Parish pump Hailsham - February 22 2013


LUNCH with Tim Loughton MP. The Alfriston branch of the local Conservative Association is organising a lunch at 12.30pm on Saturday March 16 in the War Memorial Hall. The guest speaker is Tim Loughton, MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, who grew up in Alfriston. All are welcome. Anyone wishing to attend should contact Tony Woodthorpe telephone 01323 871695.

TRAFFIC: There is no doubt there will be some upheaval for traffic through the village while the new drainage system is being installed. Work is due to begin on February 18 and last for seven weeks. The work will be carried out between Weavers Lane (south of the village) and the Dene Car Park (north end of the village). There will be pedestrian access to the shops, restaurants and pubs and it is hoped visitors will continue to come and support the village during this time. All details, which will be regularly up dated, may be found on the village website at and on notice boards.

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. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion.

LUNCH CLUB: The village’s lunch club meets from 11am to 2.30pm at the village hall on Monday.

LENT COURSE: The three churches of the benefice come together at the Community Room, Osborn House, Rushlake Green each Wednesday during Lent, starting this week. Our Rector, Marc Lloyd, will be taking us through the Ten Commandments. This open to all of faith or no faith. The format is that Marc will speak and then there will be opportunity to ask questions or contribute to the discussion. You can of course just sit back and listen. Coffee and cake will be served.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at 7pm on Thursday at the Dunn Village Hall. The public are invited to attend and there is an early opportunity for parishioners to raise matters.

FILM CLUB: The film this month is Charlie Wilson’s War, which concerns Afghanistan in the 1980s and America’s involvement in that country at that time. Produced by and starring Tom Hanks it was directed by Mike Nichols, and co-stars Julia Roberts. Doors open at 7pm for drinks and cakes, and the film starts at 7.30pm next Friday February 22. For details of the film club, and to reserve guest tickets, contact Caroline at


ST MARY’S CHURCH: This is the first Sunday of Lent. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 10.30am Holy Communion with crèche and children’s groups, A Citizen of Heaven. Evening Prayer is at 6.30pm, Lent: Unveiling the Plan.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a service at the Corinthian Church and Healing Association at Primrose Hall, 11am to noon. The medium on this occasion is Rev Petula Stowell. There are 1-2-1 private readings from 10am to 2pm on Saturday February 23 at Primrose Hall. Just turn up. For more information phone (01323) 440420 or visit

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday there is a five-mile walk from Alfriston to Berwick with Pauline (485129). There is one climb at the start. If you prefer, there is a shorter 2.5 miles with Peggy (840387) walking the East Dean circular also on Wednesday. There is one hill at your own pace. If you would like to go on either of these rambles, please give the walk leader a ring for the details. General rambling enquiries to Jill on 843530.

CHAPTER 12: Tuesday sees the second of two performances this month by Peter Willson and Linda Francis, songs and jazz piano. Also the book group meets on Tuesday to conclude reading The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. A new book will be selected at this meeting. Pop into Chapter 12 in the High Street to find out more.

FUN AND SAFETY: This community partnership project is a free event being held at Hailsham East Community Centre, Vega Close from 10.30am to 1pm. Everyone is welcome. There will be a children’s entertainer, play zone, arts and crafts, police van, dance mats, community safety, face painting until 12.30pm and refreshments. Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult. Enquiries to (01323) 464340.

SILVER SURFERS: This free event is on Thursday. Sign up now and book your place on one of two courses being held at Hailsham Community College f(rom 1.30pm to 2.30pm or 2.45pm to 3.45pm) by contacting Claire Atherton on 01323 841468 or by emailing Refreshments will be available between courses. Copies of the instruction manuals provided during the courses will be available to take home for future reference. Hailsham Town Council is teaming up with the Community College and the Wealden Senior Citizens Partnership to give older people an insight into computers and the internet, in particular the setting up of Facebook, Twitter and Skype to socialise and stay in touch with friends and family online. The event is free and aimed at all levels of computer expertise, whether you’ve never touched a computer before, or already know a little bit. Another event is planned for April to teach older citizens about tracing family history and the use of Google maps.

BONFIRE BINGO: Go along to the Charles Hunt Centre at 7pm this evening, Friday, for eyes down at 7.30pm and help raise funds for next year’s fabulous bonfire society display. If you would like to find out more about the bonfire society and consider becoming a member then go along to one of their meetings held on the first Monday of the month at Hailsham Memorial Institute on Western Road at 8pm. All welcome.

