Parish pump Hailsham – February 27, 2015


LENT TALKS AND MEDITATIONS: On March 3 at the Alciston and Selmeston Village Hall there will be a talk by Rev’d Daniel Merceron entitled Christianity, Spirituality and the British Army. The evening begins with a simple meal of soup, bread and cheese, at 7pm. Book the meal by telephoning Linda at 896008 or Michele 870623. The talk begins at 7.45pm. There is no fixed charge but a donation towards the meal would be welcome.

WI NEWS from Wendy Day: The March members’ meeting was well attended. Everyone was asked to take a family photograph taken during their childhood. After the usual cup of tea members were each asked to contribute an anecdote relating to their photograph. This proved to be an interesting and amusing afternoon with some surprising and diverse experiences being shared. Some had not strayed further than Sussex and some had travelled to far corners of the world. All eventually settling in and around Alfriston. The members of the Craft Group brought some beautiful examples of their work including embroidery, patchwork and knitting. This group meets in members’ homes and is so popular that there is now a waiting list. March will be a busy month with events that include a WI Craft Day in Uckfield, the East Sussex Federation Annual Council meeting and supplying tea and cakes for the Alfriston Skills Cafe. At the next meeting on March 17 at 2pm Tom Yendell will be talking about Foot and Mouth Painting Artists. Visitors will be welcome, a small donation would be appreciated.

AMENITY SOCIETY: The Alfriston and District Amenity Society has announced its future events. Following a most interesting and well attended talk by David Wickham from the Bentley Wildfowl Trust and Motor Museum which whetted the appetite, a visit has been arranged for April 28. On June 2 a visit to the historic house and lovely garden of St Mary’s House in Bramber has been booked. The AGM will be held at the War Memorial Hall on March 19 after which members will have the annual Spring Supper. For full details about the Amenity Society and how to join, visit the village website.

HORTICULTURE: The Cuckmere Valley Horticultural Society will be holding its AGM for members on March 5 at the War Memorial Hall after which there will be a buffet supper with members bringing a dish to share.

THE ST MATTHEW PASSION by Bach will be performed at St Andrew’s Church on Sunday March 29 at 7pm. Pro Musica, directed by Ray Maulkin and Kathryn Sargent, will be performing in English (using an abridged version) and will include a spoken narration by Mary Sitwell. The work requires larger forces than is normal for Pro Musica and as well as an enlarged Florentine ensemble, the choir will be joined by a double quartet of soloists. Tickets priced at £12. For details email Geoff Ellis at

Bodle Street Green

FILM CLUB: The Selfish Giant, a contemporary tale about two scrappy 13-year-old working-class friends in the UK, who get involved in the criminal world, with tragic consequences, is tonight’s film. This English language film, directed by Clio Barnard, was written by Clio and Oscar Wilde. Doors open at 7pm for coffee with the film starting at 7.30pm. Guests welcome, just turn up with £6 in your hand.

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

PARISH COUNCIL: Cllr Sue Ralph reported that the hall fund raising is proceeding well, there is about £10k left to raise before matched funding can be received. Plans are being made to get tenders. For the rest of the meeting please see the Warbleton section.


CHURCH SERVICES: A couple of weeks have been missed recently; should you ever want information about services at St Peter ad Vencular in Folkington, please call the number listed below. Last week was the first Sunday in Lent and a very nice service was led by Reverend Roger Dalling. On Sunday there will be a service of Holy Communion BCP) at 10.30am led by the Reverend Neville Manning. Then on March 8 Mattins will be led by David Walters, also at 10.30am. One of the congregation will be celebrating her 95th birthday. Refreshments are served after every service and all welcome to stay, especially for the birthday celebration. Mothering Sunday will commence at the later time of 11am; a reminder will appear nearer the time.


BONFIRE JUMBLE: Hailsham Bonfire Society is having a Jumble Sale on Saturday March 21 from 10am to 12.30pm at the Charles Hunt Age Concern Centre. Please have a rummage and see if there is anything you could donate and contact Rose on 01323 859562 or Lyn on 01323 441514 for information or to arrange collection or if you can offer any help. The next meeting of the bonfire society, if you would like to find out more about them and consider joining, is on Monday at 8pm in the Hailsham Memorial Institute, Western Road.

ST MARY’S: This is the second Sunday of Lent. Holy Communion (BCP) at 8am. All Age Special with creche is at 10.30am, Jesus the King, over suffering. Evening Prayer at 6.30pm, I Wish Jesus hadn’t said that, not seven times but seventy times seven.

