Parish pump Hailsham - January 10, 2014

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Plough Sunday Family Service. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong.

BSGWI: Judy Swan is the president of the institute, with Jennifer Gill as vice-president and Maggie Grant as treasurer. Meetings are usually on the second Tuesday of the month at 2.30pm in the village hall, but this month members will enjoy a lunch at the White Horse Inn on Tuesday at 12.30pm.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets on Thursday at 7pm in the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green. All are welcome to attend and parishioners can raise matters early in the meeting.

VILLAGE HALL: The fund for extending the hall, plans for which have been passed, have reached £8,500 over half of the target. Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far and will do so in the future. The more money raised locally means more can be applied for from external sources, under matched funding. The new year’s programme of events starts next Saturday with a Race Night (see posters for details). Next month on February 8, TOBS are organising a Murder Mystery Evening entitled Who Killed The Director? Tickets to include a two course meal will be £12.50 and are available from Bryan on 01323 833554 or Geoff on 833343.


ST MARY’S: This the first Sunday after Epiphany. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, That’s Life, under the sun. 6.30pm Evening Prayer, The Saviour Announced. There is a Holy Communion Service at Emmanuel church at 2.45pm. The Women to Women group are calling all ladies, after the rush of Christmas to go along and enjoy a New Year Pamper evening at Hailsham Parish Church on Thursday at 7.30pm. The evening is designed to bring friends, relax, have fun and listen to a new year message. Pick up a leaflet at the back of the church. The next Men’s Group is on Saturday February 8 when they are going to a Championship football match between Brighton and Doncaster.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a service at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. The medium on this occasion is Glyn Davis.

ART GROUP: South View Art Groups restarted on January 6. Some exciting projects are planned. The art groups meet Monday evenings, Tuesday mornings, Tuesday afternoons and Thursday afternoons. The groups are kept small so early bookings are a good idea. Eileen will be happy to talk to you about the art sessions if you ring her on 01424 532866 or e-mail her on

HISTORICAL and Natural History Society met on Wednesday January 8. The December meeting, A History of Sussex Defences, did not happen as the speaker did not arrive. All was not lost, however, as chairman David Bourne had with him a short quiz about our market town of Hailsham that his mother Daphne Bourne had compiled. Some questions he thought would be difficult to answer, but between those present, they got all the questions right. One question in particular was, who was the first person buried in Hailsham cemetery? Bob Catt answered, said that a young boy spoke to builders building the chapel at the cemetery who said, ‘who will be the first person buried here’. Well it was that young chap, drowned in Quarry Pond. Bob relayed the story word for word as told to David by his grandparents. Thanks are offered to two other people that made the evening a success, Paul Endersby who went back home and brought another question sheet on Hailsham with true or false answers and Maxine Kitcher who had some historical notes on Hailsham. By all accounts those present enjoyed the evening. A reminder to members and potential members that subscriptions of £12 for the year are now due.

SOUP AND PUD LUNCH: You can get your tickets now for this annual event in aid of Hailsham Old Pavilion Society. Go along for a tasty homemade soup and puddings at the Charles Hunt Centre at noon on Saturday February 15. Tickets are £7.50 from the Nodding Cobbler or The Camera Centre.

COMMUNITY FUND: Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, has announced the launch of a Sussex PCC £200k Community Fund. This is a new initiative to provide financial support to innovative local projects that aim to make our communities safer and to help communities work together to come up with ways of tackling crime and disorder. Support will be given to projects that demonstrate strong partnership working with local partners and agencies to ensure this support complements existing activity. Applications are invited from all local groups and organisations that can demonstrate how they are tackling the issues in their area that support the priorities set out in the Police and Crime Plan, including commissioning initiatives that tackle crime, reduce reoffending and address community priorities such as alcohol, drugs, anti-social behaviour, domestic abuse and road safety. Bids will be considered on a quarterly basis with the first round of funding allocated after March 31. More information on the scheme and how to apply is available at

LIONS RAFFLE: In the run up to Christmas, members of the Lions sold raffle tickets outside Asda. First prize was a cheque for a mighty £200, the second prize was a Christmas hamper donated by Asda. Other prizes included a top of the range microwave oven and coffee maker, plus chocolates and wine. As always, proceeds from the raffle will be distributed within the local community and once again, Hailsham Lions would like to thank most sincerely the people of Hailsham and surrounding areas for contributing so generously to this raffle which raised much needed funds. All the prizewinners can be seen on the Hailsham Lions Facebook page.