QUIZ NIGHT: St Wilfrid’s fun quiz night is next Friday February 22 at the Charles Hunt Age Concern Centre at 7.30pm. Raffle. Adults £5, children free. Bring your own drink and glasses. Light refreshments. £50 for winning table.

TABLE TOP SALE: Next Saturday, February 23, at the Charles Hunt Centre from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Tables are £5 each and can be booked by ringing Lew on 01323 842911. Free entry. Coffee and hot cross buns available. It is drier and warmer than a boot fair with bargains galore. In aid of Age Concern.

BASSES WANTED: The evening choral choir of St Mary’s, which sings once a month at the evening service in the church, are desperate for some more men’s voices, especially basses. If you think you would like to join them, or would like more information, then please contact Michael at 01435 812365 or email

100 YEARS AGO: In February 1913 Curate GH Evans commented on the football: The greater part of this month has been occupied by the first XI in games with the RGA Newhaven (Royal Garrison Artillery). Here at Hailsham, in a downpour of rain, our fellows, by splendid play in the second half, pulled the game out of the fire in grand style. It was hard lines on our fellows not to have won this match outright. Faulty goal-keeping and the heavy handicap of wet glasses, giving at least three goals to the RGA. For the two replays we had splendid games, and eventually the Soldiers gained the day by 3 goals to 1. Strange that in these two games three penalties were taken against us, which is more than I have had to deal with in nearly two seasons here. Hard lines on the first XI, for during 3hrs 30mins out of 4hrs 30mins they showed better football than the Soldiers, and with a little luck should not have passed out of the competition so soon. It is pleasing to say that all these hard tussles have been played in a true manly sporting way.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

STARGAZING EVENING: This evening, Friday, from 6pm to 8pm as part of the BBC’s Stargazing Live programmes, Michelham Priory will be holding its own Stargazing evening with the help of the Eastbourne Astronomical Society. Telescopes on the barn terrace. Static display in the barn. Astronomy talk. Cafe open for refreshments. Adults £2.50, Children free.

COFFEE MORNING: Tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon at 47 Hawks Road, Hailsham. All welcome. There will be a bring and buy table, homemade cakes and marmalade, Pheonix Cards and a raffle. In aid of the Children’s Society.

PANCAKE RACE: Tomorrow, Saturday, the Friends of Demelza, Hailsham group has organised a pancake race in aid of Demelza Hospice Care for Children at Union Corner Hall, Hawks Road, Hailsham from 2pm to 4.30pm. Teams of four are invited with two age categories for 11 to 16 years and 17 years plus. Teams need to book in advance and bring their own eight inch frying pan, pancakes are provided. The cost is £6 per team. Call 01323 840797 for further details and to book your team in.

ANTIQUE and Collectors Fair on Sunday at the Lions Boship Farm Hotel on the A22 Lower Dicker from 10am to 4pm. (01323) 736600.

CHURCH SERVICES: Hellingly: Holy Communion (CW) Sunday 8am and 10.45am, Evensong 6.30pm. Thursdays 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP). Upper Dicker 9.15am.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Round three of Projected Images was judged by Graham Smith ARPS. The results were as follows: Swallow Cup for beginners images going through to final are from: Dee McNab, The Artist and also Solitude; Linda Busby, Shapely Sequoia; Pam Maclay, Night Bridges; Brian Gell, American Wood Duck. The judge said, ‘If this is the beginners class you have well and truly begun.’ He was very impressed with the standard. Sussex Shield for intermediate: Colin Chrismas, A Tight Turn and Pylon Insulators; Wendy Chrismas, Out of My Way; Janet Monk LRPS, The Devil Within. Arthur Hillman Cup Advanced: Gay Biddlecombe LRPS, Petrified Trees; Janice Payne LRPS, Tuscan Farmhouse Landscape and Coral Dawn; Terry McGhie LRPS, Grey Heron Chick; Fiona Flower, Swirling Loops of Light; Gerald Hartley, A New Dawn. The society’s Colour Show is at the Community Civic Centre, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham at 7.30pm on Friday March 1, with two shows on Saturday March 2, a matinee at 2.30pm and final performance at 7.30pm. It has been a landmark in Hailsham’s Social Calendar for the past 50 years and began as an alternative to the society’s jumble sale, to boost funds, enduring the test of time. The very first performance, in Summerheath Hall, was the brainchild of treasurer and projectionist Eric Lavender whose friendly and enthusiastic voice you will hear at the end of the ticket hotline 01323 845569. Over 20 digital sequences lasting approximately five minutes each, with accompanying soundtracks, will be projected onto a huge screen. There is a raffle, small print exhibition, light refreshments and a chance to chat to representatives from Demelza in the interval. The Colour Show is an enjoyable and inspirational way to support such a worthwhile charity. All tickets are £5 and can also be bought in person from the Camera Centre, High Street, Hailsham.

