Parish Pump Hailsham - December 6, 2013


THE DICKENSIAN EVENING was a great success. The weather was unusually kind. So often in the recent past we have had rain and wind to deal with. The dry, crisp evening gave the atmosphere a truly seasonal and festive feel. Congratulations must be given to Sylvia Daw who guided this year’s Dickensian Evening, solving the many problems and challenges that always befall such large events.

SAVE THE CHILDREN’S Philippines Appeal. After the hurricane hit the Philippines the village speedily raised £420 which was matched pound for pound by St James’ Partnership Foundation, bringing the total to a splendid £820 which was sent to the Save the Children Philippines Appeal HQ.

HEARTSTART has taken delivery of a newer 4 x 4. Colin Burden, co-ordinator of the Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Heartstart Community First Responders, on behalf of Heartstart, expresses their grateful thanks to the generosity of the many local residents who responded to the fund raising events that made the purchase possible. With the increased number of call outs it is essential that the first responders can gain access to the off road areas that surround the villages.

THE 300 CLUB will this month meet at The Smugglers on December 9 at 8pm. The pre-Christmas meeting is always a jolly evening, even if it is not your lucky night to be the winner of £50. It is not too late to join either. For £10 a year you have the chance each month to be the winner of £50 and at the same time help with the upkeep of the War Memorial Hall.

Bodle Street Green

FAMILY MATINEE: There will be a matinee showing of Frederick Ashton’s ballet, La Fille Mal Gardee. This production by Australian Ballet, which combines comedy, pathos and lyricism in choreographic perfection, will be shown tomorrow, Saturday, at 3pm in the village hall. Tickets, to include afternoon tea, will be £3 for adults and £2 for children 14 years and under. They are available from Bryan on 01323 833553, Geoff on 833343 or on the door. Future events are a race night on January 18 and Shooting The Moon, a new live production by Strangeface on March 27.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Christingle Family Service, at which we celebrate the coming of Christ, as Light of the World.Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong.

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

BSG WI: The institute meets on Tuesday at 2.30pm in the village hall. The Penhurst Singers will entertain with festive music for this the Christmas meeting. Tea follows the meeting. Members will receive their membership cards this month, giving details of the 2014 programme.


HCC PANTOMIME: William Tell, The Panto will hit the stage at Hailsham Community College at 7.30pm on the evenings of December 9, 10 and 11. This original show with a large and talented cast is very entertaining and would be a great way to kick off the Christmas season. Produced by the new PTFA this will be Mr Gareth Jones’ last school production so if you were ever in one, or part of the crew, or just want to enjoy one come along and join in the fun. Tickets can be bought from the uniform shop in the morning or the general office during the day or (currently) on the door. Doors open at 7pm nightly. Adult tickets are £3 and children £1.50

HAILSHAM PANTO: This year the Panto is Jack and the Beanstalk and will be showing at Hailsham Pavilion for performances between January 22 and 26. Tickets, £8.50 and £5.50 concessions, go fast so to avoid disappointment get yours online or from the box office now.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: White House Primary School’s festive event is tomorrow, Saturday, from noon to 3pm. Entrance at the bottom of Freedom Leisure carpark. Go along and have some fun, there will be games, crafts, Santa’s grotto (with an option to have a photo with Santa), refreshments and much more.

ST MARY’S: This is the Second Sunday of Advent. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), An Angel’s Announcement. 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups – A Hope that Endures. 4pm, Bede’s School Carol Service, all invited. There is a Holy Communion Service at Emmanuel Church (Hawkswood) at 2.45pm. Cinderella pantomime is performed by the Saltmine Theatre Company on Thursday at 6pm at St Mary’s Parish Church. Tickets £5 from Lyn on (01323) 441868. If you are going to be on your own on Christmas Day, you are invited to go along for a Christmas lunch at the Link Coffee Shop in Market Square. They open at 11.30am for coffee and lunch is served at 12.30pm. There is no charge, but donations for Tear Fund would be welcome. Pick up a booking form from the Link or phone (01323) 441079 booking is essential.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a Service at Primrose Hall from 11am until noon followed by refreshments. The medium is Rev Petula Stowell.

CLAIRVOYANT EVENING tomorrow, Saturday, at Primrose Hall from 7.30pm to 9pm.

