Parish pump Hailsham - December 19, 2014

Bodle Street Green

FILM CLUB: Jersey Boys is the upbeat film story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and is full of their songs. Doors open tonight at 7pm for 7.45pm start, with mulled wine and festive nibbles being served. Guests are welcome at £6 per head.

CHURCH SERVICES: This Sunday: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 11am All age service, 6.15 pm Carols By Candlelight. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30 pm Carol Service.

CHRISTMAS EVE: St John’s Bodle Street: 6pm Carols By Candlelight followed by mulled wine and refreshments in the village hall. Warbleton Parish Church: 4pm Crib service with a real donkey. 11.15pm Midnight Communion.

CHRISTMAS DAY: Bodle Street: 9.30 am Family service with Holy Communion. Warbleton: 11am Family Service.

SUNDAY DECEMBER 28: Bodle Street: 9.30am Patronal Festival Morning Prayer. Warbleton: 11am Holy Communion and children’s Sunday Club. Dallington: 9.30am Morning Prayer (CW). Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Robin Timms.

NEW YEAR’S DAY: there will be a family service at St John’s at noon followed by a bring-and-share lunch in the village hall.

TWELFTH NIGHT: The Christmas season concludes in Bodle Street with the Twelfth Night (+1) supper in the White Horse Inn, at 7pm on Wednesday January 7. Details are to be had from Bryan on 01323 833554.


CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday, at the later time of 11am, we will have a candlelit service of Nine Lessons and Carols which will be taken by Tim Fogden. On Christmas Eve there will be Holy Communion starting at 11pm and led by The Reverend Mary Sitwell. On Christmas Day the service will be taken by The Reverend Malcolm Elwis. On Sunday December 28 there will be no service but the church will be open for private prayer and visitors. On Sunday January 4 The Reverend Malcolm Elwis will lead Holy Communion to celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany. There will be refreshments in the church after every service except Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day refreshments are usually enjoyed in a village residency, details are announced in the church on Christmas Day.


FARMERS MARKET: The Festive Farmers Market was a great success and over £100 was raised through the raffle for the Farmers Community Network and East Sussex Association for the Blind. The Living Word choir was fabulous and brought festive cheer to customers as they sought out seasonal produce and last minute gifts and Farmer Christmas gave healthy snacks to all the children. The next market is on Saturday January 10. You can find Hailsham Farmers Market on Facebook for the latest news and updates or for more information or about hiring a pitch call the market manager on 07887 910150.

CHRISTMAS HOME ALONE: Originally just 40 places were available for Christmas lunch and entertainment for anyone who may otherwise be home alone at Christmas. Since then another 40 places and another venue was found. There are now around 60 people coming along and there are still a few places left. So if you will be home alone this Christmas or know anybody who will be why not join them on Christmas Day at The Link Coffee Shop in Market Square for Christmas dinner and some light entertainment. Please phone 01323 441079 (Kay) to book a place. They would love to see you. Booking essential, there is no charge. Open from 11.30am for coffee, meal served at 12.30pm.

DEFIBRILLATORS: Hailsham Town Council will help three Wealden district councillors in their campaign to purchase a number of Public Access Defibrillators (PADs) to be installed outside key buildings in the town and made accessible to the public to use (subject to the relevant planning permission). The money needed for the purchase of three PAD units will come from Wealden District Council’s ‘Community Dividend’ fund, from which district councillors have decided to award their individual dividend money to Hailsham Town council for the purpose of purchasing three PAD units for the local community. It is hoped town councillors and other supporters will raise enough money to acquire an additional unit.

