Parish Pump Hailsham – March 1, 2013

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MUCH ADO BOOKS: On Saturday March 16 Much Ado Books are having a creative crafters afternoon making Easter cards and decorations. Much Ado will supply all the materials. To provide inspirations there will be a selection of books and magazines with Easter projects that can be completed in an afternoon. And of course there will be refreshments too. The workshop will run from 2pm to 4.30pm. Tickets cost £15 and are available in advance through the website or by telephoning 01323 871444.

LUNCH with Tim Loughton MP. The Alfriston branch of the local Conservative Association is organising a lunch at the War Memorial Hall on March 16 at 12.30pm with guest speaker Tim Loughton MP. Tim, who grew up in Alfriston, is the Member of Parliament for East Worthing and Shoreham. Anyone wishing to attend should contact Tony Woodthorpe on 01323 871695.

PRO MUSICA will be performing Haydn’s Creation at 6pm on March 24 in St Andrew’s Church. Pro Musica is performing an abridged version with narration that will last approximately an hour and a quarter. Tickets £10 (children under 14 free).

WI NEWS: Wendy Day reports: At our February meeting, Brian Freeland gave a very entertaining talk about his life working in the theatre and his travels to 42 countries as lighting technician and stage manager with touring theatre companies. He told us of performers pleasant and not so pleasant, sober and non-sober, and interesting and amusing anecdotes about the theatres and hotels in so many different places. Members were reminded about our outing to the orchid nursery, and the arrangements for our 95th anniversary celebration. Our next meeting will be on March 19 when we will be having A Crafty Afternoon.

ANOTHER REMINDER to all traffic to Alfriston. The village is open to visitors with well marked access to car parks. Traffic coming into the village is warned that there is no through route and there are new signs indicating different routes. I mention this again as drivers are being caught out going along familiar roads which are temporarily one way. Slow and careful might be the best approach.

bodle street green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am morning Worship with Holy Communion Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion, 11am Family service. St Giles, Dallington: 10am BCP communion.

PARISH COUNCIL: It was reported that the application for a kitchen extension at the village hall is to be made. The recent Channel Theatre production raised £300. The proposed electoral boundary changes have been put on hold, and will not come into effect until after the 2015 general election. A full report of the February meeting will appear in next week’s Warbleton section.


CLAIRVOYANT EVENING: Adam Samuel is the Medium tomorrow, Saturday, evening from 7.30pm to 9pm. For more information phone (01323) 440420 or visit

ST MARY’S CHURCH: This is the third Sunday of Lent. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Gifted for Giving Speaker: Ven. Philip Jones, Archdeacon of Lewes. 6.30pm Lent Bible Focus.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a Service at the Corinthian Church and Healing Association at Primrose Hall, 11am to noon. The medium on this occasion is Penny Hart.

MEETING POINT: At the meeting on Monday in St Mary’s Church lounge at 7.30pm Marilyn Greatorex will be speaking on Standen, Life in a Victorian Household. If you would like to go along contact Pam 844341 or Gill 845329.

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday Anne and Mike (01323) 844516 are leading a 4.5 mile easy walk from Arlington via Tye Hill, Sessingham and Arlington Reservoir. You may prefer the shorter stroll, also on Wednesday, with Nobby (01323) 440624 along the Bexhill coast and gardens with drinks at the De la Warr. If you would like to go on either of these walks please ring the walk leader for the details.

BONFIRE SOCIETY AGM: If you are interested in joining or finding out more about Hailsham Bonfire Society their AGM is on Friday March 8 at the Charles Hunt Centre from 7pm to 9pm.

BONFIRE JUMBLE: The society is holding a Jumble Sale on Saturday March 9 from 10am to 12.30pm at the Charles Hunt Centre. Anyone with jumble to donate please ring Rose on (01323) 849562 or Lyn on (01323) 441514.

NEARLY NEW ROADSHOW: Book your space now if your home is full of clothes, toys and equipment your children have grown out of. The event starts at 10am on Saturday March 9 at Hailsham Community Centre. For more information visit email or telephone (01273) 837535. There will be top quality baby and children’s clothes and equipment at bargain prices - straight from their loving owners. Entrance £1.