WAR MEMORIAL: Help needed. Are you related to or do you have any knowledge of those brave men of Hellingly who died in either of the two world wars and who are commemorated on the Hellingly War Memorial? Unfortunately, the epitaph, Their name liveth for evermore, no longer rings true. While their names might live on the Memorial, information such as who they were and what they did is not recorded. Without a proper record, this unwritten local history is in danger of being lost. Dave Dyer is researching the lives of the 69 men and one woman whose names are recorded, both on the Memorial in Hellingly Cemetery and also on the church memorial. The results will be published in a similar format to the very successful The Heroes of Hailsham 9ISBN: 978-0-9569156-0-4) produced in November 2011. This project is being supported by the parish council. Dave is seeking help, particularly from anyone with photographs or family information of any sort. Please contact him if you can help in any way at Dave Dyer, Davley House, 18 Fairisle Close, Hailsham BN27 3HB. Tel: 01323 845107 or email

COFFEE AND BOOKS: There is no coffee morning and book exchange at Dicker Hall on Thursdays February 21 and March 7.

MICHELHAM PRIORY: There is a Neighbourhood Open Day on Wednesday from 11am to 4pm. Come and visit Michelham Priory to get your free Neighbourhood Pass for residents of Arlington and Upper Dicker. Please bring a utility bill showing proof of address along with some photo identification to collect your neighbourhood pass. Only one pass per household. Pass gives free entrance to Michelham Priory during the 2013 season.

FARMHOUSE Breakfast Week. Gill and Bryan Hesselgrave would like to thank all the people who attended their eighth Farmhouse Breakfast in Hellingly, which raised £888 for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. This event was sponsored by Barclays Bank, who will be adding to the total the charity receive. In the aftermath of the unceasing wet weather and floods, and also the effect of some commodities achieving far less than the cost of production, particularly lamb, the call on this charity will rise significantly this year. Thank you very much and Gill and Bryan hope to see many of you next year if they can run the event again.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

BIG NIGHT OUT: Tomorrow, Saturday, will see Tom Fitzpatrick, The Crooner, performing for the first time with his own trio of musicians at the Woolpack. Bookings are advisable as tickets have been going fast, their number being 833265.

DEMELZA HOSPICE Care for Children. On Friday March 1, Hailsham Photographic Society will celebrate their 50th year and in honour of that will be staging a Colour Show at Hailsham Community Hall in aid of the Demelza fund. Tickets at £6 each are available from the Camera Centre in the High Street, Hailsham or by telephoning 845569.

RAY AND SHELDON will meet in the village hall today, Friday, at 2.15pm when Frank will play some favourite songs and encourage members to join him in a sing-along. All over the age of 60 years will be made most welcome. If you need any further information or a lift to the hall please contact 441244.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) will be held at Wartling church at 8am with Holy Communion (CW) along with Son Spot at Herstmonceux church at 9.45am and 11am respectively.

QUIZ NIGHT: On Saturday February 23 the Health Centre will be holding a Quiz Night in the village hall to raise funds for some equipment for the new village surgery. Teams of up to eight on a table and entrance will be £7.50 per head to include food. They will also have a licensed bar running throughout the evening. All application forms are available from the surgery or at The Willows Pharmacy but they must be returned by February 18.

WALKING CLUB: On Sunday February 24 meet at Hailsham Leisure Centre at 10am for a walk of approximately four miles around Piddinghoe. All are welcome. If you need a lift to the meeting point please call 848790.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: A cold but sunny morning saw 17 members assembled in North Street car park for one of our Lewes-based walks. Leaving the town via Willey’s bridge and Church Lane, we crossed the busy A26 into Mill Road and turned uphill at the entrance to the nature reserve, following the track for the long climb to the top of Malling Hill. The group continued eastwards along the edge of the golf course where spectacular views across the Weald compensated for the biting wind. Turning our backs to the wind we strolled as far as Mount Caburn where we stopped at the summit to drink our coffee and admire the views over the Ouse valley. Unfortunately the sun had gone in by then and the wind was so strong that it blew someone’s rucksack away down the precipitous hillside, heroically chased down and retrieved by one of the more athletic walkers. We returned along Caburn Bottom and through a muddy gateway beside the brimming dewpond, and then back to civilisation via the Golf Club and Chapel Hill. The next walk is on Tuesday. The Cuckmere Valley by public transport. Meet at Lewes Railway Station in good time to catch the 9.30am train to Newhaven.

