Parish Pump Hailsham - December 7, 2012


SIT AND GET FIT is a chair based exercise class to increase muscular strength and mobility suitable for all ages. Stephanie Wadlow is running a class at the Old Chapel Centre on Tuesday mornings from 9.30am to 10.30am, followed by coffee. Each session costs £4.50. There is an invitation to try a taster session. For details call Stephanie at 07919 398317 or 01323 870619.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING in the village is now in full swing. It is so much easier to shop in Alfriston than joining the crowds in Eastbourne and Brighton. All the village restaurants, pubs and hotels are also geared up for the festive season and are taking bookings.

bodle street green

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

FILM CLUB: For seasonal reasons the film club evening will be earlier this month, on Friday December 21. Members can enjoy, at no extra cost a light supper and drinks, at the earlier time of 6.30pm. The film Muppet Christmas Carol will be shown at 7.30pm, and there is an invitation to residents to bring along their children to see the film, under 15s free of charge. Please reserve your ticket by emailing or

HALL DATES: The race night, originally planned for October, is now to be held on January 19. Tickets available from Mike on 01323 832095 or Bryan 0n 01323 833554. The Prisoner of Zenda is the performance to be put on by Chalkfoot Theatre Arts on Thursday February 14. Tickets available from Bryan or Geoff the latter on 01323 833343.

HEALTH CENTRE: The new Herstmonceux Integrative Health Centre is being constructed, and it is hoped to have it completed by next September. Progress can be followed in a book in the present waiting room or at

east hoathly

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: Last Friday over 70 members and guests enjoyed the society’s annual social evening. As well as enjoying the games and local trivia quiz, the highlights of the evening were the screening of the film made in the early 1980s about the village trug makers, and the reminiscences of Rosemary Akehurst. On Sunday there is a street walk of Lewes which will take in some of the town’s hidden secrets, treasures and twittens. The walk starts at 2pm from the recycling end of Tesco’s car park, and time permitting will include tea and cake along the way. For details call Jenny or Chris on 872830. Everyone, not just members, welcome. To join the society contact Vic Tidswell on 872240.

CHURCH SERVICES: Second Sunday of Advent, 8am Holy Communion, 10am Matins, both at East Hoathly; 10am Parish Communion, Chiddingly.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Just to remind you that this year’s East Hoathly C E School Christmas Fair will be held in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday. Doors open at 11am and the event will finish at 2pm. There will be an auction at 12.30pm. Raffle tickets available from the school office or the Village Stores. There will be lots of festive goodies and Christmas presents to buy.

OPEN STUDIO: On Thursday evening Keith Pettit invites you to an exhibition of his artwork in his studio at the Village Works. Christmas cards available and you can treat yourselves to mulled cider and mince pies hot from the workshop stove. The studio will be open between 6pm and 8pm, please call Keith on 841000 for further details.


GHOST WALK: This evening, Friday, there is a 90 minute walk with stories of paranormal activity, history and characters from Michelham Priory’s past starts at 7pm. Charges to apply and booking is adviseable at

FARMERS’ MARKET: A special Christmas Theme tomorrow, Saturday, at The Cattle Market, 9am to 12.30pm. The Eastbourne Kingfisher Scout Band will be playing seasonal music and there will be a raffle of produce supplied by the stallholders. The proceeds will be split between the band and market funds. As always, you can buy your local produce, meat, chicken, cheese, honey, eggs, delicious cakes and vegetables. There will be various craft stalls for unusual gifts and also to get your Christmas wreath.

CHRISTMAS MARKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, join in the fun at Hailsham’s festive street market from noon to 6pm. It will be all along the High Street and around Vicarage Field. There will be stalls selling a wide range of local and regional fine food, Christmas gifts, and other items.Festive family entertainment includes music from The Jazz Caverners and local band South of Saturn. There will also be face painting activities, and Santa and his Sleigh will be present in the High Street for the children.

