Parish pump Hailsham - December 20, 2013


HEARTSTART held a fund raising party last week. The treasurer has to do the final counting but they know they have raised a over £900. The recent purchase of a much needed newer 4 x 4 had reduced their funds considerably and Christine Burdon was delighted to be able to tell me that due to the generosity of everyone who supported Heartstart’s Party they have made a start to replenish their coffers.

A QUICK LOOK BACK over 2013 reminds me that in the early part of the year the High Street was closed for several weeks so that new drains and new tarmac could be laid. Local traders felt despondent as visitors obeyed the Road Closed notices and the village was very quiet apart from the road drills. However, when the road is open the need to find an answer to the traffic congestion at the narrows in the High Street goes on. The search is as energetic in December as it was last January. In August the Festival was a great success with the sun shining on Bank Holiday Monday bringing the crowds and raising much needed money for local organisations and charities. Will Alfriston have a Festival in 2014? The search for a new Chair and Treasurer goes on. This year’s Dickensian Evening in November was also blessed with dry weather. A very happy crowd joined the torchlight procession and helped Father Christmas turn on the lights of the Christmas tree, enjoyed the singing, the bands, the hog roast and the late night shopping. The High Street does not have the overcrowded bustle of the local big towns but it is good to see more visitors exploring our shops and visiting the local pubs and restaurants keeping the High Street and village alive. This year has also seen more visitors from our twin village of Veules en Roses.

Bodle Street Green

FILM CLUB: An earlier date for the club this month, tonight, Friday, 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.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. Warbleton Parish Church: 6.30pm Carols By Candlelight. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Carol service.

CHRISTMAS EVE: St John’s Bodle Street: 6pm Carols By Candlelight. Warbleton Parish Church: 4pm Crib service with a real donkey. 11.15pm Midnight communion service. St Giles, Dallington: 11.30pm Midnight Communion.

CHRISTMAS DAY: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family service with holy communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Family Worship. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Communion service. The usual pattern of services will be followed for the next two weeks. St John’s church will celebrate its Patronal Festival on December 29, and has a New Year’s Day service at noon, followed by a bring-and-share lunch in the village hall at 1pm.

TWELFTH NIGHT: Actually, it will be the tenth night this year for the supper at the White Horse Inn. Guests gather at 7pm for 7.30pm start. The three course meal will cost £20, including coffee. Please phone Bryan on 01323 833554 to book a place and provide you with a copy of the menu.


ST MARYS: Christmas and other services at a glance: Tomorrow, Saturday, 3pm a concert of carols and Christmas music with Wealden Brass and festive refreshments. Sunday, The fourth Sunday of Advent, 8am Holy Communion (BCP), Tender Mercies. 10.30am The Nativity told in drama and carol. 2.45pm Christmas Communion with carols at Emmanuel (Hawkswood). 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, Joy to the World, 10.30pm 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.

U3A: Wanted: Fresh faces at the Afternoon Tea Group on the second Monday of the month from 2pm to 4pm. The group meets at Callenders Restaurant (opposite the Grenadier Pub). They do not play games or study anything, they just enjoy a companionable couple of hours talking. If this sounds like your cup of tea then go along and join them. There was an iPad workshop last month held at Callenders. Twenty members went along, a mixture of novices and helpers who brought their own iPads or other similar gadgets where the novices were able to try them out before venturing to buy one for themselves. Chris Drawmer kindly gave a talk explaining important uses such as accessing the Internet, e-mailing, Timeline (equivalent of Skype) and accessing or browsing shopping websites. Although all sizes do the same thing, he recommended the 10” model as the easiest size to type into and carry. There will be another workshop in the New Year for those who could not attend and for anyone needing a bit more help, and again there will be Computer Buddies to assist. Callenders catered for us very well, with coffee, tea and super cream cakes. If you are interesting in joining any of these groups or to find out more about U3A then please contact Sue 840797 for the details in the first instance.

