Parish pump Hailsham - January 30, 2015


LAST CALL: The Alfriston Pantomime, May the Farce be With You, opens tonight at the War Memorial Hall at 7.30pm. There will be two performances tomorrow, January 31; the matinee begins at 2pm and the evening performance at 7.30pm. Tickets may be bought at Hicks the Newsagents or on the door at the War Memorial Hall. May the Farce be with You, by Andrew Yates, is a fusion of Jack and the Beanstalk and the sci-fi classic Star Wars and performed by The Alfriston Players.

HORTICULTURE: The Cuckmere Valley Horticultural Society will be meeting on February 3 at 3.30pm in the War Memorial Hall. The speaker will be Irene Eltringham-Willson, county organiser of the National Gardens’ Scheme, whose talk, All Gardens Great and Small, will be about her work organising the open gardens in our area.

THE 300 CLUB this month will meet at Deans Place Hotel on February 10 at 8pm. An important aspect of the club is to make a profit which is donated to the upkeep of the War Memorial Hall. The hall is mentioned in this column at least once a week as being the venue for a village activity. It is used by the majority of our village clubs and societies and the aim is to keep the overheads down so that we can all afford to use it. The 300 Club create their profit from the £10 a year membership fund and the membership enables two names to be drawn from the bin, each winning £50. You cannot win if you don’t join - and it is not too late to join for this year. To become a member drop in to Deans Place on February 10 or put your £10 in an envelope with your contact details into Hicks, The Newsagents. You do not have to live in Alfriston to be a member.

WI NEWS from Wendy Day: Many members and several visitors braved the snowy January weather to hear local historian Kevin Gordon’s talk, The A-Z of Sussex Churches. It was soon obvious how little we knew even about our own churches. His pictures were full of facts about the history of the churches, their parishioners, the saints and the clergy of times gone by. The following business meeting revealed the year’s future events and outings and a programme full of interesting afternoons to come.

POPPY APPPEAL 2014: The Poppy Appeal at the end of last year raised £3,483.94 from local villages which included Alfriston, Litlington, Berwick, Selmeston, Lullington and West Dean.

Bodle Street Green

FILM CLUB: This month the film is The Rocket, set in Laos and features a boy believed to bring bad luck to his family. He builds a giant rocket to prove he is not cursed. It has subtitles and lasts 1hr 36mins. Doors open tonight at 7pm for coffee and cakes with the film starting at 7.30pm. Guests are welcome at £6 per head at the door.

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


CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday The Reverend Neville Manning will lead Holy Communion for Candlemas at 10.30am. All welcome to join our services and stay for refreshments afterwards in the church.


COFFEE MORNING at the Methodist Church today, Friday, from 10am to noon. This is for the Women’s World Day of Prayer that will be in March.

ST MARY’S: The fourth Sunday after Epiphany. On Sunday, Holy Communion at 8am. All Age Special with crèche is at 10.30am, Jesus the King. Evening Prayer at 6.30pm, Disciples of the King, Supernatural Love.

MEETING POINT: Burials at sea and other maritime delights is the subject of Neill Hunter when he talks to the group on Monday at 7.30pm in St Mary’s church lounge. If you are interested in joining the group call Pam 844341 or Margaret 846019.

BONFIRE SOCIETY: There is a meeting of the bonfire society on Monday at the Hailsham Memorial Institute, Western Road, at 8pm. If you would like to know more about the society then go along and meet everybody. Enquiries 849962. The next Bonfire Bingo is on Friday February 20, 7.30pm at the Charles Hunt Centre.

RAMBLERS: There are two walks on Wednesday of differing lengths. The longer is 5 miles with Daphne 845055 which is the Hellingly to Gunhill circular. There are some stiles and muddy patches. Coffee at Wellshurst Golf Club. Jacquie and Sid 841995 are leading a short walk from the Sovereign Centre to Sovereign Harbour, departing South Road car park at 9.30am and parking in Prince William Parade near Sovereign Centre. If you would like to go along, please contact the walk leader in the first instance for details.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: This Sunday there is a Service at 11am followed by refreshments at Primrose Hall. The medium is Paul Broadway.

HEALTHY LIVING GROUP: This week line dancing. The group meets on Tuesdays at the Methodist Church Hall from 10am to noon. 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.