SKATE RINK: Tomorrow, Saturday, there is an open air ice rink in Hailsham High Street from 11am to 6pm as part of the Christmas Market. Adults £1 and children accompanied by adults are free.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH and Healing Association Service on Sunday is from 11am to noon with medium Shelia Have at Primrose Hall, followed by refreshments.

CHRISTMAS CRACKER: On Sunday, Pull another Christmas Cracker with the Robin Post Singers, will be at The Pavilion, from 7.30pm for an evening of Christmas music and humour. Tickets £6.50 includes mince pie and wine or soft drink. Under 16s are £4. All proceeds to HOPS raising funds for The Pavilion. Visit

HOLY MOTORS: Hailsham Film Club is showing this presentation for all on Tuesday at 7.45pm. Tickets are £6.50, cons £5 and film club members £1 discount. Details from the Pavilion Box Office or visit

KNIT’INN NIGHTS: At The King’s Head on Tuesday at 7.30pm the group will be meeting for the last time this year. They will be reviewing the year gone by and looking towards the year ahead. New faces are welcome. for details call Su (07591 631749) or The King’s Head (01323 440447).

MUSIC GROUP: Chapter 12 Music People is a new style of educational music evening where you can look forward to some first class music, accompanied with chat, discussion and insight into a variety of musical styles, the next in the series is on Wednesday at 7.45pm and is looking at The Great American Songbook like George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Cole Porter and their contemporaries. Tickets are £5 to cover the time of Peter Wilson (from Butlers Jazz) who is the organiser of these events.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Marshlands Christmas fair will be held on Friday December 14 at 2.30pm.

ORGAN CLUB: On December 11 the last player this year for the Hailsham Organ Club is the delightful and very talented organist Elizabeth Harrison. If you like good live music, do go along. Non-members are welcome too. Call Charles Clegg on 01323 762411.

HISTORICAL and Natural History Society. The next meeting is on Wednesday at 7.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall and is a presentation by Judith Kinnison-Burke entitled Lost Ancestors. Members and visitors (£2) welcome. The meeting last month was a Social History of Hailsham, given by treasurer, Richard Goldsmith, and drew a packed house. Richard showed shots around the town of Hailsham past and present showing the changes that have taken place over the past 100 years. Justice cannot be done here to the work Richard put in to present his talk, but those who did not attend missed an enjoyable evening on a very interesting subject, especially if you are working on your family tree.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Hailsham Choral Society presents A Very British Christmas Concert In Honour of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee on Thursday December 20 at 7.30pm at the Community Hall, Vicarage Lane. The evening includes favourite carols for all to sing. Tickets are available at £8 from The Camera Centre or at the door. Refreshments available.

OPERA AND FILM GROUP: The U3A group met in November and showed a film of Mozart’s frivolous comedic opera Cosi Fan Tutte performed by the orchestra and company of La Scala, Milan, conducted by Riccardo Muti. The film attracted a near-capacity audience at Diplocks Hall, more than double the attendance of the group’s first experimental opera presentation shown back in July and was thus very gratifying to the organisers. The film was preceded by an introduction by Frank Reeves and refreshments served during the half-hour interval.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: In 2005 George McCarthy FRPS convinced his wife to sell their house, put their furniture into storage and have a year’s break from her nursing career to tour America with him. This week continues their account. Their trip began in Florida where they saw Great Kiskadee birds with a yellow tummy, a black hat and a black mask similar to Zorro. George’s wife was horrified to learn the red, crispy, bacon like item among her mixed grill was turkey neck, they had spotted wild turkeys earlier in the day. While staying in a campsite in Arizona, surrounded by cacti, George decided not to put away their reclining chairs one night as it was going to stay dry. Unfortunately the resident Pack Rats created large holes in the seats as they took stuffing for their nests in the cacti. George and his wife travelled through Death Valley with a annual rainfall of 2 inches and recorded temperatures of 147 degrees F. Members were shown stunning images of the Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon. He explained how dangerous Antelope Canyon was as the dry riverbed could turn into a raging torrent in a matter of moments. A German Tour Group were killed in a flash flood. The only one to escape was the Navaho Indian Guide who climbed to safety.