MOTHERS’ DAY LUNCH: Michelham Priory is offering a Mothers’ Day entry to house and grounds, special three-course lunch in the café and free potted plant for mums on Sunday March 10. Booking essential on (01323) 849141 or visit Open 10.30am to 5pm.

HAILSHAM UTD U14s: In March the junior football club under 14s are trying to raise much needed funds through the Community Matters scheme run by Waitrose, Hailsham. HUJFC U14s is a local football club and needs funds, which can be hard to come by, to enable the boys to train with correct kit and equipment. This will include warm-up jackets, so in the cold weather we have had recently, players can stay warm and look professional at all times. When everyone is wearing the same kit, they can be more disciplined. If there is any money left over they are looking to improving playing surfaces which has become necessary due to the poor weather in recent months. 2nd Hailsham Rainbows and Friends of Grovelands School are also participating in the scheme this month. Just pop your green token in whichever community cause you would like to support.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Gavin Hoey, a professional photographer, shared his knowledge of PhotoShop and enthusiasm for photography with members at their last meeting. He produces stunning images for product photography and showed a shampoo bottle being dropped into a tank of water, frozen in time with a fast shutter speed. He regularly takes corporate images of new members of staff for local companies when asked to put them against the wall and shoot them. Gavin has also responded to the request, turn me into a zombie please. Whilst out and about taking pictures Gavin likes to use his mobile, voice-activated light stand (actually his wife holding the flash unit up high). Amazingly enough Gavin reported three million images are added to Facebook on a daily basis and put this down to the huge use of cameras on mobile phones. He had just spent £500 on a new mobile, which made it an expensive camera, but pointed out none of his cameras could manage phone calls. Gavin showed an image, taken during the Olympics, of an oncoming train at a London Underground Station. As the public were advised not to visit London unless they needed to the platform was deserted at 6pm. Demonstrating techniques using Elements 10 on the computer, Gavin showed how to make part of the image, a footballer’s leg or a daffodil, sit outside the frame and how the tools made grass greener and the sky bluer. There were tools to give the effect of lipstick and one, called very pearly whites, for brighter teeth.

hellingly & horsebridge

WOMEN’S World Day of Prayer. Men, women and young people are all invited to go along to St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Hellingly at 10.30am today, Friday. Refreshments will be served after the service. Women’s World Day of Prayer is a global, ecumenical movement of informed prayer and prayerful action. It is organised and led by Christian women who call the faithful together on the first Friday in March each year to observe a common day of prayer and who, in many countries, have a continuing relationship in prayer and service. The service is written by a different country each year and that country then becomes the focus of the world’s prayers on the day itself. The first service of the day will take place on the Island of Samoa and the last service will take place on American Samoa. From the time that dawn breaks over the Island of Samoa until the last services of this special day, the world is circled in prayer for 36 hours. This year the service has been compiled by the women of France and the theme is I was a stranger and you welcomed me. The symbol of the Women’s World Day of Prayer was designed in 1982 for the service prepared by women of Ireland, both north and south, and was then adopted as the International Logo. The design comprises arrows converging from the four points of the compass, four figures kneeling in prayer, the Celtic cross and a circle representing the world and our unity through all our diversity. Visit

CHURCH SERVICES: Hellingly: Holy Communion (CW) Sunday 8am and 10.45am, Evensong 6.30pm. Thursdays 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP). Upper Dicker: Holy Communion (CW) 9.15am.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: At the members’ evening and amongst the wide variety of images by Ray Beckwith were a collection of gold Christmas baubles with an onion in the centre, an albino squirrel hanging from the branch of a tree, a pin sharp great tit, poppy seed heads and a man on a unicycle. Jan Cunningham LRPS showed images taken in Northumberland. Amongst them were puffins, rugged coastline, lighthouses, wildlife, castles and water features. Jan watched a car as it was stranded along a causeway by the incoming tide. The driver walked over to the Warden standing next to her and asked if he could ring the AA. Unfortunately his car was swept away as he spoke. Dr Colin Tourle LRPS showed images taken in Northern Ethiopia while on a trip to assist an eye surgeon. Five hundred people walked for miles for the eye clinic. One elderly man had lost an eye as a child then developed cataracts. Once his operation was complete and he could see again he said, ‘You have given me the sun.’

