Parish pump Hailsham - March 27, 2015


THE ST MATTHEW PASSION will be performed by Pro Musica on Sunday at 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Church. The performance will be sung in English (using the abridged version) and will include a spoken narrations by Mary Sitwell. Tickets are £12 from Geoff Ellis at

THE CLERGY HOUSE is open at the usual times now, Saturday to Wednesday from 10.30am to 5pm with the last admission at 4.30pm.

WI NEWS from Wendy Day: A good audience of members and visitors were treated to a very entertaining and humorous talk by Tom Yendell, a member of the Mouth and Foot Painters Association. Having been born without arms he spoke of his trial and tribulation with artificial arms and his eventual decision that they were no help and he could accomplish everything he needed with his feet and mouth. He gained an Arts degree at Brighton University and his painting, voluntary and charity work have taken him to many countries. He is a resident artist at the Mouth and Foot Painters’ art gallery which he set up in Seaborne and now he is in the process of designing and building holiday homes for disabled people, a very busy man. On March 12 several members attended the WI craft meeting in Uckfield where there were speakers on the W.I.’s involvement in crafts over the years and talked about their hobbies of spinning and dyeing wool and patchwork. The next Alfriston meeting will be on April 21 at 2pm in the Old Chapel Centre when Mrs Hurwood will be demonstrating water colour painting.

Bodle Street Green

FILM CLUB: Benda Bilili (see beyond) is this month’s film to be shown this 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 8000 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 in their hand are welcome.

PALM SUNDAY SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Matins (BCP) with dramatized readings. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am All age service with a donkey. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Morning Worship.

PARISH COUNCIL: There is a drive to get defibrillators in each community to provide first aid. Cllr Jonathan Glass is co-ordinating this in Bodle Street. A unit has been obtained, and the cabinet to house it is on order. This will be installed outside The White Horse Inn. Lindsay Godwin is helping to co-ordinate a CPR Know How Session in the village hall on Tuesday April 28 for those who would like to be volunteers. The next meeting of the council is the Annual Parish Meeting at which the council reports on its work over the past year. This will be on April 16 at the Dunn Village Hall. For a report on the rest of the recent council meeting, please see the Warbleton section.

ELECTIONS: As well as the General Election on Thursday May 7 a new parish council will be elected. Nomination papers can be obtained from the clerk Marian Smith (01435 831653) or from the Electoral officer at Wealden District Council. Two out of the 11 members of the council are elected to represent Bodle Street ward.

VILLAGE HALL: There will be a DVD Gilbert and Sullivan evening on Saturday April 25 and an open garden at Trumpets on Sunday May 17.


CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Mattins for Palm Sunday will be led by The Reverend Stuart Baker at 10.30am. Palm crosses will be blessed and distributed during the service.

On Good Friday, readings and prayers will be led by The Reverend Neville Manning at 11am. The Easter Sunday service on April 5 will also be at the later time of 11am. This will be a Family Service with Communion (BCP) led by The Reverend Malcolm Elwis.

All welcome to join us. Refreshments served after every Sunday Service.


ST MARY’S: Palm Sunday. Holy Communion (BCP) at 8am. Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups is at 10.30am, The Mindset of Gospel Partners. Evening Prayer is at 2.45pm at Emmanuel Church on Hawkswood. 6.30pm at St Mary’s, The Easter Journey in readings and song.

Maundy Thursday 2 April Holy Communion is at 7.30pm. Good Friday April 3 All Age Special at 10.30am followed by hot cross buns and coffee and craft activities for all ages. 2pm Meditation, 7.30pm Olivet to Calvary by Hailsham Choral Society. Easter Sunday April 5, Holy Communion (BCP) at 8am, 10.30am Easter Family Communion followed by children’s Easter egg hunt in the vicarage garden, 6.30pm Easter Songs of Praise.

METHODIST CHURCH: Easter Services at Hailsham Methodist: Wednesday, come and join in the fun at Messy Church, 10.30am, Maundy Thursday, service at 7pm with Holy Communion, Good Friday, service at 10am, Easter Day Alleluia! Jesus Christ is Risen Today, come and celebrate with Holy Communion.

RAMBLERS: There are two rambles this coming Wednesday. The longer is of 5 miles with Maisie (846737) and is the Seaford to Norton circular. It is described as undulating, some stiles. The shorter walk is with Michael (845479) and takes place within Herstmonceux Castle and groups. If you would like to go on either of these walks, please contact the walk leader in the first instance for the details.

GOOD FRIDAY CONCERT: As one of St Mary’s Easter events this year, on Good Friday evening the Hailsham Choral Society will be singing John Henry Maunder’s oratorio, Olivet to Calvary. The piece tells in music and singing the events of the last hours leading up to our Lord’s crucifixion. The performance will last for about an hour and it will surely be a wonderful devotional experience on this special day in the Christian calendar. It will start at 7.30pm and admission is free, although there will be a retiring collection to help with expenses.

GIVE BLOOD: Tuesday in Hailsham Community Hall, Vicarage Lane. Sessions are from 1.30pm to 4pm and 5pm to 7.30pm. Just turn up or you can book on 0300 123 23 23 or visit

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: This Sunday there is a service at 11am followed by refreshments at Primrose Hall. The Medium on this occasion is Deborah Baker. Healing is always available.

U13 CRICKET: HCC travelled to the county ground Hove, for the indoor County Finals last week. Qualifying with an unbeaten record (four wins) the boys were in high spirits and extremely excited. Seven teams across Sussex took part, including some well-established cricket strongholds.

