Parish pump Hailsham - April 17, 2015


HORTICULTURE: The Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Horticultural Society will be holding their AGM at the War Memorial Hall on April 23 at 7.30pm. It is usual for the business part of the meeting to be dealt with speedily before the speaker of the evening. This will be the last AGM as chairman for Dr June Goodfield, one of the founders of the society and chairman since its inception. Dr Goodfield will be stepping down from that role, however, she has agreed to continue her association with the society in the capacity of president, a role previously filled by Lady Healy. The speaker for the evening will be Peter Harrison, who will be representing Pevensey as part of the Magna Carta celebrations in London. Peter is curator of the Pevensey Court House Museum and a trustee of the Pevensey Town Trust. His talk entitled King John in Sussex, a Magna Carta Story, focuses on this infamous king’s relationship with Sussex. Admission is free to embers, £5 to visitors.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship and Children’s Sunday Club. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion.

LUNCH CLUB: The village’s lunch club meets from 11.30am to 2.30pm on Monday at the village hall.


CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday there will be a service of Mattins (BCP) led by The Right Reverend Lindsay Urwin, Provost of Lancing College and Keeper of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. The service begins at 10.30am and refreshments will be served in the church after the service as usual. All welcome. The following Sunday is also Mattins at 10.30am for Vocation Sunday. The cleric leading this service will be announced next week.


ANZAC PARADE: There is an ANZAC Day Gallipoli Campaign service being held on April 26. The service will be held at the Hailsham War Memorial. If any of your members wish to march, it will start at about 10.30am from the car park adjacent to the Age Concern Hall Charles Hunt Centre by going north along Vicarage Lane to the junction with the High Street, then tuning left down the High Street to the Hailsham War Memorial. Those participating in the parade to be assembled for the march by 10.20am. For any other members or supporters to be at the Hailsham War Memorial by 10.45am for the service. If you have a standard or flag and wish to parade, please do so. If your organisation or any members wish to lay a wreath, posies or flowers at either of these, there will be a time during the service to do this. If you require a wreath, could you contact Frank at your earliest convenience on 01323 440749. Anzac Day is on April 25 which coincides with the Gallipoli Campaign which commenced a century ago on 25 April 1915 on the Gallipoli peninsula where the ANZAC and British Mediterranean Expeditionary Force) 29th Division Forces participated.

VINTAGE TRACTOR RUN: This exciting annual event takes place next Sunday April 26. The day starts at 9.30am with many old tractors on show which will be taking to the road starting at around 11am, heading out of the Hailsham Cattle Market site, down Market Street, across the Pevensey levels to Herstmonceux and back again. The market café will be open early for pre event breakfasts and traditional fayre throughout the day. There will also be a raffle.

ST MARY’S: This is the third Sunday of Easter. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups – Model Partners. 6.30pm Evening Prayer. Whatever happened to the future? The Creative Craft Group meets weekly on Wednesdays from 10am to noon in the church lounge. Enquiries to Val on 842345. Crafty Companions meet weekly on Wednesdays from 2pm to 3.30pm in the church lounge. Enquiries to Dawn on 848364. The Bite In will be open for a chat and light refreshments in the church lounge on Fridays. Who Let the Dads Out gets together on Saturdays from 9.30am to 11am. This is a gentle outreach time for dads and their toddlers up to age seven and meets on the last Saturday in the lounge. Enquiries to David on 07739 790369.

HISTORIC VEHICLE CLUB: The Eastbourne Historic Vehicle Club is hosting an event on Wednesday at the Hailsham Pavilion. Robert Harris, of Harris Bros. Vintage Fair from Ashington, will talk about the Social History of England’s Fairs. Tickets £5 from the Hailsham Pavilion Box Office (Tel: 01323 841414).