KNITTING NIGHT: The final Knit’Inn night for 2013 will be on Tuesday. At the last meeting there was brief discussion about the likelihood of finishing Christmas knitting on time, and how it would be possible to reassign some of the projects to later in the year. But most of the talk was looking forward to 2014 and the ambitions and possibilities that could be realised then. Although we planned the group charity knitting a month or so ago, the deadline for completion is in spring next year, so that is an ongoing task. Other projects are still being considered. To join the group just come to The King’s Head in South Road at 7.30pm on the second or last Tuesday of any month. For more information phone Su (07951 631749)

ORGAN CLUB: All meetings are at the Pavilion, on the second Wednesday of each month. Non-members are most welcome at all meetings, which start at 7.30pm, with doors open at 7pm. On Wednesday there is a return visit from the very talented Lancashire lass Elizabeth Harrison For details contact Charles Clegg on 01323 762411.

RAMBLERS: There is a short walk on Wednesday with Nobby (01323) 440624 from Holywell to the Pier and return. If you would like to go along ring the walk leader in the first instance for details and meet at South Road car park at 9.30am or Holywell at 10am. Drinks at Fusciardis. At the time of going to press the long walk had yet to be advised but if you fancy a long walk ring Larry and Elaine on (01323) 849680 for details.

HISTORICAL and Natural History Society next meet on Wednesday at the Methodist Church Hall, at 7.30pm. The subject this month is A History of Sussex Defences by Chris Butler. This should be an interesting evening as Sussex was at the forefront of what others have thrown at us. The November meeting was the AGM and members’ evening. After the formalities (there being no great debate) some members brought items of interest and curiosity. These ranged from a charming small travelling iron from Victorian times that would have been fuelled by hot charcoal, a glass bottle with the name Butcher, Hailsham on it. Can anyone put any light on this firm? Some fine pieces of tapestry, to the head of a pick-up conductor from the top of the pole from a tram. Each item was discussed and interest was shown bringing interaction among members, all of whom enjoyed the evening. Subscriptions are now due for 2014. Annual subscription being £12, visitors £2.50 per meeting. Chair, David Bourne, would like to thank everybody that over the last year have supported the society. Enquiries (01323) 440359.

BONFIRE BINGO: Help the society raise much needed funds for next year’s fabulous bonfire celebration on Friday December 13 at the Charles Hunt Centre from 7pm. Eyes down at 7.30pm, tea/coffee available (or bring your own drink).

JINGLE ALL THE WAY: Hailsham Lions are delighted to announce that three new members have been inducted into the club, Kathy Butler, Geraldine Gurr and Keith Shonfield, bringing the total membership to 35. At the town Christmas extravaganza, the Lions will be raising money for local charities by selling raffle tickets at Asda (drawn on December 18). Also a tombola in the morning at the Quintin Centre and selling the ever popular candy floss and books at ridiculously low prices in the afternoon. The Lions will be hosting their annual Christmas Party tomorrow, Saturday, at the Charles Hunt Centre for the town’s not-so-young folks. Just George, a girls choir and, of course, Father Christmas will be entertaining the guests.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: The crowd cheered as Hailsham Christmas Lights were switched on. The countdown to Christmas in Hailsham began in Vicarage Field on Saturday with a repertoire of seasonal favourites performed by the Warbleton Brass Band. Mika Riches (five) and Emily Cole (10), joint winners of the Best Christmas Pizza Design competition organised by the town council and Dominos Pizza, then had the honour of switching on the Christmas tree and town centre lights near the war memorial assisted by the Town Mayor Councillor Jo Bentley and antique expert from Dickinson’s Real Deal celebrity Ian Towning, who was auctioning on behalf of Sussex Air Ambulance at their charity event in Hailsham that day. Dominos staff added to the seasonal atmosphere in the town centre during the switch-on event by handing out complimentary slices of pizza slices to the crowd.

CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA: Hailsham is gearing up to what is expected to be a very busy and fun-filled event on Saturday December 14 from 9am to 4pm in the town centre. The town centre will be home to more than 70 market stalls selling a wide range of local and regional fine food, Christmas gifts, decorations, cards, cakes, jewellery and more. There will also be a mouth-watering hog roast, roasted chestnuts and mulled wine and a skate rink from 10am to dusk. The Christmas Extravaganza will feature a live compere and a wide range of festive entertainment for all the family including special performances from the Jazz Caverners, South of Saturn and the Kingfisher Marching Band. Father Christmas and his Sleigh will be there. A Reindeer Rodeo (10am to 4pm), face painting (10am to 4pm) and Punch and Judy (10am to 1.30pm), as well as a children’s pottery workshop (9am to 4pm) and balloon modelling and magic (1.30pm to 4pm) will also feature at the event. Organised by the town council in partnership with Hailsham Forward and the Hailsham and District Chamber of Commerce, the Christmas Extravaganza is set to bring energy and a festive atmosphere to the town centre, guaranteeing fun for all the family. Please note Hailsham High Street will be closed to all traffic from 5.30am to 10pm on Saturday December 14. Residents are asked not to park in the High Street on the night before and use the nearby car parks where possible.


CHRISTMAS FAIR 10am to 4pm on Sunday at Crockstead Farm Hotel. Festive food and drinks, stocking fillers, arts, crafts and Christmas decorations. Entrance £1 adults, children free. All welcome.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

MOTHERS UNION: The branch is looking forward to their annual dinner this evening. Members meet on the second Tuesday of each month in Hellingly Church at 7.15pm or as stated on the programme. Enquiries to Kathy on 07562 094823.

GHOST WALK: There may still be places available this evening, Friday. Starts at 7pm and lasts for about 90 minutes. You must book on 07956 307684 or 01323 841332 or e-mail Dare you walk around the house that launched the Most Haunted TV programme. Michelham Priory. This walk is called Ghosts and Poltergeists, because this wonderful 13th century Augustine Priory and Tudor house has a high level of poltergeist activity, which continues to this very day. The ghost walk is delivered with a little humour and interesting aspects of the priory’s past and characters, you will be told over thirty stories of its ghosts and poltergeists as you are whisked through time from 1229 to the present day. Adults £15, children (under 14), students and OAPs £10, £40 for a family ticket (two adults, two children) by cash or cheque on the night. Please be at the gatehouse ten minutes before the start, where one of the friendly team will meet you.

SUNDAY SERVICES: Hellingly Holy Communion (CW) Sunday 8am and 10.45am. 6.30pm Healing Service. Thursdays 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP). Upper Dicker 9.15am Holy Communion.

A TUDOR CHRISTMAS: Go along and find out how the Tudors celebrated Christmas with food at Michelham Priory this Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 4pm. There will be demonstrations, decorations, archery, children’s activities and traditional Tudor entertainment. Suitable for all the family. Adults £7.50, Students and Seniors £6.50, Child £, Family £2, Disabled and carer £4. For more information visit email or tel (01323) 844224.

SALVATION ARMY CONCERT: In Hellingly Church tomorrow, Saturday at 7pm there will be Salvation Army Singsters along with other invited choirs including Hellingly Primary School choir offer a delightful evening performance. Refreshments served. Tickets £5 each on the door.

DICKER FESTIVAL: Dicker Christmas Festival offers daily events from Monday starting with carols, Santa and mulled wine from 6pm at Bede’s Village Shop, a Christmas Quiz on Tuesday at 8am at The Plough Inn, children’s activities and workshop making lanterns and decorations for Saturday’s Party on Wednesday from 4.30pm to 5.30pm at the DRA and Holy Trinity Church. There is a Christmas Coffee Morning open to all on Thursday at 10.30am to noon at Dicker Village Hall and on Friday December 13 there will be music and dancing at the Plough Inn from 7pm onwards, if you want to eat order your food on 844859. On Saturday December 14 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 to 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. The village Christmas Lunch is £3 per person on Sunday December 15 at 12.30pm at Dicker Village Hall and also Carols by Candlelight at 5pm at Holy Trinity Church. As an added bonus take lots of photographs and share them in a village exhibition to be held in January or February at Dicker hall. Details to be confirmed.

CAROL PERFORMANCE: Michelham Priory is hosting Sussex Carols by the Lewes Saturday Folk Club on Sunday December 15 at 2pm in the Elizabethan Great Barn. The performance will include Sussex traditional folk carols, Christmas anthems and songs including pieces from the repertoire of the Copper family of Rottingdean.

