Parish pump Hailsham - January 16, 2015

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 and children’s Sunday Club. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion.

LUNCH CLUB: The Village’s Lunch Club meets from 11.30am to 2.30pm on Monday at the village hall.


BONFIRE BINGO: Eyes Down at 7.30pm today, Friday, for a fun night at the Charles Hunt Centre. Doors open at 7pm. Fundraising for Hailsham Bonfire Society spectacular which this year is on October 17. The society’s AGM is on Friday January 30 at 7.30pm also at the Charles Hunt Centre. Go along and find out more about the society or go along to one of their monthly meetings held at the Hailsham Memorial Institute in Western Road on the first Monday of every month from 8pm.

STREET MEETINGS: PCSOs will be at Victoria Road, Hailsham, today, Friday, 2pm to 2.30pm, Cackle Street tomorrow, Saturday, from 11.30am to noon, Ingrams Way tomorrow, Saturday, 2pm to 2.30pm, Milland Road (evens), Wednesday 5.30pm to 6pm, Milland Road (odds) Thursday 22 5.30pm to 6pm. If you do not have any matters to raise, then simply come out and say hello, it is always good meeting new people.

THE STREET MARKET held in Vicarage Field on the High Street restarts tomorrow, Saturday, between 9.30am and 3pm and continues every Saturday, except the second when the Farmers’ Market runs instead from the Cattle Market site and when the Street Market is held on the Thursday before.

ST MARY’S: The second Sunday after Epiphany. On Sunday Holy Communion at 8am, Holy Communion with crèche and children’s groups is at 10.30am, Encounters with Jesus, Evening Prayer, Surprised by Jesus, the Values of the King, is at 6.30pm.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a service at 11am followed by refreshments at Primrose Hall. The medium on this occasion is Terry Spain. Healing is always available. Clairvoyant evenings restart in March and 1-2-1 readings in May. This is fortnightly on a Tuesday starting on January 20 and healing lessons most Thursdays, open and closed circles on a Monday.

HEALTHY LIVING GROUP: This is a new club for the over-50s that promotes social, healthy activity, some chatting and tea-drinking plus some boccia, table tennis, yoga and line dancing. It meets weekly on Tuesdays at the Methodist Church Hall on the High Street between 10am and noon and this coming Tuesday will include health trainers and yoga.

RAMBLES: On Wednesday you have a choice of a long or a short walk. The longer of the two is over 4.5 miles with Richard and Jill (832303) and is the Catsfield circular passing fishing lakes. There are some hills and stiles. The shorter walk is the Sovereign Centre to Princes Park circular with Nobby (440624). If you would like to go along, give the walk leaders a call for details.

FISH MARKET: Every Thursday on the Cattle Market Site, Market Street, from 9am and 1pm. Pete sells a fantastic range of fresh fish from his stall under cover in the calf pens (just to your left as you go in). Plenty of free parking. Give it a try and tell him you heard about it here. Visit his facebook page for the latest news at Seafoods-P&G.

WOMEN2WOMEN: The next women’s breakfast will be on Saturday January 24. The speaker will be Julie Coates, Foodbank manager on Food for Thought. For more information contact Kim Bourne on 842381. There is also a Men at HPC group which meets as arranged. Contact David Gooding on 441868 to find out more.

FAMILY QUIZ at Summerheath Hall on Saturday January 24. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. The quiz is for all ages but the questions are for older family members, teenagers and young children, a real mix. Mostly regarding music throughout the ages and films with a sprinkling of general knowledge. Tickets £5 adult, £3 U16s. Refreshments will be served during the break for a donation to Environment Hailsham.

FM BIG QUIZ: This is a family quiz for Sunday afternoon January 25, 1.45pm for 2pm start at Grovelands School Hall, Dunbar Drive. Tickets available from Helen Lawrence on 07812 337418 are £4 adults, £3 U16s, £12 family (two plus two). Max six per team. Singles and couples very welcome. Raffle and refreshments and bring your own soft drinks and snacks. No alcohol. Hosted by and for Hailsham FM to fund and increase public awareness of Hailsham’s own radio station, returning to the airwaves during the town’s Arts Festival in September.