THE BELLS of St Mary’s are to undergo maintenance work in the next few weeks. They have had no work on them for some 60 years and the ringers have noticed they are becoming increasingly odd-struck. A specialist company, Nicholson Engineering Ltd, was asked what work would be required to improve the ringing. It turns out a number of fairly minor works need to be carried out amounting to some £16.5k but none that necessitate removal of the bells from the church. The bells all appear to be sound but the framework needs attention, particularly the ironwork, although the timbers are sound. There is quite a bit of dismantling work to be done and bits returned to Nicholson’s works where the remedial work will be carried out. All the ironwork, which will remain in the tower, needs to be thoroughly cleaned and tightened up before everything is put back together. Fortunately there have been some substantial donations and pledges towards this work and also the Sussex Churches Bell Restoration Fund have agreed to a grant of £3.5k. There is very little further fundraising to be done. Help is needed however with dismantling, cleaning, painting and tightening up, then reassembling everything ready to ring the bells again. B&B is needed for two men, the assistance of one or two fit persons (under 70 for insurance purposes) to help with the physical, dirty, not dangerous, well supervised and instructed work. If you are able to help please contact Elizabeth on 01323 841127 or email

CATS PROTECTION: At the end of February there was a fundraising weekend at Pets at Home, where neutering vouchers were given out on the first of our Neutering campaign events. They were extremely busy and the first allocation went in under an hour. There were several more of these events, at Asda Eastbourne and in Hailsham town centre, both freezing cold and a return to Pets at Home at beginning of April. There are still a few remaining vouchers, if you know of anyone that needs their cat(s) neutered tell them to get in touch with the centre, by email or phone. ( or 01323 440101). The vouchers are just £5 for an operation at the vets that would normally cost in the region of £60.

BOWLING OPEN DAY: Hailsham Bowling Club is holding their Open Day on Saturday April 25 from 10am to 1pm. Bowls will be provided but you are asked to wear flat soled shoes or trainers. The green is located behind Freedom Leisure in Vicarage Lane and there is ample free car parking. You can find out more about the club by visiting or contacting Tom on 01323 849810 or Kathy on 01323 840595.

ART GROUP: There is an open art session at Gallery North on Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm. £5 per person, tutored. On Tuesday April 28 Hailsham Art Group has a painting demonstration by Josie Tipler. £8. Book. 7pm to 9pm. Visit, email or call 01323 485153. Regarding the Art Trail for Hailsham Festival of Arts and Culture, applications are now open for artists and venues wishing to take part in this year’s festival art trail. The festival runs from September 12 to 20 and venues can be open for all or part of this time. The application form assumes artists have their own venue, but we do also have a list of venues looking for artists so please get in touch if you need somewhere to exhibit. Deadline for Art Trail applications is June 1. Apply online.

CHRISTCHURCH: The preacher at ChristChurch, Hailsham, on Sunday April 26 will be David Devenish, leader of the Catalyst group of churches of which ChristChurch is part. Although best known for his work in Christian Ministry, David Devenish was originally a civil servant working in international trade negotiations. This included being part of the first United Nations working party on the debt problems in developing countries. Although based in Bedford, David Devenish has travelled widely laying foundations and training church leaders in Russian speaking countries which has resulted in over 60 new churches being established in these countries. This is the second occasion David has visited Hailsham. The meeting is at the Ropemaker Centre, Ropemaker Park, at 10am. The church provides a crèche plus groups for children and teenagers. Coffee and tea are served afterwards.

FAMILY FUN DAY: This event is on Saturday April 26 at Hailsham Leisure Centre. Enjoy a fun packed day with special performances by Elsa from Frozen. Enjoy one hour of softplay, one hour of bowling, facepainting, splashdance and introducing new Born to Move classes for ages two years and upwards. The day starts at 9am and finishes at 3pm. Tickets are only £5 for a whole day of activities for the whole family, so book early to avoid disappointment at reception on 01323 846755. T&C apply.

STREET MEETING: On Friday April 24, 6pm to 6.30pm at the Avenue junction with Park Close. PCSO Bond will be holding a meeting giving residents the opportunity to meet and talk about any concerns or issues they may be having where they live. This does not have to be simply police related. Local town and Wealden councillors will also be invited to attend. If you do not have any matters to raise, come out and say hello.

