Parish pump Hailsham - February 13 2015

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship and children’s Sunday Club. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion.

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

ASH WEDNESDAY: The united benefice Communion service for Ash Wednesday will be held at St John’s, Bodle Street, at 7.30pm.

PARISH COUNCIL: The February meeting of the council will be held on Thursday at 7pm in the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green. Members of the public are welcome to attend, and there is an early opportunity for parishioners to raise matters in the meeting.


CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday the service of Mattins returns to the usual time of 10.30am. Tim Fogden will officiate at this service. As always, refreshments are served in the church after every service. All very welcome to join us.


FARMERS’ MARKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, is Hailsham Farmers’ Market on the Cattle Market Site from 9am to 12.30pm. As it is St Valentine’s Day, there will be a card-making competition which will be judged by our customers and stallholders. Get creative and bring your entry for one of three categories for ten years and under, 16 years and under and adults. Prize from market producers. Amateur hobbyists only please. This month new traders Tori and Lola with their homemade handmade novelty soaps, and jam and marmalade from Wild Preserves will be welcomed at the market. Find out how you can sign up to the Love Your Local Market campaign. The Farmers Market has launched its new website and you can find all the latest news and dates for future markets at or like us on Facebook. Enquiries to 07887 910150.

YOUTH ZONE: Tomorrow, Saturday, they have a film night at Hailsham Parish Church. Youth Zone is part of the Youth Activities run by Hailsham Parish Church and is for young people in years 6 to 9 and normally meets on the second Saturday of the month between 7pm and 8.30pm at Emmanuel Church. Some meetings will be held elsewhere so contact them first if you want to go along. For information about Youth Zone contact Julie on 01323 441059.

CARA DILLON: At Hailsham Pavilion tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm Cara Dillon presents a Spyboy production entitled A Thousand Hearts. Cara took over from Kate Rusby of folk supergroup, Equation. She has performed regularly to sell-out audiences all over the world, a rare talent and ‘staggeringly beautiful voice’. Tickets available through the Pavilion box office (01323 841414) or online.

ST MARY’S: This is the Sunday next before Lent. Holy Communion (BCP) at 8am. Holy Communion with crèche and children’s groups is at 10.30am, Encounters with Jesus, the Grieving Sisters. Evening Prayer is at 6.30pm, Disciples of the King, Fully Expected.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: This Sunday there is a Service at 11am followed by refreshments at Primrose Hall followed by refreshments. The mediums are Revs Malcolm and Lesleigh.

FUN AND SAFETY: There is a free fun and safety event on Tuesday from 10.30am to 1pm at Hailsham East Community Centre in Vega Close. Everyone welcome. Children’s entertainer, play zone, arts and crafts, police van, dance mats, community safety, refreshments etc. Children aged eight and under must be accompanied by an adult. This is a community partnership project. For more information contact Hailsham East Community Centre on 01323 464340. All welcome.

HEALTHY LIVING GROUP: This week health trainers and Qi Gong. The group meets on Tuesdays at the Methodist Church Hall from 10am to noon. This club is for the over 50s and promotes social, healthy activity, some chatting and tea-drinking, boccia, table tennis, yoga and line dancing.

RAMBLES: There are two walks on Wednesday. The longer is the Uckfield to Buxted circular of 4.5 miles with Dulcie (845805) which is described as flat with some muddy patches. The shorter walk is at Ashdown Forest from the Old Lodge car park on the B2026 with Peter (449439). If you would like to go on either then please contact the walk leaders in the first instance for the details. All welcome.

PCSO STREET MEETINGS: The Cedars, Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm. Police surgery and crime prevention local surgery on Thursday from 10am to 11am, Dippydoodah, High Street. Eastwell Place, Wednesday 25, 4pm to 4.30pm. If you do not have any matters to raise then simply come out and say hello.

FLOWER CLUB: The Hailsham group has its AGM on Wednesday along with a competition entitled Gotta Sing Gotta Dance for the Harmer and Riglesford cups. This will be judged by Barbara Harris and will be followed by social time with tea, coffee and cake. Members and their guests, together with invited guests from Hailsham Horticultural Society and Ringmer, St Andrews, Heathfield and Horam, and Willingdon Flower Clubs enjoyed an entertaining and lively New Year Party in January. Partygoers enjoyed a splendid buffet, some challenging and fun quizzes and a raffle was held with delightfully presented prizes. The club meets on the third Wednesday in the month (except December) at 7.30pm at the Hailsham Civic Community Hall and warmly welcomes anyone who would like to come along as a guest and enjoy the regular demonstration evenings, workshops and talks. Details from Marian on (01323) 500469.