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE: The Hellingly branch’s next meeting is on Tuesday from 2.30pm to 4.30pm at the village hall. Speaker, Pamela Day, talks about her work as a Registrar within the Registration Service. New members welcome. The group meets at the same time and place on the first Tuesday of the month and enjoy outings, lunches, speakers, crafts and much more. Just turn up or for more information contact Iris on (01323) 841875.

SCHOOL’S OUT: After a rocky start School’s Out have finally been moved onto the site at Bunny Run so they have a new purpose built unit with access into the woods around them. There was a lot of hard work and a few very tense moments over the Christmas closure and following weekends, but thanks to the very hard work of some staff and dedication the building was ready. The Schools Out children are very excited about their new rooms and eagerly await a new outside space, which is work in progress. The plan is to keep the outside as natural as possible so the children have the experience of playing in the woods and one of the first activities planned for half team is to explore the woodlands around the site.

herstmonceux & wartling

SQUEEZE: A live demonstration of how yeast bubbles and froths and makes dough rise was at the centre of the February Squeeze Breakfast Club, because the theme for that morning was yeast. Jesus used yeast to illustrate many of his parables, usually in a negative way; such as the yeast of the Pharisees, to be avoided. But on one occasion he said that the Kingdom of Heaven was like yeast in bread, it permeates every part of the dough (Matthew ch.13,v33). Taking up the theme of yeast in his topical talk, Pastor Jim Beveridge suggested it was time for a Spring Clean of our lives, throwing out the small things which make a mess of the way we live. The handicrafts followed a similar line and with Valentine’s Day very near, production was soon underway; heart-shaped bread rolls for home baking, salt dough shapes for painting the following week, cards for loved ones, and even heart-shaped lollipops. The next Squeeze Breakfast Club is due on Sunday, from 10am until noon in the village hall. A simple breakfast is provided, fresh fruit, toast and cereals, tea and coffee. All ages are very welcome, complete families or those alone, and there is no charge.

TOM AT THE HORSESHOE: Well, it was his first night out with the trio, he said he was nervous and wasn’t sure quite how well it would go down but of course when you a have a professional like Tom Fitzpatrick matched up with three excellent musicians on keyboard, double bass and drums, it’s there, a magical mix and one that went down extremely well. That may have been their first appearance together but will most certainly not be their last.

FRIENDS of the Windmill will hold their AGM in the village hall today, Friday, at 7.30pm. Once the business of the evening is over, Peter Hill, vice chairman of the Sussex Mill Group will give his talk on Uses of Animal, Water and Wind Power Worldwide. All are welcome to attend, they estimate the AGM will only take about 20 minutes after which tea/coffee will be served before you can sit back and enjoy Peter’s talk. There is no charge for admission but donations would be most welcome.

RUBBISH COLLECTIONS: There’s to be a change in our rubbish collections which you may or may not be aware of. I’m not going to go into exactly what’s what, it’s far too complicated for me and you need an ology to understand it but what you do need to know is that to get your garden rubbish collected when they start this new system in July, you need to register and do it by the end of March. If you don’t want garden rubbish collected, fine, you don’t need to do anything but if you do need it collected, please make sure you register.

POLICE NUMBER: As of now, the old 0845 non emergency number we were using to contact our police has been cancelled. From now on, if you have a non-emergency call then you either dial 101 and wait to be put through to your local force of telephone them direct on 01273 470101.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) will be held at Wartling Church at 8am with the Family Service being held at Herstmonceux Church at 9.45am.

RAY AND SHELDON: Today, Friday, members of the Ray and Sheldon Club will meet in the village hall from 2.15pm ready to enjoy a talk by Mr Lane who has a great knowledge of Wildlife. All over the age of 60 years are more than welcome to join them. Transport is available if needed, telephone 441244.