Mobile library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: Norman’s Bay Caravan Park 9.45am to 10.15am; The Ridgeway, Herstmonceux 10.40am to 11.15am. Tomorrow, Saturday: Opposite Denbigh Court, Hooe 1.50pm to 2.35pm; Manchester Road, Ninfield 2.50pm to 3.25pm; Downsview, Ninfield 3.40pm to 4.05pm; Catsfield village hall 4.15pm to 4.45pm. Wednesday: Deanland Mobile Home Park 9.15am to 11.20am; Chiddingly School, noon to 12.30pm; Community Centre, Hailsham East 12.55pm to 1.25pm; Southdown Court, Bell Banks Road, Hailsham 2.20pm to 3.05pm; Cedars, Milland Road, Hailsham 3.40pm to 4.20pm.

Ninfield & Hooe

HOOE OPEN GROUP: On Friday February 8, the group enjoyed their monthly gathering at the village hall. Members and visitors were entertained, as well as informed as to the origins and value of their prized possessions by valuation expert Mark Sivyer. The appraisal took the form of the Antique Road Show with Mark describing each item and assigning an age and value, some of which exceeded expectations. As usual the afternoon was rounded off with afternoon tea and a raffle with a selection of excellent prizes to be won. Next month’s meeting is on March 8, featuring a talk by Kelly Richards on the life and times of her aunt Anne Shelton OBE (for the benefit of the younger members of the club) she was one of the most popular singers during WWII and remained so for three decades. The reminisces of her life and times should prove both popular and entertaining, as the talk will be combined with the playing of some of Anne Shelton’s most well known songs. Guests will be welcome to attend at a cost of £2. Being the nearest meeting to Easter members and guests will be given a chocolate egg to mark the occasion. Further information on the club’s activities is available by contacting Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

FOOTBALL: Hooe Sports Football Club are playing Spartan 04 in the East Sussex Football League tomorrow, Saturday, at home, kick off at 2pm. They play Ticehurst on February 23 at home in the East Sussex Football League. The club would very much like to hear from anyone who would be interested in becoming a player for the team. They also require a manager following the departure of Phil Smith. Please contact Luke Pont on 07872312266 if you are interested.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY are meeting on Monday, 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall. This month’s guest speaker is Derek Marsh who will the sharing his Secrets of the Walled Garden. Members and visitors are very welcome.

PARISH COUNCIL: Ninfield Parish Council set the precept for the village at their January meeting and residents will see an increase of around £40 from last year. It wasn’t a decision taken lightly and the budget was on village noticeboards throughout December and January, but no questions were raised to the council. The council wants to make sure residents are aware of the reasons behind the increase and will be holding a series of Open Events in February and March for your to meet your councillors, find out more on where the precept is being spent and to discuss key issues in your village. Flyers are being delivered to every household, but please come along on any (or all) of the following dates and venues: February 20, 1pm to 4pm, Memorial Hall; March 14, 6pm to 9pm, Reading Room; March 23, 11am to 1pm, Methodist Hall; and 1.30pm to 2.30pm Potmans Lane.

LENT LUNCHES: St Mary’s Church will be serving Lent lunches again this year, in the Reading room from noon until 1.30pm. Homemade soup, bread and cheese, tea and coffee will be available with donations this year going to our local Bexhill Foodbank, which opened in December last year. The lunches will take place on February 20 and 27, March 6, 13 and 20. All are welcome, take a friend and enjoy some good food and social time.

HISTORY: Hooe History Group are meeting on Thursday when Jim Bolter will be returning, this time talking about Medieval Churches. Those who were captivated by his talk about the war memorials will know we are in for a very interesting evening indeed. March 21 when they hear about wheelwrighting from Dick Carey. From April onwards they will be changing the date to the second Thursday in the month. At present the meetings clash with those of Ninfield History Group and as so many folk would like to attend both they thought a change of day appropriate. Further details from chairman Heather Sinden 01424 893422 or secretary Pam Doodes 01424 892329.