ST MARY’S: This is the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am. At 10.30am there is an All Age Special with crèche and The Nativity told in drama and carol. There are Carols by Candlelight at 6.30pm. On Tuesday there is Christingle making in preparation for the Christingle and Family Carol Services at 4pm and 6pm on Wednesday followed by Holy Communion at 11pm. On Christmas Day Holy Communion is at 8am and there is a Christmas Family Celebration at 10.30am. The following Sunday, December 28, is the First Sunday of Christmas and Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am, All Age Special with crèche is at 10.30am. There is no evening service. The Bite In will be open as usual on Friday January 2 and the St Mary’s Church pantomime is The Snow Queen at 4pm, tickets are £5 from Lyn on 841868. Epiphany is on January 4. Holy Communion at 8am, All Age Service for the New Year with crèche is at 10.30am and Evening Prayer, Surprised by Jesus, the Authority of the King is at 6.30pm.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: There is a service on Sunday at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. The medium is Rev Ron Jones.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: New speaker, David Plummer, gave a talk on A Year in Wildlife Photography. David is a freelance photographer specialising in wildlife and travel. He writes magazine articles, gives lectures and slide shows and is also a photographer for the Sussex Wildlife Trust in his home county. He runs photographic trips to places like Rwanda, Kenya and India and is passionate about a new local venture in owl conservation and protection. The evening began with images of this year’s trip to the Masai Mara where he prefers to spend prolonged periods of time with just one subject rather than chasing around taking a single shot then moving on. David explained how getting low and level with the animal gets more intimacy, a soft background, and produces the best shots. There were many pictures of big cats, including a cheetah sitting in the pouring rain with its eyes closed and a family of lions with cubs yawning, playing and sleeping. He followed a serval for hours and a leopard for a few days showing it with its kill, a bushbuck, which was eventually dragged up a tree. David then moved onto Rwanda with shots taken through the vehicle at the street scenes with walkers, cyclists and children together with images of the trek through the jungle to the mountain gorilla with young. Moving onto birds he told how he prepares bait and an attractive perch creating a scene for them to appear in to obtain wonderful pictures, many for magazine covers. Another set of images was how David uses a hide both on land and water to take some lovely pictures of kingfishers, small birds, foxes, badgers, and waterfowl. It was an extremely interesting and informative evening full of stories on how David’s outstanding pictures were taken and it is hoped he will be able to return another time.

BONFIRE BINGO: This evening, Friday, doors open at 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm at the Charles Hunt Centre on behalf of the bonfire society celebrations which in 2015 will be on Saturday October 17. Apologies that I told everyone the Bonfire Bingo was last week. It is always the third Friday of the month.

100 YEARS AGO: The Parish Magazine report of December 1914: Mrs Campian Coles thanks all who have helped to fill the Bag, placed outside Hardwycke, for old newspapers. The result of the sale of such papers from Hailsham and Eastbourne for last month was £10, which was spent in tobacco and cigarettes for the Royal Sussex at the Front. The Bag’s mouth is still open for more newspapers. Preliminary Notice on Thursday and Friday January 8 and 9, the children of the Band of Hope and the boys of the church choir are uniting to give a Naval and Patriotic Entertainment in the Church Room. All profits will be devoted to buying British-made and much needed warm garments for our lads at sea’ who are rendering incalculable service to us in these days.

Hellingly, Horsebridge & Dicker

CHURCH SERVICES: Hellingly: Regular services, Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP), every Sunday, Holy Communion (CW) at 8am. On Sunday at 6.30pm there will also be a service of Nine Lessons and Carols by candlelight. On Christmas Eve there is a Crib Service at 5.45pm and Midnight Communion starts at 11.30pm. On Christmas Day Holy Communion is at 10.45am. January 4, Family Service at 10.30am. At Holy Trinity Church at Upper Dicker on Sunday at 9.15am there is a Christingle Service. On Christmas Eve there is a Crib Service at 4.15pm and on Christmas Day there is a Holy Communion Service at 9.15am. January 4, Family Service at 10am.

PCSO STREET MEETING: There is an opportunity to meet your local Police Community Support Officer to discuss any issues you might have when patrolling the Country and Roebuck Parks, Hellingly and surrounding areas on Tuesday January 6 between 3pm and 4pm.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: The Christmas Fair at Hellingly raised approximately £860. Thanks to all who organised, contributed, helped on the day and came along to buy.