BINGO: The Friends of All Saints recently held a bingo afternoon to raise money. They were able to raise in the region of £400 which is absolutely fantastic. The organisers would like to thank all those who supported the afternoon including their caller, Dave, and all the ladies who cooked, made tea and generally ran around keeping everybody happy. At the same time join me in thanking Hazel Head for her contribution and organisational skills that went into making this such a profitable and fun afternoon.

mobile library

THE LIBRARY will visit 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

FOOTBALL: Hooe Sports Football Club are playing at home tomorrow, Saturday, in the East Sussex Football League playing Hollington Utd, with kick off at 2pm. The club would like to hear from anyone who would be interested in becoming a player for the team. Please contact Luke Pont on 07872312266. Following the departure of Phil Smith, Hooe Sports welcome a new manager in the form of John Copley.

THE FLOWER GROUP will next meet on Monday at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall, where they will welcome Joyce Pannell with her demonstration entitled Fun with Flowers. All floral arrangements are raffled at the end of the evening. Non members are welcome. Entrance £3 which includes refreshments. Should you require any further information, or if you are interested in joining the group, please contact Susan at or telephone 01323 844634 after 6pm or weekends.

LENT LUNCH: The next St Mary’s Church Lent lunches is on March 6, in the Reading Room from noon until 1.30pm. Homemade soup, bread and cheese, tea and coffee will be available with donations this year going to our local Bexhill Foodbank, which opened in December last year. The remaining lunches will take place on March 13 and 20. All are welcome, take a friend and enjoy some good food and social time for a local charity.

THE WESLEY GUILD meet on Wednesday at Ninfield Methodist Church Hall, 2.30pm. This week’s talk is Apple Farming and Ministry with Rev R Dengate. They meet for just over and hour, including refreshments. All are welcome.

MOBILE UNIT: East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre with Adult Social Care mobile information and advice service for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people living in East Sussex will be at the Blacksmiths Inn car park on Thursday from 10.30am to 12.30pm. The bus is accessible to wheelchair users. For further information please contact East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, Tel: 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail

HOOE OPEN GROUP will meet on March 8, featuring a talk by Kelly Richards on the life and times of her aunt Anne Shelton OBE (for the benefit of the younger members of the club, she was one of the most popular singers during WWII and remained so for three decades). The reminisces of her life and times should prove both popular and entertaining, as the talk will be combined with the playing of some of Anne Shelton’s most well known songs. Guests will be welcome to attend at a cost of £2. Being the nearest meeting to Easter the members and guests will be given a chocolate egg to mark the occasion. Further information on the club’s activities is available from Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

SCOUTS: 1st Ninfield Scout Group Explorer Section are holding a Comic Relief Bake Off Competition on March 11 at the Reading Room, 7pm to 8.30pm. There will be two categories: Junior Bake Off (under 16) and Adult Bake Off. Entry is £3. Refreshments and cakes will be for sale during the evening. Judging starts at 7.30pm with prizes awarded for both categories. Proceeds from the evening will be split between Comic Relief and 1st Ninfield Scout Group. All are very welcome.

THE PARISH COUNCIL set the precept for the village at their January meeting and residents will see an increase of around £40 from last year. It wasn’t a decision taken lightly and the budget was on village noticeboards throughout December and January, but no questions were raised to the council. The council wants to make sure residents are aware of the reasons behind the increase and will be holding a series of Open Events in March for you to meet your councillors, find out more on where the precept is being spent and to discuss key issues in your village. Flyers are being delivered to every household, but please come along on any (or all) of the following dates and venues: March 14, 6pm to 9pm, Reading Room; March 23, 11am to 1pm, Methodist Hall and 1.30pm to 2.30pm Potmans Lane.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Family Service. Wednesday10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Family Service. Ninfield Methodist Church, 2.30pm with David Hanson.


TRINITY CHURCH is open every Sunday, despite the weather. Our services commence at 10.30am. All welcome. We never close. Services are recorded; please ask if you would like to hear one of our services. Or visit our website Friday fellowship on the first, third and fifth Fridays of each month for a short time of quiet reflection and fellowship at 10am is followed by refreshments.

