Parish Pump Hailsham - January 18, 2013


CAPTAIN HOOKS REVENGE by Richard Coleman is this year’s Alfriston Players’ Pantomime which will be directed by Nicky Osborne. There will be three performances all requiring the audience to be in good voice to assist the players. The script for the audience is much the same as previous years - behind you, oh yes he is, and a song or two. Opening night is on Friday January 25 and there will be a matinee and an evening performance on Saturday January 26. Tickets are on sale now at Hicks, the newsagents.


A STEP BACK IN TIME presentation by Ian Everest and Philip Pople will be held at Bishopstone Parish Hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30 pm. Tickets £7.50, including cheese and wine, and are available from Linda’s Stores. Proceeds from this event will support the Willett Trust.

COFFEE MORNING: The regular monthly coffee morning in the parish hall on Friday January 25 is now cancelled due to Dorothy’s funeral.

bodle street green

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

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


ST MARY’S CHURCH: This is the third Sunday after Epiphany. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), When Things Get Hot, 10.30am Holy Communion with crèche and children’s groups, A Forgiven Sinner and Evening Prayer at 6.30pm.

CLAIRVOYANT EVENING this evening, Friday at 7.30pm with Dorothy Young. On Sunday there is a service at the Corinthian Church and Healing Association at Primrose Hall from 11am to noon. The medium is Diane Dann.

HOPS TOMBOLA: If you would like to support HOPS on January 26 come along to The Quintins Centre from 9am or if you have any unwanted Christmas presents or other items which you could donate to HOPS, please contact Katie at The Pavilion.

THE LINK: The coffee shop was established on its present site in 1999 and is run by volunteers from churches and community, including a number of adults with learning difficulties, who benefit from an active involvement in a safe and supportive environment. In its prime location, The Link is witness to faithful and consistent service to our Town and visitors, 6 days a week. To sustain this they need to have confidence in sufficient numbers of volunteers to give flexibility in filling rotas and currently there is a need for more cooks. Whilst the coffee shop is run on a not for profit basis, serving both light refreshments and hot meals, any trading surplus has been directed to home and overseas charities and will now include support of the recently opened Hailsham Foodbank, located within the Sheriff Place premises. As a good neighbour to the Foodbank, The Link already takes in donated food when the Foodbank is closed and assists with some basic catering and washroom facilities. Ralph Olesen, Director of CrossLink Shop Ltd says ‘whilst The Link has several regulars for meals and refreshments, it would be good to see an increase in the number of customers, so please come along and bring your friends. More customers will enable us to give more support to Hailsham Foodbank, which is an ongoing project of Crosslink Trust.’

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Rosie Armes FRPS, MPAGB, EFIAP, BPE3 and gold and silver medal winner visited the club last week and showed ten of the 15 images required for her Associateship Panel. They were taken at a funfair on Hayling Island, all using a slow shutter speed. She feels it is important to experiment with creative ideas. While photographing at Dungeness with her husband, she noticed workers leaving the Power Station at 5pm were travelling through a car wash at the exit but were spotted taking photographs and asked to move on. Despite pointing out that they were on public land the police were called and, although they could not do anything, she was told she would be prime suspect if it blew up the next day. Photographing a Flamenco Dancer in Fulham inspired her to learn Photoshop skills in order to remove a cluttered background. It took a week. Rosie takes lots of portraits, but has noticed they often do best in competitions when in sepia or black and white. The couple visited Yellowstone in January 2012 and were able to travel in snow mobiles and took stunning landscapes in temperatures of -30c. The snow was deep and the icicles long, but the roads remained clear. Amongst the wild life she photographed were iced bison, wild turkeys, red squirrels, chick-a-dee birds (the same size as a wren) woodpeckers, pine martens and coyote.

100 YEARS AGO: Rev F.Clyde Harvey wrote in January 1913: My Dear Friends, I wish you a Happy New Year of healthy growth in body, mind and spirit. We are living in a splendid time. The world is opening to occupation, work, knowledge, improvement every year, and we are still here to seize the opportunity. The field is open and the best wins. Of the Old Age Pension Committee, he said: during the past year the committee has met on twelve occasions, and has received 66 applications. Of these Hailsham contributed 29. Since the commencement of the Act the Committee has dealt with 445 cases.

hellingly & horsebridge

CHURCH SERVICES: Regular Services are held at Hellingly on Thursday at 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP) and every Sunday (CW) at 8am. On Sunday Holy Communion (CW) is at 10.45am followed by Evensong at 6.30pm. The service at Upper Dicker this Sunday is Holy Communion (CW) at 9.15am.

