Parish pump Hailsham - February 14, 2014

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship (CW). St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion.

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

GARDENING CLUB: The new season of meeting starts at 7.30pm in the village hall on Tuesday.

PARISH COUNCIL: The March meeting is on Thursday at 7pm in the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green. All are welcome to attend.


OH DEAR what a week we have had, there I am grumbling about the water in the village and those poor people on the Somerset levels and beside the Thames. This wretched weather doesn’t seem to deter Eric and Elsie (my esteemed squirrel friends) who are still sharing the nuts with the rest of the gang. The woodpecker has now mastered hanging on to the nut feeder, there isn’t a perch, and I am sure the whole population of the tit family are now residing in Firle. We are pleased that a Jay has started to frequent the garden, there is always plenty of food thrown over the lawn by the birds as they feed.

CURIOSITY: This week’s curiosity, there remain by the Savoy Hotel and theatre two lamps that were originally powered by gas. The gas was supplied unwittingly by the guests of the hotel, to give you some idea there is a lane local to them call Farting Lane. Makes you wonder what Victorian Londoners ate? You really couldn’t make that one up.

FOGGY NIGHT: Several years ago circa 1989 my wife and I went to Brighton for a light supper with good friends, on leaving around 11pm we drove back to Firle , the night was bitterly cold and a blanket of fog made it a slow drive home. On turning off the A27 the gates of Firle Place were open, the park was shrouded in fog and created a layer pattern, you could only drive at 5mph. It was surreal beautiful but strange. Three quarters up the drive I saw two people on my right I asked Penny did she see and she said ‘Who wants to be out at 11.30pm on such a night.’ I stopped and saw two children, a boy of 10 years old and a girl of 5 to 6 years old. Their dress was of late Victorian style and the boy had his jacket over the girl’s shoulder, suddenly I could see nothing and slowly drove home. I said to Penny you saw like me, I need to go out again to the park, I drove around towards Horse Pond and back down the drive not a sight of anything. Next day I was told off by the farmer for driving over the park. Anyway weeks later I related what we had seen to some elderly residents and was told of a story that two young children had ran away from their drunken father and were trying to get to their grandparents in Alciston. As I was told it they were found huddled in a hedge together and they died of hypothermia. As I remember the night in November it was bitterly cold, freezing and foggy. Fact, fiction, true, false, a figment of our imagination? No. It will be with us forever.

CHURCH SERVICE: The Sunday service is at Firle at 10.15am for Holy Communion

OVER 50S: Next meeting is on Monday. Come along and enjoy, it starts at 2pm and we finish around 4pm. Included is tea and cake. If you would like to come but need transport do give us a ring, Sally 07543365684 or Penny 08933766896. Time to plan some trips for the summer so get your thinking caps on.

LIBRARY: If you have not done it yet and love to read books why not join the library that comes into the village fortnightly and is at the shop onThursday at 9.15am for half an hour. Good choice of books, DVDs and if you already belong to the Lewes library and have a card you can use it there.

QUIZ NIGHT: This month’s quiz is Bonfires so come along and enjoy the entertainment, questions, and food. It’s on Friday February 21 at 7.30pm. Cost of a ticket is £8, includes the food, teams of up to six allowed. Ring Hazel 07980167203 so she knows how many to cater for.


WELCOME to the first of many news reels from the hamlet of Folkington. We would like readers to be aware of our beautiful parish church which dates back to the 13th century, primarily medieval but with some Victorian additions. We are one of a few churches who still continue to use the Book of Common Prayer as well as the King James Bible. St Peter Ad Vincula is set on the Northern edge of the South Downs in stunning countryside just off the A27 west of Polegate. All members of the congregation are friendly and we welcome newcomers. We organise many social events and always have coffee and biscuits after every service. Many of the church members come from outside of the village from areas such as Polegate, Eastbourne and Pevensey Bay.

CHURCH SERVICES: Holy Communion is held on the first Sunday of every month at 10.30am. Other Sundays are Mattins also at 10.30am. This Sunday, at 10.30am, we welcome the Reverend Colin Pritchard who will lead the service.

ORGANIST: We are currently in need of an organist if anyone might be interested. We have a 1917 Henry Speechly Organ which has been extremely well maintained, it is in a beautiful antique oak case.

EVENTS: Members of the village who would like to promote events or make announcements please do so by contacting Liz on 01323 648179.


