Parish pump Hailsham - January 24, 2014

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ALADDIN: The War Memorial Hall has that familiar to January, urgent buzz as the rehearsals are nearing their completion for this year’s pantomime. Tickets are now on sale at Hicks The Newsagents, and The Tudor House, both located in the High Street. Adult tickets £5, children £3, Family tickets (two adults and two children) £14. The opening night is Friday January 31 at 7.30pm with two performances on Saturday February 1. The matinee at 2pm and the evening performance at 7.30pm. The charity the Alfriston Players are supporting with this production is Children with Cancer.

VALENTINE’S DAY is the next event that will have the Much Ado treatment. On the afternoons of February 1 and 2 there will be an opportunity to make a Valentine card. Details will be announced later but those who enjoy some craft exercise can mark the dates.


WHIST DRIVE at 7.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, in Bishopstone Parish Hall, £2.50 per person including refreshments. All welcome for this fun and light-hearted evening raising money for the Parish Hall.

SPRING HAS SPRUNG? Wildlife has taken a battering on the coast from the Atlantic gales but the resulting mild temperatures have certainly confused the garden birds. The robins have paired up and taken a keen interest in some soil turned over in the garden for food, giving up defending their patches against all comers. On Sunday, a woodpecker could be heard drumming away on Bishopstone Road advertising for a mate. Although daylight hours are getting minutes longer, winter is not over yet.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer.Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of The Word.

FILM CLUB: This month’s film is a comedy, Silver Linings Playbook, starring Robert de Niro as the father of Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper). It also stars Jennifer Lawrence as Tiffany. Doors open on Friday January 31 at 7pm for refreshments with the film starting at 7.30pm.

VILLAGE HALL: 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.

PARISH COUNCIL: The police had done a hundred vehicle count in Bodle Street and found the majority of vehicles were within the 30mph limit, the average being 31mph. If a vehicle is seen speeding it can be reported to Operation Crackdown. A grant of £300 is being made to the village’s lunch club. For the rest of the meeting please see the Warbleton section. The next meeting will be on February 20 at 7pm in the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green.


STREET MARKET tomorrow, Saturday from 9.30am to 3pm at Vicarage Field. There is a vibrant and friendly atmosphere where you will find deliciously fresh fruit and vegetables, homemade pies, traditionally smoked fish, fabulous crafts and jewellery, garden plants, everything for you pet, stylish handbags and accessories and lots more. Free parking.

ST MARYS: This the third Sunday after Epiphany. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), The Saviour Promised. 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, The Search for Success. 6.30pm Holy Communion, The Saviour Promised. There is a Service of Evening Prayer at Emmanuel Church, Hawkswood at 2.45pm.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a service at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. The medium is Dorothy Young.

KNITTING GROUP: The next Knit’Inn Night at The King’s Head is on Tuesday at 7.30pm. At the last meeting everyone was getting back to normal after the holiday period and reflected on how at times projects grow rapidly and conversely, sometimes seem to hardly grow at all. Obviously yarn, size and stitch choice affect the appearance of work, but they also have a considerable effect on the speed at which the piece progresses. Complicated patterns take time and concentration and roving back to a mistake means that sometimes there is negative progress. While we can help each other interpret patterns and practise new stitches, most of us take two pieces of work on Knit Nights, one much more straightforward than the other, so that the other activity of the evening, natter, can continue too. To join us at a Knit Night come along to The King’s Head or phone Su for more information (07951 631749).

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday the Long Walks group are taking a bus to Langney and returning via the Cuckoo Trail. A distance of about five miles led by Daphne on (01323) 845055. If you prefer to join the Short Walks group, also on Wednesday with Sid and Jackie (01323) 841995, they are doing the Seaford Town Heritage Walk and are meetint at 9.30am at South Road Car Park. To enquire about the Hailsham Ramblers, please contact secretary Jill on (01323) 843530. All walkers should wear boots or stout shoes and bring something to drink.

WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: You are invited to a coffee morning on Friday January 31 from 9.30am to noon at St Mary’s church lounge with thanks to the Bite-in. This year’s service is prepared by the women of Egypt. Men welcome too. This is a combined event with the Bite-In and JPK project, a local registered charity formed to provide a much needed supported living centre for people with a learning disability. The JPK Project welcomes you to find out more about them at the event or visit

MEET THE PCSOs: From 10am to 11am on Friday January 31 at Hailsham Parish Church Lounge PCSO Choppin will be at the church’s regular coffee morning. Pop along and meet your local Police Community Support Officers.