INTRODUCTORY ART CLASS for beginners at Gallery North. Saturday mornings, 10am til noon. Starting on January 10, this is a short series of just four classes where we will cover the basics of drawing and painting. Fee is £24 for the series. You will need to provide your own simple materials, please contact Josie Tipler (number below) to discuss. Also tutored art sessions at Gallery North on Tuesday evenings, 7pm to 9pm and Arlington Village Hall Wednesday afternoons, 2pm to 4pm. A series of eight sessions where we will cover various subjects and mediums including landscape, seascape, figures, watercolour sketching, using acrylics, pastels, mixed media. Two different venues (same classes at each venue): eight sessions starting on January 13 and 14. Fee is £45 for all eight sessions. Bring your own materials. Please book your place early to ensure the classes run. 01323 485153.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

CAROLS AT THE CASTLE: Get your tickets now for this event on Sunday at 2.30pm with the Aaana Colls Singers in Herstmonceux Castle. Tickets in advance by sending cheque (payable to HCE Ltd) to Carol Concert Tickets, Herstmonceux Castle, Hailsham BN27 1RN. Adults £12.50, senior concession £10, children £7.50, includes mulled wine, mince pies and a present for the children from Father Christmas. Details 01323 834479 and

WALKERS: Sunday December 28 at 10am meet at the Cuckoo Trail car park, Hellingly for a four-mile local walk with soup and cake after. Sue on (01323) 848790. If in doubt about the difficulty of a walk or if the weather is poor please ring the leader before setting out. You are responsible for your own well-being and are advised to carry basic first aid and drinking water. Mobile phone numbers which may be useful: Sue 07512 652962, Helen 07732 841768, Trudy 07881 875028, Lita 07561 493111.

FREE CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday there are Carols by Candlelight at 4pm. On Christmas Day a service at 10.45am for 45 minutes. On January 4, Breakfast Club is from 10am to noon at the village hall.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion. Wartling 9.45am Holy Communion. Herstmonceux 6pm Carol Service. Herstmonceux Monday, Carol Singing at The Lamb, 7pm. Wartling, The Bulls Head, 8pm, Boreham Street. On Wednesday, Family Service 3pm at Herstmonceux Village Hall, 11.30pm Holy Communion at Herstmonceux Church. Christmas Day, 9.45 Family Holy Communion at Wartling Church. Sunday December 28, 8am Holy Communion, Herstmonceux. 9.45am Matins, Wartling. 6pm Evensong, Herstmonceux. Sunday January 4, 8am Holy Communion, Wartling. 9.45am Epiphany Family Service, Herstmonceux. 6pm Evensong, Wartling.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: Norman’s Bay Caravan Park 9.45am to 10.15am; The Ridgeway, Herstmonceux 10.40am to 11.15am. Tomorrow, Saturday: Opposite Denbigh Court, Hooe 1.50pm to 2.35pm; Manchester Road, Ninfield 2.50pm to 3.25pm; Downsview, Ninfield 3.40pm to 4.05pm. Wednesday: Deanland Mobile Home Park 9.15am to 11.20am; Chiddingly School, noon to 12.30pm; Community Centre, Hailsham East 12.55pm to 1.25pm; Southdown Court, Bell Banks Road, Hailsham 2.20pm to 3.05pm; Cedars, Milland Road, Hailsham 3.40pm to 4.20pm.

Ninfield & Hooe

1ST NINFIELD SCOUTS: On Saturday, November 8, members of the 1st Ninfield Scout Group sold poppies on behalf of the Royal British Legion outside Sainsbury’s, Bexhill. Despite it being the last Saturday before Remembrance Sunday and Remembrance Day, the group raised a fantastic £639.60. They will shortly be presented with a certificate from the Bexhill Royal British Legion. Well done to all those who gave their time in order to do this.