MEMORIAL PLAQUES: So far we have had no definite news of the whereabouts of the two missing Memorial Plaques from Hellingly Hospital Chapel. However, someone has come up with a suggestion to what might have happened. When the chapel was closed down a small chapel was maintained inside the main entrance building. It is possible the two plaques were taken there. It would be nice to think they were valued enough to be given a new home and not just stored and lost. Subsequently this building was no longer required and stood empty. It was badly burnt in at least one fire, I believe there may have been two, and then demolished by the contractors when building the new houses at Roebuck Park. The plaques were, presumably, made of wood and would have been very flammable. Did you work at the hospital at this time and can you remember whether this scenario actually happened? If you have any information please contact Gill Hesselgrave, 01323 844613 or

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: This week the society had great pleasure in welcoming back Colin Page to judge their Landscape Competition which was presented in two parts, the first being prints and after the tea break, Projected Digital Images. Colin, who had been to the club on previous occasions to lecture and also to judge, commented that there were some fantastic examples of work on show which would make his job very difficult as there were over 80 images to consider. Print Competition: 3, David Mills ARPS for Hooker River and Mt Cook; 2, Roger Scott for Evening Light - Butts Brow; 1, Pat Broad ARPS AFIAP with her print Dead Pines, Yellowstone, a beautifully atmospheric photograph of trees in black and white. Projected Digital Images Competition: 3, Gay Biddlecombe LRPS for Volcanic Eruption, Iceland; 2, Janice Payne LRPS for Tuscan Fields; 1, Janet Monk ARPS with Into The Light, a superb image of woodland trees in lovely soft greens and yellows. Colin gave a pleasant touch to all his constructive remarks and was very pleased to present to members their winning certificates at the end of the evening.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: This recent event at Hellingly village hall raised an amazing £940.

FOOTPATHS: Should you come upon any problems relating to footpaths, bridleways, stiles, gates, etc within the Hellingly area, Mike is the voluntary team leader for the ESCC Rights of Way Hellingly Group and can be contacted on 07886 854375. When advised of any issues, an inspection will be arranged. If you have any questions, or indeed are interested in joining this informal group, please call him for a chat.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

TOM is billed as the UK’s youngest swing singer and now having teamed up with the Jazz Trio, he’s become even better. His rich round voice filled the room at the Woolpack Inn and, supported by three equally professional musicians on keyboard, bass and drums made for an excellent evening. Tom has just won an award at Young Entrepreneur of the Year presentations which can only go to show just how dedicated he is and he will soon be off on a world (well almost) tour to take in places like Sweden and Turkey. In that we wish him all the best, but Tom, you just make sure you come back to us. There are plenty of your fans here and they want to hear you, so be back soon.

ORCHARD VIEW held a very profitable Christmas Fair recently which was well attended and raised £534.06 to be split between Great Ormond Street Hospital for children and the Prostate Cancer fund. Many congratulations to all who helped in staging this event and thanks to all those who went along in support.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) will be held at Herstmonceux Church at 8am with Holy Communion (CW), The Worship and Prayer service along with the Carol Service to be held at Wartling Church at 9.45am, 11am and 6pm respectively.

RAY AND SHELDON will be meeting for the last time this year today, Friday, in the village hall from 2.15pm for their Christmas Party and favourite Carols. Those over the age of 60 years will be made welcome. If you need transport please ring Anne on 441244.

POPPY APPEAL: Di Tate would like to pass on her thanks to all the door to door collectors and to the pubs, shops , restaurants and of course to anybody else who helped with the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal this year. As yet she has not been able to confirm the total amount raise but, as soon as I hear something I’ll let you all know.

TEA DANCE: Last October, Rhys and Pam Clatworthy organised a very successful Tea Dance and, because it was so popular they have been asked if it could be repeated. The Tea Dance will be on Tuesday December 17 between 2pm and 4.30pm. The cost is £3.50 per person which includes your afternoon tea with the live music being performed by Duncan who will be playing all types of music through the ages. If you don’t want to dance, just want to go along meet up with old friends and just listen to the music. You don’t have to take along a partner, they would just like to see you there. If you wish to find out more then please contact Pam or Rhys on 833022.