ANTIQUE and Collectors Fair at Reid Hall, Boreham Street on Sunday February 2 from 9.30am to 2pm. Admission is 50p. Enquiries to (01323) 410727. Easy parking and refreshments.

CARERS COFFEE MORNING: The Association of Carers is a very small local charity currently based in Hastings. For over 25 years they have provided free respite to unpaid carers in the community and have recently secured funding to enable them to provide this service, not only to Hastings and Rother but to Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden areas too. The service works by recruiting volunteers who then undertake the task of doing the sitting. This is unique because it not only benefits the carer by giving them a much needed break, but also to the cared for person too, as they have a companion for a few hours once a week. They are getting a lot of referrals and now need to find volunteers to match them up with. To this end there is a coffee morning for potential new volunteers to find out more on Tuesday February 4 from 10am to noon at Hailsham Town Council, Inglenook, Market Square. Alternatively drop by their stall outside Waitrose, Vicarage field, between 1pm and 4pm on the same day.

DIPPY WORKSHOP: On February 5 from 10am to noon Dippy Doodas at 52 High Street will teach you how to make Nostalgic Hearts ready for Valentine’s Day or any other occasion. The cost is £15 booked in advance by dropping in or phone 843014.

COLOUR SHOW: Hailsham Photographic Society Colour Show is an audio visual event where members produce sequences of projected images mostly set to music. Tickets sell out fast for this very popular annual event and are £5 on sale now from The Camera Centre, The Nodding Cobbler, or by phoning 01323 845569. Shows are on Friday March 7 at 7.30pm, Saturday March 8 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm at Hailsham Community Hall, Vicarage Lane (entrance next to Freedom Leisure Centre). There is a prize raffle and refreshments in the interval. A donation from ticket sales will this year be donated to MS Family Support.

FRIDAY NIGHT PROJECT is funded by the Safer Wealden Partnership and is organised by Hailsham Town Council Square Youth Café. It works in partnership with Hailsham Community College, Targeted Youth Support (TYS) and Freedom Leisure and aims to create recreational activities for young people, giving them opportunities and a sense of achievement. The project provides activities for young people in the town on Friday evenings. A grant from the Safer Wealden Partnership’s Joint Action Group fund will enable them to take part in various activities this spring and enable the scheme to run until March 2015 at least. All young people in Hailsham and surrounding areas aged 11 to 17 years are welcome to attend outings organised for the FNP. Further details, including bookings, programmes and activity schedules can be obtained by contacting Andy Joyes on 01323 841702 or by email A variety of activities are planned including windsurfing and sailing at Spray Water Sports Centre, ten-pin bowling at Freedom Leisure Centre, snowboarding and dry-slope skiing at Knockhatch Centre, LaserQuest at the David Lloyd Centre and ice skating at the Guildford Spectrum.

100 YEARS AGO: In January 1914 FC Harvey reports: Mr Albert Hillman has given us the benefit of his skill in trimming up our shrubs in the centre path of the churchyard as he did last year for the trees. It is a thing to be ashamed of that Hailsham lads and lasses will not attend a night school to improve themselves. It must be dropped because an average of 12 attendances cannot be kept up.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

THE HEROES OF HELLINGLY: This is a brand new book giving an illustrated history of the several war memorials in the Hellingly area. It includes a detailed record of the lives and military actions of the 70 people from Hellingly who died in both the 1st and 2nd world wars and are commemorated on the memorials in the cemetery, Hellingly and Upper Dicker Churches and also the former Hellingly Hospital Chapel. It is full of local and social history for this area and includes many photographs. Moderately priced at £8 (with £1 going to the Royal British Legion), it will be available from February 1 onwards. Details from Dave Dyer (01323-845107).

HELLINGLY WI: The group opened their first meeting of the year in January with a very appropriate topic. Brian Braby was the speaker. Why is our weather so unpredictable was the title of his presentation, which members found very interesting. The branch has a varied programme arranged for this year. Starting with the meeting on February 4. The subject of the talk for the afternoon will be Anne Shelton. She lived locally and was a popular singer during World War 2. The branch meets regularly on the second Tuesday of the month and would welcome any ladies who would like to come along to their meetings. Contact Iris on (01323) 841875.