BARN DANCE: There will be live music from The Spinning Jenny Band on Saturday February 7 at Summerheath Hall. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start and everyone is welcome. No dance experience is needed, it will be a great night out. Bring your own drinks and snacks. Coffee and tea available. Adults £10, U16s free. Information and advance tickets from Richard on 01323 842931 or Joy on 01323 840382. This is a fundraising event for Environment Hailsham (formerly Hailsham in Bloom) particularly to gather funds to buy seeds and plants for Hailsham’s floral displays and garden projects. Environment Hailsham gives Hailsham a brighter outlook by planting areas around the town. They grow many of their own plants, have a sensory garden and encourage children to grow vegetables. As volunteers they are always in need of help with watering, planting and maintaining the flower beds and boxes. If you are interested contact Richard on 01323 482931. All ages welcome.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: At the meeting last week, the society held Round Three of the Print Competition which was judged by Roger Crocombe, ARPS. It was Roger’s first visit to Hailsham and he assessed the pictures in a sensitive and understanding way, at the same time giving helpful advice, especially to the beginners and intermediates. In the Pavilion Cup (Beginners) two prints went through to the final: Grazing by Carole Parish and Wooden Door by Linda Busby. There were three successful prints in the Keith Donald Shield (Intermediate section), Early one Morning by Keith Deverson, Eryngium and Leaf Hopper by Rob Shepherd and Resting by Jean Mills. In the Founders Cup (Advanced Group) there were six prints to go through and these were, Freesia by Phil Smith, Yellowstone Canyon’ by Bob Sherrard, Feeling Wintry by Janice Payne, Margate in the Rain by Roger Scott, Dangerous Play by Gay Biddlecombe and Yellow House - Iceland by Pat Broad.

CRICKET: Hailsham Cricket Club starts training on Sunday from 8.15am to 10am at Hampden Park Sports Centre. Open to everyone, from experienced players looking to try out a new club to complete beginners. For more details please contact Rob Wilkinson 07980146841 or

Hellingly, Horsebridge & Dicker

COFFEE MORNING: There is a Children’s Society Coffee Morning tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon at 47 Hawks Road, Hailsham, with raffle and bring and buy stall.

CHURCH SERVICES: Hellingly: Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP), Sunday Holy Communion (CW) at 8am and 10.45am. Fourth Sunday Family Service 10.45am. Upper Dicker: Sunday Services 9.15am. Evensong at 6pm led by Bedes Chaplain on Thursday.

MOTHERS’ UNION: The Hellingly MU meets on the second Tuesday of each month in Hellingly church at 7.15pm or as stated in the programme. Corporate Communion is at 9.30am on the fourth Thursday of each month. At the meeting on February 10 there will be the AGM with cheese and wine. All welcome. During National Marriage Week from February 7 to 14 the MU will be running a Marriage for Life workshop which is attended by couples who are getting married in Hellingly church this year. They have a record number of bookings for the workshop this year. They also had a very successful day at Blackstock Farm wedding fair recently where they had a stand to talk to people about church weddings.

HELLINGLY GUIDES: The Friends of Bull River campsite at Chiddingly are going to be collecting Sainsbury’s vouchers towards equipment this year. If you are not already collecting for a school or other club, they are asking if you can please support them. What they get will depend on the vouchers as they range from a wooden spoon for the kitchen for 17 tokens to a tent for 5,512. There are many kitchen, activity and camping bits in between. The vouchers are available from Wednesday January 28 until May 5 and the Guides will use their family picnic at Bull River on Fathers Day, June 21, as the final collection day. They can be put in an envelope addressed to Hellingly Guides and popped through the letterbox of Hellingly village hall. Thanks are offered in anticipation of your support.

PCSO STREET MEETING: On Tuesday from 2pm to 2.30pm at the Country Park, Roebuck Park, there will be an opportunity to meet your local Police Community Support Officer to discuss any issues you might have. Your PCSO will be patrolling the Country Park and surrounding areas.