hellingly & horsebridge

WILDLIFE JUMBLE: Tomorrow, Saturday, at Hellingly village hall from 10.30am onwards. There will be clothes, books, bric-a-brac, refreshments, cakes and lots more. Admission is 30p. Please do not bring things along to the hall on the day, please ring 01825 873003 or 07720391081 if you would like to donate.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Tomorrow, Saturday, Christmas music by Wealden Brass, mulled wine and mince pies in Hellingly Parish Church from 3pm to 5pm. Tickets are £5 phone (01323) 841685 or 842620.

CHURCH SERVICES: Hellingly: Holy Communion on Thursday at 9.30am (BCP) and 8am every Sunday (CW). This Sunday there is also a Holy Communion (CW) service at 10.45am and Evensong at 6.30pm. Upper Dicker: 9.15am Holy Communion (CW).

herstmonceux & wartling

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

FUNDRAISING DAY for the Kit Wilson Trust will be held at Coopers Croft Garden Centre and Cattery on Saturday December 15 where they will be holding a table sale and serving a Christmas high tea with carol singers. You will need to book for the tea by telephoning 831618. When you purchase your Christmas tree this year £1 from the sale of each tree will be donated to the Kit Wilson Trust.

THE WINDMILL at Windmill Hill. Sales of Christmas cards. They sell at £3.95 for 10 and can be collected from the Old Bakery next to the windmill, or if you prefer they can be posted to you at an extra cost of £1 for one to three packs but for four or more are postage free. They now have a new website for the Mill at www.windmillhillwindmill,org on which you will see, amongst other news, that they still need volunteers which appear to fall into two categories; the first are the meet and greet volunteers, the second are more to do with the maintenance. If you think you can help them out with either of these please call Bee on 833033. Full training will be given.

ART BARN Christmas Show 2012 at Coopers Farm on the Wartling Road. The show will be open each day until December 9 between 11am and 4pm. A vast selection of stalls and crafts men and women await you including art prints, photography, chocoholly, handbags and ceramics to name but a few. All are welcome.

BINGO: It was the last bingo session of 2012 and they promised a real treat for all bingo players. Six games of prize winning bingo, a fantastic table brim full of prizes for the raffle, a sumptuous Christmas spread for the tea and of course re-cycled providing the very live and festive music. Proceeds from the raffle amounting to £50 were handed to the band to put into their fund raising pot now standing at approximately £1,800, which at some point will be donated to the Prostate Cancer Fund after which each and every person present was handed a Christmas goodie bag packed full of nice things to eat. Thanks must go to all who help with the running of this very popular club, Teresa, Jane, June and Jean and of course we mustn’t forget the caller, as well as the checker, Dave and Bryan. A big thank you to you all and please don’t forget that the club’s next meeting will be in January, weather permitting.


VILLAGE MARKET: Laughton Village market in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon. This will be our Christmas Market so why not come along and buy your Christmas fare for the freezer or to order for delivery. Stalls will include cakes, meat, cheese, eggs, preserves, fresh vegetables etc. Gift stalls will include jewellery, craft etc. There will be the usual raffle. Refreshments available including bacon rolls, tea, coffee, cake and biscuits. Entrance free. Hope you will all turn up.


NT LEWES CENTRE: On Thursday there will be a meeting at Priory School, Mountfield Road at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Judith Kinnisan who will be talking about My Oxford Canal Family. Non members welcome £3.