FUNDRAISER: Thanks are offered to everyone for their support at the tea and toast fundraiser to help raise funds for Laura Carpenter’s trip to work with the women and orphans and an elephant conservation project. The total raised was an amazing £161. That is a lot of tea and toast! Hailsham Trefoil also kindly donated £50 taking Laura over £211 nearer her target.

PARISH COUNCIL: Three members of the public attended the January meeting to report that there had been recent incidents of anti-social behaviour at Roebuck Park involving drug abuse, theft of electricity and noise. Also that there was a continuing problem of dogs being walked without being on a lead. Further information would be sought from the police on the ASB problem and parish councillors should set an example by keeping their dogs on leads. Attention was drawn to a continuing drainage problem. Cllr Blake drew attention to the increase of population in the parish, of some 22.3 percent in three years. The further housing developments would make it more likely that Parish Council representation would be arranged by wards. Regarding Hellingly Country and Roebuck Parks, the chairman reported that Hellingly Cricket Club had decided not to proceed with a tenancy at the Country Park. Discussions were currently underway with other possible tenants.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: It was a very busy week at the club as there were two competitions for judge David Eastley ARPS to assess. David has been to the society many times before and was welcomed back as it always proves to be an enjoyable evening for the members. First to be judged was the special competition with both prints and PDI entries, and this year’s theme was Motion. In the print section, highly commended was awarded to Gay Biddlecombe LRPS for Poetry In Motion, Wendy Chrismas LRPS for Dashing From The Rain and Marion Creed for Dancing In The Water. Third place went to Janet Monk ARPS for In Flight Entertainment. Second place to Bob Sherrard LRPS for The Conductor and the winner was Gill Terry for The Hairy Biker, a stunning shot of a motorcyclist riding along a motorway with the hedgerows behind him completely blurred. In the PDI section, highly commended was awarded to Gay Biddlecombe LRPS for Fast Motion and Ray Beckwith for Motion Impossible. Third place went to Wendy Chrismas LRPS for Fireworks, second place to Ray Beckwith for The 6.08 To London and the winner was Wendy Chrismas LRPS with Bottoms Up, a wonderful picture of a drink in a glass with ice and lemon and liquid splashing up over the rim. The next competition was titled The Village Competition which is a new idea to the club, and the chosen village was Lindfield, where members visit on one day only and present a set of six PDI images which best showed the essence of the village. It was a difficult choice for David to make as there were so many good pictures of this pretty village which has lovely old houses, pubs, signs, nameplates, shops and also the church and pond. Third place was awarded to Roy Morris ARPS, second to Fiona Flower and the winner was Gill Terry with one of her images being the front window of an estate agents shop showing all the properties for sale. David was a very enthusiastic judge with constructive comments and amusing anecdotes, and members look forward to a return visit.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

NEW HOUSING: I know we are all a little bit confused at the moment with the plans for the proposed new housing in and around Herstmonceux. By now you should have received flyers from the parish council, from the Action Group and I think there are one or two more out there. I’m sure we are all divided on this but one thing is for sure, whether you are for or against you must make you opinions known. If you are still unsure and need more clarification then I can give you two numbers, firstly the parish clerk on 833312 email or the Action Group 0785 0602 686 email We have until today, Friday, to have our comments recorded, after which they will be analysed and collated for further review by residents. Please don’t let this opportunity pass, it’s our village and this is our chance, to say how we would like it to develop.

DODGY PHONECALLS: It has been brought to my attention that some people have been receiving phone calls purporting to be from their local bank. So far they have been pre-recorded messages and list a number of banks they are calling from. It is well to note that not all calls like these are from fraudsters but they do forward you to a premium rate number which will cost you a lot of money so are best avoided. If you think your bank are trying to contact you just call them back on the number they provide you with. If you need more information about anything like this then please contact your local police station.

THE WOOLPACK INN will have Kevin Jones performing live in the bar tomorrow, Saturday. Entrance is free and you can be sure of a warm and friendly welcome for staff and customers alike.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) along with the Celtic Service being held at Herstmonceux church at 8am and 6pm respectively while Matins, will be held at Wartling church at 9.45am.