DEMELZA: Tomorrow, Saturday, Demelza is holding the Annual Heffle Cuckoo Fair at Cade Street and Old Heathfield which just gets bigger every year. This year at the Fair, as well as a street parade and lots of fairground rides, demonstrations, dog show, classic cars and many, many interesting stalls, there will also be an Art and Photographic Exhibition with entrants from Hailsham Photographic Society and Arlington Art Group. Details on

ROTARIANS: The Rotarians are holding an Awareness Evening at Callenders Restaurant, High Street, on Tuesday. Rotarians will be there to welcome you and to explain what they do and how you too can become involved, meet new friends and get an enormous sense of satisfaction by helping others. With friendships and a warm welcome waiting they are looking forward to seeing you, 4pm until 8pm.

HERITAGE CENTRE: The museum at Blackmans Yard (behind the kebab shop) opens on Friday May 1 and will be open every Friday and Saturday morning from 10am to 12.30pm until the end of September. Local artefacts and old photos of the town to browse through. Admission is free. Contact David Bourne on 01323 440359.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Guest speaker, Gavin Hoey, is a full time professional photographer. His work can be seen in various photographic magazines and he is driven by a passion for sharing his photography and Photoshop knowledge, regularly making tutorial videos which have been viewed by people across the world. His current workshop, entitled Camera Shake Up, was designed, as the name suggests, to blow away the cobwebs of camera club members, by demonstrating a range of creative camera and Photoshop techniques throughout the evening. Gavin showed how to compose and edit a picture to obtain the best result and how to make a panorama by taking several photographs, moving the camera round a little with each shot, and stitching them together to make a wonderful picture. After the tea break, he talked about how to get creative by joining a camera club or searching for images online. He held a live studio session with a photography shoot in which he used everyday objects, for example fairy lights and a household light bulb, to create some truly memorable images. Gavin also showed how to take a 3D image and handed out special glasses so all the members could appreciate the end result. It was an extremely inspirational evening, full of fun and lots of tips and hints to take and produce the best photographs. Although Gavin’s time is limited due to his lectures being so popular, the club really looks forward to his next visit.

HCC MUSIC EVENT: Hailsham Community College year 11 students are putting on a music event for all as part of their BTEC coursework. This Young Sounds music event includes classical, pop, rock and rap on Tuesday. Doors open 6.30pm for 7pm in the Main Hall at Hailsham CC, Battle Road. Entry is £4 adult and £3 child/student. All money raised goes to St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

Hellingly, Horsebridge & Dicker

SUNDAY SERVICES: 8am Holy Communion at Hellingly. There will be no 10.45am service at Hellingly this Sunday April 19 as Confirmations will be taking place at Upper Dicker with the Bishop of Lewes at the 9.15am service. Please pray for the candidates and come and support them in this important step in their Christian lives. At 5pm there will be Joint Worship and prayers at Upper Dicker. Confirmation Service at Holy Trinity, Upper Dicker. It is very fortunate to have Bishop Richard coming to the benefice on Sunday. He will be at the 9.15am service at Upper Dicker which is to be a Confirmation service. At the time of writing there are eight candidates which really is most encouraging. Hellingly’s 10.45am service is being cancelled to support this momentous event in the life of our parishes. It promises to be a stupendous event with refreshments being served afterwards in the Upper Dicker Village Hall. For more information contact The Rev David Farey, Vicar of Hellingly and Upper Dicker (01323) 440450, 07512 370221 or email

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING: Hellingly’s APCM is on Tuesday and Upper Dicker’s is on April 28, both at 7.30pm. These meetings contain reports that are snapshots of where the churches are at. They also help to set course for where we are trying to get to. Churches in general are under retreat with shrinking congregations. Hellingly and Upper Dicker are under threat and only we together can turn things around. There are vacancies for church wardens, treasurers, PCC members and the like, but also the need for sidespeople, readers, intercessors and so on, including those who can make a decent cup of tea. Something for everyone! It would also be marvellous if we had someone who can look after publicity to make sure that as many people as possible know about the good things happening at Hellingly and Upper Dicker.