ST MARY’S: Sunday is the third Sunday before Lent. 8am Holy Communion (BCP) Mission. 10.30am Holy Communion with crèche and children’s groups The Search for Justice. 6.30pm Evening Prayer Mission.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a service at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. The medium is Michael Knight. There is a clairvoyant evening next Friday February 21 starting at 7.30pm to 9pm with mediums Darren John and Adam Samuel.

SAFETY DAY: This event is to take place on Tuesday from 10am to 1pm at Hailsham East Community Centre. It is a free event organised by Wealden District Council. There will be a children’s entertainer, football penalty shoot out, police van, dance mats, arts and crafts, hook a duck, face painting and refreshments. The idea is to encourage children to think about keeping safe in a range of different situations which includes personal safety and prevention of home accidents, fire prevention, food safety and community safety. There will be various organisations present to help get the message across, including East Sussex Children’s Centre, Fire and Rescue Service, Active Play and Sussex Police.

BONFIRE BINGO: The next bingo night to help raise funds for the bonfire society extravaganza on October 18 this year, is next Friday February 21. Doors open at 7pm for eyes down 7.30pm at the Charles Hunt Age Concern Centre, entrance in Waitrose Car Park. Start gathering together your jumble for a sale on March 22. Details about dropping off and collection nearer the time.

TRANSPORT FILMS: Tickets at £5 are now available for the coffee morning on Saturday March 22 at the Hailsham Pavilion. Back by popular demand, this event includes films Hell Drivers, early Concorde film footage and for the railway fans This is York and much more. Doors open at 10am for coffee with the show commencing at 10.30am hosted by local transport historian John Bishop. All proceeds to HOPS.

SUSSEX RAMBLERS: Winter is a quiet time of year for projects in rights of way, however they are still inspecting paths as part of a routine inspection cycle and responding to incoming reports from rights of way users. Issues that have been reported with increased frequency recently have concerned flooding and fallen trees. With the recent volume of rainfall it is not surprising that large swathes of the county have been flooded. This has resulted in bridges being washed out and paths being muddy, making some paths impassable. They will of course be working with landowners where possible to improve drainage. The recent stormy weather has also caused a large number of trees to fall. Sussex Ramblers are contacting landowners to request clearance but it can take time to identify landowners and many landowners must then hire in contractors to remove trees, which is dependent on the availability of the contractors. They are working to secure clearance of trees from rights of way as quickly as possible and thank you for your patience and understanding as they work to resolve these matters.

HAILSHAM FORWARD: High street traffic improvements, better industrial estate access, specialist markets, new sports facilities, cycle parking facilities and the creation of pop-up shops for local entrepreneurs. These were just a few of the things discussed at the latest meeting of Hailsham Forward, the Town Team which aims to bring together key local stakeholders including Hailsham Town Council to review the best ways to revitalise the town centre and surrounding urban environment. People came together to review Hailsham Forward’s activities at the Diplocks Hall and among the attendees were a representative of the MP for Wealden Charles Hendry and local councillors including the Town Mayor, as well as local business associations, economic development managers and other stakeholders. Following feedback from residents and businesses at a public consultation held last May, Hailsham Forward has proposed a number of objectives for revitalising the town, all of which were put into a business plan for review. Hailsham is already on the road to regeneration with the opening of new businesses in the town centre in recent months and the development of Hailsham Forward’s town revitalisation objectives.

BIG SWIM: Hailsham Leisure Centre is urging people to sign up and join in with this event on March 22 and 23. This year’s Swimathon event will raise money for Sport Relief. For further information and to register on Swimathon visit or just drop in to the Leisure Centre.

100 YEARS AGO: In February 1914 FC Harvey reports: The FOF (Freewill Offering Fund) and Church Fund, which is really one Fund, grows, but the members do not yet exceed 102 and there are over 300 Communicants. Many enjoy the Privileges of the Church. Scripture, I think, enjoins that they shall share its obligations. The Bishop of Chichester’s Fund, to which we contributed £22 nearly, last year, has raised £13,016. There were eight parishes, which fell below their apportionment. We, unfortunately, are one of these. This year I hope we shall pay the full amount, £25. It is a great success so far. The amount collected has been wisely spent. I think and I ought to know, being one of the elected members of the Finance Board.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

QUIZ NIGHT: Please note this quiz was previously and erroneously advertised as a Valentines Quiz today, Friday. It is in fact at Upper Dicker Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 7pm for 7.30pm start. Cost £6 per person to include a buffet supper. Bring your own drinks. Bookings at (01323) 844687 or email

CHURCH SERVICES: Hellingly church: Regular Services, Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP). Every Sunday Holy Communion (CW) at 8am, 10.45am Holy Communion (CW), 6.30pm Evensong. Upper Dicker: 9.15am Holy Communion (CW).

