Parish pump Hailsham - March 20, 2015

Alciston & Selmeston

FILM EVENING: A Sussex Farm in the 1950s, Film Evening and Drinks in Selmeston Village Hall at 7pm on Thursday, (opposite the Barley Mow Public House on the A27 between Firle and Berwick). Free entry and refreshments. Come along to see this fascinating cine film of farming in the 1950s in this part of Sussex introduced and narrated by Ian Everest, from a local farming family. Drinks and light refreshments will be served from 7pm with the film show at 7.30pm. The evening is in support of our Local Benefice Mission link to Kenya where we are helping displaced farming communities to rebuild their livelihoods with the provision of seeds, fertilisers, saplings and other support. Voluntary donations to this charitable cause will be most welcome at the end of the evening. For further details please contact John and Jane Anderson on 01323 870075.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 6.30pm Sung Evensong. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion and Children’s Sunday Club. St Giles, Dallington: 9.30am Morning Worship with Communion.

FILM CLUB: Benda Bilili (see beyond) is this month’s film to be shown next Friday evening at the village hall. It features a Kinshasa band formed by four paraplegics and a young able-bodied teenager who light up the stage in front of an audience of 8,000 people. It is not a music film, but the story of a dream that became a reality, and a plunge into the streets of Kinshasa without a safety net. (1hr 25min). Coffee and cakes are available from 7pm and the film starts at 7.30pm. Guests bearing £6 are welcome.


FARMERS’ MARKET: There is a farmers’ market being held at The Old Loom Mill on Ersham Road tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 3pm.

JPK COFFEE MORNING: Go along and support the JPK Sussex Project at St Mary’s Church Lounge tomorrow, Saturday, from 9.30am to noon.

ST MARY’S: This is the fifth Sunday of Lent, Vision Sunday and AGM. Holy Communion (BCP) at 8am. Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups is at 10.30am. Vision Sunday AGM is followed by a bring and share lunch. Holy Communion is at 6.30pm. Vision Sunday is the opportunity each year to set out for the whole congregation the opportunities and challenges faced in the year ahead and to consider how they can be met and how you can help. It is when church wardens, Deanery Synod reps and PCC members are elected. In preparation for Vision Sunday there will as usual be an annual profile report and an outline of financial priorities.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: Clairvoyant Evening this evening with Paul Broadway at Primrose Hall 7pm for 7.30pm to 9pm. Entry £5. This Sunday there is a Service at 11am followed by refreshments at Primrose Hall. The medium is Rosalind Costello. Healing is always available.

METHODIST CHURCH: Morning Service at Hailsham Methodist Church, each Sunday at 10am. Parents and Toddlers Mondays, 9.30am, Youth Club for eight to 14 year olds Saturdays from 4pm to 6pm, both parents and toddlers and youth club meet in term time only. Various rooms available for hire at affordable rates. Email

CHRISTCHURCH: The formal opening of the Ropemaker Centre, the new and permanent home of ChristChurch, Hailsham, took place last Saturday preceded by a reception attended by cllr Colin Belsey, chairman of East Sussex County Council, together with representatives of local and national charities who had contributed to the cost of transforming the building for its new use. Others attending the reception were from CPL Architects in Polegate (who specialise in church-based projects) and the building contractors Sovereign Construction and Caladine Accountants, both Eastbourne based. During the reception senior pastor, Andy Johnston thanked all those who had contributed to the new centre both financially and through the building and furnishing work. The reception was followed by a celebration attended by over 250 people including members of the church, former members who were visiting for the occasion and other friends from the town and county. Leaders of other local churches in Hailsham were also present. The preacher at the celebration was Andrew Wilson from Kings Church, Eastbourne, and worship was led by Chris Williams, one of the pastors of the church. Now the church has a permanent base members will be developing further services for the community. Already started is Little Gems, for parents and pre-schoolers, which meets on Tuesday mornings at 9.45am. A new group entitled The Hub for older and retired people will be starting in March commencing with a monthly cream tea. The church already has an active youth group which meets every Friday evening.

