QUIZ NIGHT: Have you booked your table yet? This quiz is on Saturday March 30 at Hellingly Village Hall, 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Tables of six. Cheese platter, refreshments. Please bring own drinks. Cost £8 per head, tickets available from Barbara Moore 01323 841685. The funraising committee would also welcome any donations of raffle prizes for their planned events.
HELLINGLY CHURCH: Central Heating. There is a temporary problem with the central heating, which is under investigation, as one boiler is not functioning. The temperature in the church will therefore be lower so please allow for this before coming to services. If you would like to buy a lily for a loved one to decorate the church at Easter please donate £3. Place the money in the small envelopes at the back of the church marked Flowers and put it in the safe by the door. If you indicate, on the envelope, the name of the person you wish remembered, their name will be displayed on a list in the church. The Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday April 14 (Palm Sunday) in church at 12.30pm followed by a light lunch. We are awaiting a date from Bishop Richard to hold a Confirmation Service later this year in Hellingly Church. If you are interested in learning more about being Confirmed please speak to one of our clergy. If you are interested in becoming a churchwarden or a member of the PCC forms are by the door, please either ask a current churchwarden or a current PCC member to find out more.
BEDES: Bede’s School has submitted a planning application to construct an additional hockey pitch with astroturf and high fencing next to the existing hockey pitch. This additional pitch will be very close to the Weald Way. The planning application also includes the relocation of a full size cricket pitch in the fields immediately next to the village. To do so, the school plans to fell two rows of 23 ancient Oak trees. These trees form boundary hedgerows dating from the Enclosure Act of 1855. The trees all have Tree Preservation Orders. Three species of bat including the uncommon noctule bat forage along these lines of trees and many birds have been recorded using the trees. The trees are part of our heritage and provide the local landscape character. They are visible from the Weald Way, a national trail used by tourists. Oak Tree - Nature’s Greatest Survivor, presented by Dr George McGavin, BBC4, March 11, 9pm is well worth viewing on I-Player. Please e-mail or write to the Planning Officer, Wealden District Council by April 4, to express your views regarding this planning application, WD/2018/2556/MAJ.
DICKER QUIZ: Have you got your tickets yet? The ever popular Dicker village quiz is at the village hall on Saturday April 6 at 7pm for 7.30pm. Tickets are £7.50 which includes supper (two courses) with tea or coffee. Bring your own other drinks. Whether you have a team of up to six, or come on your own, they will place you with a team or you can choose one to join. There will be a raffle with lots of prizes. The Quiz Master is Stuart Higgins. Tickets and information from Jenny 01323 844687 or Glynis 01323 846924.
COFFEE MORNINGS: The Coffee Morning and Book Exchange is at Dicker Hall 10.40am to noon Thursday mornings. Book exchange or purchase 20p.
DAFFODIL FESTIVAL: At Michelham Priory starting tomorrow, Saturday, daily to April 4 from 10.30am to 5pm. Normal admission applies.
BLUEBELL TRAIL: Opening daily between April 11 and May 19 from 10am to 5pm, this annual event is eagerly awaited by both visitors and charities alike. If you have never been you really must, it is lovely. This is its 47th year and offers a fresh green carpet of emerging bluebell leaves, a white display of wood anemones, a unique view of green, white and blue as the English bluebells emerge, followed by the many vistas of blue when the bluebells are fully out. This timing of this sequence is dictated by the soil temperature, not by the organisers. Every Friday they post an update on the home page of www.bluebellwalk.co.uk.