents/.