MOTHERS UNION: At their last meeting, Ann Proctor, a retired physiotherapist was invited to talk to 30 plus members and friends about the Healing Ministry. Ann is passionate about healing and prayer and was commissioned by Archdeacon Philip Jones to be the Deanery Healing Advisor. An inter-denominational group of lay and clergy, including Ann, trained at Glyndley Manor. This group has set up services in places that encourage all the churches in the Diocese to take up healing and especially prayer, following Jesus’ commission to the disciples to preach the Good News in His name by the power of the Holy Spirit in the Name of the Father. Thus healing is for the whole of mind, body and spirit. Ann suggested that there are many different ways to facilitate healing and often the gift of healing is God-given. Alongside the business of prayer and healing there are guidelines about listening and keeping confidences, and the important aspect of reconciliation which may be resolved by prayer. Further information may be obtained from the Church of England Handbook - A Time to Heal. Local Healing Centres include Burrswood at Groombridge, Glyndley Manor and Ashburnham Place. The latter has a delightful Orangery set in the grounds designed by Capability Brown, where tea and cake may be taken in peaceful surroundings.

BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER: Gill and Bryan Hesselgrave will be holding their annual Farmhouse Breakfast in aid of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution on Monday February 27 starting at 9am in Hellingly Village Hall. The last sitting will be at 1.30pm. Pre-booking is essential. This is a national event sponsored by the Home Grown Cereals Authority and the National Farmers Union. They are again being supported by Barclays Bank. RABI helps farmers and farm workers who have fallen on hard times. Gill says, ‘I am sure that there is a huge demand for help from the Somerset Levels this year. Cattle and sheep still have to be fed even if the fields and fodder are under water and many, particularly sheep, will have drowned.’ For further information and to book, contact Gill and Bryan Hesselgrave, 01323 844613 or email them at

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY held its last PDI competition of the season with nearly 80 images for judge Graham Smith ARPS to critique. He has been to the camera club before and always gives first class reviews. In the Swallow Cup for beginners, the following are through to the final: Stone Me and Thick Red Line both by Pam Maclay, Aspin Lights by Brian Gell, Wells by Martin Rumary and Crane With Mackerel by Linda Busby, a lovely picture of a huge crane taken against a cloudy sky at sunset. In the Sussex Shield for intermediates, these are through: Impressions Of Woodchester and Court In Transit both by Janet Monk ARPS, Who Is Watching Who and Silverdale Sunset both by Steve Nixon, In The Flow by Terry Maskell, and Pouncing Puma by Gill Terry, a lovely action shot of a beautiful Puma leaping in the air. In the Arthur Hillman Cup for advanced members, seven were picked for the final: Wild Robin, a stunning shot of the bird perched on the stem of a rose bush by Keith Deverson. Caught Red Handed and Until Victory, Always both by Roy Morris ARPS, It’s A Steep Climb by Alison Morris ARPS, Thermal Pool, Yellowstone, by Gay Biddlecombe LRPS, The Last Hosta Leaf Of The Season by Janice Payne LRPS, and Common Soldier Beetle by Roy Broad. The evening was greatly enjoyed. Graham was thanked for his remarks and wished better weather for the journey home.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