LIONS THANK YOU: As the Hailsham Lions have already started planning their fund raising activities for this year, including an Easter tombola and the return of the much loved Country Fayre on June 14, they would like to extend a huge vote of thanks to the people of Hailsham and surrounding areas for once again contributing so generously to their events during 2014, enabling them to continue helping those in need. Without the public’s kind support, the Lions wouldn’t be able to respond to the many calls for help. For any further information please contact Mike Osborne on 0845 833 9828 (local);, or Facebook.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Society president, Dr Colin Tourle, began his evening with friend, Commander Roger Paine, who told some interesting stories, with photographic back up, of animal mascots in the Royal Navy. Originally kept on board for fresh meat, sometimes the sailors became too fond of a particular animal and it was kept on as a pet. Many types of animals became mascots - pigs, cats, dogs, monkeys, parrots, even a possum and a wallaby. On HMS Highflyer, a pet Gazelle was named Bill and a Russian Black Bear on HMS Ajax would often get lost after a swim in the sea and not know to which ship he belonged. One cat, which had been on three different ships which had each sunk, was not allowed on another as the sailors feared for their lives. The animal ended its days at a sailors’ home in Belfast. Dr Colin Tourle’s lecture was of his recent visit to the Lebanon to give medical treatment to the Syrian refugees. He talked of the background to the area and the troubles there, showing pictures of camps, each family having one or two rooms and very little furniture. They existed on very little meat and dairy which was very expensive and ate mostly lentils and vegetables as they have no money. Whilst there he treated mainly infections and sickness from the dirty conditions but also saw some horrific injuries due to the indiscriminate bombings. On a lighter note, in the second half of the evening, members were entertained by Marie Stone, a local photographer, who purchased land locally. Using permaculture, a growing system which works with nature, she has now planted fruit trees and grows many vegetables to become self-sufficient. This varied interest evening welcomed us back after the Christmas break.

FARMERS MARKET: The next market is on Valentine’s Day, Saturday February 14. Thanks to everybody who braved the elements and came along last Saturday. Special thanks to Annabel and son of Renhurst farm who still traded outside from their trailer and suffered the lashings of rain and similarly David Turton of Egypt Farm and William of Perry Court Farm. Also to the other producers and crafters who were happy to trade from the calf pens even though the lighting failed.

OUR HOUSE: From February 11 to 14 Hailsham Community College Performing Arts returns to the Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne with its dynamic production of the hit musical Our House, based on the iconic songs of Madness. Tickets available from the box office.

CUCKMERE BUSES: This community bus service ran on New Year’s Day to fill the gap left by the commercial bus companies which otherwise would have left Hailsham without any public transport on 1 January to Polegate train station or Eastbourne town centre. Over 100 people used the service. The buses are driven by volunteers and this makes the job so worthwhile. Thanks to all three local councils for their invaluable support, without which, it would not be able to provide this service. For more information visit or

CATS PROTECTION: Over £13k was raised last year and the centre manager would like to thank all their supporters for their generosity throughout last year, without whom their work would be so much harder and it is nice to be able to give the cats and kittens that little bit extra whilst in their care.

HOME FROM HOSPITAL: This service is provided by Age Concern and provides emotional and short term practical support initially for three weeks, for people aged 55 and over when they are first discharged from hospital. They cover a large area including Alfriston, Ripe, Hellingly, Hailsham, Polegate, Pevensey Bay and Seaford, (Hailsham and Seaford CCG area). Contact the co-ordinator on 01323 749854.

Hellingly, Horsebridge & Dicker

CHURCH SERVICES: Hellingly: Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP), every Sunday Holy Communion (CW) at 8am and 10.45am. Fourth Sunday Family Service 10.45am. Upper Dicker: Sunday Services 9.15am.

CRICKET CLUB: Hailsham Cricket Club is delighted to announce that they have agreed to lease Roebuck Park from the start of the 2015 season. They thought it would be a good idea to draw up a list of needed items for the new ground, ahead of the new season. This list varies from ground keeping, cricket specific and pavilion items, all of which are required for the start of the season (first week of May). This ground will be used in 2015 by the junior teams for training and games as well as third and fourth XI fixtures. They need a massive club and community push in order to make sure the place is fully working in time for the new season. We are asking all members, families, local businesses to help out through a donation of money, or a specific item from the list. If you feel you or someone you know can help out in any way then please get in contact with Rob on 07980146841.