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: On Thursday there is a Live Cinema event at Hailsham Pavilion. A View from the Bridge is being beamed directly onto the screen via satellite dishes positioned on the roof. Currently, The Pavilion is working with the National Theatre and the Royal Opera House, but it is hoped there will be other opportunities to screen performances from the Royal Shakespeare Company and possibly, the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Tickets for this event are £15 adults and £10 concessions.

OVER 50s: Keep healthy and in good shape by joining the Healthy Living Club. This week includes Qi Gong. Exercise, make new friends, try new activities and have fun. Participants are welcome to make a contribution of £1 a session to pay for a cup of tea or coffee. They meet on Tuesdays at the Methodist Church Hall from 10am to noon and run a variety of activities.

BONFIRE BINGO: This evening, Friday, at the Charles Hunt Age Concern Centre. Doors open 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm. In aid of Hailsham Bonfire Society celebrations on October 17.

JUMBLE SALE: Tomorrow, Saturday, Charles Hunt Centre 10am to 12.30pm.

HPC QUIZ: Tomorrow, Saturday, 7.30pm to 9.30pm at Hailsham Parish Church. Tickets from Kim Bourne (842381).

WHIST DRIVE: Environment Hailsham Whist Drive tomorrow, Saturday, at the Charles Hunt Centre. All welcome. Tickets £5, refreshments available. Doors at 7pm for 7.30pm.

PCSO STREET MEETINGS: Tomorrow, Saturday, 3pm to 3.30pm Ingrams Way (in the cul-de-sac). On Thursday from 6pm to 6.30pm at The Styles.

RACE NIGHT: Tomorrow, Saturday, 6.30pm for 7pm start in Hailsham Civic Community Hall. Doors open 6.30pm. Admission free. Programmes 20p. Tote tickets 50p. Bring your own drinks. Tombola. Enquiries 846322. All welcome. Just turn up. In aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

NEUTERING CATS: The Cats Protection will have a stall at Hailsham Street Market tomorrow, Saturday. Pick up a voucher and have your cat neutered for just £5.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: The society held the last round of the Projected Digital Image competition before the final next month. Judge, David Eastley ARPS, was at the club last December to assess round two. In the beginners’ class for the Swallow Cup, there were two images to go though. Lily Stamen, a close up of an orange stamen with pink petals in the background by Dee McNabb and Marching Snails, an image of some rusting metalwork coiled to look like snails by Pam Maclay. In the intermediate class for the Sussex Shield three went through. Brimstone On Echinacea and Hayle Bay, both by Rob Shepherd, and A Sheepish Look by Peggy McKenzie, with a herd of sheep standing in the middle of the road, completely blocking it, with a motorist waiting patiently behind them. In the advanced class for the Albert Hillman Cup four were picked for the final. Western Ghats by Roy Morris ARPS, Crocus by Janet Monk ARPS, Early Purple Orchids In Morning Dew by Janice Payne LRPS, and Skunk Clownfish On Anemone by Sean Keen, an underwater scene of a peachy coloured clownfish with greenery all around and a colourful anemone. Ray thanked David at the end of the evening for doing a terrific job and giving insight into what he thinks makes a good image.

HOPS QUIZ: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society held its annual spring quiz last week. Fifteen teams met to fight for the honour of overall champions. Quizmaster Steve set a full range of questions to test the extensive and in some cases obscure knowledge of the teams. It was a tight affair decided on a tie-breaker. The half time bonus round kept the teams deep into debate while they were tucking into their ploughmans supper provided by the HOPS committee. The total raised for the Pavilion was over £500 and HOPS would like to thank all the teams that supported the event and the volunteers that made the night so successful.

