Parish Pump Hailsham - December 13, 2013

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St John’s was the culmination of the week long visitation of the Bishop of Chichester, Martin Warner, to Dallington Deanery. The Bishop spent last Friday in the benefice, starting with Dallington C of E primary school, and St Giles, including a talk with the curate John Wrenbury. Then on to Warbleton Parish Church, and discussion with the rector, Rev Marc Lloyd. Then Marc conducted a service of Evening Worship at Bodle Street, at which the Bishop briefly spoke with words of challenge and encouragement. Challenge to be ever vigilant in our safeguarding policy toward children and the elderly, and encouragement to know growth in depth both in church life and drawing people to Christ, and thirdly in our giving, of time and money. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion.

CAROL SINGING: The annual procession of carol singers around the village will be on Tuesday, starting at the White Horse Inn at 6.30pm. Please join in; you will need a torch, warm clothes and your singing voice. If you know anyone in the centre of the village who would like a visit then please contact Geoff on 01323 833343. A collection will be taken for Save The Children, and the evening ends back at the White Horse, at about 8.15pm.

FILM CLUB: An earlier date for the club this month, next Friday evening at 7.30pm, with doors open at 7pm for drinks and mince pies. The Intouchables, has broken box office records in its native France and in Europe. A story of friendship, between a disabled millionaire and his street smart ex-con carer. It is in French with subtitles.


BONFIRE BINGO: If you are stuck for something to do this evening then go along to the Charles Hunt Centre (in Waitrose car park) in Hailsham from 7pm. Eyes down at 7.30pm, tea/coffee available (or bring your own drink). Help the society raise much needed funds for next year’s bonfire spectacular.

FARMERS’ MARKET: Hailsham Farmers’ Christmas Market is in The Cattle Market from 9am to 12.30pm, tomorrow, Saturday. There will be a raffle with items donated by the stallholders. The charity chosen this year is Family Support Work, which helps local families in need. They will receive half of the proceeds and the rest will go to the Market funds. Father Christmas will also be popping in. Buy your fresh local food, as well as bespoke gifts from the craft stalls, for that extra special present. You can also speak to the farmers, producers and makers, who will answer any questions you may have.

CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA: From 9am to 4pm tomorrow, Saturday, Hailsham town centre will be offering a day of fantastic festive fun with everything you would expect to get you into the Christmas mood. Father Christmas will be there in his Sleigh and there will be market stalls for gifts and treats, hog roast, roasted chestnuts, mulled wine and a skate rink from 10am to dusk. There will be entertainment from the Jazz Caverners, South of Saturn and the Kingfisher Marching Band. Have a go on the Reindeer Rodeo and get your face painted between 10am and 4pm. Punch and Judy will be bringing a smile to faces from 10am to 1.30pm, as well as a children’s pottery workshop from 9am to 4pm, balloon modelling and magic from 1.30pm to 4pm. Hailsham High Street will be closed to all traffic between 5.30am to 10pm tomorrow. Residents are asked not to park in the High Street on the night before and use nearby car parks where possible.

INDOOR BOOT SALE: Eastbourne Rabbit Rescue Charity are holding this event at Reid Hall, Boreham Street (BN27 4SD) on Sunday between 9am and noon. Entry is 50p. Early birds from 8am £1. Stalls are £7 pre-booked on (01323) 410727.

ST MARYS: This is the third Sunday of Advent. 8am Holy Communion (BCP). 10.30amHoly Communion with crèche and children’s groups. 6.30pm Carols by Candlelight. A service of carols and readings followed by mulled wine and mince pies. Christmas and other Services at a glance: Saturday December 21, 3pm a concert of carols and Christmas music with Wealden Brass and festive refreshments. Sunday December 22, 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am All Age Special, The Nativity told in drama and carol, 2.45pm Christmas Communion with Carols at Emmanuel, Hawkswood Road. Christmas Eve, 4pm and 6pm Christingle Family Carol Services (two identical services, choose the time that suits you best), 11pm Holy Communion. Christmas Day, 8am Holy Communion, 10.30pm and Christmas Family Celebration, Sunday December 29, 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am All Age special, Sunday January 5, 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am All Age special for a New Year, 6.30pm Evening Prayer.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a Service at Primrose Hall, from 11am until noon followed by refreshments. The medium is Rev Ron Jones. All welcome.