U3A: The dog friendly walking group set off for their last sunny November walk along the Cuckoo Trail from Horam under Pippa’s leadership. There has been an excellent choice of walks and background information and the group is now hibernating until spring, when there will be more news at the Open Day. At the discussion group everyone brought along a chosen topic, either funny or serious, written on a piece of paper which were drawn out of a hat for a brief discussion on each. The opera group will be enjoying Rossini’s Barber of Seville at Diplocks Hall on the afternoon of January 30. Programme and refreshments cost £4 and seats must be booked in advance because space is limited. If you are interested in joining any of these groups or to find out more about U3A then please contact Sue 840797 for the details in the first instance.

DEMELZA: It was a frantic 10 days to round off the year when the Friends of Demelza group in Hailsham ran a Christmas Mini Market in the Quintins, followed by a gift stall at the Hawthorns Christmas Fair in Eastbourne. They rounded off the year with two days’ bag-packing at ESK Warehouse, dressed as red spotty clowns, helping the customers through the tills on a couple of the busiest days of the year. All this raised more funds for Demelza, enabling them to top up their year’s fundraising, and presenting the charity with a cheque for £2,250. The presentation was made to Steve Hoy, Chief Executive and Julie Brett, Community Fundraiser, at Demelza’s offices in Ripe. The group will also be accredited with further funds this year which they have helped to raise and which have already been handed over. They have lots of new ideas for fundraising during 2014, but could really do with some more volunteers to help. Anyone interested in finding out what the group does, please contact either Sue on 840797 or Pam on 844020. They really do put the fun into fundraising and are currently trying to gain some support too, from local businesses by way of sponsorships, donations, raffle prizes or practical help at events. The Demelza Hospice Care for Children provides a team of community nurses, dedicated, as well as being very specialised, to provide care and support to around 100 families in East Sussex with one or more children with a life-threatening or life-limiting conditions.

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday Dulcie (854805) is leading a 4.5 mile flat walk from Uckfield to Buxted. If you would prefer a shorter walk then Michael (845479) is leading a Newhaven Bird Sanctuary walk also on Wednesday. If you would like to go on either of these walks please contact the walk leader in the first instance for the details.

100 YEARS AGO: In December 1914 FC Harvey reports: The Sunday School Library has come to an end owing to subscribers, or rather readers, falling off. There are libraries at the Day School, boys and girls, so we propose giving half the books to Polegate Church library and half to Magham Down. Miss Sinnock has carried this on for years, got the new book, bound the old and run the whole thing. She cordially agrees with the proposal. In fact, it is hers. There is a new cheap train on Thursdays at 1.40 3rd Class to Eastbourne, throughout the winter.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: At the last meeting some projected images from the RPS International Images for Screen Exhibition 2013 were shown and members were encouraged to comment on the images themselves lending a very informal feeling to the evening. The In Camera section, with little manipulation, showed Material Girl, a model covered in fabric, Walking On Water, two couples walking away from each other on a bridge low on the water, and Breakfast At 8, a cereal bowl made to look like a clock with the spoon placed on the twelve and cereal placed on the eight. For the second half of the evening members were entertained with a Joe Cornish DVD entitled With Landscape in Mind, a photographic road trip, taking in the UK from Teesside in the East to the Yorkshire Dales in the West. Joe’s film showed him creating the shots, explaining the settings and displaying the finished pictures. At South Gare, also known as Paddy’s Hole, there were images of boats in the water against a hard core industrial backdrop across the River Tees. Other photographs were of Malham Cove, in the Yorkshire Dales, a deep gorge cut by a waterfall. It has a magnificent limestone pavement on the surface of the Cove which is deeply fissured and fretted by a pattern of channels. Joe waited for a rain shower to pass then took some photos of the pavement which was so wet it came alive when the sun came out again. Joe maintains, outdoors is where life happens, and his landscape photography is simply stunning. Meetings began again on January 9.

