Parish pump Hailsham - February 20, 2015


LOOKING AHEAD: On March 21 from 10am to 4pm the Cuckmere Valley Skills Cafe will be held at the Old Chapel Centre and the War Memorial Hall. There will be talks, stands and demonstrations from local people who are passionate about traditional and modern crafts and skills either as a way of making a living or as something to learn for fun. Vanessa Bristow-Rose can give further details at 01323 870545.

ANOTHER DIARY DATE: The London Conchord Ensemble will be performing at Rathfinny Wine Estate over the weekend of June 12 to 14. It is a long time ahead but tickets are available online now. A full programme of the Music Festival is available at

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 6.30pm Sung Evensong. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 9.30am Holy Communion.

DEAF UNIT: The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care mobile information and advice service for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people 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:


BONFIRE BINGO this evening, Friday, in the Charles Hunt Centre. Doors open 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm. Fundraising for the 2015 Bonfire Society Celebrations and grand firework display on October 17.

ST MARY’S: This is the first Sunday of Lent. Holy Communion (BCP) at 8am, Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups is at 10.30am, Encounters with Jesus, the bewildered mother. Evening Prayer is at Emmanuel church on Hawkswood Road at 2.45pm. At 6.30pm at St Mary’s, I Wish Jesus hadn’t said that, Deny Yourself and Take Up Your Cross.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: This Sunday there is a service at 11am followed by refreshments at Primrose Hall. The medium on this occasion is Rev Jane Kaby.

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.

CUCKMERE BUSES: Would you like to drive one of their buses? They are always in need of voluntary drivers. No PCV licence needed but you must have a category D1 licence. Most licences issued before 1997 have this category. They are a very busy voluntary organisation operating timetabled bus services, special event services and private hire 363 days a year. They provide essential transport links for the South Downs National Park and rural communities to Hailsham, Pevensey, Eastbourne, Seaford, Lewes, Heathfield and Brighton and also operate town services in Hailsham and Seaford. Volunteers choose when to drive each month. There is no commitment to a fixed roster. Drive either morning or afternoon shifts, weekdays or weekends. You can visit their website to find out more at or call 01323 870920 and leave your details or call John on 07802 305155 for an informal chat.

KNITTING GROUP: Knit’Inn Nights at The King’s Head are twice monthly get-togethers of people who enjoy sharing skills and experiences with yarn. At the meeting on February 10 the main talk was about ethnic knitting. There are three main ways in which knitting can vary, in the use of colour, the use of texture and the method of construction. Most traditional knitting from many cultures was to provide warmth and or weatherproofing. Pattern examples caught the eyes, but also some methods and techniques provoked interest and it was decided that the next meeting will visit this subject again with the intention of making samples using some of these. For further information phone Su (07552229473) or just bring some yarn and needles on Tuesday at 7.30pm to have a go.

PCSO STREET MEETINGS: Fletcher Close on Tuesday, 7pm to 7.30pm. The Gages on Wednesday, from 7pm to 7.30pm. These meetings give local residents the opportunity to come out and talk about concerns or issues they may be having where they live.

PAUL YOUNG: Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young is coming to Hailsham Pavilion tomorrow, Saturday, 8pm. Tickets from the Pavilion box office (01323 841414) or online.

COMPUTERS FOR CHARITIES: 2015 marks 21 years since CfC was born and the organisation still endeavours, above all, to be ‘passionate about people’. As Thomas Fuller wrote in the 17th century; ‘Charity begins at home, but should not end there.’ A new logo was recently commissioned and, after the design process yielded three different options, the group’s Facebook page poll helped select the most popular. The new logo, Passionate About People, builds on the ethos of a people based charity and how it meets individual needs. You will see the new branding on their vehicles, the newest of which, a Mercedes Vito, has seating for six or can be reconfigured for extra cargo capacity. Thanks to John Kimble Graphic Design for donating his time and the resulting outstanding work.