DID YEW KNOW? At the end of the 19th Century and to celebrate the Millennium, a survey was undertaken of all the old yew trees in churchyards to see just how old they could be, with a view to having cuttings propagated, grown on and then planted in churchyards. The parochial church council at Hellingly, at that time, decided that they would like a rooted cutting for the churchyard. When the time came to collect the cutting from Chichester Cathedral John, who is a member of the current congregation, and his family went to collect Hellingly’s plant after it had been blessed by the Bishop. John grew it on until it was strong enough to be planted in the churchyard by the then Sunday School children and he continued to tend it until it was established, and then obtained a plaque to mark what it was. ‘I hope that it survives in the years to come as these trees can live for up to 2000 years,’ he said ‘and we think our cutting came from Coldwaltham.’

UPPER DICKER: Dicker Residents’ Association has its next meeting on January 31 at 7.30pm at Dicker Hall. Other Holy Trinity Church events in Upper Dicker to look forward to include Burns Night on January 25, Christingle on February 3 at 9.15am at Holy Trinity Church and on February 12 a pancake race on the recreation ground. More details to follow.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: A presentation by David Mills entitled Digital - Who Me? was on the agenda for the society’s first meeting after the Christmas break. David, who has been a member for 40 years, is better known for his darkroom black and white work but has embraced digital photography recently. Members were shown work, mainly landscapes, from all over the world including New Zealand, USA, Iceland as well as several places around the UK. It was a relaxed, informal meeting interspersed with quips and a couple of jokes to end the evening.

NEIGHBOURHOOD Policing. Hailsham North PCSO Faye Fletcher and PC Tim Critchlow will be available to chat to and raise any concerns at St Mary’s Church coffee morning on Friday at 10am. On Monday January 28 at 11am there is a street meeting at Acorn Green and on Friday February 1 at 10am.

PRIORITIES in North Hailsham include Operation Creosote, which concerns security marking in sheds and outbuildings. A recent survey was sent out to every Community Contact member asking questions about the town and the top concern was about security. There are security marking stickers that can be placed on property kept in your shed or outbuilding and if you would like this in your area or think this would benefit the area that you live in please get in contact with PCSO Fletcher to arrange a time and date. She can be contacted with any of your concerns on 0845 60 70 999 ext 27437, mobile 07787 685752 or email

herstmonceux & wartling

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) will be held at Herstmonceux church at 8am with Holy Communion (common worship) along with Worship and Prayer being held at Wartling church at 9.45am and 11am respectively. The Celtic Worship will be held at the Friends Meeting House in West End at 6pm.

RAY AND SHELDON: Having looked at the list of speakers for this year’s Ray and Sheldon meetings it looks as if they are in for a very exciting time. The first meeting is today, Friday, when Ray Waite will give members a Glimpse of Japan. If you would like to join this happy and friendly group of people then please feel free to join them at the village hall between 2.15pm and 4.15pm. Transport can be arrange if required. If you need any further information please contact Anne on 441244.

REID HALL: Don’t forget that if you wish to book the Reid Hall in Boreham Street for New Year’s Eve 2013 contact the booking clerk, Elizabeth Permaul, as soon as possible on 833775.

FABRIC WORKSHOP: Our local fabric workshop classes have resumed their meetings at the village hall and are inviting anybody interested to go along and join them. They are working on all sorts of projects form fleece jackets to Flamenco skirts. Machines are available to borrow if you do not have one and there is plenty if friendly advice should you need it. To find out more please visit their website at

PARISH MAGAZINE: Our informative and interesting Parish Magazine comes out on a monthly basis. It is produced by a very dedicated band of volunteers from the editor to the collators and the distributors. Due to the rise in the cost of paper and consumables they find that they have to increase the price for the first time in years to £4.50 per year, or 40p per copy. If you would like to have one delivered to your door then please have a word with Barry in the Post Office Stores or pick one up each month in any of the local shops. If you have anything you would like to be included in the magazine then the copy has to be in to Frank Beeney by the 15th of the month. Frank can be contacted on 832587 or by email at

BINGO: The first of this year’s Bingo will be held at the village hall on Wednesday January 30. Books of 12 games are just £3 with prizes for both lines and full houses and there’s a break for tea with homemade cakes etc half way through. If you need further information then please call Teresa on 833747. All welcome.