HOOE OPEN GROUP: On Friday, December 12, Hooe Open Group held their annual Christmas luncheon at the Cooden Beach Golf Club. This year, the numbers of members has increased by almost 20 per cent therefore the attendance was well above last year, almost filling the room to capacity. The event was, as always, organised by Edna Wallis who presided over the luncheon to make certain everything worked like clockwork, she was ably assisted by Maureen Poppy, who got the seating arrangements organised. Each member was treated to a free raffle ticket, the prize being a wonderful basket of Christmas goodies. The event was the culmination of a very successful year for the club, with a first class programme of speakers and social events to match. It is anticipated that 2015 will see continuing growth of what is now a very popular and friendly group of ladies who enjoy each other’s company. The next meeting is on January 9, when the club will hold its AGM. This will see the beginning of another year and hopefully a further increase in membership. If you are interested in joining, just come along on the second Friday of any month to Hooe Village Hall at 2.30pm and you will be more than welcome by this bunch of very friendly ladies. For further information contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

TELEPHONE SCAMS: Ninfield Neighbourhood Watch has forwarded the following warning of telephone scams currently circulating: Banks and police have issued a joint warning to be alert for scam phone calls, after new figures showed a steep rise in the number people being targeted. Almost six in ten people surveyed said they have received a suspect call, a sharp increase from four in ten in a study carried out last summer. The upsurge has resulted in a threefold rise in the amount of money lost to fraudsters, up to £23.9m over the last year, according to industry group Financial Fraud Action UK. These cold call scams often involve fraudsters deceiving victims into believing they are speaking to a police officer, a member of bank staff, or a representative of another trusted organisation. Typically the criminal will then try to convince the individual they have been a victim of fraud, and will ask for personal and financial information in order to gain access to their account. This can include card details, PINs and password. Fraudsters sometimes try to persuade their victim to transfer money to another account, hand over bank cards directly to a courier or withdraw money from a branch. UK banks, building societies and card companies have launched a Joint Declaration, backed by Chief Police Officers from across the country. The declaration clearly sets out all the requests the bank or police will never make, but a fraudster might. The bank or the police will never: Phone you to ask for your four digit card PIN or your online banking password, even by tapping them into the telephone keypad. Ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them for safe-keeping. Ask you to transfer money to a new account for fraud reasons, even if they say it is in your name. Send someone to your home to collect your cash, PIN, payment card or cheque book if you are a victim of fraud. Ask you to purchase goods using your card and then hand them over for safe-keeping. Any caller making these requests is a fraudster. Criminals may encourage their victims to call the bank to verify their identity. However it is possible for them to keep the line open for up to two minutes, so when the victim attempts to make a new call they are still speaking to the fraudster. The advice is to hang up, wait five minutes to clear the line, or where possible use a different phone line, and then call the bank or card issuer on their advertised number to report the fraud. It’s important for everyone to spread the warning message.

HOUSING: An update from Ninfield Action Group (NAG) regarding the recently submitted outline planning for 55 houses at Ingrams Green: Wealden District Council are accepting comments up to December 22. The application went in so hurriedly, it was hand written and consequently missed the required three weeks notice in the local press and on the site. So if you have views on the proposal, send them to Mrs Claire Turner, Wealden District Council Planning Department, Council Offices, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham BN27 2AX. Please remember the Reference WD/2014/2359. Nearly 100 objections have been received from residents. That may not be a record, but shows the fast response and feeling on this. You might feel that Ingrams doesn’t bother you, but if that goes through unchallenged, others will follow and they may affect you, but it could be after the horse has bolted. There could also be rare flora on the site, as it has been practically undisturbed for many years. Don’t forget the group also have a closed group facebook page Ninfieldactiongroup for residents to register and see what is going on.

STAMPS: Ninfield Working Men’s Club are asking you to save your stamps for their charity, Canine Partners, who work in conjunction with Guide Dogs for the Blind. Stamp donations can be dropped off to the working mens club or you can call Marjorie on 892239.