DICKER NEWS: Heads Up for New Community Planning. If you are interested in being part of local community planning on issues such as housing, traffic, local environment, energy and communications? The Group (APPAG) is going to modernise the Parish Action Plan (PAP) in 2014. They want to get an active group together to talk about the most important issues and challenges Arlington Parish faces in the short and long term. It won’t just be about talking. They want to do a Parish survey following on from work in 2007/8. If you would like to be part of looking at the present and future for the community, the first open meeting is on Wednesday February 6 at the Plough, Upper Dicker at 6.30pm. Please let Jenny Turland 844687 and Jenny Holland know if you are interested. More information available on request. South East Water have confirmed that they will attend the December parish council meeting to answer questions about a proposed dog control order at Arlington Reservoir. Councillor John Blake said that at the full WDC meeting in November, they recommended approval of the order and it came into force on January 1. Regarding a footpath or cycleway adjacent to the A22 between Arlington Road West and the Boship roundabout Councillor Nick Bennett advised this was a possibility. A sign had now been put up confirming that there was no access via Hempstead Lane through to Knockhatch. Cllr. John Blake confirmed that the rumour that the dwellings at Court Lodge, Coldharbour Road were being occupied by families from London was untrue.

SRI LANKAN FUNDRAISER: Local Hellingly Senior Section Guide and Hailsham Community College student Laura Carpenter has been put forward by Sussex East Guiding to London and South East Region at which she was selected to go on a three week trip to Sri Lanka. This will enable her to take part in a service project to teach skills to girls and young women in an orphanage school. She will also be working with an elephant conservation project. Laura now has the enormous task to raise £2,500 by the beginning of May. On Saturday January 18 from 9am to noon at Chiddingly village hall she will be hosting a tea and toast morning ably assisted by other Brownies and Guides. There will also be a cuddly elephant to be named and won along with a selection of items for only £1, such as bagged and tagged decorative mugs, homemade wool friendship bands in red, green, orange and yellow, the Sri Lanka flag colours. She and her nan have also made hair scrunchies in elephant fabric along with floral and coloured ones. Hellingly Senior Section are putting together a blanket badge and challenge pack to sell on her behalf. Laura has been through the Guide movement starting as a Brownie, through Guiding, attends Hellingly Guides on a Thursday evening at Emanuel Hall and is a Young Leader at Chiddingly. An active member of the community, Laura also volunteers in the Heart Foundation shop in Hailsham on Saturday afternoons and has lived in the area all her life. Please go along and give her your support.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

2013: Well, 2013 has been and gone with all its ups and downs and one of the ups was of course all the beautiful Christmas decorations in the village and for that we must thank the newly formed Herstmonceux Business Association as well as all the traders in the village, so thank you, all of you.

WOOLPACK INN are delighted to announce that the Busman Brothers will be back with them on Saturday January 18 between 9pm and 11pm. Entry is free and all are welcome.

RAY AND SHELDON will be holding their first meeting of the year on Friday January 17 when Maureen will be staging a Beetle Drive. It’s a popular one this and if you would like to join them and are over the age of 60 years then they’ll be in the village hall from 2.15pm.

HEALTH CENTRE: Hopefully by now the health centre will be settled in their new premises so this is just a reminder that if you need to see a doctor they have now moved down to Hailsham Road, next to the village hall. There will be an Open Day on January 25 between 11am and 1pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy communion (BCP) along with Evensong will be held at Herstmonceux Church at 8am and 6pm respectively with Holy communion (CW) along with Worship and Prayer being held at Wartling Church at 9.45am and 11am respectively.