NUTCRACKER: If you are looking for a treat this Christmas, HOPS will be presenting two performances of Tchaikovsky’s ballet, The Nutcracker, at The Pavilion on Wednesday at 2.15pm and 7.45pm. Filmed in 3D (although being shown in 2D) at Russia’s Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, where the original Nutcracker was first staged 120 years ago, this sumptuous production combines the magical world of the sugar plum fairy with Tchaikovsky’s enchanting musical score. Tickets from the box office are £8 adults to include tea or coffee and mince pie, £5 for U15s.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: The second round of the Projected Digital Images competition was judged by three club members, Jan Cunningham ARPS, John Deller LRPS and Roger Scott. Each taking turns to comment on an image, all three then awarded marks out of 20 and those with the highest scores in each class went through to the final, which was not easy for 80 varied entries. Beginners: Always Look Up Pam Maclay, Lichen and Out For A Sail Brian Gell, I Love You Graham Wilkinson and Flying High In St Ives Martin Rumery. Intermediates: Entombed Gill Terry, Bob, The Window Cleaner Janet Monk ARPS, Patrolling the Station Wendy Chrismas LRPS. Advanced: The Pitons and The Pitons (1) Peggy McKenzie, Through The Roof Ray Beckwith, Wing-Drying Anhinga Roy Broad, Goshawk Head Study Colin Chrismas LRPS, Autumn In The Woods Janice Payne LRPS, Snarling Serval Louise Pemberton, Brighton West Pier Terry McGhie ARPS. It is always very interesting to hear remarks and viewpoints from other members of the club when they act as judge, and Jan, John and Roger did an excellent job. This is an annual event with new judges every year that is looked forward to and enjoyed by the members.

OLD TIME DANCE CLUB: Strictly? Well not quite, but it is Wealden District’s only Old Time Dance Club. Members celebrated with their Annual Christmas Dinner Dance at the Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne recently. Fifty-five members and guests attended, enjoying an afternoon of Old Time Dancing including The Lancers. Live music was provided by Andrew Varley. The club meets at Summerheath Hall, Hailsham every Wednesday evening 7.15pm to 10pm. Entry is £2.50 per person. For club details contact club Secretary John Hayes 01323 728332.

CADET PRESENTATION: Hailsham Mayor, Cllr Jo Bentley attended No 19 Hailsham Platoon Annual Awards Presentation Evening to hand out two of the ten accolades to cadets who worked hard to achieve challenging goals this year. Also in attendance were Deputy Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex Colonel Nick Richards and Sussex Army Cadet Force Commandant Colonel Kevin Hearty. Cadets were presented with trophies for Best New Recruit and Best Uniform. Shields were awarded for Best Achievement and Team of the Year. A special picture frame was presented to Best Cadet overall. Other awards on the night and presented by the Town Mayor were a cup for Best Attendance and Most Improved Cadet. The No 19 Hailsham Platoon (Army Cadet Force) is an organisation open to boys and girls aged 12 to 18 years (Year 8+). The platoon meets twice weekly at the Cadet Headquarters (Victoria Hall, Victoria Road) on Mondays and Wednesdays, between 7.30pm and 9.30pm. Meetings occasionally take place at weekends and a summer camp is arranged once a year, usually in August. Enquiries to 07749 063563 (evenings) or email