MOTHERS’ UNION: The Lent Communion Service was conducted by the Rev David Farey whose theme was Buried Treasure in the Gospel. He urged us to carry on as we have been doing as a Mothers’ Union group, taking strength and encouraging one another, as this is truly a treasure. Jacky presented Jean Smart, who is retiring as a member of the MU committee, thanking her for all her help and support. A plant was presented to Margaret Whiteland who instigated and ran the project of ‘Birthday Bear’ for almost 25 years, the branch having raised a total of £3,843.17, sent to the Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia.

FASHION SHOW: You are invited to attend a Travelling Trends Fashion Show to help raise funds. There will be High Street clothes, with all prices slashed. Please go along and enjoy an evening of bargains, fashion and fun at Hellingly Church on Thursday from 7.30pm. Doors open 7pm. Tickets £5. Please contact 01323 841685 or 01323 841809 to book your tickets.

SPRING SALE: The Mothers’ Union had their spring event last week and raised over £600.

BOWLS CLUB: Hellingly Bowls Club begin their outdoor season tomorrow, Saturday, with an Open Afternoon starting at 1.30pm. They are a very friendly club and will enjoy the company of anyone wanting to have a try or to just come for a cup of tea. Their green is located at the Hellingly Recreation Ground, Horsebridge. The gate will be open to drive alongside the play area across to the club house. Contact secretary, Roy Stanley, on 01323 845076.

COMEDY NIGHT at Blackstock Farm tomorrow, Saturday, promises an evening of rib cracking live comedy by some of the best up and coming stand up talent around. Theatre seats are £6.95, shared table £7.95 or private table (up to ten) £69.95. Booking only online at

PARISH COUNCIL: Hellingly (from the draft minutes): The council had been asked to consider taking on the ancient woodland at the Bowhill Site, it was resolved the council should assume ownership in order to protect the trees for the future. It was noted this would mean a financial burden for the council. Dog waste bin, Mansers Lane: The council considered the letter from the residents of Mansers Lane concerning the siting of the dog bin. A decision was deferred on this item, until ownership of the land in question was resolved. Cemetery Lodge, it was noted additional work was needed on Cemetery Lodge to replace rotten facia. Corsican Pine Tree in the cemetery. It was resolved the contractor should be requested to go ahead with the work as proposed, but only if an assurance could be given that this would render the tree safe. Water Heater at the village hall: It was resolved the Village Hall Committee should obtain additional quotes for the water heater and the heater should be replaced.

BLUEBELL WALK: Last Friday reports were that large swathes of white wood anemones, set off by the green leaves of the bluebells waiting to emerge, makes it look all fresh and peaceful. Sixteen bluebells were seen the day before. The next update is due today at Charities you will help by visiting the walk this week are Upper Dicker village hall and Holy Trinity Church, who would be running the walk and providing the refreshments today. Hailsham Lions would be taking over tomorrow, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, followed on Tuesday and Wednesday by Eastbourne Samaritans and the Rotary Club of Seaford on Thursday and Friday. The 43rd Arlington Bluebell Walk at Bates Green Farm, Tye Hill Road, Arlington, and Farm Trail opening times are 10am to 5pm daily. Entrance is £5 adults, £4.50 seniors (60 plus), £2 children (3 to 16 years), £12 family (two adults and up to four children). Visit

ARLINGTON ART GROUP: Tomorrow, Saturday, Just Art, Arlington Arts Group will be exhibiting in Goward Hall, Cade Street, as part of the Heffle Cuckoo Fair in aid of Demelza hospice for children, 10.30am to 4.30pm. Free admission. On Wednesday Art in Arlington is a tutored session at Pickhams, £6. Book in advance. 2pm to 4pm. Also on Thursday Arlington Art Group will have a watercolour workshop with Jackie Hurwood. £5. The focus will be on Boats in Harbours and Jackie will do a short demo on her approach to this subject then everyone can have a go. Bring your own materials (watercolours) and a reference picture. 7pm to 9.30pm. Email Call 01323 485153.