DEADLINES: Frank would like anybody contributing to the January edition of the Parish Magazine to know that the deadline is Thursday December 12. This may also be a good time to thank all those who help with the production of our magazine and to all those who distribute it as well.

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

THE FLOWER GROUP have their Christmas meeting tonight, Friday, 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall. They will welcome Tony Brown with his seasonal demonstration entitled Festive Delights. Tickets are available from Ellie Barron on 01424 893385 at a cost of £9, payable at the time of order please. This will include light refreshments. All floral arrangements done by Tony will be raffled at the end of the evening. If you would like any further information regarding the group please contact Susan on 01323 844634 after 6pm or weekends, or email

CHRISTMAS FETE: Tomorrow, Saturday, the bonfire society would like to invite you all to go along to the Memorial Hall for their first ever Christmas Fete. They have arranged for Father Christmas to travel through the village, starting at 12.45pm from Marlpits Lane, in a special horse drawn carriage (weather permitting). He plans to arrive at the hall at 1pm and is looking forward to seeing all the children during the afternoon. The fete is open from 11am to 4pm, as well as craft and gift stalls, there are some games and competitions for all ages, refreshments will include mulled wine and mince pies as well as tea, coffee and hot chocolate to accompany a slice of cake or a scone. At 3.30pm they shall do the draw for our Grand Christmas Raffle. Tickets are now available at Ninfield Stores and Hope Cottage Farm Shop as well at the fete on the day. First prize is two airline tickets to Paris or Amsterdam; second £50 cash; third Christmas Hamper and many more. Please come along and join in the fun, entry is free. If you would like to support them with a cake or two, tombola prizes or items to sell, please telephone Carol 893326, or take along on the day.

HOOE OPEN GROUP are having their Christmas luncheon, which will be held at the Cooden Beach Golf Club on the December 13, 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.

MEETING: Battle and Ninfield Guild are next meeting on December 18, 2.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall, where they will have their Christmas Communion with Revd Ian Pruden. All are welcome to their meetings, which include refreshments at the end of the meeting.

SO FAR this year, the Ninfield Working Mens Club have donated £1,000 to Hastings Voluntary Life Guards and £100 to Ninfield Toddler Group. Further to these donations, they have three presentations to be made on December 30 of £400 each to: Chestnut Tree House, Dragon Flies (Bereavement children) and Brownbread Horse Rescue (Ashburnham).

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, 2.30pm Holy Communion with Revd Ian Wales.


CHRISTMAS GALA tomorrow, Saturday, at 10am, held at Trinity Church, Lower Willingdon. All welcome.

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

ST GEORGE’S Catholic Church, which serves Polegate and Lower Willingdon, will be celebrating its 75th anniversary over the weekend of December 7 and 8. Tomorrow, Saturday, at 10am there will be a short service of thanksgiving with members from other nearby churches, local councillors and school children, and members of the general public are cordially invited to join us. There will also be a small exhibition of activities over the years and some church vestments on display. Refreshments will be served in the hall and church and hall will be open until 2pm. If you have ever wondered about this small flint church at Polegate Cross Roads or perhaps have never visited a Catholic church in England do please come along, you will be most welcome.

POLEGATE WINE and social club meeting on December 10, Christmas Party and buffet. More information from Al on 485134.

TRINITY MARKET on Wednesday at Trinity Church Hall. There is a selection of varied stalls. The market opens at 10am and closes at 1pm. Do come along for a friendly chat. A raffle is held every week. We welcome customers old and new to visit, free entry. We are on a bus route, buses 51, 56, 126 and 143 stop outside. Other buses 54 and 98 stop at The Triangle, Lower Willingdon. To book a table telephone Wendy on 489002 or email

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session at the Winter Garden, Compton Street, Eastbourne on Tuesday from 2pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 8pm.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Christingle Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Colin Povey. There will be an update on the work of Fegans.