A SECOND BINGO session will be held on Saturday February 9 when the Friends of All Saints Church invite us all to enjoy an afternoon with them. They will be in the main hall of the village hall ready for eyes down at 2.15pm. Books of tickets to cover the 12 games will be £5 each to include refreshments. Extra books at £3 each will be available. All are welcome and they hope to see as many of us as possible to help swell the funds of the All Saints Friends funds.


WESTGATE WI: ‘Don’t worry, it may never happen’, was one of the wise sayings of children’s illustrator Mabel Lucie Attwell. Born in London’s East End in 1879 her remarkable, long career as an artist and writer was brought to life by speaker John Henty, former journalist, broadcaster and avid collector. In the 1890s she sent sketches to a publisher of children’s books, receiving a cheque for two guineas. From 1911 onwards she drew humorous postcards featuring chubby children which were hugely popular. In 1922 the first children’s annual was published. Her ‘cherubic’ style was continued in children’s books and many will recall those bathroom plaques showing cute children accompanied by witty words. After much research John produced a book titled The Collectable Mabel Lucie Attwell which contains an enormous range of her postcards and dolls. The secret of her charm could be that her work appealed to adults as well as children. Next meeting is on February 13. (A Stephen).

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Thirteen members took part in a recent walk from Balls Green, Withyham. Starting from the former Withyham railway station they followed the old railway track bed, now known as the Forest Way, in the Upper Medway valley towards Groombridge. Then came a short section of the Sussex Border Path before heading up the beautiful Mottsmill valley to Motts Down. From this highest point of the walk it was then downhill past Cherry Gardens Farm and Hunt’s Farm and across well walked field paths back to Balls Green. Most members then had lunch in the nearby Dorset Arms pub. Although there was some mud in places and a few stiles the walk was generally easy going and members appreciated visiting an area a little further from Lewes than is often the case. The walk was led by Robert. The next walk is on Tuesday Cowfold. Meet at 9.30am at top North Street car park. Programme details can be found at

mobile library

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

ninfield & hooe

HOOE OPEN GROUP met last Friday gave an opportunity for members to have their say and to make suggestions for future consideration. The group had a most successful 2012, celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in great style, attended by our Member of Parliament, the Rt Hon Greg Barker MP, as well as many other dignitaries including the Bexhill Town Mayor Joanne Gadd and members of the council from Bexhill and Ninfield. The toast to the health of her majesty was proposed by Greg Barker as well as ceremonially cutting the cake, especially made for the club by Earls Bakery. It was acknowledged that the past year had been a great success, with an excellent programme of speakers and demonstrators. It is projected that 2013 will uphold the same high standard. The last event of 2012 was the December luncheon, held at the Cooden Beach Golf Club. The meal and the atmosphere was in every respect first class, so much so that it was agreed to book again for December 2013. The club organiser, Edna Wallis, gave a comprehensive report on the past year and was able to confirm that the club was in excellent financial health, well able to afford to pay first class speakers and to subsidise events, such as the December luncheon and day outings. During the past 12 months the membership of the club has grown by some 25 percent, with new members joining at almost every monthly meeting. It was decided that the club should support the Jubilee Wood Project, by paying for a tree to be planted in the name of the Hooe Open Group at a cost of £60. A special raffle was held at the January meeting, consisting of a rather up-market hamper, which was won by a new member Jan Cowlard. The meeting closed with a vote of thanks to the organiser Edna Wallis for all her hard work in making the club so successful. If you would like to join, just go along to Hooe Village Hall on the second Friday of each month at 2.30pm or telephone Edna Wallis on 01424 842591 for further information.