GRADUATIONS: Young Employment Trainees in Hailsham as local ambassadors for a brand new youth employment training scheme showed their support by attending a special ceremony to celebrate the achievements of young people who have completed their course as part of the Hailsham Works! Project. The Mayor of Hailsham Councillor Jo Bentley joined fellow councillors, project staff and Tomorrow’s People chief executive Baroness Debbie Stedman-Scott at the first official Hailsham Works! graduation ceremony which took place at the Hailsham Civic Community Hall. Framed certificates were presented to graduates by Deputy Lieutenant of East Sussex Mr Geoffrey Bush. Awards were given to seven graduates including two young people who recently completed work experience placements at the town council in its outdoor works and reception departments respectively. The Mayor announced at the event that the town council was delighted with the work carried out by both young people and has since employed one of the graduates as a receptionist on a part-time basis. Can you help Tomorrow’s People change lives? Please contact Carolyn Fogg on 07741 272013 or email To join the next group of 16-24 year olds contact Shaun or Kayley on 01323 441194 or send an email to

TOWN COUNCIL 0ffices will be closed from 1pm on Tuesday, and re-open at 9am on

Monday January 6. The Square Youth Café at 1 Market Street will close today, Friday, and re-open on Thursday January 2. Information on all Hailsham Town Council services can be found on their website ( and on the noticeboards outside the council offices and in Vicarage Field. Please note Hailsham Town Council will operate its 24-hour emergency phone line for residents during the Christmas holidays, to report damage to or request an urgent repair for Town Council maintained buildings and grounds only. The number to call is 07500 686023.

ORGAN CLUB: On January 8, top UK organ supremo Brett Wales will be playing the Wersi Louvre organ, everything from Big Bands to Beatles, Strauss to Bluegrass, at the Pavilion. The club meets on the second Wednesday of each month. There is plentiful free parking very close to the venue, which is very comfortable and has excellent acoustics. Doors open at 7pm, shows start at 7.30pm. Non-members are very welcome indeed, just turn up and pay at the door. Further information can be had from Charles Clegg on 01323 762411.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

CHRISTMAS SERVICES: Hellingly, Sunday, 10.45 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. Tuesday, 9.30am to 10.30am Holy Corner. Meet the Vicar at the Village Shop and Cafe, Upper Dicker.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Micki Aston LRPS CPAGB gave a slide lecture entitled Africa, Namibia, Botswana and South Africa. A prominent figure in the world of photography, Micki is widely published in books and photographic journals, a judge and exhibitor lecturing extensively on travel photography. The first series of images were taken in Cape Town South Africa and whilst showing members many varied images, Micki illustrated the value of shooting in the early morning or late afternoon for the best light. In Kruger National Park there were photographs of buffalo, the most feared animal by Africans due to their unpredictability, the rear view of a giraffe chewing food giving him an unusual shaped mouth, beautiful oxpecker birds feeding on insects as they perched on animals, and black backed jackals that predate everywhere. Also wild dogs hunting intelligently in packs and hooded vultures taking part in a feeding frenzy. The big cats of the Kruger included lion, cheetah and a leopard leaping up to climb the trunk of a tree. The guide with Micki advised her to prepare for the shot as he recognised the cats’ behaviour and knew what he was about to do. In Namibia you can hire a car and drive yourself and take lots of landscape images in lovely colours, pale wheat grasses, orange ground, brown and tan rocks, grey mountains and blue sky. Etosha National Park in the north is a salt pan and very flat, but still very picturesque with many dead trees. The images of zebra were stunning as no two have the same pattern and portraits were found in the stripes as they stood together. Birds included a bee eater, cattle egrets and a pied kingfisher carrying a fish. Kolmanskop is a deserted old diamond town which is gradually being reclaimed by the desert with sand filling the old houses giving remarkable indoor photographs. It was an extremely interesting evening with many slides giving a real flavour of a wonderful trip and it was a great pleasure to receive such a talented photographer to the club.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

THE MOUSTACHE: The moustache, which appeared over the top lip of our esteemed pharmacist, Ian at the Willows, has gone but, they raised a lot of money for the Prostate Cancer Fund. £252.44 was raised by the customers with the Willows Pharmacy matching it to bring the grand total to £504.88. Many thanks to all who contributed and especially to Ian for putting himself through this ordeal for a whole month. Sadly the moustache has gone but will be fondly remembered and who knows, next year it may re-appear.