NEW FOOTBALL TEAM: Arlington Football Club invites you to join their team and are looking for players to join the newly formed men’s team which will be joining the Lewes and District Division next season. They need players of all quality and positions to get in contact. They currently train on Sunday mornings 9am to 10am. Contact Ross via text, email or by phone. Mobile: 07540571764 or Email

HEARING BUS: The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care mobile information and advice service for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people will be in Deanland Wood Park car park, Deanland Road, Golden Cross from 10.30am to 3.30pm on Thursday. The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss. For further information contact: 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail:

Herstmonceux & Wartling

ALL SAINTS: The Service on Sunday is at 9.45am Holy Communion (CW).

WARTLING: The Service on Sunday at St Mary Magdalene is at 8am Holy Communion (BCP).

MESSY CHURCH happens at the Reid Hall usually on the third Sunday of the month at 3.30pm to 4.30pm. This meeting is for all ages and includes games, crafts, teaching and an act of worship. It concludes with a light tea at 5pm. The theme this Sunday is Easter and finishes with a special Easter tea. This is for all ages, whether you are single, married, baby or grandparent.

COFFEE MORNING: A Vitality Village Coffee Morning is being held on Monday from 10am to noon at Herstmonceux Health Centre. The idea is for a chance to socialise but also to look at health and wellbeing. There are regular speakers, quizzes and alternative healthy snacks. Last month’s pistachio and date cake went down a treat.

A programme of events and classes from singing to art is being developed. If you would like to get involved contact Bea Simmons on 01323 833535.

WALKING GROUP: As the route was yet to be advised at time of going to press, you may like to contact Helen on (01323) 845684 or 07732 652962. Whatever the course, it will be on Sunday at 10am.

BOWLS CLUB: On Sunday Herstmonceux Bowls Club green opens and is available for roll-ups. This is an introductory day. Enquiries to Terry Everingham on 01323 832380.

COLOUR SHOW: In aid of Friends of All Saints Church, Herstmonceux, Hailsham Photographic Society had a very successful colour show (described as an audio visual extravaganza) recently with over 500 people attending the three performances. They take the show out to other villages and will be at Herstmonceux on Friday April 24 from 7.30pm at the village hall. Entry on the door is £5 to include refreshments.

RAY AND SHELDON: This over 60s group meets again on Friday April 24 at 2.15 in the village hall. David Homewood will be giving a presentation on phonographs etc. Contact Ann on (01323) 441244.

VITALITY VILLAGE DAY: This is a village information day. Herstmonceux is a busy and thriving community with clubs, societies and activities for all ages. There are shops, post offices, a wide range of businesses, new health centre, pharmacy, school, large village hall, fire station, recreation grounds, village green and public houses. A new project called Vitality Village has been set up and is proposed to connect and advertise all these fantastic opportunities for our community and the surrounding areas. The project will be launched on Saturday April 25 from 10am to noon with an Information Day to allow as many groups and organisations as possible to showcase their activities. Phone Bea Simmons at Herstmonceux Integrated Health Centre on 01323 833535.

RACE NIGHT: The Bowling Club fundraiser held last Saturday was a great success with more than 80 people in attendance. Different from your usual screen-based race night, this was an actual racing machine which required a reverse facing winding official to run the race on which attendees would place their bets. Thanks to the committee and all the helpers and the sponsors of each race the event raised over £1,000.

ST GEORGE’S DAY: Tomorrow, Saturday, from 6.30pm for 7pm at the village hall. £15 tickets from Laurence Keeley, tel 01323 832660. Bangers and mash, and apple pie. Raffle, bar and entertainment. Ends with last night at the proms.