PHILATELIC SOCIETY: On Friday December 13, the society members met to celebrate its Christmas party with wine, soft drinks and light refreshments. The meeting incorporated a fine display of ‘recent acquisitions’ by the majority of the members. Grace Davies displayed her very informative and recently acquired postal collection as part of her Peace theme collection, whilst Roy Ferguson presented a very impressive collection of French miniature sheets and postal antiquities. The informal event was thoroughly enjoyed by all those attending with the occasional buying and selling of various stamps. The society now has a newly printed membership leaflet which can be made available to any member of the public and especially those who would be interested in becoming a member of this growing society. Please contact the secretary on 01273 472470. Chairman David Glen gave a brief report and announcements covering the forthcoming new year events and wished all the members a joyous Christmas and even more prosperous New Year. It was also announced that the next general meeting would be held tonight, Friday, at Christ Church, Prince Edward’s Road at 7.30pm followed by the committee meeting on January 24 at the home of secretary Norman Sansom. All will be very welcome to attend the former general meeting.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Our new year walks usually attract more walkers than usual but, unsurprisingly, only seven hardy souls joined Keith, the leader, for a walk around Stanmer on January 1. It had started to rain as we left the Ditchling Road car park at the top of Stanmer woods. We made our way through the woods amongst a myriad of paths, some quite steep and slippery, until we reached the recreation grounds at the bottom of the park. Here the full force of the rain and wind hit us and we made our way up to Stanmer village and its welcoming café. Here we enjoyed very welcoming hot drinks before deciding to take a short cut back up to our car park. Our programme of walks are always available from the Tourist Information Centre and new walkers are always welcome.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will visit the following areas this week. Today, Friday: Wannock village hall 9am to 9.30am; Ades Field, Church Bailey, Westham 10am to 10.40am; Ades Field Wilmington 3.15pm to 3.35pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11am; Village Hall Arlington 11.15am to 11.40pm; Laughton village school 2.45pm to 3.30pm. Wednesday: Hurst Lane, Windmill Hill 9.50am to 10.20am; Bodle Street Green village hall 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; Punnetts Town School 11.45am to 12.25pm, Catsfield village hall 3.45pm to 4.15pm. Thursday: Ashburnham 9.50am to 10.10am.

Ninfield & Hooe

HOOE OPEN GROUP are meeting today, Friday, 2.30pm at Hooe Village Hall. The meeting will be a members’ forum, when the programme for 2014 will be formulated. If you are interested in joining a very friendly group of ladies, they meet on the second Friday of the month at 2.30pm. For further information contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

THE CARNIVAL ASSOCIATION is next meeting on Wednesday, at Ninfield Working Men’s Club, 8.30pm. They would really like some more members to help them in their events for 2014. If you would like any extra information about joining the Carnival Committee, please contact Lorna on 893644.

THE LOCAL HISTORY GROUP are meeting on Thursday, with a talk by Kevin Regan on Old Toll Roads. For further information, please contact Rod Ffoulkes, acting chairman, NLHG 01424 893635 or email

HOOE HISTORY SOCIETY meet on Thursday at 7.30pm in the village hall. This month they welcome Alan Collinge who will talk about The History of English Hand Bell Ringing. For further details about the evening or the Society in general please contact the Chairman Heather Sinden 01424 893422. There are just a few Hooe Calendars 2014 left. They cost £6 each, contact Pam or Peter Doodes 01424 892329 or on if you would like to buy one. The Society website, contains a wealth of interesting information regarding the history of Hooe for those interested.

HORTICULTURE: Ninfield Horticultural Society are next meeting on Monday, January 20, where they welcome Chris Jenkins. This is for his long awaited talk on the Atlantic Forest of Brazil. They hope there are no bad weather forecasts to get in the way! The society look forward to seeing you at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am, Parish Eucharist. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hoooe, 11.15am Parish Eucharist. Ninfield Methodist Church, 2.30pm Worship and Praise with Margaret Bickerdike.


THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre, is hosted by Byways Cat Care. All welcome in the lounge from 10am.

QUIZ EVENING tomorrow, Saturday, at Willingdon Community School at 7.30pm. Teams of up to six, £4 per ticket. Please contact Helen on 506145 for your ticket. This is a fundraiser to send a Senior Section Guide to Uganda and an Explorer Scout to the World Jamboree in Japan. Please support us.

RAMBLING CLUB walks on Thursday include Leisurely Walk, Sovereign Harbour South, two to three miles flat and easy, around the harbour. Coffee at the end. Bus 51, 9.19am from Polegate High Street. Meet at harbour Harvester, 10.30am, no stiles with Joan S. Hills, River and White Horse, nearly five miles around Frog Firle. Between Seaford and Alfriston, three stiles with Chris, or a longer walk of nearly 10 miles, Newick, field, paths and mainly flat. Start Chailey Common, take picnic, 10 stiles with Paul and Barbara. Or look at website or email info@polegateramblers, or telephone Carol on 484621.

TRINITY DINERS next meal is on Friday January 17, at Trinity Church Hall. To book a place please telephone Jennie on 484189.