HIRE OF THE CENTRE, if you wish to hire any of the rooms at Polegate Community Centre, which consist of hall and stage, lounge, activity room, kitchens and two committee rooms. Telephone 482434 between 10am and noon, and 2pm to 4pm, when the office is open for hire charges and vacancies.

SINGERS: Maundy Thursday at 3pm, singers are invited to join the Downland Singers for a performance of Olivet to Calvary by J H Maunder at Trinity Church. There will be four rehearsals on Thursdays, March 7, 14 and 21 at 7.30pm. A knowledge of the work would be helpful or the ability to sight read. For further details speak to Jennie on 484189.

FOR folk interested in recording church services, a sound seminar is taking place tomorrow, Saturday, at Lindfield URC. For more info contact Lydia Goodchild on 01444 450473 office is open Tuesday to Thursday mornings from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm or email her or visit

THE SPEAKER for Eastbourne Local History Society meeting at St Saviours Church Hall, on Tuesday, at 2.45pm, is Steve Myall on The Victorian Development of the Clifton, Montpelier and Powis Estates of Brighton. Visitors welcome. For more information please contact Maureen on 485971.

RAMBLING CLUB: March 7, Leisurely Walk, Polegate Twittens, not quite 3 miles. Meet at Polegate Library from 10am, flat no mud, no stiles, coffee with Rick. Or Let’s Try Again, Pevensey Levels, nearly 5 miles flat, but muddy, coffee at Chilley Farm, and two stiles with Rita and Brenda. Or a longer walk Pubs and Churches, 10 miles, Wilmington, Arlington, Berwick, Alfriston, mostly field paths, no steep hills, about 30 stiles, take picnic with John R. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

DID your ancestors come from Sussex? Has anyone written up their family history? If not then maybe the competition organised by Sussex Family History Group is of interest. For more information contact Judy Excell by email or visit

PCaSO Prostate Cancer Network Eastbourne Support Group. March is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. As with previous years, the group will be involved in a number of events beginning with a display stand in Eastbourne Arndale Centre near Topshop tomorrow, Saturday. Do come along to find out more about our activities and pick up one of our new leaflets. The following week (March 9) we will also be at the home game of Eastbourne Borough Football Club at Priory Lane. Mark Tolhurst, Macmillan Carer Support Worker was the guest speaker at the February meeting. Mark explained his role which is funded for three years to specifically work with carers affected by cancer. A third of all carers are over the age of 60 so it is not surprising that either the person they are caring for or they themselves are affected by cancer. Mark’s job is to enable the carer to feel supported in their caring role and to ensure they can access respite assistance, financial entitlements and carer’s assessments. His work is often about signposting as people do not realise where to find the information or what is available. He is funded by Macmillan Cancer Support within the Care for the Carers service in East Sussex. Carers can self refer as well as be referred by a health professional. Mark was thanked for his talk and the unique insight into his role. Discussion continued over tea and coffee and the customary raffle. The next meeting is on Thursday March 14 at 7pm in the Post Graduate Centre, Eastbourne District General Hospital. The speaker is Steve Garnett, Consultant Urologist/Clinical Lead, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. All are welcome. Please contact Graham Hatfield on 01323 749258 / 641513 or e-mail if you require further details or visit our website: There are stairs to this venue but lift access is available.

warbleton & rushlake green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion, 11am Family service. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am BCP communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning Worship and communion led by Dave Court. 6.30pm evening services resume with Rev Marc Lloyd this week.

JUMBLE SALE: Rushlake Green WI is holding a jumble sale at 2pm this Saturday at the Dunn Village Hall. We would welcome any contributions of jumble which can be collected if you phone 01435 812388 or 830560. You may also leave any contributions at the hall from 11am.

willingdon, wannock & jevington

SERVICE: Women’s World Day of Prayer is today, Friday, when there will be a service at St Mary’s Church, Willingdon, at 10.30am. The service this year has been written by the Christian Women of France under the title of I was a stranger and you welcomed me. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Trinity Church is also celebrating Women’s Day of Prayer. Their service will be at 2pm. Although it has been written by women, men are also very welcome at either service.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall for their AGM. The competition is called Golden Anniversary.