FARMERS’ MARKET: The next market is the day before Mothering Sunday and you will find some lovely unusual gifts and fine foods for that special dinner. The Farmers’ Market has launched its new website and you can find all the latest news and dates for future markets at or find them on Facebook. They look forward to welcoming local producers, crafters and charities. Enquiries to 07887 910150.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Last week at the club there was a competition for The Strong Trophy. This is a set of six photographs exhibited as a coherent panel which is logically or aesthetically consistent and holding together as a harmonious or credible whole. The judge was Trevor Gellard FRPS who is a regular visitor for both talks and judging. There were 13 panels entered in the competition for him to review and he said it was extremely difficult to pick a winner as there were so many different types of style. Six were held back for Trevor to see again and he awarded highly commended to three. La Sagrada Familia by Graham Wilkinson, Avian Expressions by Terry McGhie ARPS and Pett Levels Geology by Ray Beckwith. In third place was At the Turner Contemporary by Liz Scott ARPS AFIAP. Pictures in both pastel and bright colours with strong lines, graphic shapes and part of a person captured in each one. In second place was Snow At Dyrholaey by Pat Broad ARPS AFIAP. These were minimalist snow scenes, a barren wilderness of intense cold which left the viewer feeling chilled. The winner was I Do Like To Be Beside the Seaside by Alison Morris ARPS. This set of monochrome images resembled pages from an old photograph album. Each picture had a black mount with photo corners and was of two little girls playing on a beach with buckets and spades. Trevor greatly admired the work shown and members enjoyed a witty and humorous evening.

100 YEARS AGO: In February 1915 the Parish Magazine reports from the Vicar of the day: Sergeant A. Milward, DCM, met with a splendid welcome when he arrived from the trenches on Thursday at 3 o’clock. His fellow parishioners cheered him, and followed him round the town. It must have stirred up any who ought to join the Colours: and they should be still more moved when they hear his story.

Hellingly, Horsebridge & Dicker

CHURCH SERVICES: Hellingly: Regular Services, Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP), Sunday, Holy Communion (CW) at 8am and 10.45am. This and every fourth Sunday there is a Family Service 10.45am. Upper Dicker: Sunday Services 9.15am.

COMEDY NIGHT tomorrow, Saturday, at Blackstock Farm. An evening of rib cracking live comedy by some of the best up and coming stand up talent around, Steve N Allen, Neil Cole, Rousha Browning, Andy Stedman, Jeremy O’Donnell and Danny Buckler. Bar and gourmet burger menu from 6pm and comedy from 8pm. Admissions by online booking only. Free onsite ample parking. To find out more visit or call 01323 848006.

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

QUIZ: Book early. 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. Tickets are adults £7.50, children (under 12) £3. Includes hot supper with dessert and tea or coffee to follow, bring your own other drinks. Call Marian on 441458 or Liz on 841541.

RESIDENT PASS: Michelham Priory is again inviting Dicker and Arlington villagers to apply for a pass in person until March 1. Proof of address must be shown (utility bill, driving licence etc).

PRIORY EVENTS: There are still a couple of days left of half term and until Sunday there is a half term trail with art exhibition alongside.

PARISH COUNCIL: At the January Arlington meeting the draft minutes reported that drainage at the recreation ground had been jetted out. Following a meeting with the Highways Steward regarding the problems with the highways drain this has now been logged with their drainage team. Also queried with the steward was the street sweeping and now the clerk will check with WDC when the street sweeping is due to be done. The following items were due to be discussed at the LARAC meeting yesterday. An update regarding cricket club stone, signage quotes, allotment communal shed roof needing re-felting, Village Green grass cutting quotes, cleaning and varnishing of wooden play equipment, Cricket Club rent and those items already mentioned at the PC meeting. If you would like more information about PCC and LARAC meetings contact the parish clerk for Arlington, Helen Simpson-Wells, on 01435 860959 or email:

THE BLUEBELL WALK at Arlington offers seven walks over one of the loveliest seasonal walks in East Sussex and opens on April 9 to May 10. Once open, the website at will be updated every Friday to let people know how the bluebells are coming along, as dictated by the weather. The Bluebell walk is at Bates Green Farm Arlington, Tye Hill Road, Polegate BN26 6SH and supports many local charities throughout the event.