BIRD WEEK: We are fast approaching National Nest Box Week and to mark that occasion Lime Cross Nursery will be holding their bird week starting today, Friday, with some free children’s activities up at the Nursery. Tomorrow, Saturday, the RSPB, the Woodland Trust and Sussex Falconry will be there. On Sunday again it’s Sussex Falconry, as well as the Pevensey Wildlife Rescue. On Monday it’s the RSPB and Pevensey Wildlife Rescue and on Tuesday it’s free children’s activities. On Wednesday it’s the RSPB. On both Thursday and Friday Februray 20 and 21 there will be free children’s activities, and on February, the RSPB. Also during the week they’ll be running a Crazy Bird Corner where you can go along and make a crazy bird after which you could join their bird spotter’s hunt or even just sit down quietly using their colouring and puzzle sheets to keep you amused.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) will be held at Wartling Church at 8am with Holy Communion ICW) being held at Herstmonceux Church at 9.45am and Messy Church will be at the Reid Hall at 3.30pm.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: Di Tate would like to let us all know that the RBL Poppy Appeal, held last November, raised a total of £2342.09. Di would like to thank all the helpers and collectors for making this important event possible and all those who bought and wore their poppies with pride. I suspect too, that all those helpers and all those people who support the RBL would like to thank Di for all her hard work in organising this event.

CLOTHING EVENT: On Saturday February 22 our village hall will be turned into the place to be for the fashion conscious ladies of the village when the next Boden Clothing event will be held. The doors of the hall will be open between 9.30am to 12.30pm and if you introduce a friend you could earn a £25 credit on your account if you place an order. There will be many other discount and offers and you can try before you buy in their private changing rooms and a raffle where one of the prizes will be a £50 Boden voucher.


SALE: An Indoor Boot Sale will take place on Sunday in Laughton Parish Hall. Sellers from 9am, buyers from 10.30am. Refreshments available. Proceeds to Laughton Parish Hall. For more information please ring Jean-Mary Crozier 01323 811385, email

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

SUSSEX POLICE have received report of a theft of 200 house bricks from the High Street, Ninfield, area over the time period of 16:30hrs on 06/02/14 and 02:00hrs on 07/02/14. Should anyone have seen or heard anything in connection with this please can they call 101 quoting serial 0419 07/02/14. They have also received a report of a suspicious white Ford Transit van in the area of Bexhill Road around 0800hrs on 06/02/14. Again, if anyone has seen or heard anything regarding this, please call 101 quoting serial 0185 of 06/02/14.

HOOE OPEN GROUP’S next meeting will be held today, Friday, at 2.30pm at Hooe Village Hall. There will be a talk by Barry Wilkinson on his experiences working in Lewes Prison. For further information contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

JUMBLE SALE: The bonfire society are holding a Jumble Sale at Ninfield Memorial Hall tomorrow, Saturday. Doors open at 2pm. If you have any jumble to donate, please take it along to the Hall on Saturday morning from 8am onwards. Or if you need anything collected please telephone Carol 893326.

MEETING: Ninfield and Battle Guild are next meeting at the Methodist Church Hall on Wednesday at 2.30pm. This meeting welcomes Pam Doodes with a talk entitled The County Council. All are welcome to go along.

LOCAL HISTORY: Ninfield Local History Group are meeting on Thursday, with Jan Cooper and Liz Darbyshire talking about Lost Shops of Ninfield with help from some NLHG members. For further information, please contact Rod Ffoulkes, acting chairman, NLHG 01424 893635 or email

HOOE HISTORY SOCIETY meet in Hooe Village Hall on Thursday at 7.30pm. By popular demand, Barbara Strevett is returning to continue her stories about her days growing up in the village. Last year her talk was so well received it left people wanting to hear more and she kindly agreed to talk to them again. The society’s meetings are open to everyone, a warm welcome awaits. Further details can be found on their website or from the chairman Heather Sinden 01424 893422, Peter Hayward 01424 892009 or Peter and Pam Doodes 01424 892329.

CHRISTIAN VOICES, the Musical Drama Group, present their latest play Ezra on Saturday, February 22 in Ninfield Methodist Church Hall at 3pm. The play was written by Alan Young and the songs composed by Dave Chamberlin. The play, based on the story in the Old Testament, tells of how one man went to Jerusalem, and through his Devotion and teachings, repaired the damaged

relationship its people had with God.

THE FLOWER GROUP are next meeting on Monday, March 3, where they will welcome Jean Plaskett to the Memorial Hall commencing at 7.30pm with her demonstration entitled Omnium. All floral arrangements demonstrated will be raffled at the end of the evening. Should you require any further information please contact by email

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.

ST OSWALD’S are holding their annual Pancake Lunch on March 4 between noon and 2pm in Hooe Village Hall. There is no requirement to book your place, just pop in. Donations towards costs are welcome.


VALENTINE’S Coffee Morning at Polegate Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 10 am to noon. Raffle, hamper, jigsaws, bric-a-brac. For more information contact Wendy or John on 484631.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by the Kitchen Fund. All welcome in the lounge from 10am to noon.