MEETING POINT: This group meets on the first Monday of each month in the St Mary’s Church lounge at 7.30pm. Contact Pam on 844341 or Margaret on 846019 for further information. On Monday the new Music Minister, Chris Taylor with wife Emily, will be talking, singing and playing various instruments and also talking about their life. Next Saturday, March 7, from 10am to noon they have a coffee morning in aid of Sulait, the Ugandan orphan that they sponsor through the Quicken Trust. This is in St Mary’s church lounge. The group has an interesting programme lined up for everyone so go along, pick up a programme and find out what there is to look forward to.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a Service at 11am followed by refreshments at Primrose Hall. The medium is Deborah Baker. Healing is always available.

SHOPPING EVENING: If you fancy some retail therapy in the evening, Hailsham FM has the answer and has organised a Shopping Evening from 7pm to 9pm on Tuesday in Grovelands School, Dunbar Drive. This is no regular shopping spree, over 30 stalls will be selling a wide selection of tempting goodies ranging from jewellery, homemade crafts, baby and children’s clothing, cards, homeware, flower crafts, pet products and a whole lot more. Shoppers will be supporting local businesses most of whom are not on the high street or in the local markets. Entry to Grovelands School is free. Hailsham FM will be holding a tombola and serving refreshments in addition to the shopping fun which is, among other things, perfect timing to purchase a gift for Mother’s Day. In order to continue broadcasting this year Hailsham FM needs to raise funds to cover the running costs of their two week transmission during the town’s Arts and Culture Festival in September. The eventual aim is to operate a full time radio station to benefit the community and beyond.

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday there are two walks available. The longer, with Daphne (848055) is leading the 5 mile Hellingly to Gunhill circular. Some stiles and muddy patches stopping at Wellshurst golf club for coffee. The shorter walk is with Nobby (440624) and the route has yet to be decided upon but if you would like to join either of the walks, please give the walk leader a ring for an update and the details. Non-members welcome but if you would like to become a member of Hailsham Ramblers then please contact Jill on (01323) 843530.

PCSO STREET MEETINGS: Police Surgery on Thursday from 10am to 11am at Dippydoodahs, High Street. Street meeting on Saturday March 7, 11.30am to noon at Ingrams Way, outside 72. These meetings give local residents the opportunity to come out and talk about concerns or issues they may be having where they live. If you do not have any matters to raise then simply come out and say hello.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Peter Hibbs got a full audience for the February meeting with his talk on computerised images of The Battlefield Beneath Your Feet, Hailsham at War 1939-45. With newfangled images, Peter took members and visitors around Hailsham, and the periphery of the area and showed where better fortification (in case of invasion) was needed. In some cases a line of buildings or railway embankment would do, but in flat open spaces dragons teeth (large concrete blocks) were put into place to slow the advancement of enemy tanks etc. Temporary road and rail (yes we did have a railway at Hailsham) blocks were also able to be put into place. Houses at these strategic places made a good cover for snipers against the enemy. The tower of St Mary’s church was used as an observation post, giving good views across the Pevensey marshes to the east across to the Downs towards the west. To be continued. Next week, about the large Howitzer gun.

HOPS QUIZ: Book your teams of four to six players now if you would like to be a part of the Hailsham Pavilion Society fundraiser on Saturday March 14 at Summerheath Hall, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets Ł7.50 per person includes ploughman’s supper. Bring your own drinks. Phone Paula on 841373 to book.

TREFOIL GUILD: Were you in the Guides or Brownies? This group is for people who left the movement but would still like to enjoy social events together and continue to support local Guides and Brownies in the District. They meet on the first Wednesday of the month at Union Corner Hall at 7.30pm. All welcome. Ring Ann on 844020.

DALEKS: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society held a special showing last week of the 1965 film Dr Who and the Daleks. The film had been digitally remastered to bring it up to today’s standards. A near sell out audience of Dr Who fans watched enthralled as the Dr battled against his most famous foe. Many were in fancy dress, including many Doctors, a few Daleks and even a tardis. The audience, was greeted by a full size, working, talking Dalek as they entered the auditorium. This particular Dalek was very friendly and pleased to converse with humans and pose for photographs. The Dalek was accompanied by his owner Chris who came suitably dressed as The Doctor. The event raised over £600 and HOPS would like to thanks Chris for bringing his Dalek that made the evening so special for the Dr Who fans.