U3A is providing entertainment for the residents of Bowes House care home this afternoon, Friday, at 2pm. Their choir will sing carols and there will be poetry readings, some written by members of the Creative Writing group. Members were saved from silence at last month’s meeting as speaker failed to appear. What an embarrassment for chairman Sue Wilson and speakers secretary Sue Seabrook. Two hours of silence to cover for a record audience of over 100, including seven newly joined members and 11 visitors. How to fill the vacuum? They need not have worried. Sue W, Sue S, and Welfare Officer Dawn Kimpton opened proceedings by reading out some interesting personal histories of Hailsham written by members for the SUN project. Then a request for party pieces brought forth some tremendous talent. First George Gregory regaled members with some mariner’s tales from his war years in the Royal Navy, followed by a jolly song called The Indian Lass and a poem about a whale. Next came Pam Smith who gave a wonderful rendering of the famous Stanley Holloway monologue, Albert and the Lion. When congratulated afterwards and told what a nice surprise he had given members, George said: ‘Nobody was more surprised than my wife.’ And Pam revealed that she has always been interested in drama and her father used to collect monologues for her to learn and recite. She knows many by heart and has, before now, entertained her church group with her performances. One audience member commented what a great afternoon it had been. In fact the word she used was fab. Hear-Hear’, say all. The December meeting is on Tuesday at 2pm when there will be a choir concert with carols, table quiz, tombola and refreshments, exhibitions by various groups, plenty of time to chat with old friends and make new ones. If you are interesting in joining U3A then please contact Sue 840797 for the details in the first instance.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

CHRISTMAS SERVICES: Hellingly: Sunday, Holy Communion (CW) 6.30pm Evensong; December 22, 10.45am Holy Communion (CW), 6.30pm Carols by Candlelight; Christmas Eve, 5.45pm At the Manger Crib Service, 11.30pm Midnight Mass; Christmas Day, 10.45am Holy Communion (CW); December 29, 10.45am Holy Communion (CW), 6.30pm Evensong. Upper Dicker: Sunday, 9.15am Holy Communion; Christmas Eve, 4.15pm At the Manger Crib Service; Christmas Day, 9.15am Holy Communion. 9.15am Holy Communion. Tuesday 9.30am to 10.30am Holy Corner. Meet the Vicar at the Village Shop and Cafe, Upper Dicker.

SUSSEX FOLK CAROLS: An afternoon of traditional folk carols, Christmas anthems and songs including pieces from the repertoire of the Copper family of Rottingdean at traditional folk carols in the Elizabethan Great Barn at Michelham Priory on Sunday at 2pm. This is a charity event performed by the Lewes Saturday Folk Club. Usual admission fees to Michelham Priory £7.50 for adults, £6.50 for seniors.

MOTHERS UNION: The last official branch meeting of the year was a fun evening with Pam and Andy Calender who make extremely good glass jewellery at their home in Eastbourne for part of the year. Then in the summer months transfer to their second home on a canal barge to continue their skills, visiting various locations along the canals of the Midlands. Hence their visit to us was entitled The Glass Barge. There were amusing stories and a short explanation about the intricacies of making jewellery with varying forms of glass. It was amazing how beautiful the finished products were. In true supportive fashion, members rose to the challenge, purchasing their favourite pieces and Pam kindly donated from the takings towards MU funds. Branch meetings are open to all, (held on the second Tuesday of each month), both male and female, married or single. There are currently 53 members and five of those are men.

DICKER FESTIVAL: This evening, Friday, there will be music and dancing at the Plough Inn from 7pm onwards. If you want to eat order your food on 844859. Tomorrow, Saturday, there will be a Family Christmas at the village hall with candle-light walk led by Santa from Plough car park. Bring and share food and a present for a less fortunate child for Demelza Group 0-19 years on. There is a prize for best children’s fancy dress from 4pm to 7pm at Dicker Village Hall and DRA Goody Bag for each child. On Sunday there are Carols by Candlelight at 5pm at Holy Trinity Church.

CLOTHES MARKET: Angie and Hilary will be on hand again with their evening clothes market on Thursday between 6pm and 9pm.