ORIENTAL ART: This small group of local people meets regularly at Hellingly village hall to explore the art of Chinese brush painting, which is growing in popularity due to its simple and elegant style. They are a mixed group and would warmly welcome newcomers; equipment available. Wednesdays 1pm to 4pm. Contact 07986 800730.

LADIES’ CLUB: This Hailsham and Hellingly Group meets on Wednesday evenings at Hellingly village hall (except the second Wednesday of the month). They are a friendly, light-hearted group of ladies who enjoy various activities and entertainment with much fun and laughter and many a joke told. If you think you would like to go along you would be most welcome. Contact the secretary, Mary Little on 01323 438720.

THE BRIDGE CLUB meets twice weekly on Monday evenings (6.45pm in winter 7.15pm in summer plus Friday afternoons at 1.45pm). Duplicate Bridge commences a quarter of an hour after the times shown at Union Corner Hall, Hawks Road, Hailsham. For further details, please request a comprehensive leaflet from either David Crichton on 01323 844677 or Pat Maycock on 01435 8644448.

ALLOTMENTS: The allotment gardens are situated at Union Corner close to the junction of Hawks Road with Upper Horsebridge Road. Rents are due annually in January but plots may be taken at any time of the year. Plot rents are kept deliberately low in order to encourage the use of this facility. If you would like to see the allotments and the plots which are available, please contact Tina Jenner on 01323 840982 or e-mail If you have any other query please contact Suzanne Collins, Hellingly Parish Clerk, on 01323 461390 or email

LEISURE AND RECREATION: The next meeting of Arlington Parish Council Committee is on Tuesday at 7.30pm at Arlington Village Hall.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

FREE CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday service is at 10.45am in Church Road. The Breakfast Club is from 10am to noon at the village hall on the first Sunday of each month.

ALL SAINTS CHURCH, Herstmonceux, and St Mary Magdalene Church, Wartling. Sunday 8am Holy Communion Wartling. 9.45am Herstmonceux. The Alpha Course: If you are interested is an excellent course studying the meaning of life from the Christian perspective. This is an introduction to some main aspects of the Christian faith. Please phone 01323 833124 for information. A morning Alpha course starts on Tuesday January 27 from 10am to noon at Scolfes Restaurant, Boreham Street. A crèche is provided. Messy Church happens at the Reid Hall usually on the third Sunday of the month at 3.30pm. This meeting is for all ages and includes games, crafts, teaching and an act of worship. It concludes with a light tea at 5pm. At 3.30pm there is Messy Church at Reid Hall, Boreham Street

BONFIRE PANTOMIME: Cowbeech Bonfire Society performs its last two shows of Carry On Cowbeech pantomime tomorrow, Saturday, 7pm and 9pm. Show tickets with a choice of hot supper to follow are £14 for big kids and £8 for not so big (first house only). Check ticket availability at The Merrie Harriers (01323) 833108, or Mary Anne Gordon on 833749. All profits to the local good causes funds.

SCIENCE CENTRE: There is an open weekend tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday and also next weekend of January 24 and 25 from 10am to 5pm. Last admission is at 3pm. This weekend there is a special offer when admission is only £5 per person. Tomorrow, Saturday, the Open Evening is from 6.30pm to 11pm. For more information visit or phone 01323 832731.

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE: There is a really good programme lined up for this year, something for everyone. Anyone who enjoys a visit to the Hailsham Pavilion Cinema will be interested in the January meeting as June Bourne is coming to talk about the cinema’s long and interesting history. We are so lucky to have this lovely local cinema and June Bourne has been one of the key players in bringing about its restoration. Go along and find out all about it on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the village hall. For further information, contact Secretary Sue Stewart on 01323 833450.

DEFIBRILLATOR: Wartling Parish Council, from Wealden District Council’s Community Dividend Fund, has arranged for a defibrillator to be fitted to the outside wall of The Bull’s Head in Boreham Street. A defibrillator is a life-saving machine that gives the heart an electric shock in some cases of cardiac arrest. It is there to help anyone experiencing a heart attack. You will still need to call for an ambulance but this can be used until the ambulance staff get to you. The first few minutes can be vital. Ambulance staff will talk you through what to do over the telephone until more qualified staff can get to you. The defibrillator is easy to use although a training session is to be arranged for residents in due course. It is hoped to fit an additional defibrillator at The Lamb in Wartling in the New Year. Wartling Parish Council would like to thank the First Responders and all those at Wealden District Council for working with us to make this happen.