PASTYME WITH GOOD COMPANY: There is an Early Music event in All Saints Church on Saturday April 25. For those who might like to try something a little unusual in their musical diet this spring, the early music ensemble Faronel will be giving this concert. Faronel consists of a trio of musicians who aim to demystify this fascinating area of repertoire with entertaining and informative explanations about the music and the instruments, many of which are rarely heard today. All Saints will ring to the sound of crumhorns, bagpipes, rebecs, harp and much else in a programme which will begin with medieval music from France, England and Italy and move on to focus on works from the court of Henry V111 including some pieces by Good King Hal himself. Among the medieval works to be performed will be many which are as old as the church itself, such as the Hymn to St Nicholas by St Godric (the earliest surviving song in English), the 12th century Hymn of St Magnus from the Orkneys and the world’s oldest piece of keyboard music from a 14th century manuscript discovered just a few miles away in Robertsbridge. The second half will include love songs by Henry V111, ceremonial music from the Tudor court and sacred works by some of the foreign musicians who were attracted to England by the generous artistic patronage of the monarch. Faronel is a Sussex-based ensemble that performs widely in many contexts: two of its members live within the parish and are delighted to be performing on home turf. Tickets £8 on the door, free for under 18s.

SAMS: Sussex Arts, Music and Skills, or SAMS for short, is a new place to learn, create and escape the stresses of life. Situated on the edge of Herstmonceux village in beautiful rural surroundings, it is a peaceful, cosy space, ideally suited to small groups wanting to get away from it all and get inspired. Offer one-to-one piano lessons, guitar lessons, vocal coaching and songwriting coaching, LAMDA Speech and Drama lessons and exams and a variety of arts and crafts activities, there are also weekly Ukelele and Acoustic Guitar groups for beginners. For details call 01323 339339.

SPRING SWING: At the Observatory Science Centre on Saturday April 25 you can join the Surgeons of Swing for a wonderful evening of live music and dancing. The evening will begin with Prosecco (soft drink available) and canapes, then the band will play their first set. There will be ample space for dancing! During the interval you will be served a delicious supper and then the band will play their final set. If the weather is good then there will also be an opportunity to look through the centre’s fantastic historic telescopes at some fascinating night sky objects including Jupiter and the Moon. There will also be a bar open during the evening. 7.30pm to midnight. Cost is £40. Booking is essential as limited spaces are available on 01323 832731 or visit

ACTION GROUP: Herstmonceux Action Group is very pleased to report the parish council voted to reject the Lime Roughs Planning Application for 40 houses on the grounds of prematurity, unresolved sewage issues and concerns about road safety, a potentially hazardous access. The group would now like to ask the parish council publicly to reconsider their support for the Lime Cross application for 70 houses as there are similar concerns here about prematurity, sewage and road safety. Their support for this development is inconsistent and without explanation. A big thank you to parishioners for voicing these (and other) concerns about the Lime Cross proposal so eloquently in the 330 objection letters you sent to Wealden District Council. The number of those supporting the Lime Cross development was six, including five members of the parish council and one parishioner.

SCOUTS: Herstmonceux Scouts spent a night out under the stars and just cardboard boxes last weekend to raise money for and bring home the plight of the homeless.

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Friday: Normans Bay 9.40am-10.10am; Opposite Denbeigh Court, Hooe 10.40am-11.10am; Downsview, Ninfield 11.20am-11.45am; Catsfield Village Hall 11.55am-12.30pm; Hoath Hill, Mountfield 1.50am-2.45pm; Ridgeway, Herstmonceux 2.55pm-3.30pm.

Ninfield & Hooe

HOOE OPEN GROUP met on Friday, April 10, at Hooe Village Hall to hear a very interesting talk on the work of an organisation called Canine Partners, a charity that trains and provides dogs able to carry out tasks for those who are severely disabled and have therefore lost their independence. Elizabeth Downs, based in Bexhill, gave insight into the work of the charity, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, having been founded in 1990 by Anne Conway and Liz Ormerod after seeing the success of a Dutch scheme for the disabled using trained dogs. The only source of funding is charitable donations as there is no government funding available, except each dog loaned out by the charity qualifies for monthly Carer’s Allowance, going towards the upkeep of the dog. The charity covers all the other costs for the dog’s welfare such as vet fees and insurance. The working life of each dog is ten years. The meeting was well attended, which benefited Canine Partners with donations and the offers of assistance with fundraising. Being the nearest meeting to Easter, each member received a chocolate egg. The next meeting will take place on Friday, May 8 at 2.30pm, which will be a talk from Barry Wilkinson entitled It’s Me Again (reminiscent from the past). Visitors are always welcome. For further information about Hooe Open Group call Edna Wallis on 01424 842591 or e-mail:- or