COFFEE MORNINGS: On Thursday there will be mince pies, festive fare and stalls. You can also exchange books. Coffee mornings are every Thursday from 10am to noon at Dicker village hall.

A HUGE THANK YOU from Jane Tourle who would like to thank everyone who contributed towards making the Macmillan Coffee Morning held at her home, such a success. £2,602 was raised, an amazing amount of money. Next year Jane says she shall be more organised with the ploughman’s lunches and cream teas. She was not expecting people would come in such numbers, apart from those who had pre-ordered. A very special thanks from Jane also, to all who donated towards the raffle, tombola and produce stalls and the wonderful helpers. Without people’s generosity, none of this would be possible.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

FATHER CHRISTMAS, courtesy of Hailsham Rotary Club, will be in the village tomorrow, Saturday. He’ll arrive in Fiennes Road at about 4.30pm and then move on to Dacre Road, Queens Road, Buckwell Rise, through Fairlawns Drive to the Ridgeway, James Avenue, Monceux Road and Fairfield.

WALKING CLUB: On Sunday the walking club will be meeting at Hailsham Leisure Centre at 10am when Trudy and Irene will lead a four mile walk of Alfriston. All are welcome. If you need further information or help with transport please call them direct on 848790.

2014 CALENDAR: The Merrie Harriers Bonfire Society calendar has been flying off the shelves and if you haven’t bought your copy they are available from the Merrie Harriers pub. Locals and regulars of the pub as you’ve never seen them before for the price of £6 per copy. Money raised will of course be going to the Merrie Harriers Bonfire Society local charity and good causes fund which distributed £7,400 this year.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) will be held at Wartling Church at 8am with Holy Communion (CW) along with the Carol Service being held at Herstmonceux Church at 9.45am and 6pm respectively. Messy church will be held at the Reid Hall in Boreham Street between 2.30pm and 4pm. £7.50 will buy you a very beautiful calendar brought out to help raise funds for our two churches. To purchase the calendar please call in at either Windmill Hill or the Post Office or contact Alan on 833626.

TEA DANCE: Don’t forget that on Tuesday Rhys and Pam Clatworthy are staging another of their Tea Dances in the village hall between 2pm and 4.30pm. All are welcome, even if you prefer just to sit and listen to the music. Afternoon tea will be served during the interval, all for £3.50 per head. If you need any further details please contact either Rhys or Pam on 833022.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: On Sunday December 1, an overcast but dry and windless morning that felt more like early November than December, 21 of us set off from the village of Rodmell. We passed Monks House, the home of Virginia Woolf, and turned into the twitten leading to the beautiful 12th century church with its square tower, pyramidal spire and flint walls. In a short while, we were gaining height to reach open downland with excellent views towards Newhaven. We soon came upon a landmark of considerable importance to the Lewes Footpaths Group (LFG), the Prime Meridian signpost (signifying 0 degrees longitude), dividing the Eastern from the Western Hemisphere. This passes just to the west of Rodmell. It is of special significance to LFG, whose members this year completed the entire 273 mile trail from Peacehaven in East Sussex to Sand le Mere in East Yorkshire. So we stopped for a group photo at the spot. Turning westwards, our route took us past Breaky Bottom, the famous vineyard nestling in the valley below. It might have been nice to stop for a quick wine-tasting but visits are by appointment only, and we did not think that the unscheduled arrival of a troop of muddy walkers would be welcomed. After a long, gentle descent, we arrived back at Rodmell, exhilarated by our exertions and with a feeling of satisfaction that we’d had the best of the short winter day. We were delighted to welcome on this walk three people new to our group and hope that they will join us again as members. The walk was led by Vivien. The next walk is on Sunday, A Seaford Stroll. Meet at Lewes Railway Station in good time to catch the 9.25am train to Seaford.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will visit the following areas this week. Today, Friday: Wannock village hall 9am to 9.30am; Ades Field, Church Bailey, Westham 10am to 10.40am; Ades Field Wilmington 3.15pm to 3.35pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11am; Village Hall Arlington 11.15am to 11.40pm; Laughton village school 2.45pm to 3.30pm. Wednesday: Hurst Lane, Windmill Hill 9.50am to 10.20am; Bodle Street Green village hall 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; Punnetts Town School 11.45am to 12.25pm, Catsfield village hall 3.45pm to 4.15pm. Thursday: Ashburnham 9.50am to 10.10am.