COLOUR SHOW: Hailsham Photographic Society has its annual Colour Show, billed as an audio visual extravaganza, on Friday March 6 at 7.30pm and Saturday March 7 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm at Hailsham Community Hall. This year the event is in support of Iasis Medical (Charity No 1118660). Tickets £5 from Eric Lavender 01323 845569, The Camera Centre, High Street, or The Nodding Cobbler.

SUMMER EVENTS: Preparations are underway for a string of fun events for all the family in Hailsham town centre this summer. These will include market fetes on Saturday June 27, Saturday July 25 and Saturday August 29, incorporating children’s, wartime and continental themes respectively. There will be a number of market stalls in the town centre for each event selling a wide range of local and regional fine food, gifts and other items. Entertainment acts are currently being scheduled and there will be various other activities available for the family too. For further information on events organised by Hailsham Town Council, please contact Karen Moralee on 01323 841702.

100 YEARS AGO: In February 1915 the Parish Magazine reports from the Vicar of the day: Private James Smith, of Magham down, writes to Miss Willis thanking her and kind friends for a Christmas present to the Front. He was in the Trenches, 50 yards away from the Germans, when we were keeping our Christmas. When we were eating our dinner he was dodging bombs and enduring the weather - standing in mud and water up to his knees. He says the Germans are worse off ‘for they are losing’. James Smith does not say what we hear from Sergeant A. Millward, DCM - who came home today on leave, that James Smith has done very fine work with the Mixim Gun during the campaign.

Hellingly, Horsebridge & Dicker

CHURCH SERVICES: Hellingly: Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP), Sunday Holy Communion (CW) at 8am and 10.45am. This and every 4th Sunday there is a Family Service 10.45am. Upper Dicker: Sunday Services 9.15am.

FARMHOUSE BREAKFAST: The Hesselgrave family would like to thank all the volunteers and participants who attended their ninth event in aid of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. They raised over £1,400 and this was match funded by Barclays Bank up to £1,000. ‘We were very pleased to work with Mel Ellis from their agricultural team on the day and also Sally Field from RABI’, said Gill Hesselgrave. A full English breakfast with local apple juice, milk and homemade muesli and marmalade was served. As far as possible all the ingredients were sourced from local suppliers and we hope they have on-going trade in the future. This charity helps people in the farming community who fall on hard-times such as illness, old age or large disasters such as the Somerset floods last year.

QUIZ: The Dicker Quiz is next 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. Bring your own other drinks. Call Marian on 441458 or Liz on 841541 to book.

WEDDING SHOWCASE: On Sunday from 11am to 4pm Michelham Priory Wedding Showcase is in the Elizabethan Great Barn, dressed in style with over 20 trusted suppliers on hand for ideas and advice. Arrive at your leisure or attend one of the free VIP drinks receptions at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm, with an opportunity to discuss your vision with the wedding team and chefs over a glass of bubbly and delicious canapés (pre-registration required, limited spaces available). To reserve your free place for this inspiring event or for further information about this picturesque venue please email or call 01323 844224.

PRIORY EVENTS: From Monday to Sunday, March 2 to 8, come and celebrate British Pie Week at Michelham Priory’s cafe. Open 11am to 5pm. On Saturday March 7 there is a 90 minute tour exploring the seven acres of historic gardens as they burst into spring, with the head gardener, James Neil. Price includes entrance to the house and grounds, tour and soup and fresh bread roll in the café. Tour starts at 11am to 12.30pm. £15 for non-members, £10 for Sussex Archaeological Society Members and Friends of Michelham Priory. Numbers are limited so please book in advance. To book call 01323 844224 or email

Herstmonceux & Wartling

FREE CHURCH 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.

COMMUNION: Just to remind you that there is a morning communion in the Friends Meeting House once a month for those who may find it difficult to get to the church or for any that would like to come. It is at 11am and arrangements can be made for you to be picked up if you find it difficult to get there. Please ring either Richard Steven on 833124 or Pam Kendall 833079.

BINGO in aid of Friends of All Saints Church tomorrow, Saturday, in Herstmonceux village hall at 2.15pm. Tickets £5 include a delicious tea. Contact Hazel on 01323 832408.