THE JUBILEE ALBUM produced last year has proved to be very popular and the initial print is sold out. The Jubilee Committee are about to go for another print run, so if anyone would like a copy (or just see a copy) this could be your last opportunity. Please phone Carol on 893326 to make your order.

BURLESQUE: Tonight, Friday, 7.15pm at the Memorial Hall. This will then be every two weeks, same time, same location. For further information, please contact Sami on 893699.

FOOTBALL: Hooe Sports Football Club are playing Ticehurst tomorrow, Saturday, at home (Hooe recreation ground). Kick off is at 2pm. Hooe SFC have announced the departure of their manager, Phil Smith, who has left them to join Sussex County One outfit, AFC Uckfield. Phil guided the club to League Cup triumph last season. They are therefore on the look out for a new manager. If you think you could be who the club are looking for, then please contact the club via their website below. You can track the club’s progress online:

MEETING: The horticultural society will meet on Monday evening, at 7.30pm. They will welcome Chris Jenkins for his talk on the Atlantic Forest of Brazil. Hopefully he will show them sun and warmth which may be a contrast with Ninfield temperatures. Current and new members always welcome.

DANCE: If you would like to dance yourself fit, a new Dancercize class starts on Tuesday, 8pm at Ninfield Memorial Hall. These will be weekly. For further information, please contact Sami on 893699.

WINTER WARMER: Arthritis Research UK are holding a Winter Warmer on January 23, in the Reading Room at 12.30pm, tickets are £7.50 per person. All are welcome. Please book your place with Ann on 892593.

JUMBLE SALE: 1st Ninfeld Scout Group are holding their annual January Jumble Sale on January 26, 2pm at the Memorial Hall. The group will collect your jumble for you, please contact Dick Creasey 07970559226, Elaine Gausden 07798654614 or Sandra Titherley 892848. Jumble can also be left on Friday January 25 after 6pm or on Saturday 26 after 8am. You are invited to go along and search for bargains enjoy some refreshments or try your luck in the raffle.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist. Wednesdays, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Parish Eucharist. Ninfield Methodist Church, 2.30pm Holy Communion with Revd Ian Wales.


BOWLS CLUB needs new recruits. Please come and see us any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday afternoon, at Polegate Community Centre for a trial. Pat Payne, secretary 489587.

TRINITY DINERS meets at Trinity Church Hall today, Friday. To book places contact Jennie on 484189.

BYEWAYS CAT CARE, coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community Centre. All welcome from 10am in the lounge. If you have any unwanted Christmas presents we would be very grateful for them as raffle or tombola prizes. Norma Simmonds 484935 and Jean Adams 485564.

THANK YOU to everyone who recently attended my big birthday party. Thank you for your very generous and thoughtful gifts. Also the entertainment supplied by Brian and Alastair on the piano, and Graham’Desmond’s magic show.

POLEGATE PANTOMIME Cinderella takes place at Polegate Community Centre from tomorrow, Saturday, to January 27. Tickets can be booked at the box office, at Archers and Partners Estate Agents,48 High Street (483348) or online at

POLEGATE SINGERS have several events coming up. If you would like to join us, we meet every Wednesday evening at the Community Centre from 7pm. More info from Jane Email or call into the centre office.

COFFEE MORNING on Saturday January 26, at the Community Centre is hosted by Polegate Conservatives. All welcome in the lounge at 10am.

BURNS NIGHT: The twinning association is celebrating Burns Night on January 26, at the Community Centre. Tickets are £10 each, available from Polegate Fruiters or telephone 486021.

EVENTS: To find out about local events go to Facebook, type Polegate events into the Facebook search bar. Finally click on the events box and you will see all events listed to date. If you then click on the word like you will automatically be updated whenever new events are posted.

RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on January 24 include Around Seaford Head, Not UP the Big Hill, nearly 5 miles, start at Seaford Martello tower, two stiles. If the weather is bad we can walk along the front. With Chris W. Or Kingston Roundabout, nearly 10 miles, steep hill from Kingston, then downs. A river walks and across fields, takes picnic, no stiles with Mike and Bridget. Meet at 9.30am Wannock Road Recreation Ground.