METHODIST CHURCH: Ninfield Methodist Church looks forward to celebrating Christmas 2014. A new event for their church will be a Christmas Tree Festival with decorations by local groups, tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday, noon to 4pm when you can go and see the trees. On Sunday the festival will include a Family Carol Service at 2.30pm. This will be a special family service, with their Minister the Rev Ian Pruden, where you will be able to sing and join in with all your favourite carols and eat some mince pies. Some young people from the village will also be taking part. On Christmas Eve at 4.30pm they will enjoy and worship God together in a Christingle Service for all ages. The Ninfield Scouts and other young people will take part as they share together in a service that shows Jesus as The Light of the World. The outside of their church will be lit by lanterns and inside by candlelight.

CAFE CHURCH: Ninfield Methodist Church are holding a Cafe Church on Sunday, January 4, 10.30am to 11.30am. You are invited to their monthly family service which includes breakfast. Cafe Church services take place on the first Sunday each month.

FIRST RESPONDERS: The Bexhill and District Community First Responders will be meeting on Wednesday, January 7 at Bexhill Fire Station at 7.30pm. If you are interested in finding out more please contact the team leader, Mike Dean on 07970024135.

THE LOCAL HISTORY GROUP are next meeting on January 15, 7.30pm in the Methodist Church Hall. The meeting will be a talk entitled Sussex Characters-Wacky, Weird and Wonderful by Chris McCooey. For further information, contact Rod Ffoulkes (Chair) Tel: 893635.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Parish Eucharist. Ninfield Methodist Church, Sunday 2.30pm Carol Service, with Revd Ian Pruden; Christmas Eve Christingle, 4.30pm; December 28, United Service at Christchurch, 10.30am.


SOCIAL BINGO meet on Monday evenings at Polegate Community Centre in the main hall. Do come and join us. Doors open at 7pm, bingo starts at 7.45pm. Call Shirley on 488035.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Linear, Mind the Gap, 4.5 miles with John C. Meet at Crowlink car park 10am GR 549978 bus 12X, 9.23am Terminus Road Stand J to Friston Pond. On Saturday December 27, Post Turkey Trot, 4.5 miles with Bob J. Meet Gildredge Park, The Goffs, 10am GR 604994. Frequent buses 1 and 1A. On Sunday December 28, Exercise for the Excess, 8.5 miles with Angela F. Walk starts at The Avenue 9.30am GR 607993. Dry lunch.

CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre in the Henry Twine hall from 10am noon. There will be the draw for the 500 club, raffle, bric-a-brac, homemade preserves, books, jigsaws. Free mince pies, meet your friends and deliver your last Christmas cards.

THE COFFEE MORNING on December 27 in the lounge of Polegate Community Centre is hosted by Polegate Twinning. All welcome 10am until noon.

ON JANUARY 1, New Year’s Day Wander, 4 miles with Graham T. Meet at The Avenue 9.45am then to Alfriston Car long stay car park for 10.15am. Lunch at Memorial Hall 12.30am, bring own picnic, but soup and tea and coffee supplied. Or Alternative Alfriston Walk brisk pace, 5.5 miles with John and Marion. Meet at The Avenue 9.45am, walk starts at Alfriston long stay car park 10.15am GR 521032.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 11am All age service, 6.15pm Carols By Candlelight, with Warbleton Brass Band. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30 pm Carol Service. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning Worship with communion led by Colin Povey.

CHRISTMAS EVE: Warbleton Parish Church: 4pm Crib service with a real donkey. 11.15pm Midnight Communion. St John’s Bodle Street: 6pm Carols By Candlelight followed by mulled wine and refreshments in the village hall.

BAND CAROLS: Warbleton Brass Band will be playing in Rushlake Green on Christmas Eve evening.

CHRISTMAS DAY: Warbleton: 11am Family Service. Bodle Street: 9.30 am Family service with Holy Communion.

COFFEE & CO: There will be no Coffee and Company until Thursday January 8.

WALK: On Boxing Day there is the opportunity to work off the food consumed the day before with the walk organised by the history group. We meet at 10.30am at the lytch-gate of Warbleton Church, for a walk of about three miles. After the walk we adjourn to the Horse and Groom, Rushlake Green, for a drink and a chat. Our January meeting is on Monday January 12 at 7.30pm for 8pm start at the Dunn Village Hall, when Michael Withers will talk about Medieval Musical Instruments.