HAILSHAM FM: Fancy joining the Hailsham FM gang? For an introductory £20 membership fee (£5 for under 18 year olds) anyone can join up. Fees will provide vital funds to enable the station to continue broadcasting. The station needs to raise over £3k to cover running costs during Hailsham’s Arts Festival in September. The eventual aim is to apply for a full-time community station licence. Members will have the opportunity to be in broadcasting; either behind the scenes or front of microphone. Technical training will also be available, and for those who would rather listen to the station than become involved, there will be regular podcasts, email updates and quarterly newsletters. Plus priority tickets to events during the year. More information email or talk to Neil Povey 07759 225371 or Hailsham Festival FM on facebook for news and competitions.

COMPUTERS FOR CHARITIES: Do you have any used candles? An urgent plea: please don’t dump them but pass them on to Computers for Charities for recycling. There are homeless people out there who will be glad of a recycled candle or handwarmer. When the time comes to throw, don’t bin, please send them in and make a difference. Ring 01323 848588 or email or just bring them along to the warehouse on the Swan Road industrial estate.

100 YEARS AGO: From the Hailsham Parish Magazine of March 1915 Rev FC Harvey reports that Various Companies of Regiments now at Eastbourne have visited and been billeted in the town since the middle of February, and great interest and, let us hope, patriotism has been aroused. When Battalion manoeuvres take place probably we shall have more: we can billet 1,400. Those from Hailsham with the Colours keep increasing. We shall soon be 10 percent of the population. Sussex stands ahead of the Counties for enlisting, so we are told on good authority.

Hellingly, Horsebridge & Dicker

CHURCH SERVICES: This is the fifth Sunday of Lent and there will be a Family Service at 10.45am.

THANKS to everybody that saved used stamps over the Christmas period. The total raised last year was £2,168 bringing the running total to £31,233. Amazing result out of something that would otherwise have been thrown away. Please keep them coming and leave them in Hellingly church. Even a few add up.

BOTTLE TOPS: The collection of these has raised funds for Eastbourne District General Hospital. Hugh and Sandra will be unable to continue to do this as Hugh is no longer able to drive due to illness.

MU AGM: Jacky Clark, branch leader of Hellingly Mothers Union welcomed everyone to the meeting including two new members and guests. A letter from Chris Emson, our Diocesan President, was read out by Jacky pointing out the urgent need for volunteers to take over different roles at district level. Branch finances are in good shape and out of the annual subs of £20 from each member, £11.45 goes to Mary Sumner House to support Mothers’ Union projects. Membership has increased and seven new members will be enrolled at the Lent Communion Service. Jacky introduced the committee members and explained their different roles. Jacky is retiring from next year as group leader and has asked that some thought is given to her replacement. A vote of thanks was then given to Jacky for all her hard work and commitment in running the Hellingly branch and this was heartily endorsed by everyone. The members then enjoyed a social time together with cheese, biscuits and grapes, wine and soft drinks.

BIRTHDAY BEAR PROJECT: Margaret Whiteland instigated and ran this project from the beginning, with a break when Diana Pope took over until Margaret returned. The MU AGM marks 25 years that the Birthday Bear has been coming to MU meetings. This year £170.83 has been collected which makes a grand total of £3,843.17 which she has been able to send to the Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the repair of childbirth injuries.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Dicker Hall 10.40am to noon Thursdays. Book Exchange or Purchase 20p.

LENT LUNCH: Dicker village hall on March 27 from 12.30pm to 1.30pm when soup and a roll will be provided along with tea and coffee. Donations welcome for the Hailsham Foodbank.

SPRING INTO EASTER: At Michelham Priory there are seasonal hands-on activities for all ages, children’s trail, workshops and demonstrations over the weekend of April 3 to 6. Visit or Phone 01323 844224.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

SUNDAY SERVICES: This is the fifth Sunday of Lent, Passiontide begins. 8am Holy Communion (BCP) at Herstmonceux, 9.45am Morning Prayer at Wartling. 6pm Compline at Herstmonceux.

SURPRISE WALK: Herstmonceux Walking Group will be meeting at 10am on Sunday behind the Woolpack for a surprise route and destination. If you too are intrigued and would like to go along, please contact Karen on 833040 or Andy on 07740 162367.