HEALTH CENTRE: Last month the Health Centre welcomed Dr Sophie Yelland to work and train alongside GPs for part of her training in working within a GP practice. All the doctors who have come to the health centre to train have struggled to leave at the end of their training programme as they really have enjoyed and learnt so much from their experience in Herstmonceux so thank you for embracing the doctors and being patient. The health centre is now part of the national scheme to securely send prescriptions electronically to Patients’ nominated pharmacy, saving time and paper. Please can all patients nominate the pharmacy that they wish their prescription to be sent to, if you could let one of the receptionists know in person. The HC is now a Dementia Friendly practice, all the administration staff at the health centre have either attended courses or have completed the online training in becoming a Dementia Friend. The training means that staff are aware of how to assist someone with dementia offering help and assistance, talking to them in a manner that makes that person feel safe and understood. If you are interested in becoming a Dementia Friend you can visit their website on The HC has had a very kind and generous donation of climbing plants to the surgery which will be planted along the walkway from the health centre to the pharmacy, from passion flowers to honeysuckle, should make the short walk even more pleasant. Thank you to all who donated food for the Hailsham food bank through their food basket, Julie at the food bank was extremely grateful and all the food went into the Christmas boxes.

MEMORIAL DINNER: The dinner held in November to raise funds for the RNLI in memory of June Exworth was extremely successful with £2,968 raised on the night. The trustees of the Roy Hudson Trust and Mrs A. Lacy-Tate Trust have match-funded this amount from each trust, and so the grand total is £8904. The event was organised and presented by members of several village community groups who are grateful for the fantastic contributions of donations, food, kitchen helpers, cooks, entertainers, raffle prizes and kitchen equipment by so many people who knew June and wanted to honour her memory. The donations from the Trusts are very generous and make the whole occasion even more special. Mark Sawyer, the coxswain of Eastbourne Lifeboat, knew June and appreciated her unstinting work for the RNLI over so many years. He says that the event was a fitting tribute to a very special lady. June had been posthumously awarded a Gold Star by the RNLI in recognition of her fund raising and Mark made a special presentation to her daughter, Rachel Exworth, at the dinner. The Friends of June Exworth, would like to thank everyone who contributed in any way to the dinner and who helped to make the evening so memorable and successful.

WALKING GROUP: The next walk is on Sunday January 25 and is of five miles to Little London. The group will be meeting at the Cuckoo Trail car park in Heathfield at 10am. If you would like to go along contact Sue on 848790 or 07512 652962.


BOOT SALE: Indoor Boot Sale, Laughton Parish Hall, Sunday January 25. Doors open 10.30am, £5 a table. Refreshments available. For information or to book a table please ring 01323 811385. Also boot sales will be held on February 22 and March 29.


COFFEE MORNING: South Street Bonfire Society are holding a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, at Cliffe Church Hall 10am till noon.

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

THEFT: Our PCSO, Daryl Holter, has advised of a heater oil theft from Lower Street, Ninfield. The discovery was made on January 7, however, it is not known of the exact date of the theft. Should anyone have seen or heard anything in connection with this report, please can they call the police on 101, quoting reference 0898 07/01/2015.

U18S FOOTBALL: Last week’s home game saw yet another postponement for the Ninfield U18 team. Weather and pitch permitting, the team are at home on Sunday, 10.30am on Ninfield recreation ground. Hopefully, the team have been swatting up on tactics whilst they have not been playing and will be raring to go at their next match. They will also be at home on January 25 all at 10.30am on Sunday mornings. They would love to see some new supporters.

NINFIELD ACTION GROUP: Following a successful meeting held last week, the NAG have appointed a chairman; David Swales. If you require any information regarding the housing issues that NAG are challenging, in the first instance, you can contact David at Alternatively, you can also view their Facebook page (ninfieldactiongroup) for the latest news. The group has been set up to represent those from the whole village who are opposed to the proposed developments within the village. As such, there is no charge for membership to the group and they respect that some people may have differing views. The group anticipates that they may require to fundraise at some point in the near future for a Fighting Fund to assist them in their fight against our village’s future development. There will be more on this as and when the group release further details. The group acknowledge that to enable some families to stay within Ninfield, a certain number of starter homes are required however, they challenge some aspects of the proposals such as the infrastructure of schools, surgeries and highways. The ten children (Ingrams Green development) is simply those of primary school age and ignores secondary or post 16 educational places. If anyone can offer any time or expertise to the group, they would very much appreciate it. Please contact David as above.