SUNDAY DECEMBER 28: Warbleton: 11am Holy Communion and children’s Sunday Club. Bodle Street: 9.30am Patronal Festival Morning Prayer. Dallington: 9.30am Morning Prayer (CW). Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Robin Timms.

FLOWER SHOW AGM: The AGM of Warbleton and District Horticultural and Poultry Society will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday January 13 at the Dunn Village Hall. Mulled wine and nibbles will be served, and the guest speaker will be Chris Hone, a knowledgeable gardener and beekeeper, who will give an illustrated talk entitled Inside The Beehive. Bees are essential to all crop production and are under pressure at this time. The society needs your support. How? By becoming a member. Benefits include free and early admission to the marquee on flower show day (always the last Saturday in July), reduced cost of membership of the RHS, garden visits and discounts at some local nurseries. Membership is just £4 per annum and you can join at the AGM. For more details contact Margaret on 01435 830560. Your support is needed to ensure the future of the society and the success of the annual flower show.

PARISH MAGAZINE: This is primarily the house journal of the three parish churches but includes much information about local societies, and advertising from local firms. The new year’s subscriptions can be taken out now, contact Lucy (Warbleton) Jeanne on 01323 832055 (Bodle Street) or Roz on 01435 830276 (Dallington). For the past eight years the editor has been Caroline Thompson, who has now handed over the reins to Colette Parsons. Thank you Caroline for all your hard work, and welcome to Colette, who can be contacted on 01435 830439.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

CHARITY DAY: The Red Lion in Willingdon recently held a charity day in aid of the Beachy Head Chaplaincy. Attractions included sales tables, raffles, live entertainment, face painting and a race night. A fantastic £1,420.80 was raised and grateful thanks were expressed to all those who supported the event.

CONCENTUS CHORALE has chosen the JPK Sussex Project to benefit from the retiring collections of both their Christmas Concerts. The performance at St Leonards Church in Seaford has taken place but there is another chance to see it at St Saviours and St Peter’s Church in Eastbourne at 4pm tomorrow, Saturday. For information and tickets contact Evelyn Smith on 01323 643358.

CHURCH STREET NATIVITY starts inside St Mary’s Church Willingdon at 6pm tonight, Friday. The Holy Family are Natasha and Lee and their baby Bethany. Lesley Etwell will be Angel Gabriel and Stuart Freeman, and Pam and Paul Martin will be the kings, but there is always room for more kings and shepherds, angels and even sheep. The nativity story is re-enacted as Mary and Joseph and the crowds flocking out of church make their way to Bethlehem while Fr Michael or Fr Kevin recount the bible story and sing carols along the way. The three kings are waiting inside Anji’s hairdressing salon and the garden of Flint House represents the shepherds’ fields. Finally the Wheatsheaf inn is reached where the landlord Martin Hughes says that there is no room at the inn and redirects everyone to ‘the stable’ across the road where baby Jesus is wrapped up warmly in a manger. Martin usually lays on mulled wine and mince pies for the crowds, which is very generous of him, and then everyone flocks into the pub where the Long Man Morris Men will be leading the carols.

ST MARY’S CHURCH: As well as the usual Sunday morning services, a carol service will be held at 6.30pm on Sunday and this will be followed by sherry and mince pies in the church hall. Contributions would be appreciated. On Christmas Eve there are crib services at 3pm and at 4.30pm. Carols from the organ gallery start at 10.40pm with Midnight Mass from 11.15pm. On Christmas Day there is Holy Communion at 8am and parish Eucharist at 9.45am.

ST ANDREW’S CHURCH Jevington has a Christingle and Crib service at 3pm on Wednesday. On Christmas Day the communion service is at 10am.

TRINITY CHURCH: On Sunday at 10.30am there is a carol service. The Christmas Day service is also at 10.30am.