POLEGATE DRAMA group pantomime is Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates. The pantomime will be running from January 18 to 26. Bookings taken at Archer and Partners, High Street.

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session at the King’s Centre, Edison Road, Eastbourne on Wednesday from 2pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 8pm.

PCaSO Eastbourne Support Group. Macmillan Specialist Dietician Penny Kaye was guest speaker for the last meeting of 2013. Her talk, entitled Food, nutrition and prostate cancer, provided an opportunity to consider some of the mixed messages about food. Looking at the recommendations and evidence from the World Cancer Research Fund, Penny presented a number of food options and alternatives for reducing risk even with a diagnosis of prostate cancer. The emphasis was on healthier food choices and how this may impact on living with prostate cancer and the side effects of treatments. Questions during discussion afterwards covered topics such as calcium intake, vitamin D levels and sunlight exposure for good bone health. Dietary choices which affect Pelvic Irradiation Disease, a possible consequence of radiotherapy, were also considered. Tea and coffee followed with a Christmas raffle which raised £33.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. We had a busy Christmas period, with good attendances at our services, despite the weather. The crib service on Christmas Eve had 100 children, 155 adults and two donkeys enjoying the re-telling of the Christmas story. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Plough Sunday Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Martin Povey.

HISTORY GROUP: I had intended to go on the walk on Boxing Day, but discovered that I needed to do some emergency repairs to the barn, a victim of the winds. By the time I had finished them it was too late. Talking with Rita Hobden on Sunday, she told me that over 20 people enjoyed a walk, and the après walk at the Horse and Groom. Local speaker, Charles Harding will talk about Anglo-Saxon Sussex and Kent, on Monday evening at 7.30pm for 8pm in the Dunn Village Hall.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets on Thursday at 7pm in the Dunn Village Hall. All are welcome to attend and parishioners can raise matters early in the meeting.

CAROUSEL: After a successful run of Make Way For Lucia in November, the Village Players are holding auditions for the musical Carousel. These are being held on Sunday from 2pm to 5pm at the Dunn Village Hall and at The Chantry, Middle Lane, Turners Green on Wednesday from 8pm to 10pm. Our musical director, Richard, will be present to accompany on Sunday, so if you want to audition for principal or chorus roles that will the best choice. Audition pieces will be available, but if you want to see them early, find out about the musical and the roles available, please see the website. Just put The Village Players Rushlake Green into your favourite search engine. Don’t forget to put in the geographical reference; there are many VPs out there, but we are the best.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

NATIVITY: Crowds attended the Church Street Nativity on December 20 on a very windy evening. By 6pm St Mary’s Church was packed. Curate Fr Michael Maine welcomed everyone, and with the singing of ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ everyone proceeded to the tower outside. From there it was through the church grounds and on to the Thai Restaurant where the three kings were waiting and then to the gardens of Flint House which represented the shepherds’ fields. Fr Michael recounted the bible story and more carols were sung along the way. Finally the crowds reached the Wheatsheaf , where, after a lot of comings and goings from customers, the landlord Martin Hughes finally had the opportunity to direct the Holy Couple across Church Street to the barn. It was all very light hearted. A warmly wrapped baby was being cared for in the ‘stable’ as people flocked in to see him. The blue and silver star shining over the barn which Martin had erected could be seen twinkling in the sky. Mulled wine was served and a few more carols sung. Sarah and Lee Hurst were portrayed as Mary and Joseph, and their baby son was baby Jesus. Daughter Katie was a little angel. Lesley Etwell played the part of Gabriel, and the three kings were Pam and Paul Martin and Stuart Freeman. The shepherds were Sue Foster, and Geoff and Jan Grundy along with their children angels Brandon and Frankie. The main angels who accompanied the whole procession were Babs Owen and Rowena Brady but there were other angels popping up all over the place including Sophie Etwell and Charlie Bear and there was even a donkey (not a real one). Later in the evening the Long Man Morris Men came along to lead more carol singing, this time in the Wheatsheaf itself.

NEW VICAR: Although there is a large ministry team at St Mary’s Church, there hasn’t been a vicar in charge there since May 2013 when Canon Martin Onions left to become the Rector of Holy Cross Church in Uckfield. A new vicar has now been appointed for St Mary’s but it is not clear when he will be moving here. He is Rev Kevin Agnew who is at present at All Saints Church Roffey in Horsham.