HOOE OPEN GROUP (Ladies Club) held their AGM on Friday, January 9. Group organiser, Edna Wallis, gave her review of the past year’s activity, which marked a further increase in the membership, which has now passed 40 as well as the full programme of events and speakers. The accounts showed a positive balance, enabling the Club to further support local and national charities. In the past year both Air Ambulance Service and Barby Keel Animal Rescue have both benefitted by donations from the club. Edna was able to confirm that the membership subscription would remain at £10 and day visitors at £2. The only increase will be the raffle, which will be £1 for a strip of tickets, in order that the quality of the prizes can be maintained at a high level. Edna thanked all the members for their support of the bring and buy table, which significantly contributed to the club’s funds. A full programme of speakers and events for 2015 is already in place, with many personalities relating the highlights of their career as well as advice on subjects such as health and fitness. After the formal business of the AGM, everyone teamed up to complete a fifty question quiz based on answering True or False. During which afternoon tea was served. If you would like to go to one of the group Friday afternoon meetings, which are held at Hooe Village Hall on the second Friday of each month (the next on February 13), commencing at 2.30pm, please do not hesitate as there is a friendly and lively bunch of ladies ready to welcome you. For further details call Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: On Monday Ninfield Horticultural Society’s speaker is David Powell who will be telling them how weather is recorded. Let’s hope for a fine evening so that many of you can attend. As usual, they meet at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall and will have refreshments and raffle. Current and new members always welcome.

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 Worship and Praise with Mrs C Jones.


TRINITY DINERS commences for the new year today, Friday. To book your place please telephone Jennie on 484189 or email

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

WE WOULD like to provide a service where local people can meet and have a chat over lunch or tea. If you find you would like to come along for a social afternoon contact Heather on 370709 or find us on Trip Advisor and www.facebook/thetrianglecafe. Meet at the Triangle Café, 3 Orchard Parade, Lower Willingdon. Email

POLEGATE PANTOMINE is Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves starting tomorrow, Saturday, until January 25 inclusive at Polegate Community Centre. Adults £10, children £6. Tickets available from Archer and Partners, High Street, Polegate. Telephone 483348 or on line from

DOWNLAND SINGERS: Our repertoire is varied, ranging from musicals to songs of yesterday and tomorrow. Do come and have fun on Thursday evening between 7.30pm and 9pm at Trinity Church Hall, Coppice Avenue, Lower Willingdon. To find out more about us you can telephone 484189.

WALKS tomorrow, Saturday, includes All of a Muddle, 4.5 miles with Barbara and Paul. Meet at Hellingly Village Hall at 10.10am GR 578121, bus No 51 at 9.23am Terminus Road stand H. Or a longer brisk pace walk of 8.5 miles with Jon and Tina, South Heighton - Firle Panorama. Walk starts at South Heighton Village Green at 9.30am GR 451028.

ON SUNDAY a walk Around Glynde – golf balls and wind power, 9 miles with Glyn R. Meet at The Avenue at 9.15am, walk starts at Glynde village car park next to station at 10am. Dry lunch, hilly.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship and children’s Sunday Club. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion with Matt Andrews.

RGWI: The new year starts with a talk by Sue Maguire on Making Buttonholes. The meeting starts at 7.30pm on Thursday in the Dunn Village Hall. For details about the WI or help with transport to the meeting then please contact Marion on 01435 831653 or Sharon on 812388.

HISTORY GROUP: We had a fascinating talk by Michael Withers on Monday. He talked about Medieval and Renaissance Musical Instruments. He illustrated his talk with slides showing the period that particular types of instruments were in common use and of early pictures, which give historians much useful evidence, relating to these instruments. Illustration was not just in pictures though because he brought along a large selection from his collection of reproduction instruments, and delighted us by playing some of them so we could hear the difference in sound from their modern counterparts. He concentrated on stringed instruments such as the fiddle, lyre, etc and woodwind for example, shawn, bagpipes, recorders etc. Our next walk is on Saturday January 24, meeting at 2pm in the yard at Broad Farm, Hellingly (by kind permission) which is on the A267 north of the Boship roundabout, opposite the Festival of Transport site. Our next meeting is on February 9 when Peter Gillies will use his Magic Lantern to take us on A Meander Through the Victorian Weald.