BOWLS CLUB: Ninfield Bowls Club is holding an Open Day this Sunday at 2pm onwards. Everyone is welcome to go along and have a go. The only stipulation is that flat shoes are worn. Bowls will be provided and the afternoon will end with afternoon tea.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: On Monday Ninfield Horticultural Society welcome back Colin Page as their speaker. They meet in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm and have a raffle and refreshments.

GOLDEN CIRCLE: The next meeting of Ninfield Golden Circle is on Tuesday in the Methodist Hall at 2.30pm. They will have Julian Porter of the Bexhill Museum talking on Napoleonic Soldiers in Bexhill. Contact Jean Holmes on 212663.

PLANT SALE: On Saturday April 25, Ninfield Horticultural Society hold their annual Plant Sale and Coffee Morning from 9am to 11am in the Memorial Hall. This is the time to buy from their excellent selection of locally grown plants. They are combining the sale with a coffee morning. Enjoy homemade cakes and coffee while making your garden purchases.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s, Ninfield, 9.30am Family Service. St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Parish Eucharist. Ninfield Methodist Church, 2.30pm Easter series with Revd Ian Pruden.


TALK for JPK Project today, Friday, at Egmond Hall, Old Town, Eastbourne, 7.30pm by Alan Hodges called Maybe It’s Because I’m a Londoner, will take you on a postcard journey starting in the 17th century and concluding in the 1960s. Admission is £5 which includes tea and coffee plus biscuits during the interval.

THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE is visiting Spa Valley Railway on weekends April 18 and 19, and April 25 and 26. To book your tickets go to or telephone 01892 537715.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Underneath the Arches 2.5 miles with Alison. Meet at Polegate Station 10am bus No 98 at 9.38am Terminus Road stand H to Polegate. Or a longer walk, Views of the Giant, 5 miles with Greta W. Meet at Wilmington car park at 10.30am. Bus No 126 9.48 Terminus Road, Stand M. On Sunday, Three Churches, One Spire, with Angela. Meet at The Avenue 9.30am. Walk starts at Chiddingly church car park, at 10am GR 546953.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre, is hosted by Polegate Playgroup in the lounge from 10am to noon.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

POST OFFICE: The Post Office opens for business at The Stores today. The official opening of the Stores Post Office is scheduled to take place at 2pm on Thursday by the Vice Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex Mrs Sara Stoner, followed by tea at Osborne House.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship and Children’s Sunday Club. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship led by Roger Lumley and 6.30pm evening service and communion led by Ray Bodkin.

RGWI: The April meeting is on Thursday at 7.30pm at the Dunn Village Hall. Heather Hook will relate stories of Meeting Grizzly Bears. For more details about the WI or for help with transport contact Marian on 01435 831653 or Sharon on 812388.

HISTORY GROUP: The group AGM was on Monday, and after reports on the year’s activities the following were elected: chairman Bryan Whitton; vice chairman and secretary, Jonathan Austin; treasurer Ray Whitehead; booking secretary jointly Brian and Jill Hartshorn. The following were elected to the committee: John Hobden (walks and membership), Rita Hobden, Colin Rose, Nannette Burton (library), Annette Spratley (library) and Sue Hinman (refreshments). Maggie Lambert-Gorwyn (who had booked speakers for 10 years) and Mike and Gill Squires (outing organisers for many years) stood down at the AGM, and were warmly thanked for their dedicated service to the group. Mike and Gill will stay on until July to see through the trip to Walmer Castle on July 18. We have two walks organised in the next few weeks. The first is our annual (24th) Cowslip walk starting from the Berwick Church car park at 2pm next Saturday, April 25. The second is also flower related and is a Bluebell walk on Wednesday April 29 meeting at the Simon Turner forecourt (by kind permission) in Cowbeech at 7pm. Our next meeting is on May 11 at 7.30pm for 8pm, when Ken Brooks will relate to us the history of the America Ground at Hastings.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