FRENCH BISTRO EVENING: Today, Friday, enjoy Un peu d’amusant French Bistro Evening at Lime Cross Nursery. Three courses of modern, traditional and innovated French cuisine, accompanied by French wine matches. C’est manifique. The café is transformed into a cosy candlelit bistro for the evening.

COLOUR SHOW: Hailsham Photographic Society had a very successful colour show (described as an audio visual extravaganza) last week and over 500 people attended the three performances. They take the show out to other villages and will be at the village hall on Friday April 24 at 7.30pm. Admission on the door is £5 and includes refreshments. Go along and enjoy some superb photography.

FILM SHOW: Local transport historian, John Bishop, is presenting another film show at the village hall in aid of the Windmill at Windmill Hill on Friday March 27. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start and the show is entitled, Another Film Show with a hint of Transport by John Bishop. Tickets on the door £6 which includes a tea or coffee.

TABLE TOP SALE: Tomorrow, Saturday, at Reid Hall, Boreham Street, from 9am to 12.30pm, call Stella on 01323 833445. £10 per table. Proceeds to Wartling Church.

EASTER EVENTS: There is a Winnie-the-Pooh Easter Egg Hunt running daily throughout the school Easter holiday from Saturday March 28 (whilst stocks last) at Lime Cross Nursery. Search for the Easter egg clues hidden around the Nursery and win a chocolate treat when you solve the puzzle. £1 per child, adult supervision required. Please note that Lime Cross Nursery will be closed on Easter Day, Sunday April 5. There is also a Children’s Easter Bonnet Competition. Create an Easter bonnet or hat and you could be a Lime Cross lucky winner. Suitable for ages four to 12 years, be in with a chance to win a £10 shopping voucher. Full details from Lime Cross Nursery.

RAY AND SHELDON: Next Friday, March 27, Kent and Sussex Air Ambulance will be coming to talk to club members from 2.15pm. The club is for people over 60 years. Enquiries to Anne on (01323) 441244.

SCIENCE CENTRE: Activity Weekend for British Science Week tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday. Following on from the Little Big Bang event which invites schools from across the region to take part in activities hosted by several external providers, this fun hands-on weekend, suitable for all ages and abilities, will be offering workshops and interactive experiences. You will get the chance to see the new Science Show Exciting Electrons developed for International Year of Light 2015 and there will be enlightening drop-in activities in Science Station. 10am to 5pm and normal admission price. Saturday March 28 to Sunday April 12. Interactive hands-on exhibits and daily telescope tours and spectacular science shows. Telescope tours usually at noon, 2pm and 4pm. Spectacular science shows usually at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Children’s workshops on Tuesday March 31, Man in the Moon half day workshops. Learn all about the features of the Moon through fun interactive activities. Make some fantastic craters and hear about the mysteries about the Man in the Moon. 10.30am to 1pm or 2pm to 4.30pm. £10.75 per child for the workshop only and for six to nine years. Booking essential.

BROADBAND: Work has already started to upgrade the exchange for broadband and estimates are that residents could get maximum speeds of 69mb to 80mb 50m away from the exchange, 1.2m away from the exchange of 20 to 25mb, 3km away from the exchange 4mb to 6mb. Anyone still experiencing speeds of less than 2mb after the work is completed is asked to contact ESCC.

SPEEDWATCH met last month and recorded ten offences over three locations. The Safer Wealden Partnership Joint Action Group has awarded Wartling Parish Council £900 to cover the cost of purchasing a Hand Held Speed Indication Device to replace the speed camera the Speedwatch Team currently uses and it can also be shared with neighbouring parishes.


INDOOR BOOT SALE Sunday March 29 in Laughton Parish Hall. Doors open 10.30am. Refreshments available. More information 01323 811385.

JUMBLE SALE: Jumble Sale in Laughton Parish Hall on May 9. Doors open 10.30am. Jumble wanted. More information 01323 811385.