FRIDAY CRAFT GROUP run by members of the Eastbourne and South Wealden MS Society has started at Polegate Community Centre on Friday mornings from 10am to 1pm. We are a friendly bunch who enjoy all types of craft projects including knitting, crochet, card making and quilting, patchwork etc. If you would like to join us contact Val Liles on 460336 or Shirley Hannam on 488035.

SINGING: We are waiting to welcome you to our small and friendly choir. Our repertoire is varied, ranging from musicals to songs of yesterday and tomorrow. Gentlemen we need you especially to give harmony and balance. Do come and have fun on Thursday evenings. The Downland Singers, Trinity Church Hall from 7.30pm to 9pm. To find out more telephone 484189 or email

RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on February 20 include a Leisurely Walk, No Betting Slips or Photo Finish, nearly three miles. Meet at Polegate Rec at 10am. Coffee at Polegate no stiles with Rick. Or a five mile walk, Wilmington Alfriston Circular, downland and fields, six stiles with Marianne; or Spring High Weald Linear, nearly five miles in morning or nearly four miles in afternoon. Hellingly, Horam, Heathfield. Fields and woods. Tea at end, café picnic. Bus 51 at 9.47am from Polegate Medical Centre to Hellingly Village Hall. Lunch at Horam where 51 bus returns at 19 and 49 mins to Polegate. Afternoon walk continues to Heathfield. Tea before returning on 51 bus at 08 and 38 mins past hour. With Graham.

TRINITY DINERS next lunch club takes place on Friday February 21. Doors open at noon, for lunch at 12.30pm. To book your place please contact Jennie on 484189. Vegetarian option available. Meet at Trinity Church Hall.

MEMBERS’ EXHIBITION: Polegate Sketching and Painting Group are holding a Members’ Exhibition of work tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am to noon in the Henry Twine Hall, Community Centre. A social group, Polegate Sketching and Painting Group has been running for over 20 years with up to 30 members. The group runs two classes weekly; Monday evening at Bernhard Baron Cottage Homes, Tuesday morning at Polegate Community Centre. For the last nine years we have been led with good humour by professional artist Richard Liley, BA (Hons) FRSA, RTS, who is also an Open College of the Arts tutor, the classes provide a creative environment for beginners as well as serious painters.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship (CW). 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 Rev Neville Barnett.

HISTORY GROUP: Jillian Beecher gave us glimpse of the life of a shepherd in her talk Shepherds Huts on Monday evening. These were literally huts on wheels, which could be moved initially by horse and later by tractor, from field to field. They provided shelter for the shepherd as he cared for his flock, particularly during lambing time. Accommodation was basic, a bunk, cupboard, table and stove. Construction was from corrugated iron or wood, or a mixture of the two. In later times the living vans that had formed part of the steam powered teams involved in threshing or road maintenance became available upon the demise of steam. These were of better quality as they were built for longer distances. In certain areas, Romney Marsh for instance, permanent brick built huts were erected at strategic locations. Jillian also described the various makes of huts. Our next walk is on Saturday February 22. We meet at 2pm in the Cuckoo Trail Car Park, Station Road car park, Heathfield. In response to the weather, we have taken the hard option this time, a hard surface underfoot, with a walk along the trail.

PARISH COUNCIL: The next meeting is on Thursday at 7pm in the Dunn Village Hall. All are welcome to attend.

QUIZ NIGHT: There was a very good turn-out last Saturday evening for the horticultural society quiz at the Dunn Village Hall. We had 15 teams in the end. Bryan Whitton had lost his voice, so was unable to act as question master, and I was asked to step in during the day. Thankfully Simone Cranstone had set the questions, so I just had to deliver them and the answers. We had nine rounds with a picture round of celebrities providing the tenth, and quite a few of the questions had the little grey cells working overtime, with puzzled faces all round. Thanks to all who supported this event and to the committee for organising it. The table giving themselves the name Nil Desperandum won with 84.5 points and received a pot of miniature daffodil bulbs each as a prize. The wooden spoon position went to the optimistically named Fourth Place who received a lemon each. The annual Flower Show will be held on Saturday July 26.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