PARISH PLAN UPDATE: Herstmonceux Parish Council resolved at the November meeting that the Neighbourhood Plan should proceed without specific site allocation policies. Since that meeting, there have been changes arising from external events which meant that the Neighbourhood Plan was reviewed again. The Department for Communities and Local Government released a statement in January 2015 that a review of the Neighbourhood Plan process will be undertaken during 2015. Due to the national elections, all government activity will cease on 31 March 2015, and so it is not expected that any changes can be introduced before that date. The review could be affected by the elections. Wealden District Council is working on a new Wealden Plan that will assess the need for housing and economic development in the District up to 2027. A review of the Core Strategy will be carried out at the same time as the Delivery and Site Allocation work. This review could lead to an increase in the number of houses required in Wealden District. Wealden has reported that there is already significant pressure by the government to provide sites for more housing in Wealden. The current requirement for Herstmonceux in the Wealden Core Strategy is 70 dwellings but it is expected that that number will rise following the Core Strategy Review. Two planning applications for 70 dwellings on land adjacent to Lime Cross Recreation Area and 40 dwellings at Lime Roughs, the land adjacent to the Health Centre have been submitted to Wealden District Council. Both these sites are classed as “windfall” sites. More of the update next week.

WINDMILL: You may or may not know that further lottery funding has now been granted for the final part of the mill restoration. The exciting and challenging bit has been reached where the sweeps and grinding machinery and associated equipment are about to be restored. Subject to the vagaries of English weather, of course, it is now planned that the sweeps will be taken down at the end of February and taken away for refurbishment of the shutters. In the meantime the restoration team are involved in preparing the mill for the machinery and interior of the top floor to be refurbished and restored to working order over the coming months. The mill will be opening to the public, as normal, during this time, starting at Easter. When you come to the mill you will be able to see for yourselves just how much work has been done over the last few months and will be able to see works in progress. The team of volunteers will be very happy to show you this, so come along and see what is happening to your windmill! Better still join us and be part of this exciting historical project. Contact Jenny on 01323 832329 to find out more.

WARTLING VILLAGE HALL Trust AGM will be held on Wednesday March 11 at Reid Hall, Boreham Street, at 7.30pm. All members of the parish are welcome to attend. If you wish to join the management committee please telephone the secretary, Pamela Gainer on 01323 833399 for a nomination slip to be signed by two parishioners and returned by March 4.

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Today, Friday: Berwick Village Hall 9.55am-10.25am; Arlington Village Hall 10.35am-11am; Deans Road, Alfriston 11.15am-11.55am; East Dean Village Hall 12.20pm-1.20pm; Wannock Village Hall 2.40pm-3.10pm; Community Centre, Hailsham East 3.25pm-3.55pm. Tuesday: Brightling Village Hall, 1.20pm-1.40pm; Dallington Village Hall, 1.50pm-2.10pm; Ashburnham, 2.40pm-3pm; Bodle Street Village Hall, 3.25pm-3.50pm.

Ninfield & Hooe

ST OSWALD’S: A thank you from St Oswald’s. On Shrove Tuesday, over 50 people enjoyed a lunch of soup and pancakes. Thanks to everyone who supported the event. They look forward to the Garden Party on July 4 and the Bonfire Lunch in November.

NAGS: Ninfield Action Group had a very successful drop in session last Saturday. The local residents had the opportunity to meet the chairman of the NAGs, David Swales, along with political party representatives: Huw Merriman (Cons), Michelle Thew (Lab) and Geoffrey Bastion (UKIP). If you would like to know more about Ninfield Action Group, or any other ways to get involved, please contact the chairman, David Swales via email;

U18 FOOTBALL: Last Sunday saw the U18 team lose against Raw Skill Rangers with a score of 1-5. Kevin Regan sent this in: ‘A last minute change of venue to Hooe can’t be blamed. Lack of stamina allowed the opposition to mount almost continual attacks and only thanks to the defence holding firm was the scoreline kept down. One flash of individual brilliance produced a great goal, but simply not enough against a tidal wave of attacks. One positive that must be borne in mind is that some of these teams have a great number of players approaching 18 so are physically able to dominate the range of ages in our team, but no point hoping we can do better next year if we get relegated and there will always be stronger teams. It seems we still have to learn to play as a team, understanding both the strong and the weak points of your team mates and making sure you put them into positions where their strengths give us the best opportunities. We have the raw talent, it just needs polishing. There will always be days when you get a bad result, you have to learn the resilience to say OK, learn what went wrong and avoid letting it happen again. Show us what you can do next week, come on lads, there’s time to get some good results of our own.’ This Sunday they are at home against TW Youth Ridgewaye, 10.30am. They could really do with the home support. Then their 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.