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Today, Friday: Berwick Village Hall 9.55am-10.25am; Arlington Village Hall 10.35am-11am; Deans Road, Alfriston 11.15am-11.55am; East Dean Village Hall 12.20pm-1.20pm; Wannock Village Hall 2.40pm-3.10pm; Community Centre, Hailsham East 3.25pm-3.55pm. Tuesday: Brightling Village Hall, 1.20pm-1.40pm; Dallington Village Hall, 1.50pm-2.10pm; Ashburnham, 2.40pm-3pm; Bodle Street Village Hall, 3.25pm-3.50pm.

Ninfield & Hooe

POLICE UPDATE: An update from our PCSO, Daryl Holter: At approximately 1645hrs on 04/03/15 a local business/shop in Hooe was subject to a theft of a laptop. It is believed that distraction methods where used. The police urge everyone to keep items of value, handbags, wallets etc., locked away or in a place of safety. The reference for this theft is 0352 05/03/15. Sussex Police have also received a report from Ninfield of a possible phone scam around internet security. The scammer claimed to be from Microsoft and wanted to gain access to a computer and offer internet security. Should you know anything of these incidents, please contact the police on 101. Please do not give any personal details or bank, credit, debit account numbers to anyone. No-one will ever ask for these details, terminate the call immediately and contact police and Action Fraud. Should anyone have seen or heard anything contact the police on 101.

U18S FOOTBALL: The U18s match on March 8 saw them lose against Pevensey and Westham, 7-0. It was anticipated this was going to be a tough match and the loss of their captain through injury, with a pulled hamstring, was an added blow. I am told the defence held firm and didn’t concede as many goals as other teams have done. This is a major positive to take from the game.

FRIENDSHIP FRIDAY: Today, Friday, 10.30am to noon at Ninfield Methodist Church Hall. This is a new initiative and they encourage anyone, any age, to go along for a coffee and opportunity to meet new friends.

SPRING SHOW: Ninfield Horticultural Society hold their Spring Show on Saturday, March 28. They look forward to your entries, and to lots of visitors from 2.30pm in the Memorial Hall. Schedules with class details and entry forms are in the post office. Teas and homemade cakes are available too. Enquiries to Rose (892422 or

NINFIELD PARISH COUNCIL meet on April 2, 7.15pm at Ninfield Methodist Church Hall with the planning committee meeting at 7pm.

NINFIELD VILLAGE SOCIETY are holding a meeting and their AGM, in the Reading Room, Church Lane, at 7pm on Tuesday April 7. The meeting is open to all and they would like to invite anyone to join them who have an interest in helping to maintain the amenities of our village. After the AGM, there will be a brief report on the work undertaken during the past year and a discussion of future projects. Following a refreshment break, they have their guest speaker, Julian Porter from Bexhill Museum, who will talk about the interesting archaeological finds made on the new Bexhill-Hastings Link Road route. For information, contact either Martin Wood, chairman (892895) or Robin Goldsmith, treasurer (892778).

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist. St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Parish Eucharist. Ninfield Methodist Church, 2.30pm Worship and Praise with David Hanson.


LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society meet today, Friday, when our talk is about Jack the Ripper. Doors open at 6.30pm, meeting starts at 7pm to 9pm. Visitors welcome. Meetings at held at St Johns Church Hall, High Street.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Cuckmere and Haven Brow, 5 miles with Colin. Meet at Exceat Visitor Centre 10am. Bus No 12X 9.39am Terminus Road, Stand J. On Sunday, Pelhams, Parks and Poachers 9 miles with Angela F. Meet at the Avenue 9.30am, walk starts at car park left of school, Church Lane, Laughton, at 10am GR 502127. Dry lunch East Hoathly. On Wednesday, Chyngton to Alfriston Return, 8 miles with John and Esther. Meet bus No 12, 9.35am Terminus Road to Chyngton Lane, Seaford. Walk starts at Chyngton Lane at 10am. Dry lunch. Opportunity to walk 4.5 miles to Alfriston returning to Eastbourne by bus No 126 1.25pm. On Saturday March 28, Springtime in the High Weald, 8.5 miles with Graham. Meet at Sandy Cross, Heathfield, 9.50am GR 5832303. Bus No 51 Terminus Road stand H. Car park in Ghyll Road, Horam, some stiles. Leader on bus. Or Five Lords and a Bishop 8.5 miles with Gill M and Dorothy. Meet at the Avenue 9am. Walk starts at Bo Peep car park 9.40am GR 494051. On Sunday March 29, Herstmonceux Highlights, 8 miles with Graham T. Meet at the Avenue 9.30am, walk starts at car park behind Woolpack Inn, Herstmonceux, 10am GR 635127.