HEALTH CENTRE: Herstmonceux Integrative Health Centre have an Open Day tomorrow, Saturday, between 11am and 1pm. Their patient catchment area has been expanded to include Hellingly and north Hailsham as well as villages to the east including Boreham Street and as far as Ninfield. If you would like more information about the surgery it can be found on their website

WALKING CLUB: Meet Trudy and Irene on Sunday at the Leisure Centre in Hailsham at 10am for a four mile walk of Alfriston. All are welcome to join them. If you need further information please call them on 848790.

RECYCLED: Our very own group of born again teenagers are still working very hard to entertain us whilst at the same time raising lots of money for various charities. Sadly, their drummer, Mel, passed away in December and will be sorely missed however, Bob has now joined them and they plan to go on raising money in the way they know best. During 2013 they were able to make a donation of some £1,490 to the prostate cancer fund plus a significant contribution to the purchase of a template biopsy kit which Graham Hatfield is organising. Their first outing this year will be on Saturday February 15 where they will be playing at the Underground Theatre in Eastbourne between 10am and noon with an interval for tea and cakes. If there are any charities out there that need a little help, maybe this would be the place to go and see them in action. If you can’t make that but would still like a chat and some more information about Recycled playing for your charity please call Bryan on 833747.

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

OUR PCSO, Dary Holter, reports that a motor vehicle, a Silver Mercedes E Class, was stolen from Hooe over the period of the 16/01/14 to 17/01/14. The vehicle was parked close to the triangle and Red Lion Pub in Hooe, should anyone have seen or heard anything in connection with this please can they call 101 quoting serial 0705 17/01/14.

JUMBLE SALE: 1st Ninfield Scout group are holding their first jumble sale of the year tomorrow, Saturday, 2pm to 4pm at the Memorial Hall. If you have any jumble that you would like collecting, please contact Dick Creasy on 07970559226 or Rosemary Cooper on 01424 892681. Alternatively, you can deliver your items to the Memorial Hall today, Friday, after 7pm, or tomorrow, Saturday, after 8.30am. So forget those January sales, bargains can be had on your doorstep alongside a raffle and refreshments.

THE FLOWER GROUP are meeting on Monday, February 3, in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm. They will be holding a workshop entitled Foliage Only. This is a popular evening and is open to all members. On Monday, March 3, they will welcome Jean Plaskett to the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm with her demonstration entitled Omnium. All floral arrangements demonstrated will be raffled at the end of the evening.

A NEW No Cold Calling sticker is available for Ninfield and the Neighbourhood Watch team are in the process of getting to every property in the village to post one through your door. These are easy to display as they are self adhesive. Just peal off one side and adhere to the glass of your door. Alternatively, they can be nailed to a gate. Ninfield operates a No Cold Calling policy to deter bogus callers and unwanted door to door sales.

FIRST RESPONDERS: The Bexhill and District Community First Responders, who cover Bexhill, Ashburnham, Ninfield, Catsfield, Crowhurst, Hooe, Whydown and Normans Bay will be meeting on Wednesday February 5 at Bexhill Fire Station at 7.30pm. Every first Wednesday in the month. If you are interested in finding out more please contact the Team Leader, Mike Dean on 07970024135.

HOOE OPEN GROUP next meet on February 14 at 2.30pm at Hooe Village Hall. There will be a talk by Barry Wilkinson on his experiences working in Lewes Prison. For further information contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

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 Homelessness Sunday with Mrs J Winnington.


PANTO: Polegate Drama Group pantomime is Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates. The pantomime will be running until January 26. Bookings taken at Archer and Partners, High Street.

DOWLAND SINGERS are looking for more male singers, we are a very friendly group who like singing. We meet on Thursday evenings at Trinity Church Hall, Coppice Avenue, Lower Willingdon at 7.30pm. To book a place contact Jennie on 484189.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, in the lounge at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by Polegate Free Church. All welcome from 10am until noon.

RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on January 30 include A Shorter Walk and talk with Angie. Nearly five miles. Little Common circular. Easy walk and scenic, few stiles with Angie. Or a longer walk, East Hoathly to Framfield Circular, nearly nine miles mostly well-defined field and woodland paths. One short stretch of road. Mostly flat, could be muddy or icy. 22 stiles, take picnic with John R. Meet at the rec, 9.30am.