PAUL YOUNG: Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young is coming to Hailsham Pavilion on Saturday February 21, 8pm. Whilst Tex-Mex band Los Pacaminos is led by Paul Young, one of the UK’s finest and best loved vocalists, he is not the only luminary in this seven piece outfit. Some of the best musicians in the business have teamed up to present an incendiary mix of Tex-Mex classics, Spanish songs and original material. There is Drew Barfield (Joe Jackson and Level 42), Melvyn Duffy, billed as possibly the finest young pedal steel guitar player in Britain, Steve Greetham (from the Joan Armatrading band), Mark Pinder (Alison Moyet), Matt Irving, (Squeeze, Chris Rea, Jools Holland and Manfred Mann), and Jamie Moses who has worked with The Pretenders, Mike And The Mechanics, Chaka Khan, Gary Barlow, Mica Paris, Pete Townsend, Paul Rodgers, Curtis Stiegers, Dave Stewart and is now a regular member of the current Queen set-up. Tickets from the Pavilion box office (01323 841414) or online.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: At the society last week it was the third round of the PDI competition. The judge was Ray Bridges LRPS CPAGB ADPS BPE3 who had visited the club earlier in the season to give a lecture. In the Swallow Cup for beginners, two images went through to the final. Storm Clouds Coming by Linda Busby, an atmospheric monochrome of the West Pier in Brighton, and Pier by Carole Parish, a view of Eastbourne Pier from the beach, taken at sunset, before the fire last year. In the Sussex Shield for intermediates, four pictures were selected. Clematis Nelly Moser and A Cricketer’s Nightmare by Graham Wilkinson, Fresh Paint-Loch Torridon by Rob Shepherd and Flowing By by Jean Mills, a lovely picture of a large rock mottled with many colours, water flowing around it and taken with a slow shutter speed to show the movement. Lastly was The Albert Hillman Cup for the advanced group which had five successful images picked. Street Prayers by Alison Morris ARPS, Impala Drinking by Terry McGhie ARPS, Dawn Mist by Janice Payne LRPS, Long Nosed Hawkfish and Pastel Impression, a hazy image of a man walking along the beach with birds in the sky in beautiful golden and purple tones, both by Sean Keen. Ray said it was a real pleasure to judge the competition and he really enjoyed looking at the pictures and gave each image due consideration and helpful comments.

LIONS: Hailsham Lions inducted new member and Hailsham resident, Sandy Winslade, who brings computing and secretarial skills to the club and getting involved with the club’s two annual Service Days for their older guests. New members are always welcome, particularly as the club heads for its busiest time in its events calendar which starts in a big way in April, when the club will be providing refreshments on April 18, 19 and 20 at the 43rd Arlington Bluebell Walk, Bates Green Farm. This is followed by the club’s annual Country Fayre at Broad Farm, Hellingly, on Sunday, June 14. More details will follow including news of the Companion Dog Show, held under Kennel Club Rules, hosted by Maria Williams. Following its success last year at the Fayre, the event will be larger and cover more competing categories. For further information please contact Keith Shonfeld MBE or phone 0845 833 9828 (local).

100 YEARS AGO: In February 1915 the Parish Magazine reports from the Vicar of the day: The Hospital is running well. Dr Taylor has given up his new house for it (The Laurels, where Tesco now stands) and his professional service as Medical Officer. We should all support it loyally and thoroughly. I will need financial help. It ought not to fall upon the Guarantors only. We shall have offertories in Church this next month, and, I hope, collections outside. With our 430 men serving with the Colours and our Hospital for the wounded in our midst, we may all, the whole Parish feel we are taking our part in the defence of our country and in the resistance to Prussian Militarism. Even the children need not feel out of it. Our Sunday Scholars have voted to have no prizes this year, but to give the money to the Hospital.

Hellingly, Horsebridge & Dicker

CHURCH SERVICES: Hellingly: Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP), Sunday, Holy Communion (CW) at 8am and 10.45am. Fourth Sunday Family Service 10.45am. Upper Dicker: Sunday service at 9.15am.

QUIZ NIGHT: The fundraising quiz tomorrow, Saturday, in Hellingly Village Hall is sold out.

NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING: PCSO Mark Carter says that although Sussex Police need to make £50m worth of cuts Neighbourhood Policing will continue but it was not known the form this would take. He also reports a number of incidents of break-ins other than dwelling had been reported in Hellingly over the Christmas period. The PCSO is currently monitoring the parking outside Hellingly School. A number of cars had been parked on the zigzags and grass verges. He would continue to monitor the situation and determine the best way to deal with this issue.