WEDDING SHOWCASE, Blackstock Farm, Hellingly, on Sunday for those looking for inspiration for a perfect wedding day. This is a showcase day in the 16th century Tudor barn and the Granary Barn, both of which will be dressed to impress to give you lots of ideas. There will be samples from the menu to taste, prepared by their triple rosette standard chef as well as wines from a varied selection to try. Free entry and parking, no booking required. To find out more 01323 848006.

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.

BINGO: There is a Bingo afternoon in aid of Friends of All Saints Church on Saturday February 28 in the village hall at 2.15pm. Tickets are £5 and will include a delicious tea. An enjoyable afternoon is promised. Further information from Hazel on 01323 832408.

CHARITY BOOT FAIR: On Sunday there is a Charity Indoor Boot Sale from 9am to noon at The Reid Hall, Boreham Street.

LIME CROSS NURSERY: Yesterday was Chinese New Year and at Lime Cross Nursery from 5.30pm today you can celebrate with a three course oriental menu alongside Chinese-born Eric Ng who will be giving a traditional Chinese painting demonstration. This is followed by an interesting talk about Bonsai from Derek Brooks of the Eastbourne and Wealden Bonsai Club. £30 per person. Booking essential on 01323 833229. On Sunday there is a free stylish Spring Planting demo and on Thursday from 6.30pm to 8pm you will be able to taste eight hand-picked wintry wines, sparkling, white, red and dessert, organic and biodynamic. £5 per person. Booking essential.

WALKING GROUP: On Sunday the group are setting off for Forest Row and the High Weald. It is a walk of 5.5 miles and they will be meeting at Hailsham Leisure Centre. Contact Lita on 01323 844785 or 07561 493111 for more details. The next walk is on March 8 and is the Woodingdean walk of four to five miles with Trudy. If you would like to go on this walk ring Trudy on 01323 845597 or 875028. With all walks you are responsible for your own well being and are advised to carry basic first aid and water. If in doubt about the difficulty of a walk or if the weather is poor please ring the leader before setting out. The annual dinner is on Tuesday March 3.

RAY AND SHELDON: The next meeting is on Friday February 27 from 2.15pm in the village hall. Joan Clark will be showing slides and presenting The Sights and Sounds of Ireland. This club is for the over 60s and if you require further details please ring Anne on (01323) 441244.

SCIENCE EVENTS: Open evening tomorrow, Saturday, 6.30pm to 11pm normal admission price. No booking required.

SAMS: Sussex Arts, Music and Skills, or SAMS for short, is a new place to learn, create and escape the stresses of life on the edge of Herstmonceux village. Offering one-to-one piano lessons, guitar lessons, vocal coaching and song writing coaching, LAMDA Speech and Drama lessons and exams and a variety of arts and crafts activities, they also run a monthly Songwriter’s Circle and weekly Acoustic Guitar and Ukulele groups for beginners. Please see the website for further details or call 01323 339339. Ukulele for absolute beginners is from 2pm to 3pm and 6.30pm to 7.30pm and acoustic guitar for absolute beginners is 12.30pm to 1.30pm and 7.30pm to 8.30pm both starting from February 25 for a six-week course of one hour group sessions. Tuesday evenings there is a Needle Felting craft club working with raw wool and felt to make a variety of small projects. This is six weeks of two-hour group sessions come along to any session as a one-off. Free tea, coffee and nibbles. To book contact 01323 339339 or online at or email

WINDMILL: The sweeps are coming down on Wednesday to Friday.