Ninfield & Hooe

HOOE OPEN GROUP are having their Christmas luncheon, which will be held at the Cooden Beach Golf Club today, Friday, when members are able in invite guests. The January meeting will be a members’ forum, when the programme for 2014 will be formulated. If you are interested in joining a very friendly group of ladies, go along to Hooe Village Hall at 2.30pm on Friday, January 10, and be assured of a warm welcome. For further information contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

CALENDAR: The Hooe History Society 2014 Calendar has been such a resounding success every copy has now been sold. However not all is lost as Peter and Pam Doodes will be placing another order for more to be delivered well in time for Christmas. So if you would like to purchase one or more calendars please make contact as soon as possible. 01424 892329 The calendars make great Christmas presents at just £6 each, good to keep for oneself and at the end of the year the photos can be cut out and framed.

THE FLOWER GROUP will be holding their AGM on January 6, 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall. If you would like any further information regarding the Group please contact Susan on 01323 844634 after 6pm or weekends, or

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Parish Eucharist. December 17, 7.30pm, St Oswald’s Carol Service. Sunday, Ninfield Methodist Church, 2.30pm No Room at the Inn, Worship and Music with drama group Christian Voices with Revd Ian Wales. December 18, Christmas Communion with Revd Ian Pruden.


THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre, is hosted by Polegate Gardeners Society. All welcome in the lounge from 10am until noon.

CAROL SERVICE on Sunday at Trinity Church. Refreshments after the service which commences at 10.30am. A service will be held at this church on Christmas Day.

RAMLING CLUB walks on Thursday include Leisurely Walk, Frosty Winds Might Blow 2 miles flat, no mud, meet 10.15am Downland Medical Centre. All leisurely walkers welcome at Guardian Court, Polegate at 11am for coffee, and nibbles, no stiles, with Rick. A long walk of nearly 6 miles, Alfriston, Berwick, Alciston With a Climb, mainly flat, tracks and fields, could be muddy, one steep climb, one long down but they could be left out if weather bad, five stiles, with Barry. Or nearly 9 miles Around Alfriston, may be some hills, few stiles, take picnic, tea at end. With Rosalind, more info from or email info@polegateramblers, or telephone Carol on 484621. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground 9.30am.

CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING on December 21, at Polegate Community Centre, all welcome in the lounge, at 10am includes free mince pies. Hosted by the Social Section kitchen fund, including 500 club draw.

POLEGATE DRAMA group pantomime is Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates. The pantomime will be running from January 18 to 26. Bookings taken at Archer and Partners, High Street.

PCaSO Eastbourne Support Group. The October meeting was busy with 26 people attending to hear Karen Aylward talk about the Macmillan Cancer Support Family Service. Karen has previously spoken at the meeting but reiterated the purpose of this free, confidential emotional and psychological support for anyone living with cancer, their family members or carers. She explained how the service has grown and the geographical reach of the service into Seaford, Uckfield and Hastings with the help of volunteer counsellors and experienced supporters. Karen also outlined planned changes to the service in 2014 including a name change to Macmillan Counselling Service and mindfulness sessions which will run over a period of time for two hours per week. These sessions have been recommended as best practice to help people live in the present rather than focusing on the past and worrying about the future. After time for questions and refreshments the raffle raised £35 for group funds. Karen was thanked for once again providing an informative talk. Please contact Graham Hatfield on 01323 749258 / 641513 or e-mail if you require further details or visit our website:

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session at the King’s Centre, Edison Road, Eastbourne on Tuesday from 2pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 8pm.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

POLICE CHOIR: Sussex Police Choir is giving a concert at Punnetts Town Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday, night at 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 for one or £10 for two, and are available on the door. The choir do not charge but ask that surplus funds are given to a charity of the organiser’s choice. The hall committee have kindly decided that in this case it will be for the Warbleton Church Bells Appeal. The fund is making steady progress, towards our overall target of £22,000.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion led by Rev David Laskey.