PARISH COUNCILS: Hellingly: Five members of the public were present at the meeting in January. PCSO Mark Carter reported that although it had been announced Sussex Police needed to make £50m worth of cuts Neighbourhood Policing would still remain, but it was not known the form this would take. A number of incidents of break-ins other than dwellings had been reported in Hellingly over the Christmas period. The PCSO also explained he was currently monitoring the parking outside Hellingly School. A number of cars had been parked on the zigzags and grass verges. He would continue to monitor the situation and determine the best way to deal with this issue. The residents association thanked the clerk and her husband for clearing the litter bin of dog waste in the children’s playground at Roebuck Park prior to Christmas. It was also reported that the residents association met the management company to request further dog bins to be provided, but this had not been successful. Arlington: At the January meeting the draft minutes report that during the public session a resident expressed concern that they felt that the visual impact from the Berwick solar farm was a lot worse than they had expected and they understood that the sides of the hedges were due to be cut annually and the tops wouldn’t be cut, however the hedges don’t appear to have been done. A councillor highlighted the visual impact from the reservoir was bad and they thought the size of the site was larger than the plans. It was agreed for the clerk to write to Susenco regarding the hedgecutting and to WDC regarding the visual impact and size of the site. A resident also highlighted the problem of safety in Coldharbour Road and that they wanted to slow traffic before it gets into Upper Dicker and provide a path for pedestrians. Dr Maloney (headmaster Bede’s school) confirmed they have been talking with ESCC highways about traffic calming measures for over two years. A councillor confirmed the parish council (PC) has been talking with Bede’s and would like a ‘build out’ on the north edge of Upper Dicker on Coldharbour Road, he has obtained an estimate of the cost however it is unknown whether lighting would also be required. At the recent SLR (Strengthening Local Relationships) meetings the PC suggested a 40mph limit from the A22 to the 30mph limit on Coldharbour Road and also a 40mph limit on Camberlot Road to the reduced limit. Concern was expressed over children walking down Camberlot Road, the clerk questioned whether highways were already considering a footpath in this area and a councillor advised it may happen in the future. Dr Maloney advised that the school had been burgled at the weekend and that the police know who the offenders are. The school is installing CCTV cameras at the cricket pavilion. The police had confirmedthey had forensic evidence regarding the three other break-ins in the area. The next meeting is on Thursday February 19 at 7.30pm at Arlington Village Hall. Enquiries to the clerk.

BEDE’S PUBLIC CONSULTATION: Plans for the former equestrian area will be available to view tomorrow, Saturday, from 9.30am to 11am in the Recital room.

DICKER VILLAGE HALL AGM is on Thursday, 7.30pm, at the hall. Committee officers and users’ representatives are proposed and elected at this open meeting which is followed by the first committee meeting of the year.

RESIDENT PASS: Michelham Priory Residents Pass will only be issued to residents of Upper Dicker and Arlington who visit the Priory between February 14 and March 1. Only one pass per household, proof of address must be shown (utility bill, driving licence etc). The pass can only be used by the two adults whose signature appears on the card, and they will be asked to sign in with each use. The pass entitles the holder to free entrance for the two adults and four children to Michelham Priory during normal opening hours throughout the 2015 season, including event days. It also allows free admission to the Priory and grounds only. Any additional chargeable activities must be paid for at the normal rate. The pass cannot be used for outdoor theatre performances or any other ticketed event.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

FREE CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday Worship is at the Free Church every Sunday except for when it is Squeeze. The service starts at 10.45am. There is worship, fellowship and bible study. Everyone is welcome. Alongside the main meeting is the Go4It+ Sunday group for children and a meeting for youth in The Den. Sunday Evening Prayer Meeting is a time of prayer, praise and bible discussion every Sunday evening at the church, 7pm. There is a Joint Meeting with Parish Churches in months containing a fifth Sunday. Squeeze Breakfast Club is usually every first Sunday of the month. This event is held at the village hall at 10am. Squeeze is a breakfast club with family crafts, the Sunday papers and refreshments. There is a Youth Club every Friday evening during term time at the Free Church. The youth can come along and play games such as pool and table tennis, they can listen to music, play games and socialise. Only open to members of secondary school age. Contact them to ask about becoming a member. Small Groups have times of prayer, bible study and fellowship. They are currently meeting at the chapel on Tuesdays at 1.30pm and on Thursdays at 7.30pm at Lime End Farm. If you would like to join one of these groups then please go along. Pastor Jim Beveridge 07964 055603, community and families worker Sylvia Catt 07909 644762.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion, Wartling. 9.45am Candlemas Family Service, All Saints Church, Herstmonceux. 6pm Evensong, Wartling.

VILLAGE HALL AGM: Herstmonceux Village Hall is holding its Annual General Meeting on Monday February 9 at 7.30pm in the village hall. Everyone who uses the hall or who is interested in this valuable village facility is welcome to attend. Nominations to serve on the management committee will be welcomed from anyone interested in helping to ensure the hall continues to provide a wonderful venue for so many societies and events. For further details please contact Gerald McBurney Hon Secretary on 832212.