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session at the Winter Garden, Eastbourne on Tuesday from 2pm to 4.30pm and 5.30pm to 8pm.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of The Word. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Eric Cornelisse.

QUIZ NIGHT: The horticultural society is holding a quiz night on Saturday February 8 in the Dunn Village Hall.

PARISH COUNCIL: Julia Desch raised the question of fracking at this month’s meeting. Cllr Rupert Simmonds (ESCC) replied that no applications for E Sussex have been received and contrary to popular belief the Balcombe site was not involved in fracking just straight forward drilling a test bore for oil. On the subject of broadband he said that a fibre optic cable was being laid from Tunbridge Wells to Heathfield. Once this was completed, the surrounding village, including us, would be connected. At the moment it will be to street cabinets and not direct to properties, but having super-fast connection that near should make quite a difference. There is likely to be a 1.9 per cent increase in council tax this year as central government is steadily reducing its support. The parish council portion will also go up two per cent. A grant of £500 is being made to Warbleton Church for its bells appeal. The churchyard maintenance grant is to be increased next year. Cllr Bill Bentley (ESCC) reported county is reviewing its road maintenance policy with a view to improving repairs. They are looking at having joint contracts with other councils to reduce costs. There is a delay to the speed reduction scheme in Punnetts Town and Three Cups. This is caused by modifications to the original scheme in the light of local comments. This involved further consultation. Cllr Nigel McKeeman (WDC) is working to get the bin reinstated opposite the shop. The core strategy is focussing on rural areas, hopefully to bring improvements. The meeting finished with a closed session to discuss the tenders for mowing the Green. The next meeting is on February 20 at 7pm in the Dunn Village Hall.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: In the absence of Wendy Greaves, Isabel Collett welcomed members, and society president Peter Dunn, to the AGM last week. I was unable to attend so I am indebted to Isabel for the information. After the usual preliminaries, the treasurer reported a profit of £903 this year, due mainly to increased numbers taking out membership and improved income on show day. Donations were made during the year to RNLI and the Multiple Sclerosis Society (£85 each from the Quiz Night), £100 to Heathfield Scouts and £50 to Eastbourne hospital from the tea tent takings. Thanks go to the advertisers, sponsors and visitors to the show for so faithfully supporting the society and to Ray Whittaker for auditing the accounts. Thanks also to the Horse and Groom for the judges’ lunches, to Paul and staff at The Stores, with all their help with schedules, entries, ticketing etc, and to the Brenchley’s for the use of their power and water supply over many years. Lastly to the committee and helpers, for all their hard work. It has been a busy year, in addition to the annual show, with the quiz, a visit to Wisley and a private viewing of the garden at Turners House. Election results: Chairman, Wendy Greaves; secretary, Isabel Collett; treasurer, Mary Groves; members sec, Margaret McCarthy; show sec, Rosemary Wootton-Whitling. Committee: Helen Bostock, Pauline Clifford, Lin Collins, Robin Groves, Richard lambert-Gorwyn, Julia Padbury and Gill Snook. The membership fee remains at £4 and is due now. It gives discount at a number of nurseries in the area. The flower show is to be held on July 26 and the next AGM on 13 January 2015. A quiz night will be held on February 8, more details next week. The meeting closed with an enjoyable talk by Steven Moore on how he became a nurseryman and the background to Rapkyn’s nursery.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