CAROLS ON THE GREEN: There is a change this year in that we have members of Warbleton Brass Band leading us in singing carols outside Osborne House around the tree at 7pm on Wednesday. This event is organised by members of Coffee and Company and is followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the Community Room.

THE TREE: Mention of the tree in the previous item reminds me to mention that the residents of Osborne House are very grateful for the donation of the superb tree and the decoration of it. It certainly brightens up these dark evenings on the Green, for all of us.

COFFEE & CO: Are you all fingers and thumbs when wrapping presents? Why not let Lin Collins help you with this task at Coffee and Company at Osborn House Community Room this Thursday. Wrapping paper, tags and ribbons are provided, or you can bring your own. A donation box for the Dunn Village Hall will be available to express you gratitude in a tangible way. While you are doing this of course you can enjoy, coffee, tea or hot chocolate, and a chat with friends. Doors are open from 10 to noon.

HISTORY GROUP: Our last meeting of the year, on Monday, was our Christmas party. Betty Martin and her team had organised a lovely evening with good food, and good company. Our entertainment was provided by Recycled, who play tunes mainly from the sixties and kept my toes tapping. Thank you to all who contributed to the evening. Our next meeting is on 13thJanuary when Charles Harding will talk about Anglo-Saxon Sussex and Kent. Our next walk is our Boxing Day stroll to work off Christmas lunch. It will be about two miles long starting at the church lichgate, Warbleton, and ending up at the Black Duck the other side of the road.

PARISH COUNCIL: One of the responsibilities of the parish council is the maintenance of the village green, which it owns on behalf of the community. The mowing is carried out by contractors, who have a contract for two or three years. The current one ends next year and tenders are invited by Warbleton Parish Council for the mowing of Rushlake Green Village Green and surrounding areas. For full details of requirements, please contact the Clerk to Warbleton Parish Council, The Firs, Barley Mow Lane, Punnetts Town TN21 9DJ or email Tel no. 01435 831653. The closing date for responses is 31 January 2014.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

GLEN CHORALE: Ansy Boothroyd very recently took over as director of music for the Glen Chorale and she is already proving to be very popular and efficient. The concert on December 9 began with David Siggs, suitably attired in hat and scarf and with lantern in hand, singing Past three O’clock as the choir joined in. They made a good sound, and so it continued, with the voices blending well together. Candle Song composed by Esther Bird and Jingle Bell Rock, arranged by Pam Cruickshank, were included in the programme. Both ladies had at one time conducted the concerts at Wannock Hall and are fondly remembered by many in the choir and audience. There were several solos. Janet Short-Windsor’s high soprano voice suited the snowman’s Walking in the Air and Janet Togut’s rendering of Lo! How a Rose delighted the audience. In the second half it was the turn of two of the men to sing solo. David Nunn’s I’ll walk with God was delivered with feeling and expression and counter tenor David Thorpe’s Coventry Carol didn’t disappoint. The Calypso Carol had everyone’s feet tapping. Christmas Day was sung to the melody of the Beatles’ Yesterday with lyrics written by 13 year old James Jillians. Due to the excellent diction of the choir, the audience were left in no doubt what the fate of the poor turkey would be on Christmas Day. Tea and mince pies were served after the concert, and flowers presented to Ansy Boothroyd, pianist Isabel Saville and the ladies in charge of the refreshments. Front of house Ken Robinson received a bottle of wine. It was a most enjoyable afternoon.