HISTORY GROUP: Our next meeting, at 7.30pm on Monday, will be our Christmas meeting. We shall be serving mince pies and mulled wine in the interval, rather than the usual coffee and biscuits before the meeting. John Kay will speak about The History of Southover Grange, a well known and much loved feature of the town. For three centuries this was the home of the Newton family. It then passed through a number of hands, not all of them caring, before its purchase after World War II by Lewes Borough Council, for the benefit of the town. It descended to Lewes District Council, who are now evaluating their property portfolio, and earmarking much of it for disposal. Alarms about the Grange’s future were raised when it was announced that the Lewes Registry Office were moving away next spring, and that weddings would no longer be conducted at the Grange. After the interval Ian McClelland will lead a brief discussion of the history group’s next move forward, and we shall hold our first ever AGM. The venue is the King’s Church Building, Brooks Road. As usual all will be welcome.

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday November 20 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Peter and Irene Gannon; 2, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson; 3, Meic Goodyear and Mickie Lodge. November 27: 1, Simon Fishburn and Richard Pearson; 2, Paul Allen and Roy Skan, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson. Thursday November 22: 1, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson; 2, Peter Gannon and Marie Young; 3, Tony Redshaw and Janice Bell. November 29: 1, Ron and Margaret Buddery; 2, Peter Walters and Peter Cattermole; 3, Nigel Osmer and Jennifer Wilson. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Contact number 01273 473026.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Four intrepid members took part in a walk in Ashdown Forest recently. Although the forecast had been for a dry day it rained on the way there and the group experienced low cloud or drizzle at times during the walk. They also found it very wet underfoot but fortunately they all were wearing wellington boots. Starting from the Churlwood car park on the A 275 just north of Chelwood Gate they first went north east to find a long straight ride which had been used as an emergency landing strip in World War 2. Then on to Stone Quarry Road and a path towards Chelworth House. Crossing the A 275 the group then went west to Gosses Farm and onto a ford. However this did not have to be crossed as the route took the group uphill through Stumblewood Common and Press Ridge Warrten back to the car park. A light lunch was then taken at the nearby National Cats Centre where the group also looked at the many cats for which homes are being sought. The next walk is on Wednesday, Ardingly and Balcombe. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

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; Catsfield village hall 4.15pm to 4.45pm. 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

SCOUTS: On Saturday November 24, 1st Ninfield Scout Group and Crowhurst section attended the Senlac District swimming gala at Summerfields Swimming Pool, Hastings. Representatives from all sections took to the water doing us all proud. Congratulations to Ninfield Beavers who won the shield, presented to them by the District Commissioner, Cliff Wilson. Thanks go to all those that helped out at the event to make it possible.

THE FLOWER GROUP are meeting today, Friday, at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. This month they look forward to welcoming Nick Grounds with his demonstration entitled Christmas Carols. Tickets are £9 payable at the time of order and will include light refreshments. Tickets for this event are available from Ellie Barron on 01424 893385. All flower arrangements will be raffled at the end of the evening. Forthcoming events: AGM Monday January 7, at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. All members and non-members are welcome to attend. The competition for 2013 will be a arrangement of your choice in a cup and saucer. The group are looking for new members to join their committee. Should you require any further information regarding any of their meetings or becoming a member of the committee, please contact Susan Cambell on or Tel: 01323 844634 after 6pm or weekends.

FOOTBALL: Hooe Sports Football Club are playing away tomorrow, Saturday, in the return leg of the local derby against Ninfield. Kick off is at 2pm at Ninfield Recreation Ground. You can track the club’s progress online:

HORTICULTURE: Ninfield Horticultural Society’s next event for members is the Christmas Evening on Wednesday. Edible contributions will be gratefully received and the committee will provide drinks and seasonal games. Please remember that from January, their meetings will change to Mondays.

HOOE OPEN GROUP: If you would like to join Hooe Open Group, go along to their meeting on January 11 which will be a members’ event and will present an opportunity for new members to get to know each other. For further information on the group Edna Wallis is always there to welcome you. She can be contacted any time on 01424 842591.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Ninfield Primary School’s Christmas Fair is on Monday December 17, 3.30pm to 5pm. If any local businesses can offer sponsorship/raffle prizes please contact the school 892486 or Lorna 893644.