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

EASTER FAIR: Polegate MS Easter Fair is taking place tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre from 10am to noon.

WE URGENTLY require a stall that sells home-made chutneys and jams. Contact Wendy on 489002, at Willingdon Community Market.

ELHS next meet on Tuesday at St Saviours Church Hall, South Street, Eastbourne, when our speaker is Susan Djabri, A view of Eastbourne in the 1760s. Doors open at 6.30pm, meeting starts at 7pm. Visitors welcome.

POLEGATE WINE and Social Club’s next meeting on March 24 is entitled English Cheeses to be given by D J March with some tastings. All welcome at Polegate Community Centre, at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome. Tel: Sheila 483222.

WILLINGDON COMMUNITY market on Wednesday in Trinity Church Hall. Many stalls including new local history books, crafts, fresh produce, haberdashery, cakes, household goods, and refreshments. Open from 9am to 12.30pm. free entry. Come and browse or stay a while, raffle for a local charity. To book a stall contact Wendy 489002.

SPRING SHOW: Polegate Gardeners Society Spring Show is on Saturday March 28 at Polegate Community Centre from 2pm. Do come along.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion and Children’s Sunday Club. St John’s Bodle Street: 6.30pm Sung Evensong. St Giles, Dallington: 9.30am Morning Worship with Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship led by Rev Neville Barnett.

LENT COURSE: The last of the series looking at the 39 Articles of the Church of England, will be on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Osborne House Community Room.

RGWI: The speaker on Thursday at 7.30pm, in the Dunn Village Hall, will be Trevor Weeks. Trevor will be familiar to those who watch the local news as a wildlife expert, and his subject will be East Sussex Wildlife. For details of Rushlake Green WI, or for help with transport, ring Marian (01435 831653) or Sharon (812388).

HISTORY GROUP: Our next walk is on Saturday March 28. We meet at 2pm in the car park of Berwick Church.

VILLAGE PLAYERS: Rehearsals for our next production, Fatal Encounter by Francis Durbridge, are going well. This will be performed at the Dunn Village Hall from May 13 to 16. Tickets will be available to paid-up members of the Players on Saturday April 25 (11am to noon) at the hall in person, at £18.50. From April 27, they will be available through the website at £19.50, including a meal. On November 28 we present A Victorian Christmas, a celebration in words, song and dance. We were originally known as The Village Pantomime Players and I am pleased to report from February 3 to 6, 2016 we present Cinderella, the Pantomime.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

WRAS: Trevor Weeks MBE, founder of the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service, was the guest speaker at the recently held 3 MMM’s meeting at St Mary’s Church Hall, where he gave an interesting and informative illustrated talk to a very attentive audience. In 1985 as a 13 year old boy Trevor would spend his spare time searching the beaches for guillemots covered in oil from the polluted seas. He would take the birds by bus to Meta Mann who ran the Seaford Bird Hospital from her home. Meta would medicate and clean the birds and release them once they had recovered. She became Trevor’s inspiration. In 1996, with the cost of helping wildlife becoming too great, Trevor formed East Sussex Wildlife Rescue. In April 2005 WRAS became a registered charity. In September 2010 a new Casualty Care Centre at Whitesmith was opened which is capable of holding up to 200 casualties. There are now four veterinary ambulances, three consultant vets, over 70 volunteers and four part time members of staff working on minimum wage. Training is on-going. In his talk Trevor described many of the rescues in which he and his team have been involved. There were deer caught in wire fencing, hedgehogs and badgers injured on the roads, foxes caught in football netting, and the seal pup which was found emaciated on the beach below Newhaven Fort, later transported to the RSPCA at Hastings. Many of the rescues involve birds, including swans or their signets. In January this year three of WRAS’s rescuers and two ambulances rushed to the aid of a swan covered in blood near the Pevensey marshes. The frightened swan evaded all attempts to catch it and the only solution was for Trevor to swim across the freezing water of the dyke where the swan was eventually trapped in one of the flooded channels. It was treated in the rescue ambulance for multiple cuts and severe bleeding and later assessed by a specialist vet. A week later the bird was released. Trevor is modest about his achievements but in 2012 he was awarded an MBE for services to animal welfare, and the following year WRAS won the ITV1 Local Animal Charity of the Year. Trevor is now launching a 30th year appeal. To make a donation please call 01825 873003 or post a donation to East Sussex WRAS, PO box 2148, Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 9DE. The rescue line is 07815 078234.