OUR LANES: The recent wet weather has highlighted the poor state of many of our minor roads, not only the potholes that feature regularly in news bulletins, but also the drains etc. Last week on Thursday I went to Coffee and Company. On the way up our stream was just about to come over the bridge. On my return it had and one car had come to grief and was being towed out. I had to go round via Three Cups and Punnetts Town to go 50 yards. Shortly after the water subsided sufficiently for me to cross on foot with my camera. The only working road side drain, along the whole length up to Dog Corner, was at the bottom of the hill. The rest were blocked with mud and leaves, with the exception of one, out of which water was pouring. This leads to water pouring in large quantities down the side of the road, scouring out the verge and leaving deep and dangerous ruts alongside the carriageway, in a narrow lane.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

JPK PROJECT is in the middle of having a major fundraising launch from January 14 to 17 and has currently got a table in the Arndale Centre (outside Topshop) from 10am to 4pm up to and including January 17. The theme is that if three million people each gave £1 then the whole JPK Centre for people with a learning disability could immediately be built. Collecting tins are in Brain’s Butchers, Orchard Fruits and the chiropodist in Willingdon Triangle, Barclays Bank, Polegate, Cavendish Bakery in both Cavendish Road and Grove Road, the Junction Café in Freshwater Square, 1066 One Stop Shop in Pevensey Bay and Watsons Associates in North Street, Hailsham, and Nat West Bank in Hampden Park. Of course people can also donate online through the website justgiving page JustTextGiving: JPKP01 £1 to 70070. A DVD has also been made which can be viewed on the JPK Website, Facebook and youtube and grateful thanks were expressed to Steve Bird for filming and production. The DVD was undertaken by prospective residents and their parents. The DVD also includes Concentus Chorale singing ‘There’s a place for us’ from West Side Story. JPK now has until April 2016 to make sufficient progress on the site or planning permission will run out. Ideally it would be preferable to have all funds in place and then commence building in the most cost effective way. However, if necessary, it could be built in three stages. Either way it is hoped that the project will be completed by 2017.

ALADDIN: Willingdon Church Players’ pantomime Aladdin will be staged in Willingdon Memorial Hall on the evenings of Wednesday to Saturday, January 28 to 31, with a matinee on the Saturday. Tickets are still available for the Wednesday and are £6 for adults and £3 for children aged 16 years and under. Please contact the pantomime secretary Lesley Etwell on 01323 504901 or 07708 05 16 63.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Thanks were expressed to the Long Man Morris Men who went along to The Wheatsheaf to help with the Wassailing evening on January 10 and led the singing and the banging of pots and pans. Tomorrow, Saturday, Kevin Pellister will be providing the entertainment with his own brand of pop covers. On Sunday the meat raffle will be called at 2pm and on Tuesday the Wheatsheaf quiz will be held. It will be best to get there about 8pm and book a table if you are eating there.

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

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, at St John’s Church Hall, Polegate, when the topic will be Brighton Through Victorian Engravings. A microphone with a loop system is used for the benefit of the deaf and hard of hearing at all talks. Visitors are welcome. The fee is £2.

TRINITY DINERS will meet at noon today, Friday, at Trinity Church Hall. To reserve a place contact Jennie on 01323 484189 early or alternatively go along to the hall at noon and see if there are any vacancies. The meals are £5.50.

LAST SERVICE: Curate Fr Michael Maine will be conducting his last combined service at St Mary’s Church at 10.30am on Sunday February 1. The later than normal service will give the catering staff more time to prepare the buffet in the church hall for after the service. A leaving gift will be presented to Fr Michael who is to become the vicar of Cuckfield Church. Coaches are being booked for Fr Michael’s induction which is at Cuckfield Church on Thursday February 26. A list is at the back of the church with hundreds of names of parishioners who would like to go already on it. The cost is £11. Please see one of the church warders.