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

FLOWER GROUP: On Monday in the Memorial Hall, Ninfield Flower Group welcome Gill Smaggasgale with her demonstration entitled Listening in Colour. Non-members are welcome at a charge of £4 to include refreshments. All flowers demonstrated will be raffled at the end of the evening. For further information, please contact Jennifer on 01424 892878 or email

FIRST RESPONDERS: The Bexhill and District Community First Responders will be meeting on Wednesday at Bexhill Fire Station at 7.30pm. They meet every first Wednesday in the month. If you are interested in finding out more please contact the Team Leader, Mike Dean on 07970024135.

NINFIELD PARISH COUNCIL are next meeting on March 5, 7pm at Ninfield Methodist Church Hall. All Ninfield residents are invited to attend.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Family Service. Ninfield Methodist Church, Cafe Church.


WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, 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. Saturday March 7, Linear, Forest and Cliff 4.5 miles with Bob J. Meet at Exceat Visitor Centre 10am, bus No 12X 9.33am Terminus Road stand J. Wednesday March 11, The Two Valleys, 9 miles with Linda. Meet at Eastbourne Railway Station 9am for 9.09am train to Rye Station. Walk starts at Rye station 10am, dry lunch.

COFFEE MORNING: Open Day Coffee Morning tomorrow, Saturday, in the lounge at Polegate Community Centre. All welcome 10am to noon.

INDOOR BOOTSALE tomorrow, Saturday, 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 home-made cakes and a raffle for St Wilfrid’s Hospice. To book your table please telephone 487340.

ELHS afternoon meeting on Tuesday when our speaker is Brian Holford on the Spa Valley Railway since 1985. Visitors welcome. Doors open at 1.30pm meeting starts at 2pm.

WILLINGDON COMMUNITY market recommences on Wednesday in Trinity Church Hall, Lower Willingdon. Many stalls including local history books, crafts, fresh produce, haberdashery, cakes, household goods, refreshments. Open from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Free entry. Come and browse or stay a while, raffle for a local charity. To book a stall contact Wendy 489002.

AGM: Willingdon/Polegate Windmill will hold their AGM on Tuesday March 17 at Polegate Town Hall, High Street at 7.30pm. After the formal AGM business a talk will be given by Chris Hicks who is a volunteer ranger for the South Downs National Park. The talk will describe the volunteer duties which help protect, conserve and enhance the unique natural beauty of the Downs for people to enjoy. Entry is free to members and non-members. After the AGM a refreshment break and raffle will be held followed by the talk.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

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

LENT COURSE: Wednesdays in March. What Christians Believe, C of E Style, a look at The 39 Articles of Religion, the Church of England’s doctrinal basis, without the boring bits. Plenty of opportunity for discussion. 7.30pm to 9pm with coffee and biscuits at Osborne House Community Room.

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 living in East Sussex. 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. Contact East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, on 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail:

WOMEN’S DAY OF PRAYER: This year the service to mark the Women’s World Day of Prayer will be held at Warbleton Parish Church next Friday, March 6, at 2pm. The women of the Bahamas have written the service and it will be led by Canon Lucy Murdoch, former resident of Rushlake Green and churchwarden, and now vicar of Fletching. The words of Jesus ‘do you know what I have done to you’ provide the theme of this service. All women (and men) are invited and there will be toys available for young children. The service lasts one hour and refreshments will be available in the Church Rooms afterwards.

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.

PARISH COUNCIL: There seems to be a good rapport with ESCC Highways on reporting problems with the roads, and getting things done. It does depend on the reporting though, so if you see a problem please report it. Progress is being made on the roll-out of superfast broadband. There is a bit of a delay on the advance into Rushlake Green and Warbleton, due to some technical problems, but the plan is for the whole area to be covered by this time next year. Talking to a friend in Spring Hill who has SFB, it is revolutionary. Planning permission has been granted for the mobile phone mast at the top of Rookery Lane has been granted. I understand that it will be up and running by May. This will cover the four major networks, and should mean we have a decent signal at last. Cllr Rupert Simmonds reported that ESCC have been working out the budget for next year and for the long term. They are obliged to make £30m in the coming financial year. In the long term central government grants will cease. A small balance will be the diversion from central to local government of the proceeds of business tax. ESCC are promoting the area for business. Funding to subsidise our bus route will continue.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

WANNOCK ARTISTS will be holding their next monthly meeting at 7pm today, Friday, at Wannock Village Hall. Members will be welcoming the popular and talented artist Roger Dellar who will be using 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.