THE FLOWER CLUB meet at 2pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall for a practice meeting. Contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

TRINITY DINERS: The next Trinity Diners’ lunch at Trinity Church Hall is today, Friday, at noon. The menu will be fruit juice, Cumberland pie or a vegetarian shepherd’s pie option, with seasonal vegetables, followed by Bakewell tart and cream, and tea or coffee. To reserve a place, please ring Jennie early on 01323 484189 or pop along to the hall to check for cancellations. Meals are priced at £5.50.

POLEGATE AND WILLINGDON Local History Society meet from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, at St John’s Church Hall, Polegate. The talk is about Jack the Ripper. A microphone with a loop system is used for the benefit of the hard of hearing. Visitors are welcome. The fee is just £2.

BOX OPENING and coffee morning: Throughout the year, parishioners at St Mary’s Church have been saving their odd coins in specially provided boxes for the Children’s Society which helps vulnerable youngsters. Tomorrow, Saturday, the boxes will be opened in the church hall between 10am and noon and the contents counted. Refreshments and cakes are available and there will be a raffle.

THE JPK PROJECT which aims to provide supported living accommodation for people with a learning disability holds a coffee morning from 9.30am to noon tomorrow, Saturday, at St Mary’s Church Hall, Hailsham. Organised by Angela and Peter Walters, attractions include home-made preserves, cards, cakes, a tombola, raffle and more.

AN EASTER SERVICE attended by the uniformed organisations will take place at Trinity Church at 6pm on Monday.

OLIVET TO CALVARY is being performed at 7.30pm on Monday at St Mary’s Church. This deeply moving Passiontide story will be directed by Michael Stumbles with the augmented church choir. Soloists are Stefan Kennedy (tenor) and Mike Barber (bass) and there will be congregational hymns. Admission is free. The retiring collection for the music fund supports Children with Cancer.

MESSY CHURCH: This is being organised by members of St Wilfrid’s Church. From 3.15pm to 6pm on Tuesday the church will be welcoming primary school aged children and their families or carers to enjoy Easter crafts, an Easter egg hunt, and various other activities including singing and then a cooked tea. There is no charge, but any donations would be appreciated. Call Suzy on 01323 484574.

MOTHERS’ UNION: There will be a Lady Day service combined with the February prayer group at 10.30am on Tuesday at St John’s Church, Polegate.

BUTTS BROW WI will be meeting at 2.15pm on Thursday at Willingdon Memorial Hall in Church Street. The speaker is John Wilton and his subject is The Comic Postcards of Donald McGill.

WANNOCK ARTISTS will be holding their next monthly meeting at 7pm on Friday March 27 at Wannock Village Hall. The demonstration will be by Ronnie Ireland entitled Catching the Image in pencil drawing. New members can join at £16 per annum and visitors are also welcome at £4 on the night which includes refreshments. Contact details are

HORSE RACING: The British Queen is organising a popular horse racing evening for Friday March 27. It is a charity event in aid of Kids Get Going. The evening starts at 8pm. There are nine races and a raffle. Food is served at half time.