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.


TRINITY DINERS: Today, Friday, our menu is fruit juice, cottage pie, with seasonal vegetables, cheesecake and cream, tea and coffee. To book a place contact Jennie on 484189. Meals are held at Trinity Church Hall on the third Friday of every month. Doors open at noon and our diners enjoy a chat over a quiz or puzzle before the meal is served.

VALENTINE’S Coffee Morning tomorrow, Saturday, in aid of the kitchen fund at Polegate Community Centre, from 10am to noon includes hamper, raffle, jigsaws, and bric-a-brac. All welcome in the lounge.

HIRE OF THE CENTRE, if you wish to hire any of the rooms at Polegate Community Centre, which consist of hall and stage, lounge, activity room, kitchens and two committee rooms. Telephone 482434 between 10am and noon, and 2pm to 4pm, when the office is open.

THE COFFEE MORNING on Saturday February 23 is hosted by the Cuckmere Valley Pentaque Club, at the Community Centre in the lounge from 10am. For more info contact secretary Alan Ranger on 489340.


LENT SIMPLE LUNCH: The first Simple Lunch for Lent will be held in the Church Room today, Friday, from noon to 2pm. Everyone is welcome. Proceeds from these lunches (except March 1) will go to St Mary’s Disaster Fund. The Lunch on February 22 will be held at 18 Christie Avenue by kind invitation of Joan Evett.

COFFEE MORNING and Bring and Buy Sale in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 9.30am to 11.30am. There will be cakes, cards, books and a jumble stall. Entry 50p which includes a cup of coffee or tea.

TABLE TOP SALE: Do try to get along to this event being held at Ringmer Community College between 10am and noon tomorrow, Saturday.

MOTHERS’ UNION: At its meeting in the Church Room on Tuesday, the speaker will be Rosemary Colebourn who will talk about her trip to Israel. The meeting commences at 7.30pm and is an open meeting so why not go along as you will be made most welcome.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on February 6 was: 1, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 2, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster; 3, Valerie and Peter King. The next meeting of the club is on Wednesday, at 7.30pm in the St. Mary’s Room of the village hall.

LUNCH: The Evergreen Club are holding a fund raising lunch on Thursday, at 12.45pm in the village hall. They hope all friends will join them to enjoy a lovely home-cooked meal. The cost will be £6 and there will be a raffle.

SOUPER SATURDAY: Why not pop into the village hall on Saturday, February 23, between noon and 1.30pm and enjoy a bowl of homemade soup at a cost of £2.50 with free refills. This event is being organised by the Village Hall Fundraising Committee and it is hoped many will go along for a quick lunch and a chat.

THANKS: Loft and Barbara Longhurst would like to say a big thank you to all who took part in their last Acoustic Moods held on Saturday February 9. Thanks also go to those who helped in any way either with the staging or with the refreshments. Also thanks go to the people who came along and supported the event where a profit of just over £1,100 was made to go towards Breast Cancer Care as part of Frank Longhurst’s sponsorship for the Brighton Marathon on Saturday, April 14, in support of this charity. If you could not make the Acoustic Moods but would like to support Frank and Breast Cancer Care by making a contribution please get in touch with Barbara Longhurst on 01273 813574.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. We now have a box for the Foodbank items to be dropped off. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: My apologies to the folks at the chapel, for last week’s entry. For some reason I got the wrong time and speaker. This week Colin Povey leads morning worship and communion at 11am.

LENT COURSE: The three churches of the benefice come together at the Community Room, Osborn House, Rushlake Green each Wednesday during Lent, starting this week. Our Rector, Marc Lloyd, will be taking us through the Ten Commandments. This open to all of faith or no faith. The format is that Marc will speak and then there will be opportunity to ask questions or contribute to the discussion. You can of course just sit back and listen. Coffee and cake will be served.

HISTORY GROUP: Our speaker on Monday was Roger McKenna who took us on a guided tour of Walsingham in Norfolk, and its history, particularly in relation to the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Before the Dissolution there was an enormous priory. Now very little remains, including a unique ruin. This is the east end of the priory church, in the form of two slender towers connected by the gable end of the church, above the now missing east window. As is the case with other similar sites, there are a number of houses, built from the rubble of the priory. Roger said that Walsingham in very tranquil in the winter, but very busy in summer. The former station building is now a Russian Orthodox church, and you can enjoy a peaceful walk down the old trackbed to the Slipper Chapel about a mile away. This is so named because pilgrims left their shoes there so they could walk the last mile barefoot, including Henry VIII. We meet next Saturday, February 23, at 2pm at the Dunn Village Hall for our monthly walk. All are welcome.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at 7pm on Thursday at the Dunn Village Hall. The public are invited to attend and there is an early opportunity for parishioners to raise matters.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

THE FLOWER CLUB will be having a practice meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall.