BAND CONCERT: Warbleton Brass Band has its Christmas Concert on Sunday at 2pm in the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green. Entry is free with retiring collection. Raffle and refreshments will be available. Come along and listen to a wide variety of music including some of your festive favourites. The band donates 50 percent of all collections from carol playing and their Christmas Concert to a chosen charity. This year it will be towards the renovation of the bells of Warbleton Church. The dates for the band playing carols are: December 18 on the Green 7pm accompanying Carols on The Green outside Osborne House, 8.30pm The Black Duck, Warbleton; December 20 Merrie Harriers, Cowbeech 7pm; December 22 Warbleton Church 6pm Carol Service; and December 24, round the Green from 7pm finishing at the Horse and Groom.

RGWI: The institute meets on Thursday at 7.30pm in the Dunn Village Hall. Phyllis Stevens will demonstrate Sugarcraft For Christmas to the members.

BELLS APPEAL: Well done to everyone involved in the jumble sale last Saturday. Over £600 was raised for the appeal. Margaret McCarthy has produced a cook book, proceeds from which go to the appeal. It is New Bell Cuisine, Nibbles and Bites from Warbleton; it costs £5 and is available from The Stores, the church, Simon Turner Motor Services, Cowbeech and selected pubs. As well as lots of tasty recipes, it has lots of snippets of information as well. Very good value: a Christmas present perhaps?

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

DEMONSTRATION: Willingdon Flower Club will be meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. There will be a floral demonstration by Gill Sadler entitled Joy to the World. The completion is entitled It’s Magic.

TRINITY CHURCH Christmas Gala is at 10am tomorrow, Saturday. It will feature the Downland Singers and Wealden Brass. Programmes for entry are £5 each and include seasonal refreshments. Programmes are available at the door or ring 01323 484179 or purchase them at the Trinity Community Market held in the church hall every Wednesday from 9am to 1pm. Trinity Church will also be having a carol service at 10.30am on Sunday December 15 followed by refreshments.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Tomorrow, Saturday, Kevin Pallister will be providing the entertainment at the Wheatsheaf with his contemporary and classic covers. On Monday jazz and dinner starts at 7.30pm with the Happy Day Band. It is best to book to avoid disappointment.

CHALK HILL pre-school Nativity will take place in St Mary’s Church at 9.30am tomorrow, Saturday, followed by a Christmas Fair in the church hall.

ST MARY’S CHURCH will be having a Christingle service at 11.30am on Sunday. The collection is for the work of the Children’s Society.

MEETINGS: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding a planning meeting at 7pm on Monday followed by a full council meeting at 7.30pm at Willingdon Community School. Meetings are open to the public. Ring 01323 489603 or 01323 489104 for further information.

THE GLEN CHORALE: If you missed the Glen Chorale’s Christmas concert on December 2, there is still a chance to see it at 2.30pm on Monday at Wannock Village Hall. Tickets are £6 each to include tea and mince pies. For further information please contact Janet on 01323 502113.

CHALK FARM HOTEL will be the venue for the next coffee morning, at which the students with learning disabilities will be helping. It will take place from 10.30am to 11.45am on Thursday. Attractions include plants and cards as well as delicious home- made cakes.

CAROL EVENING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding their annual Christmas carol evening on Thursday December 12 from 6pm to 8.30pm. Father Christmas will be arriving at Willingdon Library between 6pm and 6.30pm and handing out small gifts to the children, and games and activities will also be organised in the library. Meanwhile, there will be a variety of stalls in Trinity Church Hall. Outdoor events commence at the Triangle at about 6.30pm with a performance by the Kingfisher Scout Band and this will be followed by community carol singing accompanied by Wealden Brass from 7pm to 8pm. It is best to take a torch or lantern so that you can see the sheet music handed out more easily. Brain’s the Butchers will be open, providing hot food, and mulled wine and mince pies can also be purchased. There will also be the opportunity to support local charities through their tombola and raffles. The British Queen will be holding a quiz from 9pm and will also be providing basket meals. The council has provided new Christmas lights in trees at the Triangle and two additional lamp post lights between Wannock Lane and Trinity Church which can be seen from the main road. All are welcome to join in this popular community event.

CONCENTUS CHORALE’S Christmas concert takes place at 7.30pm on Saturday December 14 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.

THE 3 MMMs will be having their Christmas celebrations from 8pm on Wednesday at St Mary’s Church Hall.

TRIANGLE LACE CLUB members will be meeting at Trinity Church Hall from 10am to 2pm on Saturday December 14. 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.