WALKING GROUP: The next walk is on Sunday February 8 and is the Shinewater walk with a cuppa and cake afterwards. The group will be meeting at Dover Road, Polegate, at 10am. If you would like to go along contact Sue on 01323 485769 or 07928 278270.

ACTION GROUP: At the parish council meeting in December the draft minutes report that a statement was made on behalf of Herstmonceux Action Group which is opposed to the proposed development at Lime Cross. The Action Group supports the creation of a Neighbourhood Plan for Herstmonceux including a section on site allocations and considers that a Plan is a good option for the parish. They also consider that there should be more information about the proposed development of 70 dwellings at Lime Cross, which site will be classed as ‘windfall’ and not count towards the 70 dwellings required in the Wealden District Council (WDC) Core Strategy. There is confusion about the ‘windfall’ status of the site as the parish council had expected the 70 units to count towards the WDC allocation. The Action Group proposes that a meeting should be held in January 2015. The chairman thanked Mr Stewart for his comments.

PARISH COUNCILS: Herstmonceux: Concerning the Neighbourhood Plan, at the December meeting the draft minutes report that councillors were extremely concerned that the proposed development of 70 dwellings at Lime Cross, will not count towards the Wealden District Council allocation of 70 dwellings in the Core Strategy. The council had not understood from previous meetings with Mr Williams, the head of Wealden District Council Planning and Environmental Services that planning applications, irrespective of the number of dwellings proposed for development outside the Herstmonceux Development Boundary, would be classified as windfall sites. A copy of the report about windfall sites from Wealden District Council will be circulated to councillors. Councillors agreed that the clerk should send a letter to Mr Williams expressing the concerns about the classification of the Lime Cross as windfall and asking for a meeting to discuss the issue. A draft letter will be circulated to councillors for their comments before it is sent to Mr Williams. The parish council will discuss the Neighbourhood Plan again in January to consider how the planning application for Lime Cross, Herstmonceux and any future planning applications will affect the future of the Plan. The quotation for future work on the Neighbourhood Plan by Action in Rural Sussex was not discussed until a decision is taken on the future of the Plan. Once a decision is taken about the Plan, the council will decide how to inform the residents about the decision. A further meeting of the parish council was held on January 19 and outcomes of that meeting have yet to be published. Enquiries to Janet McInnes, parish clerk by telephoning (01323) 833312, email or visit the website at Wartling: PCSO Simon French reported there have been three road traffic accidents on the Wartling Road, two resulting from black ice and one as a result of drink driving. PCSO French said he would contact ESCC to see if anything can be done to stop the water flowing across the road there. St Mary Magdalene Church was broken into, an arrest has been made, damage was caused but nothing was stolen. Purse bells are available from PCSO French. The bells can be attached to purses and will ring if someone tries to snatch the purse.

RAY AND SHELDON CLUB next meeting is on February 13 when Barry will be talking about Steps - Independent Living at 2.15pm in the village hall. All over 60s welcome. Enquiries to Anne 01323 441244.

DEFIBRILLATOR TRAINING: There is now a defibrillator installed at The Bulls Head in Boreham Street and one planned to be installed shortly at The Lamb in Wartling. A training session on how to use these items will take place at The Bulls Head, on Monday February 9 at 2pm. If you would like to attend please contact the clerk at Wartling Parish Council on 07501 676569 or email by Monday 2nd February.

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Friday: Ades Field, Wilmington 12.50pm-1.15pm.

Ninfield & Hooe

PCSO UPDATE: Our PCSO, Daryl Holter, has advised that the police received a report of a theft from Skinners Sheds, Ninfield, on the overnight of January 19/20: two shiplap dog kennels of red wood timber with pointed, felted roofs. One was 2ft square and the other 3ft square. Reference 0582 20/01/15 relates. A 4x4 vehicle was stolen from the Ninfield village area on 20/01/15, the vehicle was later located and a suspect arrested. Please can 4x4 owners make sure they are securing their vehicles best they can. If anyone should see or hear anything suspicious or out of place please contact police at the time.

U18 FOOTBALL: The winter weather has hampered the Ninfield U18s road to victory once again, with last Sunday’s match being postponed. This Sunday they are playing away to Hampden Park. If you would like to know more about the U18s, further details can be found on their Facebook page: Ninfield U18 FC.