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 Worship and Praise with Revd Ian Pruden.


A DICKENSIAN Spectacular celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens tomorrow, Saturday, at 10 am at Trinity Church, Lower Willingdon. An invitation is extended for you to come and enjoy a miscellany of festive music and drama and dance presented by the Downland Singers, St Andrew’s Drama Group, Coppice Dance and in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Victoria. There will also be the opportunity to browse a while in Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe. If you would really like to enter into the spirit of the occasion Victorian dress would be welcome. Programmes priced £3 available at the door to include seasonal refreshments.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre is hosted by Polegate Gardener’s Society. All welcome in the lounge from 10am. We are holding all of our future meetings at the Community Centre. More details on our activities from Sheila Smith on 483222 or Diana Pierce on 482413.

POLEGATE SINGERS proudly present their Christmas Entertainment, Songs and Music for Christmas, in the Community Centre main hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm. Entry by donation only. More information from Sue Wraight on 07772617033 or email

RAMBLING CLUB: On Thursday, leisurely walk, the Holly and the Ivy, two to three miles, flat, no mud, meet 9.45am at Co-op car park. All leisurely walkers welcome at Guardian Court, 11am for coffee and nibbles with Rick. Rolling Up and Rolling Down, five miles downland walk from East Dean, could be muddy, four stiles with Roger L Or Pre-Christmas In Alfriston, eight miles with Rosalind. For either of these walks meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground at 9.30am on Thursday.

PCaSO: Isla Bamforth thought having her waist-length hair chopped off in memory of her grandfather Bob Cutting might be a good way of helping the local Prostate Cancer Support Group. The Eastbourne group, part of the national charity PCaSO Prostate Cancer Network, has been raising funds for a quiet room at the District General Hospital. That goal is now one step closer thanks to Isla’s amazing £740 sponsorship. A pupil at Tollgate Junior School, Isla asked her friends and family to sponsor her when she had her long hair cut off in September before her 11th birthday. More and more people wanted to contribute much to Isla’s amazement. Both her grandfathers have been affected by prostate cancer. Thankfully her paternal grandfather went to see his GP early after his symptoms appeared and has recovered well following treatment. The Eastbourne PCaSO Group was delighted to learn plans for the quiet room are now quickly progressing at the hospital. The room will afford a greater degree of privacy for when patients are informed of the outcome of prostate and other investigations. It will provide space to discuss and ask questions about treatment options and plans. The next meeting is on Thursday at 7pm in the Post Graduate Centre, Eastbourne District General Hospital. Consultant oncologist Dr F Mckinna will give an update on plans for the new radiotherapy services in Eastbourne. Contact Graham Hatfield on 01323 749258 or e-mail for details.

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VILLAGE HALL: There will be a Christmas ploughman’s lunch at the Dunn Village Hall from noon today, Friday. The cost is £5 and there will be a raffle in aid of hall funds. The harp concert had to be postponed, but a new date will be set in the new year.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Christingle Service. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Tony Wood. 6.30pm Evening service with Colin Povey.

WI: An earlier meeting this month, to avoid the Christmas mêlée. The speaker on Thursday at 7.30pm in the Dunn Village hall will be Phyllis Stevens who will run a Christmas Plaques Workshop. As usual if you want to know more about the WI or need help with transport ring Marion on 01435 831653 0r Pat on 01435 830227.