ROEBUCK PARK: The residents’ association met the management company to request further dog bins, but this has not been successful. The residents’ association thanked the Parish Clerk and her husband for clearing the litterbin of dog waste in the children’s playground at Roebuck Park prior to Christmas.

DEFIBRILLATORS: The defibrillators have now been received and will be checked by the South East Coast Ambulance Service who will also be organising the boxes. The defibrillators will be placed at the Kings Head Pub and the village hall.

FLOODING: The parish council had taken delivery of the Quick Sandbags and these would now be offered to local residents who are likely to be affected by flooding to purchase. They may have some available for purchase by Arlington parishioners. Please contact the Hellingly clerk at

COFFEE MORNINGS: Dicker Hall 10.40am to noon Thursday mornings. Book exchange or purchase 20p.

QUIZ: The Dicker Quiz is on Saturday March 7 at Dicker Hall. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. This is always a very popular event so book your place in plenty of time. Tickets are adults £7.50, children (under 12) £3. Includes hot supper with dessert and tea or coffee, bring your own other drinks. Call Marian on 441458 or Liz on 841541.

ARLINGTON PARISH COUNCIL: The next meeting is on Thursday, 7.30pm, Arlington Village Hall. Check the website for the agenda.

RESIDENT PASS: Michelham Priory is again inviting Dicker and Arlington villagers to apply for a pass to the historical site. The pass will only be issued to residents of Upper Dicker and Arlington who visit the Priory between February 14 and March 1. Only one pass per household, proof of address must be shown (utility bill, driving licence etc.). The pass can only be used by the two adults whose signature appears on the card, and they will be asked to sign in with each use. It entitles the holder to free entrance for the two adults and four children to Michelham Priory during normal opening hours throughout the 2015 season, including event days. The pass allows free admission to the Priory and grounds only. Any additional chargeable activities must be paid for at the normal rate and cannot be used for outdoor theatre performances or any other ticketed event.

PRIORY EVENTS: At Michelham Priory from February 16 to 22 there is a half term trail with art exhibition alongside pancake week when you can enjoy pancakes with a choice of fillings in our Michelham Priory Cafe. Opening at 11am to 4pm.

BALL GAMES: As previously reported, the playing of ball games on Dicker Village Green is not allowed on the grounds of health and safety. As a result of the continued removal of the signs by unauthorised persons, the parish clerk has been asked to investigate the creation of a byelaw. A byelaw would then enable culprits to be dealt with in a magistrates’ court.

CUCKMERE BUSES would like to recruit more volunteer drivers. You are invited to drive a Cuckmere Bus at Hailsham Farmers’ Market on the second Saturday of each month, 9am to 12.30pm, on production of your driving licence. Successful completion of the training programme could see you participating as part of a large team in a very useful community service and also enjoying social events. Contact or phone 01323 870920.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

FREE CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday Worship 10.45am. Go4It+ Sunday group for children and a meeting for youth in The Den. Sunday Evening Prayer at 7pm. Squeeze Breakfast Club first Sunday of the month at the village hall at 10am.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion, Wartling. 9.45am Family Service, All Saints Church, Herstmonceux. 6pm Evensong, Wartling. There is a Bingo afternoon on Saturday February 28 in Herstmonceux village hall at 2.15pm. Tickets are £5 and include a tea. An enjoyable afternoon is promised. Further information from Hazel on 01323 832408.

BOOT FAIR: On both February 15 and 22 there is a Charity Indoor Boot Sale from 9am to noon at The Reid Hall, Boreham Street.

LIME CROSS EVENTS: On Shrove Tuesday at Lime Cross Nursery café pancakes will be served by Sue, Rupert and the team who will be making sweet and savoury pancake dishes. No booking necessary, just turn up. For Chinese New Year on Friday 20 from 5.30pm celebrate with a three course oriental menu. Chinese-born Eric Ng will be giving a traditional Chinese painting demonstration, followed by an interesting talk about Bonsai from Derek Brooks of the Eastbourne and Wealden Bonsai Club. £30 per person. Booking essential. Finally there is wine tasting on Thursday February 26 from 6.30pm to 8pm. £5 per person. Booking essential 01323 833229.

WALKING GROUP: On Sunday February 22 Forest Row and the High Weald is the 5.5 mile challenge. Meet at Hailsham Leisure Centre. Contact Lita on 01323 844785 or 07561 493111 for more details.