TRINITY DINERS: A traditional Christmas dinner will be served at noon today, Friday, at Trinity Church Hall. The cost is £6.50. It is likely to be very popular but you could try ringing 01323 484189 early in the morning or alternatively pop along at noon and check if there have been any last minute cancellations.

THE EIGHT BELLS: Pete Martin provides live music with 50s covers from 9pm tonight, Friday. On Sunday, ever popular Paul Frisby leads the carol singing from 8pm. Every Monday evening from 7pm The Hot Club of Jevington, a gypsy swing band, entertains the customers and Tuesday night is quiz night from 8.30pm. On Christmas Eve bookings are still being taken for food. Check times and availability. On Christmas Day it is open noon to 2pm for drinks. There is a private function afterwards for invited guests. On Boxing Day it is open from noon to 6pm. Food will be served but ring ASAP as the Coakham Bloodhounds come along at noon and they make an attractive rural sight. Stray Dogs provide the entertainment from 9pm on New Year’s Eve. Food will be served and entry is free. On New Year’s Day it is open from 11am to 6pm and the kitchen is open for lunch. Ring 01323 484442.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Tomorrow, Saturday, from 8.30pm the eight piece Ragati String Band will entertain customers with their foot stomping songs and tunes. The meat raffle is at 2pm on Sunday. On Tuesday at 8pm the Christmas quiz will be held followed by the Christmas prize draw. Christmas Eve has an apres ski theme and you are encouraged to wear your brightly patterned Christmas jumper. Complimentary cheese fondue is on offer. On Christmas Day it is open noon to 3pm for Christmas drinks. On Boxing Day the normal venue is available noon to 3pm. On Sunday December 28 there is another meat raffle at 2pm and on Tuesday December 30 another quiz from 8.30pm. On New Year’s Eve Doug’s Soul Disco will be the entertainment from 8pm until 1am.There will be a finger buffet in the price of £5.Ring 01323 502069.

THE BRITISH QUEEN: The Christmas draw takes place at 8pm tomorrow, Saturday, with some fabulous prizes followed by entertainment from Atomic Hotshots. On Sunday from 4pm there is a Christmas sing-along led by Leigh Baker. On Christmas Eve it is open from 11am to late evening with food available from noon to 3pm. Sound of the Crowd will entertain from 8.30pm. On Christmas Day the pub is open noon to 3pm for drinks only. On New Year’s Eve it is open for food 11am to 3pm. From 7pm to 1am it is ticket only at £4 and includes the first drink and nibbles. Leigh Baker is providing the disco. Ring 01323 484166.

THE RED LION: On Christmas Eve The Red Lion is open noon to 3pm when food is served until 2pm, and then from 5pm to 11pm for drinks only as tables for food are already booked. On Christmas Day and Boxing Day opening hours are 11am to 5pm for drinks (tables are already booked). Food is available from December 27 to December 30 when the normal hours are kept. On New Year’s Eve it is open noon to 3pm for drinks only and then from 5pm to 6pm to the general public but is then fully booked until 1am. On New Year’s Day it is open from noon to 6pm with food served up to 4pm. Ring 01323 502062.

CHRISTMAS SWIM: Willingdon Football Club’s Boxing Day swim takes place from the beach by the bandstand and is in aid of Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice. The swimmers will change in the Cumberland Hotel ready for a group photo at 11.55am and then it will be a quick dash into the sea. At present there are about 10 swimmers as well as volunteer bucket collectors from the charity. Sponsorship money for the footballers will be divided between Chestnut Tree House and the football club.

NEW YEAR’S DAY SWIM: Graham Morris, chef at the British Queen, will be swimming on New Year’s Day at noon by the band stand. It is in aid of the Fire Fighters’ Benevolent Fund and a member of his team is Dick Broady, an ex-firefighter who also works for the charity. Also taking part is Angela Cain, manageress of the British Queen. It is hoped that a few firefighters will come along with collecting buckets. Alternatively you can sponsor the team at the British Queen. Graham used to be a life guard so his team should be in good hands.