BINGO: Last week the entire Bingo club went to the Moorings at Pevensey Bay for their Christmas lunch which everybody enjoyed. I have been asked to pass on thanks to the organisers, Teresa, Jean and Jane for all their hard work putting this together as well as for everything else they do throughout the year organising the monthly Bingo meetings. I have also been asked by Teresa, Jean and Jane to thank all club members for the beautiful flowers they received. They meet on the last Wednesday of each month, in the village hall ready to start at 2.15pm with an interval at about 3pm for tea, coffee and home made cakes. They have 12 games of fun bingo all for the price of £3.

IT’S PANTO TIME at the Merrie Harriers in Cowbeech and this year their pantomime is entitled ‘ow Cowbeech Saved Christmas - How Cowbeech Saved Christmas. It may not be quite the traditional panto you are used to but it’s still got all the goodies and baddies which should make for lots of hissing and booing. The panto takes place in Cowbeech and Herstmonceux and is set in Puritan 1660 when the Merrie Harriers was well within its use by date. You’ve got the anti hero who, being the local Minister, decrees that Christmas Day should be a day of fasting, the heroes are the local Sussex folk who want and are going to have their traditional day of feasting. It’s a cast of about 20 in all so everybody should know somebody in it. A true community effort and all profits go to the Merrie Harrier Bonfire Society Local Good Causes Fund. There are five performances in all starting on Thursday January 9, curtain up at 7pm and then on January 10 and 11 there are two performances, one starting at 7pm and the second at 9pm. To check availability of tickets at £14 per head, to include a buffet supper, please call 833749.

SOMETHING NEW: Gaynor Medhurst is hoping to set up a knitting club at the beginning of next year. It doesn’t matter if you are a novice, intermediate or experienced. If what you would enjoy is to sit and knit whilst enjoying a cup of coffee then join Gaynor and friends on the second Thursday of each month at Davenports Delicatessen between 7pm and 9pm. To register your interest or for further information please call Gaynor on 07850 423 797 or by email at

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: A Neighbourhood Plan is being created for the parish and now a document called pre-submission plan has been prepared. Final decisions have not as yet been made as this document is now available for residents to review. At then end of the consultation period all comments from residents will be analysed and collated to inform the final Neighbourhood Plan. This is where we all come in, copies of this plan can be viewed at or the Hailsham Library, Herstmonceux village information centre, the village hall or by telephoning the parish clerk on 833312. Please make sure you have seen and made your comments on these proposals by January 24. Your completed forms need to be sent into the parish clerk at the village hall or by email to her on

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) along with the Compline will be held at Herstmonceux church at 8am and 6pm respectively with Morning Prayer (CW) being held at Wartling church at 9.45am.


ST JOHN SUB CASTRO: On Sunday 11am Carols for All with the Christmas story, Christmas music and favourite carols. It will be a joyful and exciting service for all the family. On Christmas Eve at 6pm a Children’s Crib Service when any toys they bring for needy children. At 11.15pm at Malling Church will be Midnight Communion for anyone who would like to attend. On Christmas Day at 11am we will have a short Family service after which at 11.45 a brief Communion Service will be held,

VINTAGE CAR SHOW: On Monday September 14, 2014 there will be a Vintage Car show raising money for Lewes Hospital at Lewes Racecourse. They are looking for pre-1964 cars and bikes to join the parade. It will start from North Street and will journey up the town to the old Lewes Racecourse, where they will be commemorating the 50th anniversary of the closure of the racecourse. For more details please contact Barry Foulkes 01825 761727 email

FOOTPATHS GROUP: The replacement bus service did arrive at Seaford train station later than the train would have done but we still had plenty of time to walk along the front and up Seaford Head where the full force of the wind could be properly appreciated. The sea was grey-brown and choppy but the ferry that steamed out of Newhaven appeared to be unperturbed and sailed serenely over the horizon. Bracing is the word that best describes this part of the walk. At the cottages at Cuckmere Haven we turned back and followed the track up to South Hill and then the path through the golf course where some hardy souls were out for a walk with their golf clubs in tow. At this point the rain forecast for noon began to come down so the walk back through the streets of Seaford to the station was a slightly soggy affair. Ten of us embraced the elements for a good walk led by Hilda and Graham. Our next walk will be on New Year’s Day and we will meet at top North Street car park at 9.30am for a walk which will start at Falmer. Why not start the New Year with a bracing walk?