THE CHRISTMAS LUNCH at Trinity Church on December 20 was attended by the chairman of the parish council Cllr John Pritchett along with Cllr Fran Pritchett and Cllr Linda Francis. Cllr Pritchett presented the minister of the church, Rev David Yule, with a cheque for £5,000 which will be put towards the refurbishment of the kitchen, with new equipment including a dish washer. A hatch will be knocked through the wall to the main hall to make it easier for serving meals and drinks. Judging by the Christmas lunch, it would be difficult to improve on the quality of the food and the expertise of the catering volunteers led by team leader Jennie Macfadyen, but a new kitchen would certainly make life easier for them.

TRINITY DINERS meet at noon on the third Friday of the month at Trinity Church Hall. The next lunch date is January 17. Fruit juice is served followed by a main course, dessert, tea/coffee. The cost is £5.50. To reserve a place contact Jennie on 01323 484189 or email .

BOXING DAY SWIM: This was the 27th annual Boxing Day swim that members of Willingdon Football Club have organised and as usual it took place from the beach near the bandstand, although on this occasion the bandstand had been cordoned off ready for the much needed structural work on it to commence. But the day was sunny with no wind or rain and there was a decent sized crowd. There were 16 swimmers, mainly from the football club and from the chosen charity to benefit, Chestnut Tree House, and well-known local swimmer Peter Snashall also joined them.

NEW YEAR’S DAY was wet and blustery and the sea was very rough. It would have been madness for Graham Morris, chef at the British Queen, and his team of swimmers to attempt their sponsored swim, and so unfortunately it has now been postponed to a later date.

PANTOMIME: Willingdon Church Players’ pantomime Dick Whittington and his Cat is being performed at Willingdon Memorial Hall at 7.30pm on January 22, 23, 24 and 25 with a matinee at 2.30pm on Saturday January 25. This is the first year that tickets have been available for a Wednesday. At present tickets are available for the Wednesday and Thursday evenings, but are completely sold out for the Friday evening. There are a small number left for the two performances on the Saturday, but check availability. Tickets are £6 for adults and £3 for children aged 16 years or under. Please contact Lesley or Roger on 01323 504901.

CARGO is the name of the group which will be entertaining customers at the British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

WASSAILING has been associated with Christmas and the New Year as far back as 1400 and was a way of passing on good wishes to family and friends. A bowl of an ale based drink, seasoned with spices and honey, would be passed around. Wassailing also celebrated the year’s apple harvest and the trees were blessed. The largest apple tree was located and cider was poured into its roots and everyone would drink to the health of the tree for the coming year. Pots and pans would be banged to raise the sleeping tree spirit and also to drive away demons. Tomorrow, Saturday, the Long Man Morris Men are going to the Wheatsheaf at 7pm to re-enact this old tradition. There will be a torch lit procession from the pub and villagers are encouraged to bring along rattles and whistles and saucepans to bang. I am not quite sure if the Wheatsheaf has a particular apple tree in mind or if any alcohol will be wasted on it. At 8.30pm that evening accomplished musicians Andy and Paul, known as the Boogera Brothers, will be entertaining customers at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm.

THE HAPPY DAY BAND will be performing at the Wheatsheaf on Monday from 7.30pm on this special jazz night. To book a meal ring 01323 502069.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding a planning meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon Community School. Meetings are open to the public. Ring 01323 489603 or 01323 489104 for further information.

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. If you have any issues which you would like discussed at the meeting, please contact PCSO Ali Beadon on 101 extension 68233 or on her mobile 07787 685755.

ST MARY’S CHURCH: The Sonbeams service takes place in church at 2pm on Wednesday for babies and pre-school children and their guardians. At 7.15pm the Taize Eucharist is held and at 7.30pm the youth club for eight to 14 year olds is held in the church hall. As it’s the first day back after the holidays it is a free evening.

HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society will meet from 7pm to 9pm on Friday January 17 at St John’s Church Hall, Polegate. David Jones will be giving a talk on the Bluebell Railway. Please ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 01323 486208 for further information.

PETE MARTIN will be entertaining customers at the Eight Bells in Jevington on Friday January 17.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 2pm on Friday January 17 at Willingdon Memorial Hall for a practice meeting. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 645527.