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


WESTGATE WI: This month our speaker was June Felstead who spoke about the Alsar Lowland Search Dogs and June was accompanied by Molly, her five year old trained border collie, and June has had Molly since she was 12 weeks old. June’s talk was very interesting telling us how searches are conducted as well as the training of the dogs which takes approximately two and a half years. It is mainly working breeds of dogs that are used as search dogs and the Alsar dogs work exclusively for the police and cover the whole of Sussex. The team get approximately 30/40 call outs per year and there are four teams in Sussex who train four times per month. The dogs use air scent to find the lost person as a dog’s sense of smell is some 10,000 stronger than a human’s sense of smell. They have to search 50 acres in 90 minutes when out searching for a missing person. Some 34 per cent of females and 66 per cent of males go missing each year and these are people who are mainly despondent and 34 per cent of these people are over the age of 60 years. A most enlightening talk from Jean and it was especially lovely to have Molly there with us and, needless to say, Molly got lots of attention from our members at the end of June’s talk. Our next meeting is on Wednesday March 11 and our speaker is Kate Hicknott who will be telling us about the Priory Trust and the Priory Herb Garden. We meet at St Thomas’ Church Hall, Cliffe High Street at 10am for coffee and chat and our meeting starts at 10 30am. All are very welcome to attend our extremely friendly group. (Dee Barr).

FOOTPATHS GROUP: We followed Walk 12 of the excellent series of walks published by the Plumpton Action Group on our last Sunday walk. Plumpton can be a notoriously muddy area to walk in but we were very fortunate to hit a relatively dry spell this winter. The walk, starting from Plumpton Village Hall, took us to the outskirts of South Chailey and then back to Plumpton via The Hooke and two delightful woods, Popjoy Wood and the magnificent Great Holme Wood, before crossing farmland and then the road back to the village hall. It was good to see some splendid hazel trees full of waving catkins but apart from a few celandines and snowdrops there were not many signs of spring flowers emerging yet. Twenty five people enjoyed the walk led by Roy. The next walk is on Sunday, Around Clayton, 5.5 miles. Meet at top North Street car park for a prompt 9.30am start.

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Friday: Ades Field, Wilmington 12.50pm-1.15pm.

Ninfield & Hooe

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: There have been a number of reports of attempted fraud using the telephone. The most recent has been a call purporting to be from BT saying you have not paid your bill and if you do not pay now you will be cut off. It is not true and whatever the person says do not give them any financial information. Other calls may be about financial matters pretending to be from your bank or building society, or telling you there is a problem on your computer, or your Sky card needs replacing, or an offer of a job, or from someone you have applied for a job, or telling you that you have won a prize in a lottery. The common thing with all these fraudulent calls is they try to get confidential information from you. Even simple things like your date of birth should not be given to someone over the phone, and certainly not your PIN number and similar financial information. The bank and police would never ask for such things over the phone. If you receive such a call ring off, and phone the organisation yourself using a phone number obtained independently and, as these fraudsters are very cunning, check that your phone is working normally by phoning a friend or someone else before phoning the bank etc. If you have a query you can call Rod Ffoulkes on 893635.

HOOE OPEN GROUP held their monthly meeting on Friday, February 13, at Hooe Village Hall. The meeting was well attended, filling most of the available space, which also had to accommodate space necessary for practicing the exercises demonstrated by the guest speaker Celia King, who is a highly qualified physiotherapist specialising in providing mobility to those who are unable to fully exercise due to age or infirmity. Everyone was encouraged to participate; most of the exercises were movements that could be carried out when seated. Each exercise was intended to increase the movement of certain joints and rebuild muscle strength which had weakened due to lack of movement or pain. At the end of a continuous set of exercises, the members were keen to know more about their own problems with mobility and how to overcome them, which kept Celia King very busy throughout tea time, also asking how to contact her privately. The afternoon ended at 4pm with the usual raffle, offering many worthwhile prizes for the picking. The next meeting will be on March 13, 2pm. Alan Tidmarsh OBE, the well known BBC personality who for many years was a BBC Overseas Correspondent, will be telling the club about his life and times. On this occasion husbands, men friends and toy boys are invited to join their ladies. If you would like more information on the activities of the Hooe Open Group please contact the organiser Edna Wallis on 01424 842591 or e-mail

NWMC: Ninfield Working Men’s Club charity fund raising committee have this week donated £500 to Dragonflies (children’s bereavement charity in Hastings), £500 to the coronary care unit at the Conquest Hospital, Hastings, and £1,000 was recently given to Canine Partners. NWMC would like to say a big thank you to all who came and those that kindly donate towards their fundraising. Their next Charity Coffee Morning will be in March, the date to be arrangement. They are also working on the charity they will be supporting for the coming year. So please clear out your unwanted gifts as your donations are very much appreciated. Please ring Marjorie 892239 or Maureen 892182 or leave at the club.