TABLE TOP SALE: Tomorrow, Saturday, St John’s Church will be holding their last tabletop sale in Cliffe Church Hall, from 9.30am to 1pm. We shall have our usual home made cakes and preserves, lovely Lewes cards, china and glass gifts, books and hot coffee and mince pies available all morning. Do come and support us for our final sale, admission is free and all are welcome.

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.

Ninfield & Hooe

THE WORKING MEN’S CLUB are making further donations to three charities on December 30, of £400 each to: Chestnut Tree House, Dragon Flies (Bereavement children) and Brownbread Horse Rescue (Ashburnham). This is as a result of their fantastic fundraising achievements of 2013.

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

FIRST RESPONDERS: The Bexhill and District Community First Responders, who cover Bexhill, Ashburnham, Ninfield, Catsfield, Crowhurst, Hooe , Whydown and Normans Bay, will be meeting on Wednesday January 8. This is at Bexhill Fire Station at 7.30pm, every first Wednesday in the month. If you are interested in finding out more please contact the team leader, Mike Dean on 07970024135.

HOOE OPEN GROUP are meeting on Friday, January 10, 2.30pm at Hooe Village Hall. The meeting will be a member’s forum, when the programme for 2014 will be formulated. If you are interested in joining a very friendly group of ladies, they meet on the second Friday of the month at 2.30pm. For further information contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

MEETING: Ninfield Carnival Association is next meeting on Wednesday, January 15, at Ninfield Working Men’s Club, 8.30pm. They would really like some more members to help them in their events for 2014. If you would like any extra information about joining the Carnival Committee, please contact Lorna on 893644.

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP are meeting on January 16, with a talk by Kevin Regan on Old Toll Roads. For further information, please contact Rod Ffoulkes, acting chairman, NLHG 01424 893635 or email

DON’T FORGET that you can find out more community information from both villages and Wealden District Council on our district councillor’s (Pam Doodes) website or the Ninfield Parish Council website:

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist; 3.30pm Carols and Christingle Service. Tuesday, 6.30pm Christmas Eve Eucharist. Wednesday, 9.30am Christmas Day Family Communion. December 29, 10.30am Combined Service at St Mary’s. St Oswald’s Hooe, Sunday, 1.15am Parish Eucharist. December 25, 11.15am Christmas Day Family Communion. Ninfield Methodist Church, Sunday 2.30pm Christmas Carol Service. Tuesday, 4.30pm, Christmas Eve candlelight Christingle Celebration. December 29, local arrangement. All local residents are invited to join the Methodist Church in their Christmas celebration services: ‘Our Christingle service will be by candlelight and thanks to the local Scouts the outside of the chapel will be lit by lanterns. This will give us a unique experience as we remember and celebrate the birth of our Christ-King. We invite you to come along and celebrate Christmas 2013.’


CHRISTMAS Coffee Morning tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre. All welcome in the lounge at 10am, includes free mince pies. Hosted by the Social Section kitchen fund, including 500 club draw.

RAMBLING CLUB: The Boxing Day amble with one R in front, nearly 5 miles, this will be a surprise walk, dependent on conditions underfoot and availability of coffee/comfort stops. More info at the Christmas gathering but watch the website for last minute details with Roger. More info from or email info@polegateramblers, or telephone Carol on 484621. January 2, leisurely walk, Lullington Church, (pray for good weather) 3 miles lovely walk to church from Alfriston village, fairly flat, could be muddy if we meet at Downlands Medical Centre, from 10am for 126 bus (coffee in village). No stiles. With Geoff. Or a longer walk of five miles Coffee at The Galleon woods, with Dave and Maureen, or a longer walk of eight miles Common Factors circular from Little Common roundabout towards Hooe Common, leader at start take picnic, 15 stiles with Lucy. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