MAINTENANCE TENDER: Ninfield Parish Council is offering the opportunity to tender for their grounds maintenance contract. Please contact Jackie Scarff, the clerk, for an information pack: The Red House, Lower Street, Ninfield TN33 9ED. Tel: 0772 584 3505 email:

JUMBLE SALE: 1st Ninfield Scout Group are holding their annual winter Jumble Sale tomorrow, Saturday, 2pm, at Ninfield Memorial Hall. Entrance is 50p per person. Along with bargains, there is a raffle and refreshments. If you have any jumble you would like to donate, you are able to drop it off at the Memorial Hall today, Friday, after 7pm or tomorrow, Saturday, after 8.30am. Alternatively, jumble can be collected the week before by contacting Dick Creasey on 07970 559226 or Rosemary Cooper on 01424 892681.

CAFE CHURCH: Ninfield Methodist Church are holding a Messy Church on February 1, 10.30am to 11.30am. This is a family service including breakfast with a Christian Conjurer illustrating the theme Called by Jesus. All families are warmly welcome.

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 at Bexhill Fire Station at 7.30pm. They meet every first Wednesday in the month. If you are interested in finding out more please contact the team leader, Mike Dean. on 07970024135.

NINFIELD PARISH COUNCIL are meeting on Thursday, 7pm, at Ninfield Methodist Church hall. All residents are welcome to attend.

POLICE PANEL MEETING: The next Police Panel Meeting will be held at the Reading Room, Church Lane, at 7.30pm on February 10. The meeting will be to discuss policing across the beat of our PCSO, Daryl Holter.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist. St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Family Service. Ninfield Methodist Church, 10.30am Family Service, Cafe Service with Mr J Troughton.


POLEGATE CAFÉ has now started a Knit and Natter group upstairs in the café on Fridays from 10am to 12.30pm. £2.50 per person includes tea, coffee and cake. A chance to come and meet friends whilst bringing your knitting. All crafts folk welcome, contact Anabel on 487340 or email

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

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, in the lounge of Polegte Community Centre is hosted by Polegate Conservatives. All welcome from 10am until noon.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Chilly Farm Circular, 4.5 miles with Mavis M. Meet at Pevensey market square 10am bus No 99, 9.23am Terminus Road stand E to Pevensey Memorial Hall. Or brisk pace Brisk and bracing Birling Gap. 8 miles with Doris and Gavin. Walk starts at Bede’s School Upper Kings Drive at 10am GR 600971 finish at 1.30pm. Option bus No 3A from Terminus Road stop M at 9.45am, goes to starting point. On Sunday Two Deans, 8.5 miles with John and Marion. Meet bus No 12, 9.37am Terminus Road to East Dean. Walk starts at 9.50am at East Dean GR 557977, dry lunch.

WOW, what a spectacular performance by Polegate Drama Group’s Pantomime, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. A show stopping riveting performance. A combination of Scherazade telling the tales of the Arabian nights, and Ali Baba from Aladdin’s magic lamp. The usual bad and good characters played by Margaret Wood and Mandy Brown as Alastia a dog, and Caterina a cat. Assisted by Bashim, Grabbit and Asbad played by Cris Haniver, Cliff Bendall and Ian Parfit.The Grand Vizier played by Trevor Fuggle with Scherazade by Linda Thompson. Whilst husband Chris rocked us with laughter and antics as dame Fatima Fandango. Fatimer was assisted by Mustafa Screwloose, played admirably by Laurence Dengate-Roe. As usual there was a prince and princess, Prince Haroun and Princess Jasmine, played by Ronnie Boyce-Stevens and Sue Talmadge. Nice to see that the Buck sisters were performing, Laura as Marjana and Hannah as part of the chorus along with Rebecca Tanner, Denise Rose, Ronnie Boyce-Stevens and Michael Eccles. The Sue Wood Dancers, Alexandra Knight, Hannah Osborne, Heather Tingley, Sydney Rogers, Peter Saunders and Emma Durrant. The musical director Pat White played the piano, assisted by Louisa Patient on bass guitar and Graham Hall on drums. We look forward to their next production.