NINFIELD ACTION GROUP: NAGs are holding a Drop-in Coffee Morning tomorrow, Saturday, 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 that 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 that are up around the village.

U18 FOOTBALL: The match planned for last Sunday was unfortunately cancelled. Weather and pitch permitting, this Sunday 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. If you would like to know more about the U18s, further details can be found on their Facebook page: Ninfield U18 FC.

MESSY CHURCH: Messy Church takes place again at Ninfield Methodist on Wednesday, at 3.30pm. They will enjoy all sorts of creative activities, obstacle courses, a short celebration and a meal for children and parents together. The theme this month will be signposts and ‘The way to go...?’ Children aged four to 11 years need to be accompanied by their parent or carer.

CAFE CHURCH: Ninfield Methodist Church invite you to Cafe Church for all-ages on Sunday, March 1, at 10.30am and will include breakfast of croissant, jams, cheese, coffee or juice. Make a date, they look forward to seeing you.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist. St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Parish Eucharist. Ninfield Methodist Church, 2.30pm Worship and Praise with Deacon Jean Duckworth-Lloyd. February 25, Messy Church, see above for further details.


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

POLEGATE PLODDERS: For more information on Polegate Plodders please contact Brian Winn on 07765216990 or email

THE COFFEE MORNING in the lounge, Polegate Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon is hosted by the Polegate branch of the British Legion.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Up the River to West Dean, 5 miles with Pauline S. Meet at Exceat Car Park at 10am. Bus no. 12X 9.39am Terminus Road stand J. Walking to Litlington and West Dean if valley is flooded. On Sunday 22 February Fresh Air up Gardners Hill, 8.25 miles With Tony W. Meet bus 12A 9.16am Terminus Road to Denton Corner. Walk starts at Denton corner 10.05am dry lunch. On Wednesday Icklesham from Winchelsea via Pannell Valley Nature Reserve, 11 miles with Glyn R. Meet at Eastbourne station 9am for 9.09am train to Winchelsea Station where walk starts at 10am. On Saturday February 28, A Course and a Horse, 4.5 miles with Jean and Jim. Meet at Chyngton Lane, Seaford, 10am. Bus No 12Z, 9.33am Terminus Road Stand J. Or, Brisk Pace, hopefully some culture this time with Lucie T. Walk starts from Roedean café and mini golf course at 10am GR 344032 map 122. Bus No 12, 8.33am from Eastbourne pier to start, alight outside café.

HALF TERM special, trains running at Spa Valley Railway until tomorrow, Saturday. Kids a Quid. Booking essential at 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, email or telephone 01838 861444.

ELHS speaker on Tuesday evening. 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 meeting on February 26 when the talk is by Michaele Wynn-Jones on Mailbags and Porridge, 7pm at the Community Centre. Visitors welcome. Details from Shirley on 488035.

INDOOR BOOTSALE on Saturday February 28 at St Johns Church Hall from 2pm to 4.30pm. Tables are £10 if booked in advance. Lots of stalls selling clothes, toys, books, bric-a-brac, teas with homemade cakes and a raffle for St Wilfrid’s Hospice. To book your table please telephone 487340.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

WALK: The next history group walk is tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm. We meet in the car park in Horam by the Cuckoo Trail. All are welcome.

CHEESE AND WINE: Each year a wine and cheese evening is held as a fund raiser for the Dunn Village Hall. This year’s is tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm at the hall. Contact Katy on 01435 830205.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St John’s Bodle Street: 6.30pm Sung Evensong. St Giles, Dallington: 9.30am Holy Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning Worship led by Erik Cornelisse.