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

CONCENTUS CHORALE: Having just performed their Seaford concert to a sell-out audience, Concentus Chorale are pleased to announce that their highly popular annual Christmas concert will take place tomorrow (Saturday) at St Saviour’s and St Peter’s Church, South Street, Eastbourne commencing at 7.30pm. Entitled Echoes of Christmas, this unique concert will include well known music such as O Holy Night, Go Tell It on The Mountain, In Paradisum (Faure), Star Carol, Bethlehem, How Lovely Are Thy Dwellings, Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen), A Clare Benediction, Rhythm Of Life, One voice, The Carol Singers and Twelve Days Of Christmas, all of which will help to raise the roof and especially when intermingled with congregational carols. Led by Adrian White, director of music who is well known to the local music circles, the Chorale will sing a wide variety of seasonal music including easy listening, spiritual and traditional music as well as conventional carols. Concentus Chorale is the largest choir in Eastbourne, being one which exudes excitement in their singing and in showing their versatility by performing programmes that are off the scale with variety. This exhilarating concert is sure to warm your heart and uplift your spirit so complementing the excitement of the Christmas season. Tickets, which cost £10 if purchased in advance (£11 on the door), can be purchased from Bonners Music Superstore, 56 Langney Road, Eastbourne (01323) 636140 or Semantics Glass and Engraving Studio, 33 Grove Road, Eastbourne, (01323) 646414. Alternatively for out of hours purchases and further information please contact Evelyn (01323) 643358. Tickets may also be purchased on the door. Refreshments are available during the interval.

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session at the Winter Garden, Compton Street, Eastbourne on Monday from 9.30am to 12.30pm and from 2pm to 4pm.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

WINTER MORRIS: the Winter Solstice Morris has entertained people at this time of year since 1997. Tonight, Friday, they will be at the Merrie Harriers, Cowbeech at 9pm, dancing and performing their Mummers Play. On Sunday they will be at The Star Inn, Waldron at 1pm and the Star Inn, Old Heathfield at 2pm. On New Year’s Day they will conduct their walking tour of Punnetts Town ending up at the Black Duck, Warbleton. There they will dance and perform the Mummers Play. The last event will be Wassailing at The Star Inn, Waldron at 8pm when the will perform the Mummers Play. They dance Welsh Border Morris and the play come from Fittleworth in West Sussex. In summer they become Summer Solstice, and are joined by the Cherry Clack Garland Dancers. Their first engagement will be the Cuckoo Fair,Cade Street on Saturday April 26. For details contact Jim Edmonds on 01435 830856.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: No morning service this week as we gather at 6.15pm for 6.30pm for our Carols By Candlelight service. Warbleton Brass band will be leading us in our singing. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Carol service. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship. 3pm Carols By Candlelight. Both services will be led by Paul Daniels.

CHRISTMAS EVE: Warbleton Parish Church: 4pm Crib service with a real donkey. 11.15pm Midnight communion service. St John’s Bodle Street: 6pm Carols By Candlelight. St Giles, Dallington: 11.30pm Midnight Communion.

CHRISTMAS DAY: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Family Worship. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family service with holy communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Communion service. Heathfield Chapel: 10.30am Morning Worship with Rad Upfield. The usual pattern of services will be followed for the next two weeks.

HISTORY GROUP WALK: A slight change in the Boxing Day walk. We will start from Warbleton church lichgate at 10.30am for a walk of under 3 miles. We had intended to visit the Black Duck upon our return, but have discovered that it will be shut all day, so we will go to the Horse and Groom instead.