CHOIR MEETINGS: Concentus Chorale have now started rehearsals for the new term. New members are actively being encouraged to go along and see what is on offer in rehearsing for the forthcoming concerts, A Musical Night at the Movies, which are being performed on June 15 and 22. Being of friendly disposition and able to sing in tune are the only requirements to sing with the group. The ability to be able to read music is not essential but you do need to be enthusiastic and dedicated to perform to high quality concert standard. Rehearsals take place on Mondays at 7.30pm in the United Reformed Church Hall, Upper Road, Eastbourne. For further information please contact the secretary, Evelyn Smith, on 01323 643358 or email


FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are due to be at home in an SCFL Div One fixture against near neighbours AFC Uckfield. Kick off at The Caburn is 3pm. On Tuesday the firsts are at home again against Peacehaven in round three of the John O’Hara Cup, kick off is 7.45pm. The second team are away to Lancing on Saturday in the SCFL reserve section premier division and kick off time at Culver Road is 3pm. Please check before travelling as all of the pitches in Sussex are a bit wet, to say the least, at present. On the social side, 55 of the club’s senior members enjoyed their post Christmas get together at The Caburn Pavilion last Monday January 14 and a good time was had by all. Many thanks to all those who contributed towards the refreshments and the entertainment and helped out on the day, a great team effort. The Cricket Club Review, The Secret Cricketing Footballer’s Odd Shaped Second Ball, which was due to take place on Saturday February 9 has regrettably been postponed until later in the year due to unforeseen circumstances, but watch this space for the new date.

TAIZE SERVICE: This popular service of reflection and special music will explore the theme of light and dark. It will take place in St Mary’s on Sunday at 6.30pm.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on January 9 was: 1, Gill and Tony Spaven; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3, Liz and Tim Owen. The club next meets on Wednesday in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall. Please note that the AGM of the club will take place that evening at 7pm.

TABLE TOP SALE: Advance notice that the Community College will be holding another Table Top Sale on Saturday, February 16, between 10am and 12 noon. If you would like to book a table please contact Ruth Whitlock on 01273 812220 ext 253 during school hours or e-mail Table top pitches are available at £5 if pre-booked, so don’t leave it too long if you wish to have one. Bookings are now being taken. It is regretted that the college cannot accept individual food stalls. Refreshments will be available and there is free car parking on site.

warbleton & rushlake green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. 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 led by Ray Dadswell.

HISTORY GROUP: Peter Rushton’s life long love of the sea and ships came to the fore in his talk on Monday when he gave an illustrated tour through the history of tall ships. Their genesis was the need for goods to be conveyed rapidly from the East to West coasts of America to feed the Gold Rush. This was paralleled on the other side of the world with the similar needs for goods, including tea, to reach Britain. Ships up to this point were plodders, reaching the dizzy heights of three to four knots. New ships were developed with sleeker and longer hulls and large sail areas. His talk was titled Sail of the Century, and this reflected the period of time that they ruled the commercial waves. The most famous of these ships is of course the Cutty Sark, which was designed to last 16 years and in fact had a working life of 50 years, and is now preserved in London. Our walk this month is the one re-arranged from November, which was rained off. We meet in the car park of Wilmington Priory at 2pm, next Saturday January 26. The speaker on February 11 will be Roger McKenna who will talk about Walsingham and the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

RGWI: Our weather plays havoc with the complexion, so Taisha Forster’s talk on Thursday at 7.30pm in the Dunn Village Hall will be rather appropriate. It is Natural Skin Care. For more details or help with transport, ring Marion 0n 01435 831653 or Pat on 830227.

willingdon, wannock & jevington

THE EIGHT BELLS in Jevington is having a Karaoke Night from 8pm tonight, Friday.

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm tonight, Friday. The speaker is Mark Sawyer and he will be talking about the Eastbourne Lifeboat. Meetings are held once a month at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. Please ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 01323 486208 for further information.