OUR SPEAKER for Eastbourne Local History Society on Tuesday afternoon at 2pm is Sevket Hylton Alyidiz on the topic of Eastbourne Mosque. Visitors welcome at St Saviours and St Peters Church Hall, South Street, Eastbourne. Doors open at 1.30pm.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

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

WARBLETON BRASS BAND: The band is looking for more brass players and a drummer, especially cornet players. A training band is available and instruments and tuition can be given. Any age or standard welcome. There is a busy but fun concert programme. The band doesn’t take part in contests or marching. Friday evening rehearsals are at the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green. Tel 01273 493469 or

WINE AND CHEESE: The committee of the Dunn Village Hall is holding the annual Wine and Cheese evening at the hall on Saturday February 21 at 7.30pm, in aid of hall funds. For further information contact Katy on 01435 830205.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

WANNOCK ARTISTS will be holding their first demonstration of 2015 today, Friday, from 7pm to 9pm. Following a change in programme, Nick Englefield, well-known local artist, will be demonstrating perspective and buildings in watercolour. New members are welcome at £16 per annum. Visitors are also welcome at £4 per demonstration. Please contact 07789 001256 for further information.

JOHN PAUL MILLER, singer and guitarist, will be providing the entertainment at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at The Wheatsheaf. The Wheatsheaf quiz is at 8.30pm on Tuesday.

LAST SERVICE: Curate Fr Michael Maine will be conducting his last service at St Mary’s Church at 10.30am on Sunday. The later than normal service will give the catering committee 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 have now been booked for Fr Michael’s induction which is at 7.30pm at Cuckfield Church on Thursday February 26. One coach will be leaving St Mary’s Church at 5.45pm and the other coach will be leaving at 6pm. A reserved list is at the back of the church.

ABLAZE, the youth club for young people aged 14 years and over meets on alternate Sundays from 6pm to 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church Hall. The next meeting is on February 1 when there will be various games and activities in the hall. Ring 07725 124902 for further information.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding an amenities meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon Community School. Please ring 01323 489603 for further information.

MOTHERS’ UNION: The Willingdon branch of the Mothers’ Union will be meeting at 2pm on Tuesday in St Mary’s Church Hall. It is the AGM and members will also be discussing their future programme.

ST MARY’S YOUTH CLUB for eight to 14 year olds meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 7.30pm to 9pm in St Mary’s Church Hall. Tuesday February 4 is pancake evening. For further information ring Fr Kevin Agnew on 01323 502079.

DEMONSTRATION: Willingdon Flower Club will be meeting at 1.45pm on Friday February 6 at Willingdon Memorial Hall. The demonstration is by Christine Nash and is entitled Travelling Light.

ASTRONOMY: Eastbourne Astronomical Society will be meeting from 7.30pm to 10pm on Saturday February 7 at Willingdon Memorial Hall. Prof Nial Tanvir will be giving a talk entitled Gamma-ray Bursts and the Early Universe.

MESSY CHURCH: This is a new initiative at St Mary’s Church and is aimed at children and adult family members, whether they are regular church goers or not. Craft activities will take place in the hall, lasting about three quarters of an hour and there will be a theme to each session. There will then be a time of worship during which the crafts are put away and a simple tea is prepared for the families. There is a lot of enthusiasm for this new venture but first of all, help will be needed from volunteers and Fr Kevin has arranged for all those who would be interested in helping to come along to the church hall from 10am to noon on Saturday February 7.

JPK PROJECT: The recently held fundraising launch in the Arndale Centre went very well. The aim was to raise as much money as possible towards the cost of the building work to be carried out at Edgmont in Old Town which will be a supported living centre for people with a learning disability. It is too early to know exactly how much the launch has raised but people can still donate through the JPK just giving website and there are a number of collecting tins in various locations in the Wannock area where Jill Parker, the project co-ordinator, lives. 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.

WIN-A-CAR: The JPK Project was one of the charities to benefit from the win-a-car raffle in the Arndale Centre, and on January 17 Jill Parker was presented with a cheque for £601, representing the number of raffle tickets they had sold on their particular day. Jill would like to express her gratitude to Arndale Centre manager Bill Plumridge and all the volunteers who helped JPK during their special day for selling raffle tickets and also through the launch and to all those who had contributed.

BRIGHTON HALF MARATHON: Wendy Quinn will be running the Brighton half marathon on February 22 in aid of the JPK Project. Sponsorship forms can be obtained from Jill Parker on 01323 486179 or the JPK Just Giving page at and please state it is for Wendy/Brighton half marathon.