POLICE CHOIR: We enjoyed an evening of seasonal music at the Punnetts Town hall last Saturday evening. The choir started as a male voice choir whose membership were serving or retired officers. Ladies and support staff were admitted later and today choir members come from other walks of life. They do not charge for their performances, but ask that proceeds from concerts are given to a charity of the organisers’ choice. The hall kindly donate the surplus from the evening to the Warbleton Bells Appeal. We received £72 plus £20 that I was given directly. Thank you very much. It is hoped that the work will be able to proceed next year.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

CAROL EVENING: A large crowd attended the carol evening at Willingdon Triangle on December 12 organised by the parish council. It was a warm evening and there was a good atmosphere. The Kingfisher Scout Band started off the proceedings and Wealden Brass was there for the first time which enhanced the evening as the crowds sang carols. Children enjoyed the activities in Willingdon Library and presents were received from Father Christmas (parish clerk Andy Beams). The charity stalls did well and the whole event was supported by Sussex Police.

MUCH APPRECIATION is due to Janet Hilder and Judith Pike who organised a really great festive evening for the 3MMMs recently and also to Graham and Val Broom who arranged a terrific buffet with mulled wine and entertainment at the Red Lion for the Grumbleweeds. Please let me know if there is anyone you would like to publicly thank.

THE CHRISTMAS lights at the Triangle look great, thanks to the parish council, and have you seen the lights in Gorringe Valley Road which many of the residents have put up outside their bungalows?

LONE STAR LINERS are having a line dance social from 7.15pm to 10.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. Admission is £5 to include tea/coffee and biscuits. Contact Ros Burtenshaw on 01323 504463.

SOUL SINGER Lou Taylor will be entertaining customers at the British Queen at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. On Tuesday Justine will be providing the entertainment from 8.30pm.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Local musician Marcella will be entertaining customers from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, with covers from the 70’s and 80’s to the present day. On Sunday the meat raffle is at 2pm. On Monday the Christmas draw is at 8pm and this will be followed by entertainment from talented Owen Donovan. On Tuesday Keith Brady’s Nostalgia Roadshow is from 8pm. On Christmas Day Paul and Andy will be hosting another jam session when talented musicians are welcome to have a go. On Saturday December 28 Si McLean, talented young musician will be providing the entertainment from 8.30pm.

THE EIGHT BELLS: Dr Paul Frisby will be playing keyboard and leading the carol singing at the Eight Bells Jevington from 8pm on Sunday. 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. On Boxing Day Coakham Bloodhound Hunt will be meeting at the Eight Bells at noon. It is a spectacular sight and they won’t be chasing live foxes. On New Year’s Eve there will be live music from Grand Banali from 9pm, free entry for anyone.

CAROL SERVICE with nine lessons and carols for choir and congregation at St Mary’s Church is at 6.30pm on Sunday. On Tuesday crib services will be held at 3pm and at 4.30pm. Midnight Mass with carols start at 11.15pm, with carols from the gallery starting at 10.40pm. On Christmas Day Holy Communion is at 8am and there is also a family Christmas Eucharist at 9.45am.

ST ANDREW’S CHURCH Jevington will be having a carol service at 4pm on Sunday. The Christingle and Crib service is at 3pm on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day Holy Communion is at 10am.

TRINITY CHURCH will be having a church service at 10.30am on Sunday and Christmas Worship on Christmas Day at 10.30am.

BOXING DAY SWIM: Willingdon Football Club’s 27th annual Boxing Day swim will take place on the beach opposite the Cumberland Hotel at noon prompt. This has always been the tradition and despite the bandstand being closed, the Cumberland Hotel has always allowed the footballers to change there and have provided hot soup afterwards. Representatives from the two local charities which are to be supported will also possibly take part in the swim or be bucket collectors. The charities are locally based Alzheimer’s Society and Chestnut Tree House. The club always likes to support local charities.

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 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 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. Please ring 01323 502062.

ST MARY’S CHURCH rambling group will be meeting at Chalk Farm at 10am on Monday for a short walk before returning to the church hall for coffee and mice pies.

NEW YEAR’S EVE party at the Wheatsheaf will have the last night of the proms as its theme. The pub will be closed to the general public from 6pm. Tickets are going quickly so it is best to get yours as soon as possible. Ring 01323 502069 for further information.

THE LONG MAN Morris Men, who spend Friday evenings in the winter practising their steps in St Mary’s Church Hall, will be dancing near the bandstand at 10am on Boxing Day and at 11.30am by the Lifeboat Museum.