COFFEE & CO: The Osborne House Community Room is the venue each Thursday from 10am to noon for Coffee and Company. This is an opportunity to meet for a chat over coffee, tea etc. The group is run by a small committee and in the recent AGM Rita Atkinson was elected treasurer. The surplus generated from coffee sales, plus periodic fund raising events, is given to various charities. Last year this amounted to £1,600.

JUMBLE SALE: Rushlake Green WI is holding a jumble sale at the Dunn Village Hall on Saturday March 7 at 2pm. They would welcome any contributions of jumble which can be collected, if you phone either of the following numbers 01435 812388 or 830560.

Willingdon & Jevington

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

TRINITY DINERS: The next Trinity Diners lunch at Trinity Church Hall is today, Friday, at noon. To reserve a place please ring Jennie on 01323 484189 early in the morning or go along to the hall where there may possibly be places available due to last minute cancellations. The meals are £5.50.

BRITISH QUEEN: Entertainment from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, is 70s and 80s disco music from Motown.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Providing the entertainment from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, is Cargo with their popular acoustics covers.

THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION Earl Haig service will be held at 3pm on Sunday in St Mary’s Church followed by refreshments in the church hall.

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 at St Mary’s Church Hall. Directed by Michael Stumbles, the concert will include choir pieces and solos and ensembles, both vocal and instrumental. Admission is free. The retiring collection is for the music fund, supporting Children with Cancer.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding a finance and policy meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon Community School. Please ring 01323 489603 for further information. Meetings are open to the public.

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD PANEL is a group of local residents and councillors who meet quarterly in St Mary’s Church Hall to discuss issues which affect local people, relating to crime, vandalism and unsociable behaviour. The panel then selects up to three priorities to be targeted. The date of the next meeting is Tuesday which will be attended by PCSO Ali Beadon. If you have any issues which you would like discussed at the meeting, please contact her on 101 extension 68233 or on her mobile 07787 685 755.

THE LENT COURSE at St Mary’s Church starts at 7.30pm on Tuesday and will take place every Tuesday evening for five sessions leading up to Easter. For those who would prefer an afternoon session, each one is repeated the next day at 3.15pm in the same venue which means that the next repeated session will be on Wednesday February 25. All are welcome.

THE 3 MMM’S (Mrs, Miss and Ms) had a very interesting meeting on February 11 with a talk and demonstration from a representative of The Body Shop. She explained that none of the products are tested on animals for cosmetic reasons and that Body Shop also gives generously to help children in countries where they would otherwise be deprived of education, particularly girls. The next meeting of the 3MMM’s is at 8pm on Wednesday at St Mary’s Church Hall. 2015 is the Chinese year of the sheep and to mark this, members are asked to bring something relating to a sheep, perhaps a toy or a craft item, but not a leg of lamb. Members will also enjoy tasters of Chinese food.

THE GROWERS’ GROUP attracted 20 members to their meeting on February 12 at the Red Lion when the guest speaker, Peter the Pond, spoke enthusiastically about how to look after your pond. He travels all over the country and has successfully treated ponds, both large and small to get them back to a healthy state. He brought along some newts and a frog plus various green stuff which either needs to be discouraged or encouraged. Some of it is edible although the members weren’t inclined to try it. The next meeting will be at 7pm on Thursday March 12 at the Red Lion when there will be a plant and seed swop.

WANNOCK ARTISTS will be holding their next monthly meeting at 7pm on Friday February 27 at Wannock Village Hall. Members will be welcoming the popular and talented artist Roger Dellar who will be painting with water soluble oils. The demonstration is called Interior. New members can join at £16 per annum and visitors are also welcome at £4 which includes refreshments during the evening.

INFORMATION PLEASE: It would be good to give some publicity to organisations and groups that I don’t usually write about. I have got an email address so please contact me for it if you have anything to report.

FR MICHAEL MAINE, who was the curate of St Mary’s Church, is to become the vicar of Cuckfield Church and his induction will take place at 7.30pm on Thursday. Two coaches have been booked to take Willingdon parishioners to the service and they will now be leaving Willingdon at 5.30pm and 5.45pm. Please check which coach has been allocated to you. The transport cost if you have not already paid is £11.