PARISH COUNCIL: Wartling: Sussex Police has to cut its budget by £55m over four years from 2016 and parishes may have to fund items such as the cost of PCSOs, PCs and Speedwatch cameras. Cllr Stevens said the latest speed cameras cost just under £1,000 including VAT but there are no ongoing costs and the new camera could be used more often and in more locations. Councillors resolved that if funding can be sought for 75 per cent of the cost they will buy a speed camera for this parish. Having considered her application, councillors resolved unanimously to co-opt Shalagh Huntbatch as a councillor to Wartling Parish Council.

RAY AND SHELDON: The next gathering is on Friday February 27 when Joan Clark will be showing slides with the sights and sounds of Ireland at Herstmonceux village hall at 2.15pm. This group is for the over 60s. Enquiries to Anne 01323 441244.

SCIENCE EVENTS: Tuesday, A Hearty Work Out half day workshop when you will be learning all about the heart and how it keeps you alive. You will also get your heart pumping, check out your pulse and make your own stethoscope. Just some of the fun activities before you relax and make your own heart-warming chocolates for a belated Valentine’s treat. 2pm to 4.30pm £10.75 per child aged six to nine years. This is for the workshop only. Booking is essential. Wednesday, Curious about Chemistry half day workshop. Come and have a go at some exciting chemistry experiments from 2pm to 4.30pm for age ten to 13 years. £10.75 per child for the workshop. Booking essential.


BOOT SALE: There will be an Indoor Boot Sale on Sunday February 22 in Laughton Parish Hall. Doors open 10.30am. Tables £5, refreshments available. For more information 01323 811385 or email The next Indoor Boot Sale will be held on Sunday March 29.

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Friday: Normans Bay 9.40am-10.10am; Opposite Denbeigh Court, Hooe 10.40am-11.10am; Downsview, Ninfield 11.20am-11.45am; Catsfield Village Hall 11.55am-12.30pm; Hoath Hill, Mountfield 1.50am-2.45pm; Ridgeway, Herstmonceux 2.55pm-3.30pm.

Ninfield & Hooe

HOOE OPEN GROUP will next meet today, Friday, 2.30pm at Hooe Village Hall. For further details call Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

U18 FOOTBALL: Ninfield U18s had a good game against Wadhurst last Sunday with a 1-0 win. The report sent is as follows: A very hard fought victory against a very well organised Wadhurst side who made life very difficult for us. Sometimes we were our own enemy though trying to waltz past 3-4 players instead of taking the easy option. Our defence held firm for the second week running and special mention to Connor, Shay and Callum. Jake also had a decent game up front despite being isolated for much of the game and being starved of service. But a win is a win and onwards and upwards is what it is all about. Three points, well deserved and to have scored against a strong defensive line shows how well you can play when you string all the tactics together. To have conceded that, and without being able to score themselves, must make that taste all the more bitter for Wadhurst, and sweeter for us. Well done. Weather and pitch permitting, this Sunday, February 22, they are at home against Raw Skills Rangers, 10.30am.They will also be playing at home next week, March 1, against TW Youth Ridgewaye. The really tough match will be on March 8 at home on Ninfield Rec, when they face Pevensey and Westham who won 17-0 last Sunday against Hampden Park. You might call it a local derby, and everyone in the team will be tested to see if they can break through the Pevensey defence. Peter Leach is their danger man, with 36 goals so far in 13 appearances. The three postponed matches will also need to be fitted in however, there are no dates and teams arranged to date, so please go to the Ninfield United FC facebook page to keep in touch with the news. So, three matches all at home from February 22, the lads would love your support.

PANCAKE LUNCH: St Oswald’s, Hooe, invite you all to a Pancake Lunch on Tuesday, in Hooe Village Hall from noon till 2pm. They welcome all comers, no ticket required just a donation towards the cost in the collection box.

HORTICULTURE: Ninfield Horticultural Society next meet on Monday at 7.30pm. They will have at talk by Julian Dormady of Bedgebury on Plant Hunting Around the World. This could be quite an exciting talk as many plants are quite difficult from which to gather seed. Current and new members welcome, as well as visitors for only £2. If you would like more information, please contact Rod Ffoulkes on 893635 or email

GOLDEN CIRCLE meets on Tuesday in the Methodist Hall at 2.30pm. If you would like more information, contact Rod Ffoulkes on 893635 or

LOCAL HISTORY: Hooe History Society meet next on Thursday at 7.30pm in Hooe Village Hall. It has always been the ambition of Hooe society to research and record the history of our village, its people and the surrounding countryside. This month’s presentation fits into that mould exactly. Peter Doodes has been researching The Salt Marshes. This month he will be telling us about his findings, his talk is entitled The History and Continuing Story of the Hooe Marshes with its Salt Pans, Vanished Harbour, Villages and Airfield. A talk by a local resident on a local subject, certainly fits the bill. More from Peter, 01424 892329.