A QUIET DAY led by Fr Kevin Agnew from 10.30am to 4pm tomorrow, Saturday, will be held at St Mary’s Church. Please bring £5 and a packed lunch.

SPOOKY WAGONS is the name of the group entertaining customers at the British Queen at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

MARCELLA is providing the vocal entertainment at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

ABLAZE the youth club for the 14 years plus age group meet every fortnight on a Sunday from 6pm to 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church Hall. The next evening meeting takes place on March 1. On this day the young people will also be taking part in the Family Eucharist which is at 11.30am. They will be contributing with music, readings and prayers so do go along and support them.

THOUGHTS ON EASTER: Fr Kevin Agnew will be giving a devotional talk to the members of Willingdon Mothers’ Union at their meeting in St Mary’s Church Hall at 2pm on Tuesday.

ST MARY’S YOUTH CLUB for the eight to 14 year olds meets on the first and third Wednesdays in the month in the church hall from 7.30pm to 9pm. March 4 is a games evening. For further information please contact Fr Kevin on 01323 502079 or Sue and Stuart Freeman on 01323 505833.

THE BIG BREW: Traidcraft items will be available to purchase at the Big Brew/Friendly Cuppa get-together from 10.30am to noon on Thursday in St Mary’s Church Hall. You can also put your order in early for a real Easter egg supporting Traidcraft which helps make a difference to many people’s lives. This year a prize will be given for the best handmade egg cosy. Patterns for the Innocent Smoothie hat can be found on line at .

DAY OF PRAYER: The origins of Women’s World Day of Prayer date back to the 19th century when Christian women in the USA and Canada initiated a variety of co-operative activities in support of women’s involvement in mission at home and abroad. This year the service has been written by the Christian Women of the Bahamas and on Friday March 6, covering a period of 36 hours worldwide, 170 countries will have taken part. The theme this year is ‘Jesus said to them ‘Do you know what I have done to you?’ At St Mary’s Church, Willingdon, the service will be held at 10.30am. Michael Stumbles has assembled a small choir to help with the singing and they will be rehearsing from 10am. If you would like to take part in that, please be sure to get there early. There will not be an address but as in previous years there will be a short period of meditation and after the recorded service there will be some refreshments which will hopefully include cakes made by recipes provided by the people of the Bahamas. The service on March 6 at St George’s Church in Polegate will be held at 2pm. Anyone is welcome to either or both of these services, men as well as women.

ASTRONOMY: Eastbourne Astronomical Society members will be meeting from 7.30pm to 10pm on Saturday March 7 at Willingdon Memorial Hall. The speaker is Dr Jillian Scudder and her subject is entitled Cosmic Train Wrecks – when galaxies collide.

MEETINGS: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council hold a planning meeting at 7pm on Monday March 9 followed by a full council meeting at 7.30pm at Willingdon Community School. Ring 01323 489603 for further information. Meetings are open to the public.

PFPA: The annual general meeting of the Paragon Fields Preservation Association will be held at 7pm on Friday March 13 at Wannock Village Hall. If you would like to nominate a member to join the committee, nominations should be in by March 10, although the chairperson may also invite and accept nominations from members present at the AGM. Please contact the secretary Mark Harley on 01323 489366 email or membership secretary Mary Taylor on 01323 485241 email . Membership is just £5 per year. After the business side of the meeting there will be a talk by David Morgan, senior ranger for the National Trust, followed by tea and coffee. In 1992 PFPA was formed, the purpose of which was to purchase and preserve the land as an open space for the amenity, recreation, quiet enjoyment of the general public and for the protection and encouragement of the local flora and fauna. Some of the active members have been busy trimming the hedges and planting new natural hedgerows along the field entranceway from Wannock Lane. A round stone seat is to be built in early spring at the top of the field which will give walkers the opportunity to rest and take in the wonderful views over the village and the Downs. The seat will display the Queen Elizabeth II Fields in Trust Association plaque together with a permanent reminder of how the PFPA came into being. Other plans include removing the rubble placed around the west entrance by the dog bin and replacing it with honeycomb mud busters and Tarmac chippings which will hopefully make footwear less muddy. Another idea being considered is planting a small orchard with old varieties and endangered fruit trees. Offers of help would be greatly appreciated, but do go along to the meeting regardless of whether you might become an active member or would just like to know more about the flora, fauna and wildlife in the local area. The recent newsletter issued to members, lists the various birds and other wildlife which have been seen in Paragon Fields and a local enthusiast has logged the vast number of wild flowers that have also been spotted. A list of these will be handed out at the AGM.