BADGER VACCINATION: Bovine tuberculosis has been called the greatest challenge in farming in the UK today. Tens of thousands of cows found to be infected are destroyed every year. While a vaccine for cattle has been developed and is in use in other countries, it is not yet approved for use in the UK. It is known that badgers, who initially were infected by cows, can pass the disease back to cattle. Because of this, in 2013 two pilot culls of badgers began in the West Country and now the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is considering extending culling to 40 other areas including part of East Sussex. Scientists and animal welfare groups, however, believe that there are more humane and effective ways of controlling the disease, including improving biosecurity on farms and controlling cattle movements to reduce cattle-to-cattle transmission (the main source of the disease), and by vaccinating badgers rather than killing them. Two years ago, Adrian Coward, chairman of Somerset Badger Group, started a vaccination programme with a number of volunteers and the support of many wildlife charities. On January 13 he was the guest speaker at the recently-formed Sussex Badger Vaccination Project (SBVP) meeting held at the Red Lion in Willingdon. Sadly the south coast area has high levels of BTB in cattle and Adrian had come along to pass on his knowledge to a packed audience. He explained that vaccination takes place between May and November and is carried out by trained volunteer lay vaccinators. Already five people in Sussex have undergone this training and later this year more plan to train. Vaccinating badgers is a cheaper option than culling and does not attract protest. There is also evidence to suggest vaccinating the adult badgers will give immunity to the cubs. SBVP are encouraging farmers and landowners to get in touch to discuss having badgers on their land vaccinated. Being a volunteer group, they are able to offer this service at an extremely low cost. They are raising funds from donors to purchase all essential equipment including cage-traps, portable fridges, power packs and steam cleaners. The landowner pays only for consumables, such as vaccines. A detailed sett survey is carried out to establish the population of the sett followed by a pre-baiting period, when the badgers become accustomed to bait being left for them. The cage-trap is then set in that location; the badger has no fear about entering for its reward and early the next morning it is vaccinated, marked and released. Not everyone needs to be a trained vaccinator and if you are fit and have a love of wildlife, there is a place for you. Hopefully DEFRA will never order culling in Sussex but supporters of badger vaccination can help by joining the group, writing to their MP and local councillors or giving a donation. The Leader of the Sussex Badger Vaccination Project is Kate Edmonds. A comprehensive website has been set up for more information Alternatively you could contact local committee member Ian Richards on 01323 500690 or email

THE BITE-IN is run in the lounge at St Mary’s Church, Hailsham, every Friday morning from 9.30am to noon when snacks and tea and coffee can be purchased at very reasonable prices. On Friday January 31 Wannock resident Jill Parker, project co-ordinator of the JPK Sussex Project, will be attending to set out information about the project and answer any questions that visitors may have. Edgmond Church in Old Town and the site on which it stands has now been purchased by the project and when sufficient funds have been raised building work will commence on supported living accommodation for people with a learning disability. JPK will have a further stall at the Bite-In where jams and chutneys can be purchased to help raise funds for the project. Hailsham’s Women’s World Day of Prayer group is supporting this event, so do go along to join them. A work party has been arranged for Sunday February 2 from 11am to decorate the entrance hall, main hall and outside walls (weather permitting) at the old Edgmond Church to enable the JPK to use the facilities for more fundraising events and hiring out to cover overheads prior to the commencement of building. All equipment will be provided along with a fish and chip lunch and liquid refreshments. Contact Jill on 01323 486179 to register your interest. The more people who help the sooner the job will be done.

BURNS NIGHT: Following the recent success of the wassailing evening in Willingdon Village, the Wheatsheaf is now planning to celebrate Burns Night tomorrow, Saturday. The evening is being organised by Robin Curtis and his wife Diane, who is Scottish. Piper Ian White will be piping everyone into the pub at 7pm. Customers can book for a real Scottish meal but everyone is welcome to come along and toast the bard. There will be the ceremony of addressing the haggis, and poems, readings and ballads will be recited. Everyone will get a wee drop of whisky and a sample of haggis. Actor Kevin Pallister, star of stage and screen, will also be present singing along some Scottish tunes with his guitar and inviting customers to join in. Later in the evening Robin and Diane will organise a few games. In previous years they included tossing (a very small) caber and sword dancing. So dust off your kilt and go along to enjoy a really fun evening. For more information or if you would like to book a meal, please ring 01323 502069.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will hold a recreation meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon Community School. Meetings are open to the public. Please ring 01323 489603 or 01323 489104 for further information.

STREET MEETINGS: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at Willingdon Court at 11am on Thursday and at The Grove at 11am on Friday January 31. Do go along and meet her, particularly if there is anything you would like to discuss relating to her role. Contact by ringing 101 extension 68233 or on her mobile 07787 685 755.

WANNOCK ARTISTS meet from 7pm to 9pm on the last Friday of the month at Wannock Village Hall. On January 31 Nick Englefield will be demonstrating how to paint in watercolour a local scene which includes people. Visitors are always welcome. The fee is £3.