NATIVITY: On Friday December 20, The Church Street Nativity will be taking place. Meet at 6pm at St Mary’s Church Willingdon, and if you would like to dress up as one of the characters in the bible story, so much the better. Please sign the list at the back of the church. The main characters have been chosen but at present there is still room for a couple more kings and I am sure you can’t have too many shepherds or sheep. Mary and Joseph and the Angel Gabriel will make their way along Church Street accompanied by all their followers, stopping off to see the wise men, (in Anji’s hairdressing salon). Then the shepherds become part of the story, and the garden at Flint House will be the setting for the shepherds’ field. It might be a good idea to take a torch or lantern. Fr Michael will re-count the story as it unfolds and everyone can join in with the carols. Finally the crowds arrive at the inn, or to be precise the Wheatsheaf. The inn keeper Martin Hughes will proclaim that there is ‘no room at the inn’ for Mary and Joseph and he will direct the weary travellers to the ‘stable’ opposite, which is the ideal setting – decked out with straw and a manger for the baby. At 8pm The Long Man Morris Men will be leading more carol singing in the Wheatsheaf. I don’t remember them in the bible story, do you?

CONCENTUS CHORALE’S Christmas concert takes place at 7.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at St Saviours and St Peters Church Eastbourne. For tickets or further information, please contact Evelyn Smith on 01323 643358. There will be a retiring collection for local charity the JPK Sussex Project.

TRIANGLE LACE CLUB members will be meeting at Trinity Church Hall from 10am to 2pm tomorrow, Saturday. There is a trade stand with lace supplies and equipment, and guidance on the art of lace making can be given. The cost including tea and coffee is £2.50. For further information, ring Rowena Gausden on 01323 484165.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Blue Reed, headed by Chris Page, will be providing the entertainment at the Wheatsheaf at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, with their blues and classic covers.

THE BRITISH QUEEN: The Christmas draw will be taking place at The British Queen at 8pm tomorrow, Saturday, so there is still time to buy raffle tickets. This will be followed by entertainment from the Watson Brothers. On Sunday the Jazz Caverners will be entertaining at the British Queen from 1pm to 3pm.

TRINITY CHURCH will be having a carol service at 10.30am on Sunday followed by refreshments.

CAROLS: Members of St Mary’s Church will be singing carols at Sunrise Senior Living at 6.30pm on Tuesday followed by more carol singing at the Red Lion at 8pm. Everyone is welcome.

STREET MEETINGS: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at Willingdon Court at 11am on Tuesday and at The Grove at 11am on Thursday. Do go along and meet her, particularly if there is anything you would like to discuss relating to her role. PCSO Ali Beadon can also be contacted by ringing 101 extension 68233 or on her mobile 07787 685 755.

PROBUS CLUB will be meeting at 10.15am for 10.30am on Thursday at the Red Lion.

THE RED LION: The next charity quiz at The Red Lion will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday. The cost to enter is £2 per person which includes a chip butty. The winning team will receive half the proceeds and the remaining half goes to charity. The winners can then choose the next charity they would like supported.

GRAHAM MORRIS chef at the British Queen, is getting his team together to join him for his annual sponsored New Year’s Day swim. This year it will be held at the beach by the Redoubt, as the bandstand will be closed. It will take place at noon. This will be Graham’s 32nd annual swim and the charity that he has chosen to support this year is Eastbourne Ambulance Community First Responders. Hoping to take part will be Angela and Rob Cain, Steve Marshall, Neville Walley, Alan Mitchell and Martin Smith. They should be in safe hands as Graham used to be a life guard.

THE EIGHT BELLS: For the first time The Eight Bells will be serving lunches on Christmas Day itself. There will be one sitting. It is best to book. Please ring 01323 484442.

THE RED LION will be having a disco on Christmas Eve from 8pm to 11pm led by Paul Hayes, which is open to all. Food is being served between 6pm and 8pm. There are still some tables available but they are getting booked up quickly. Please ring 01323 502062.