ASTRONOMY: Eastbourne Astronomical Society meets at the Memorial Hall tomorrow, Saturday. The doors open at 7pm when members can browse through the growing number of books and magazines concerning all things astronomical. The meeting starts at 7.30pm when Professor David Southwood will be giving a person view of The Cassini, Huygans Missions to Saturn and Titan. All are welcome.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Tomorrow, Saturday, Duncan and his four-piece western swing band under the name of Gadzooks will be entertaining the customers from 8.30pm. On Sunday from 1.30pm Gerry Page will be heading The Hot Club of Jevington with a mix of jazz and folk music.

THE BRITISH QUEEN: Leigh Baker will be entertaining the customers at The British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. Sunday is free pool and jukebox with the meat raffle drawn at 2pm.

THE RED LION: There is a large private room available to book for parties, meetings or get-togethers at the Red Lion. Ring 01323 502062. All local pubs are taking bookings for Mothering Sunday March 10.

CHALK FARM HOTEL gives training in life skills and independent living to people with a learning disability as well as building up their confidence. The hotel itself is now completely run as a charity and any money raised goes directly to the Downland Farm Project for the benefit of the students who attend part-time from 10am to 4pm, Mondays to Fridays. The garden centre behind the hotel is run by Graeme and Sue Dunlop as a business, but they also give training in horticulture to many of the students. There is a coffee morning every month which is run by the students, who greet visitors and take their orders for tea or coffee and delicious home-made cake. A raffle is held and there are greetings cards and plants for sale. The next coffee morning is from 10.30am to 11.45am on Monday so do go along and support the students. Chalk Farm Hotel is also taking bookings for Mothering Sunday. Ring 01323 503800.

OLIVET TO CALVARY: The Downland Singers and Friends will be performing Olivet to Calvary at 3pm on Maundy Thursday, March 28, at Trinity Church. The organist is Alastair Macfadyen and the soloist is Father Michael Maine. There are three more rehearsals at 7.30pm on Thursday March 7, 14 and 21. If you would like to take part and are able to attend rehearsals, contact Jennie on 01323 484189.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PANEL: Members of Willingdon Neighbourhood Panel met on Tuesday February 19 to discuss issues relating to crime, vandalism and unsociable behaviour which may affect residents. Fortunately there is little crime or vandalism in the area. Speeding and inconsiderate parking are however unsociable behaviour. The three priorities to be targeted for the next three months will be speeding along Seven Sisters Road, speeding along Jevington Road, particularly through the village, and parking at Willingdon Primary School. A few more volunteers are required in order that training for a community speed watch can commence. Contact PCSO Ali Beadon on 101 Ext 68233 or her mobile 07787 685 755.

N WATCH: The next public meeting of Willingdon Neighbourhood Watch is at 2.30pm on Monday in the vestry at Trinity Church. The Willingdon NW spring newsletter has recently been distributed. Inconsiderate parking, particularly opposite a neighbour’s driveway, was mentioned as was dog fouling. As there is no longer a dog warden, residents have been asked to watch and report those who do not clean up after their dogs. Neighbourhood Watch has a number of purse bells to give away which clip onto your purse, giving an audible signal if a thief tries to steal it. Contact Ray Ingram, Neighbourhood Watch chairman, on 01323 508634 or email him on . Many people find high-pressure doorstep sellers intimidating but even if you do buy something at the doorstep, you still have rights as a consumer. East Sussex Trading Standards operates a Rapid Action Team that can intervene if a doorstep seller has infringed these rights. Contact 0345 6080197. The brand new no cold calling door stickers are now available. Please ask your local PCSO or Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator for more information.

CITIZENS’ ADVICE: A CAB adviser will be at Willingdon Library on Wednesday from 9,30am to 11.30am. Residents can drop in without an appointment to ask advice on such issues as benefits, debt, relationships, housing, employment, and consumer matters. It is a free service with funding provided by Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council. Volunteers are always needed and would receive training. Ring the Hailsham office on 01323 842336.

MEETINGS: There will be a planning meeting at 7pm on Monday March 11 followed by a full parish council meeting at 7.30pm at Willingdon Community School. Meetings are open to the public.