3MMMs (Mrs Miss and Ms) held their AGM on April 8 in St Mary’s Church Hall. The joint chair and committee were re-elected unopposed and were applauded for all the work they have done on behalf of the members. After the business side of the meeting was speedily completed, Jill Parker, Willingdon resident and project co-ordinator of the JPK Project, gave a talk about the progress being made at Edgmont in Old Town, which is to be a supported residential centre for people with a learning disability. Jill explained the site was purchased and planning permission granted in April 2013. The planning consent will expire in April 2016 unless significant building work is underway. Before this deadline, if funds do not enable the project to be tackled as a whole, it will be done in phases starting with eight semi-independent flatlets and an activity room while further funds are being raised for the completion of the project over the next year or so. Jill answered a number of questions. It was an inspiring talk which impressed the 3 MMM members and a donation was given for the charity.

ALAN HODGES will gives an illustrated talk at 7pm today, Friday, at the JPK Edgmont centre in Old Town. The talk is entitled Maybe it’s Because I’m a Londoner. He will also be talking about transport highlights of the 70s.

TRINITY DINERS: The next Trinity Diners’ lunch at Trinity Church Hall is today, Friday, at noon. The menu will be fruit juice, steak pudding with a suet crust or vegetable pie, creamed potatoes and seasonal vegetables, followed by raspberry toffee pie and cream, and tea or coffee. To reserve a place, ring Jennie on 01323 484189 or pop along to check for cancellations. Meals are priced at £5.50.

POLEGATE AND WILLINGDON Local History Society meet from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, at St John’s Church Hall, Polegate. The talk is about Rudyard Kipling and Batemans. Visitors are welcome. The fee is just £2.

THE FLOWER CLUB meet at 2pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall for a practice meeting. Contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

A JUMBLE SALE is being held at St Wilfrid’s Church from 10am to noon tomorrow, Saturday. Admission is 20p. The jumble sale is being held in aid of Brain Cancer Research.

LADIES’ FASHIONS: A sale of ladies’ fashions will be held from 10am to 2pm tomorrow, Saturday, in St Mary’s Church Hall. Sizes are from 10 to 16 and under half shop prices. They include knitwear, T-shirts, trousers, skirts, blouses, coats, dresses and scarves.

RAMBLING: Willingdon Church Ramblers meet at Chalk Farm in Coopers Hill at 10.30am on Monday. They will be driving to Laughton for a five mile flat walk with a few stiles. Everyone is welcome.

MEETINGS: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council hold an events meeting at 7pm on Monday followed by the annual parish meeting at 7.30pm at Willingdon Community School. Please ring 01323 489603 or 01323 489104.

A MUSIC RECITAL will be held at 7.30pm on Monday at St Mary’s Church. Directed by Michael Stumbles, it will include the recital choir with guest singers and instrumentalists. There will be solos and ensembles with a range of musical styles and various instrumental pieces. Admission is free. The retiring collection supports Children with Cancer.

THE BRITISH QUEEN hosts a coffee morning from 10am to noon on Thursday in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice. There will also be a book stall and St Wilfrid’s stall. Coffee/tea and a biscuit or cake is just £1.50p.

QUIZ: Willingdon Residents’ Association is organising a quiz and ploughman’s supper at 7.30pm on Friday April 24 in Trinity Church Hall. The cost is £7 to include supper and a free raffle. There can be up to six people in a team. Ring Richard Nunney on 01323 501238.

WANNOCK ARTISTS’ monthly meeting is at 7pm on Friday April 24 at Wannock Village Hall. The demonstration will be by Brian Smith. It is an Indian scene in watercolour entitled Market With People. New members can join at £16 per annum and visitors are also welcome at £4 on the night, including refreshments.