KEN GARRETT died peacefully on January 31 aged 98. He had a lifetime interest in sport, and in his earlier days played for both Willingdon Football Club and Willingdon Cricket Club, and was still playing cricket into his fifties and was the cricket club’s vice chairman up to his death. John Shepherd, speaking for the football club, said that Ken was a real gentleman and probably the most loyal and reliable person you could ever have wished to meet. He had served the Dons in most capacities over the years and he still helped Graham Spencer with the teas’ washing up in recent years. Ken was involved with the club when Alan Bettesworth, John Shepherd and his brother Dick started playing for the club as youngsters. Ken was Willingdon’s leading scorer either side of the 2nd World War. During the last three years he was unable to attend matches but he still followed the results. Ken had been a brick layer all his working life and built the two garages in Huggetts Lane where the football and cricket clubs kept their equipment. His funeral service is today, Friday, at 3pm at St Mary’s Church Willingdon. His request was for no flowers or black ties at the funeral but donations if desired should go to Willingdon Football Club c/o Serenity 48 South Street Eastbourne BN21 4UT.

PANEL MEETING: At the recently held Willingdon Neighbourhood Panel meeting, it was agreed that inconsiderate and illegal parking at Willingdon Primary School is still causing a problem. The parking issues are to be robustly dealt with by way of fixed penalty notices which carry a £30 fine. Parents and staff will be passing details and photographs of offending vehicles to PCSO Ali Beadon so that the owners can be visited and advised accordingly. There will also be a uniformed presence at the start and finish of the school day whenever possible. PCSO Ali Beadon will also be lobbying for posts to be installed on the verges in Wannock Avenue to help prevent vehicles parking partially on the verge and causing damage.

STREET MEETINGS: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at the junction of Huggetts Lane and Seven Sisters Road at 1pm on Wednesday and at the junction of Anderida Road and Swinburne Avenue at 11am on Thursday. Do go along and meet her, particularly if there is anything you would like to discuss relating to her role. PCSO Ali Beadon can also be contacted by ringing 101 extension 68233 or on her mobile 07787 685 755.

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, at St John’s Church Hall, Polegate, when there will be a talk on Stone Cross Windmill. Please ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 01323 486208 for further information.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Tomorrow, Saturday, from 8.30pm talented young musician Owen Donovan will be entertaining customers.

AUDIO 6 will be entertaining customers at the British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

A QUIET DAY led by the Very Revd Pete Wilcox, Dean of Liverpool, will take place from 10am to 4pm tomorrow, Saturday, at St Mary’s Church. Please bring £5 and a packed lunch.

CHURCH CONCERT: St Mary’s Church is the venue for a concert which will be taking place at 7.30pm on Monday. The concert, directed by Michael Stumbles, will include choir pieces, vocal ensembles and various instrumental items. Fr Michael will also be playing some organ solos. Admission is free. There will be a retiring collection for locally based charity Children with Cancer.

ST MARY’S Rambling Group will be meeting at 10.30am on Monday at Chalk Farm for a four mile flat walk around Sovereign Harbour. Everyone is welcome.

IT’S PANCAKE NIGHT for the youth club (8 to 14 year olds) from 7.30pm to 9pm on Wednesday at St Mary’s Church Hall. For more information please contact Fr Mihael Maine on 01323 509528 or email him at .

PROBUS CLUB will be meeting at 10.15am for 10.30am on Thursday at the Red Lion for a coffee morning.

TRINITY DINERS meet at noon on the third Friday of the month at Trinity Church Hall. The next lunch date is February 21. The menu will be fruit juice followed by bacon pudding or a vegetarian option, and creamed potatoes with seasonal vegetables. Eton mess and tea/coffee will then be served. The cost is £5.50. To reserve a place contact Jennie on 01323 484189 or email Trinity Church has received a kind donation of jigsaw puzzles which will be available to borrow or purchase at the lunch. Books can also be borrowed from the church lending library on the lunch day.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 2pm on Friday February 21 at Willingdon Memorial Hall for a practice meeting. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

CANDLELIGHT: On Saturday February 22 from 7pm a romantic dinner evening by candlelight is being organised at Edgmond in Old Town in aid of the JPK Sussex Project, which is aiming to provide supported residential accommodation on the site for people with a learning disability as soon as sufficient funds have been raised to start building. Tickets are £10 and are available from the project co-ordinator Wannock resident Jill Parker. Please ring 01323 486179 or email .