HISTORY GROUP: Ninfield History Group meets on Thursday at 7.30pm in the Methodist Hall. They welcome Chris McCooey, who will be giving a talk on Sussex Characters Wacky Weird and Wonderful. Chris is a very entertaining speaker and he will be well worth hearing. If you would like more information, please contact Rod Ffoulkes on 893635 or email

NINFIELD ACTION GROUP: At the meeting last week, it was confirmed there will be a Drop-In Coffee Morning on Saturday, February 21, at the Methodist Hall from 10am to 1pm. It will be an opportunity for residents to catch up with the latest news, views and details about the application for development, while also registering any thoughts and ideas they would like to add. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to go and have a chat over tea, coffee and cake. See posters and flyers around the village for further details.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield), 9.30am Family Service. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Parish Eucharist. Ninfield Methodist Church, 2.30pm Holy Communion with Rev Ian Pruden.


LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society meet today, Friday, when the speaker is Barry Saunders talking about the 1950s Seaside Fun with old one penny machines. He will bring along a few of the old one penny machines for us to play on. Meetings are held at St John’s Church Hall, 6.30pm for 7pm. Visitors welcome £3. More information from Margaret Worrall on 484293.

EASTBOURNE Natural History and Archaeological Society meet today, Friday, when our speaker is Patricia Stevens, on Eastbourne’s extensive early Anglo-Saxon Cemetery and the discovery of an Iron Age Settlement in 1990. Meetings are held at St Saviours Church Hall, South Street, Eastbourne from 7.30pm. Visitors £2.50.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre lounge is hosted by the Building Fund, from 10am to noon. Valentine hampers in office, raffle, bric-a-brac, preserves. Meet your friends over tea and coffee.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Valentine’s Day Circular. 4.5 miles with Diana W. Meet at Co-op Albert Parade, Old Town, Eastbourne, 10am. Frequent bus services Nos 1 and 1A. Hilly walk, followed by refreshments at Victoria Drive, or a brisk pace walk with Bob B. Start at Saltdean Lido car park at 10am GR 381021 map 122. 8 miles. Bus no 12 Terminus Road Stop J. On Wednesday A Stileish walk around Horam, 8 miles with Graham T. Meet bus No 51, 9.59am Terminus Road to Horam Merrydown Winery (demolished hoarding around the site). Walk starts at Horam car park 10.45am GR 578174. Dry lunch. Leader at Church Street.

YOUNG QUILTERS at Polegate, now meet at Polegate Community Centre once a month on a Saturday afternoon. If anyone in the age groups of five to 16 years are interested to join us, we charge £5 per session for Quilters Guild YQ members, although we do reduce the fee if there is more than one child from the same family. Our targets are to have fun, learning about different kinds of sewing. Our next meeting is tomorrow, Saturday. To book contact Kathryn Greig on 01273 510193 or email Look at website

LUNCH with Trinity Diners takes place on Friday February 20. To book your place please contact Jennie on 484189.

HALF TERM special, trains running at Spa Valley Railway on Thursday to Saturday, February 19 to 21. Kids a Quid. Booking essential. telephone 01892 537715. We also have on offer a combined rail and entrance ticket to Groombridge Place which also has lots of activities for children all the year round, email or telephone 01838 861444.

ELHS speaker on Tuesday evening February 24, Rob Hill will be talking about the Rebuilding of the EAC Monoplane 100 years on. Doors open at 6.30pm, meeting starts at 7pm. Visitors welcome, £2.

POLEGATE GARDENERS Society meet on February 26. Our talk is by Michaele Wynn-Jones on Mailbags and Porridge, 7.30pm at Polegate Community Centre. Visitors welcome. More information from Shirley 488035.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

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

ASH WEDNESDAY: The united benefice Communion service for Ash Wednesday will be held at St John’s Bodle Street at 7.30pm.

PARISH COUNCIL: The February meeting of the council will be held on Thursday at 7pm in the Dunn Village Hall. Members of the public are welcome to attend, and there is an early opportunity for parishioners to raise matters in the meeting.