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

THE RED LION is having a charity quiz night on Thursday starting at 8pm but it is best to book and arrive early. Ring 01323 502062. This month’s quiz is in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice. The winner will be able to choose the charity to be supported at next month’s charity quiz.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Tomorrow, Saturday, from 8.30pm there will be a new band at The Wheatsheaf, Stone Junction with a mix of original, contemporary and transatlantic folk. On Tuesday the quiz starts at 8.30pm. On Wednesday it is open mic night. Burns Night is officially January 25 but the Wheatsheaf will be celebrating it on Saturday January 26 with something special. It will probably include recitals, bagpipes and haggis. Great fun, so get your kilts out of the wardrobe. For more information ring 01323 502069.

TRINITY DINERS will be meeting at noon today, Friday, at Trinity Church Hall. To reserve a place, please call Jennie on 484189. The cost is just £5.

BABES IN THE WOOD: Nearly all the tickets have been sold for the Willingdon Church pantomime Babes in the Wood which will be performed at Willingdon Memorial Hall on January 24, 25 and 26. Ring Lesley or Roger Etwell on 01323 504901 for availability. It has now been decided that a limited audience will be allowed in to see the dress rehearsal on Wednesday January 23 at the reduced price of £3 so you could enquire about that. Gifts for the raffles at the performances would also be very much appreciated.

THE GRUMBLEWEEDS: The Garden Growers have a new name and a new venue. Now known as the Grumbleweeds, the group has moved from the Wheatsheaf to the Red Lion. The decision wasn’t taken lightly, but the club was a victim of its own success, and as more and more people joined, there just wasn’t room in the Wheatsheaf, or a separate area where members could be sufficiently segregated from the rest of the customers, and so it got a bit noisy. The first meeting at the Red Lion was on Tuesday January 8. The members have chosen Children with Cancer as their charity to support this year, and plan to hold a fund raising day in the spring, selling plants and other items. Chris Downton, chairman of Polegate based Children with Cancer had been invited to give an illustrated talk about the charity, the aim of which is to ‘grant a wish’ to a child who has cancer. His talk was awe inspiring. He told the group about the various wishes which had so far been granted and how the whole family had sometimes needed the charity’s support. Some of the children had sadly since died, but the prognosis is so much better now for many of the youngsters, as research continues, but this is not Chris’s job. He and his wife Ursula just concentrate on granting wishes as funds allow. Not a penny is spent on administration, and the paper work was beginning to pile up. This situation has now been resolved - for the next year anyway, as an organisation in Lewes has kindly offered to pay for admin help several days a week, and Caroline, who also lives in Polegate has taken on this task. For more information about the charity ring 01323 485314 or email or go to . After Chris’s talk Berni, one of the Grumbleweeds who works at Hilliers, spoke to the members about how to look after indoor plants in winter. It was an interesting talk. The next Grumbleweeds’ meeting at the Red Lion will be from 6.30pm on Thursday February 7. From March onwards the meetings will take place on the second Thursday in the month.

THE WHEATS: Although the Grumbleweeds have now moved their venue from the Wheatsheaf, the landlord of the Wheatsheaf Martin Hughes has said that he still welcomes any excess produce grown by local people in exchange for wheats, the Wheatsheaf currency, which can be used towards a reduction on the cost of meals there.

CHIBALL: I must admit that I had never heard of Chiball, but at the recent meeting of the 3 MMMs, Louise Ogle came along to demonstrate it and get the members involved in trying it out. As she explained stress and obesity has become a feature of modern day life. Chiball has its foundation in traditional Chinese medicine. With this gentle exercises using soft sweet smelling coloured balls to represent the seasons and the elements, it is a gentle way to exercise, which strengthens the body, improves posture and finally relaxation with soothing music. Louise also teaches Pilates and she runs various classes, which are becoming more and more popular. Local classes are held at Willingdon Memorial Hall and Trinity Church Hall. At Trinity Church Hall, there are a few vacancies at 10am on a Monday morning for Chiball and another class at the same venue from 11.15am for ChiBall and Pilates. At Willingdon Memorial Hall Louise teaches ChiBall on Thursday evenings from 7.30pm. She also teaches at other locations in Eastbourne and Polegate and would consider running another class if there was sufficient demand. For further information ring 01323 482375 or 07921 75505 or email

CHRISTIAN UNITY: There will be a service for Christian Unity at St John’s Church Polegate at 6.30pm on Sunday which will be supported by other local churches.