BRASS BAND: Warbleton Brass Band’s Christmas Concert will be held at 2pm (note earlier time) on Sunday December 16 in the Dunn Village Hall. This is always a great occasion with a wide variety of tunes beautifully played, including seasonal favourites. Raffle and refreshments available. Free entry, with a retiring collection.

willingdon, wannock & jevington

CAROL EVENING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council are organising their ever popular annual community event and carol evening at Willingdon Triangle from 6pm to 8.30pm on Thursday. Brains the Butchers will be open, providing hot food including a lamb roast which will be served from under their canopy. Mince pies and mulled wine will also be available. Depending on the weather, there may be one or two charity stalls in Orchard Parade but much of the activity and many of the stalls will be in Trinity Church Hall and Willingdon Library. Father Christmas will be in Willingdon Library from 6pm where the staff will be providing craft activities, quizzes and games for the children. But the chairman of the parish council, Cllr John Pritchett, feels that as this is very much a community event, the band and carol singing should still take place in the open where everyone can congregate, so do take a torch or lantern along and join in the singing from the sheet music provided. The Kingfisher Scout Band will be playing from 6.30pm to 7pm and this will be followed by the carol singing led by the Downland Singers. Orchard Parade will be closed to traffic from 6pm to 9pm. And as the event draws to a close, many will make for the British Queen.

THE MUSIC RECITAL on Monday November 26, directed by St Mary’s Church organist Michael Stumbles was described by Bp David Wilcox as one of the best ever. It was the first time I have been to one of Michael’s concerts, but it certainly won’t be the last.

THE BP Garage at the end of Coopers Hill opened to the public on Wednesday November 28. The forecourt looks much as before but the M&S Simply Food shop is simply excellent and sells a wide variety of items including some hot take-away food, such as sausage rolls and pasties. I popped in for some milk and a newspaper and came away with a free hessian bag in which to carry them.

A DICKENSIAN Spectacular celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens will be taking place at 10am tomorrow, Saturday, at Trinity Church. Come and enjoy a miscellany of festive music, drama and dance presented by The Downland Singers, St Andrew’s Drama Group and Coppice Dance in the presence of Queen Victoria. There will also be an opportunity to browse a while in ye olde curiosity shoppe and if you would really like to enter into the spirit of the occasion, Victorian dress would be welcome. Programmes priced at £3 to include seasonal refreshments are available at the door.

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

PANTOMIME tickets for Willingdon Church Players Babes in the Wood are available to the general public in the church hall after the 9.45am service (about 10.45am) on Sunday. The pantomime will be staged at Willingdon Memorial Hall at 7.30pm on January 24, 25 and 26, with a matinee on the Saturday at 2.30pm.

THE CHRISTINGLE Service at St Mary’s Church Willingdon is at 11.30am on Sunday. If you would like to help to make the Christingles in the church hall, do come early. The service is open to everyone and raises money for the Children’s Society. Choral Evensong with special music for advent is at 6.30pm.

JEVINGTON CHURCH will be having a family service at 11.15am on Sunday when parishioners are asked to bring toys and gifts for those less fortunate.

THE GLEN CHORALE: If you missed the Glen Chorale’s Christmas concert on Monday December 3, there is an opportunity to see the repeat performance at Wannock Hall at 2.30pm on Monday December 10. The choir, under the direction of Robin Moray, will be singing a variety of Christmas music, both traditional and new as well as carols for audience participation. Tickets, including refreshments are £5 and are available from Vi Robinson on 767209. The Glen Chorale will also be singing at various private functions during the Christmas period.

CAROL EVENING: Do make a note of this community event organised by the parish council for Thursday at Willingdon Triangle between 6pm and 9pm. More details next week.

FOOTBALL: Willingdon Football Club who will be having a Boxing Day sea swim at noon by the bandstand are considering going in in fancy dress, but nothing has been decided yet. The swim is in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice and the Alzheimer’s Society and their volunteers who have agreed to take part will be wearing their own charities t-shirts. Meanwhile Graham Morris, chef at the British Queen has enlisted another swimmer to join his team at 11am on New Year’s Day also by the band stand. He is Tom Stone. The others taking part are Rob and Angela Cain, Sam Guppy, Steve Marshall and Liam Bentley.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall when Julie Brownlee will be giving a demonstration entitled Christmas. The competition is a Christmas Pantomime.

ALEX GOLD will be providing the entertainment at The Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.