TRINITY DINERS will be meeting at noon today, Friday, at Trinity Church Hall. The menu will be cottage pie, seasonal vegetables, cheesecake and cream followed by tea or coffee. To reserve a place, please call Jennie on 01323 484189. The cost is just £5.

FELLOWSHIP: You are also invited to Trinity’s Friday Fellowship at 10am on the first, third and fifth Fridays of each month for a short time of quiet reflection followed by refreshments.

MARKET: Willingdon Community Market is held from 10am to 1pm every Wednesday at Trinity Church Hall. There are a large variety of stalls. For further information please ring 01323 723772.

ST GEORGE’S Catholic Church in Polegate will be hosting frugal lunches (soup and bread and butter) in the church hall from noon to 1pm on the six Fridays in Lent, February 15 to March 22. The church has been doing this for many years now to raise money for two charities, Cabrini Children’s Society and CAFOD, the Catholic Fund for Overseas Development. There is no set price, but all donations are split equally between these two charities. Everyone is welcome.

OWEN DONOVAN will be performing at The Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. The Wheatsheaf quiz is from 8.30pm on Tuesday evenings.

LONE STAR LINERS are having a line dance social from 7.15pm to 10.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. Admission is £5 to include tea/coffee and biscuits. Contact Ros Burtenshaw on 01323 504463. Classes are also run by her as follows: at the Venton Age Concern Centre in Junction Road, Eastbourne on Mondays from 10am to 10.45am for beginners and from 11am to 12pm for improvers. There is a class for intermediates at Willingdon Memorial Hall from 11.30am to 1pm on Tuesdays. On Fridays there is a beginners’ class from 10am to 10.50am for beginners and from 11am to 12pm for improvers. For further information ring Ros on the number above or her mobile 07542 738408 or email .

A JUMBLE SALE is being held from 9am to noon tomorrow, Saturday, at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. Refreshments are available. To book a table please ring 07548 129005. The cost is £6.

HOWLING BLUES will be entertaining customers at The British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. Curry night is from 6pm to 9pm on Mondays and quiz night is on Thursdays with cash prizes.

FCUK will be entertaining customers at The Eight Bells in Jevington at 3pm on Sunday.

CHURCH RAMBLERS will be meeting at 10.30am on Monday at Chalk Farm in Coopers Hill for a walk from Holywell to Whitbread Hollow, then along the seafront to the Wish Tower and return. The walk is approximately five miles with some gentle slopes.

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. PC Liz Keenan and PCSO Ali Beadon attend these meetings whenever possible. The next meeting is on Tuesday February 19. If you have any issues which you would like discussed at the meeting, please contact PCSO Ali Beadon on 101 ext 68233 or on her mobile 07787 685 755.

CITIZENS’ ADVICE: In 2005 Crowborough, Uckfield and Hailsham CABs merged to form Wealden Citizen Advice Bureau. The nearest office for Willingdon and Polegate residents is in Hailsham. There is an outreach centre which is held from 9.30am to 11.30am at Willingdon Library on alternate Wednesdays. This alternates with the other Wednesdays when an adviser from CAB is at the Polegate Town Council Office in High Street Polegate from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Residents can pop in to either of the outreach centres during opening hours without an appointment to ask advice on such issues as benefits, debt, relationships, housing, employment, and consumer matters. It is a free service with funding provided by Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council and Polegate Town Council. A CAB adviser will be at Willingdon Library on February 20 and at the Polegate Town Council Office on Wednesday February 27. Volunteers are always needed and they would receive training. For further information ring 01323 842336.

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

WANNOCK ARTISTS: On Friday February 22 Roger Dellar will be giving a demonstration entitled Summer Scene in Water Solution Oils. The meeting will be held from 7pm to 9pm at Wannock Hall. Visitors are welcome to these monthly meetings. Admission is £3.

BESIDE THE SEA: The theme of St Mary’s Church Summer Fair this year is Beside the Sea. Parishioners are being asked for suggestions.