HISTORY GROUP: Peter Gillies brought his magic lantern along to the meeting on Monday evening. For their time they were a very advanced piece of technology, and are wonderful works of engineering in themselves, made mainly of brass. The slides were large compared to 35mm ones and contained incredible detail. Peter showed slides from his collection which illustrated life in the Weald of about a century ago. We saw pictures of the various trades associated with the woods – hoop makers, faggot producers, charcoal burners etc as well as farming, village life and local industries, including chicken cramming, which started in Punnetts Town. Our next walk is next Saturday, February 21, at 2pm. We meet in the car park in Horam by the Cuckoo Trail. All are welcome. In March we have Sally White talking about Sussex Piers.

DEAF UNIT: The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care mobile information and advice service for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing will be outside Osborne House, Rookery Lane from 10am to 12.30pm on Thursday March 5. This is at the same time and location as Coffee and Company so you can combine the two in one visit. The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss. For further information please contact East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, on 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail:

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

JEVINGTON CHURCH is part of the united benefice of East Dean with Friston and Jevington and the rector is the Rev David Baker. He writes in the February Jevington Journal that their curate since 2009, the Rev Andrew Smith, is to become the rector of Fetcham in Surrey on March 19 and his final Sunday in Jevington will be on February 15 when he will be preaching at the 11.15am service. Andrew was the first curate for the benefice in living memory and he and his wife Jenny have always had an enthusiastic and positive outlook and have served the benefice well and they will be very much missed. A coach is being booked for the induction on March 19.

LOCAL TRADERS are keen to promote their businesses and other activities which are based around the Triangle in Willingdon and slightly further afield. It is an interesting and informative website. Visit

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. The talk is about 1950s seaside fun with vintage penny arcade machines. A microphone with a loop system is used for the benefit of the deaf and hard of hearing at all talks. Visitors are welcome. The fee is just £2.

TRIANGLE LACE CLUB members will be meeting at Trinity Church Hall from 10am to 2pm tomorrow, Saturday. This is an active, friendly club promoting all forms of bobbin lace. All lace makers of any age are welcome. There is a trade stand with lace supplies and equipment, and guidance on the art of lace making can be given. The cost including refreshments, raffle and insurance is £5. Contact Rowena Gausden on 01323 484165.

OWEN DONOVAN will be providing the entertainment with his classic Irish tunes at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. Tables are now fully booked for meals. Earlier in the day at 2.30pm kick off for the England/Italy match will be on the big screen at the Wheatsheaf. Complimentary nibbles will be provided.

RAMBLING: Willingdon Church Ramblers will be meeting outside Chalk Farm in Coopers Hill at 10am on Monday when they will be sharing lifts before walking along the Cuckoo Trail from Hellingly to Horam and back, which is approximately 7 miles, but flat.

ASH WEDNESDAY: A Holy Communion service will be held at 11.15am on Ash Wednesday in St Mary’s Church and this will be followed by a frugal lunch in the church hall at about noon. The lunch will consist of soup, bread and cheese and is open to everyone. There is no charge but a suggested offering of £2.50 would be appreciated as the proceeds of the lunch and raffle are donated to Christian Aid.

MOTHERS’ UNION: The Willingdon branch of the Mothers’ Union will be attending corporate communion in St Mary’s Church at 10.30am on Thursday followed by the Friendly Cuppa in the church hall with hearing aid servicing. The service and Friendly Cuppa are open to everybody.

THE FLOWER CLUB meet at 2pm on Friday February 20 at Willingdon Memorial Hall for a practice meeting. Contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

TRINITY DINERS: The next Trinity Diners meal at Trinity Church Hall is on Friday February 20. To reserve a place please ring Jennie on 01323 484189. The meals are £5.50.

BRIGHTON HALF MARATHON: Wendy Quinn will be running the Brighton half marathon on February 22 in aid of the JPK Project which aims to provide supported residential accommodation for people with a learning disability. Wendy would welcome your support so do sponsor her for this event. Sponsorship forms can be obtained from Jill Parker on 01323 486179 or from Wendy at Hairs and Graces, Willingdon Triangle or on the JPK Just Giving page at and please state that it is for Wendy/Brighton half marathon.

A CHURCH CONCERT is being held at 7.30pm on Monday February 23 at St Mary’s Church Hall Willingdon. Directed by Michael Stumbles, the concert will include choir pieces and solos and ensembles. Admission is free.

The Sycamore Tree Project at Lewes Prison received £5,000 from the Safer in Sussex Community Fund. The project raises victim awareness.