HCC played Shoreham Academy and batted first after winning the toss. Despite regular loss of wickets they were capable of posting a very competitive 67-4 from their six overs. In response they bowled and fielded extremely well, with some superb communication and accuracy restricting Shoreham to 45-5 for a comfortable first game victory. Against Sackville Hailsham batted first, posting a very impressive 72-3. Executing sharp batting and running, with only three dot balls in the 6 overs. In response Hailsham’s bowling didn’t go to plan however Sackville struggled to get close to the impressive total. The end result, all out for 48 inside the six overs, to guarantee a place in the County Final vs. Warden Park. The Final was a great battle between 12 very talented young cricketers, playing at the top of their game. Anxious Hailsham, playing under the pressure of the occasion, saw two avoidable run outs and some poor shot selections meant they limped to 56-5. Despite wickets being taken in the first two overs, the runs continued to mount up for Warden Park. With two overs remaining Warden Park required 19 and had two wickets in hand, the penultimate over went for 12 but they did lose a wicket. Seven required with one wicket remaining, a mix up with the batsman’s running and a run out chance was taken, Hailsham are U13 County Champions. Mr Wilkinson said ‘This is the first time that the college have entered this tournament and to win against an outstanding field of teams is a tremendous effort, the boys have worked hard for months and this is their just reward.’

PAVILION LIVE EVENT: On Wednesday the Royal Opera House is beaming a live performance of the Rise and Fall of the City of Mahogonny. Doors open at 6.45pm for 7.15pm start. Tickets are £15 adults and £12 concessions. Details can be found at

OVER 50s: Keep healthy and in good shape by joining the Healthy Living Club. This week includes Health Trainers and chair-based exercise. Exercise, make new friends, try new activities and have fun. £1 a session. Refreshments. They meet on Tuesdays at the Methodist Church Hall from 10am to noon and run a variety of activities each week.

SCHOOLS QUIZ: The Rotary Club were hosted at Hawkes Farm Primary School, for this year’s hotly contested 50th Annual Schools Quiz. Park Mead, new entrants this year, won the title by just half a point (26) from hosts Hawkes Farm (25 1/2 ). Grovelands and Hellingly both put in a spirited effort amassing 25 points each and Herstmonceux came 5th with 16 points. All the questions were written by the teachers from each of the participating schools and covered such subjects as Geography and Nature, Maths, General Knowledge, Science.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Bob Webzell ARPS gave a talk on African Dreams, about his biennial trips to Tanzania and the charity Serian UK as secretary since its establishment in 2005. This registered charity aims to promote education for sustainable ways of living in the UK and Tanzania. Serian UK supports Noonkodin Secondary School in a remote Maasai village in northern Tanzania. Most of Bobs fundraising, which helped build the school, is via photographic exhibitions and illustrated lecturing using images taken in Eluwai and the Monduli Mountains. A couple of years ago Bob worked with renowned South African author and poet Wayne Visser, who wrote I am an African poem. They put together a selection of Bob’s photographs to go with some of Wayne’s poetry to create a book called African Dreams, a celebration of the people, landscapes and wildlife of the continent. Exhibition and picture sales also help to raise money. Some of Bob’s wonderful landscape images were of Mt Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti Plains and Olduvai Gorge, a steep sided ravine in the Great Rift Valley. He showed many stunning wildlife pictures as well as pictures of local life. It was an extremely interesting evening with Bob telling stories as well as showing images of his incredible journeys, going to places he said he never thought he would visit.

COMPUTERS FOR CHARITIES: The workshop at Recycling for Charities has been breaking up any unwanted broken pallets for firewood which has been well received in one of the really exposed squats in Calais. The camp has no shelter at all and as it is biting cold in a tent in this weather. So the chance to keep the fires for cooking and heating was met with delight. Thank you to local food banks and individuals who have helped with this, they were so very sincerely grateful. With the help of Hailsham BP garage, local food banks and personal donations, it has been possible for recycling for charities to help a humanitarian group supporting the migrants in Calais. Additional food has been greatly appreciated by this organisation which provides one hot meal a day. Food supplies have also been given to individuals in the camps who prefer to cook for themselves on open fires. Contact 01323 848588 for more information.

Hellingly, Horsebridge & Dicker

EASTER SERVICES: Palm Sunday: 8am Holy Communion Hellingly, 9.15am Holy Communion Upper Dicker, 10.45am Holy Communion Hellingly, 5pm Informal worship, Hellingly. Palm crosses to be given at these services. Maundy Thursday: 7pm Agape meal and Communion at Hellingly church. Good Friday, April 3: 9am Morning Prayer Upper Dicker, 2pm Hour before the Cross, Hellingly. Easter Eve, April 4: 10am Making the Easter Garden at Hellingly church. Children with adults welcome to come and help. 7pm Stainer’s Crucifixion, Hellingly. Easter Day, April 5: People are invited to decorate the cross in the churchyard at Hellingly with flowers, 7.30am Holy Communion Hellingly (A continental breakfast to be served after), 9.15am Holy Communion, Upper Dicker. 10.45am Holy Communion, Hellingly (Small Easter eggs given at our Easter Day services).

ACTIVE PLAY SESSIONS: On Tuesdays and Wednesday during the Easter break children can go along to Hellingly Country and Roebuck parks for events organised and run by Freedom Leisure. Sessions start on Tuesday from 2pm to 3.30pm then at the same times on Wednesday April 1, Tuesday April 7 and Wednesday April 8. Sessions may be cancelled due to poor weather so call Suzanne on (01323) 461390 to check and for further details. The events are sponsored by Orbit East and South and Hellingly Parish Council.

COFFEE MORNING on Thursday at Dicker Hall 10.40am to noon. Book exchange or purchase 20p.

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.

LENT LUNCH: Today, Friday, at Dicker village hall from 12.30pm to 1.30pm. Soup and a roll will be provided along with tea and coffee. Donations welcome for the Hailsham Foodbank.

THE PLOUGH: Quiz every Tuesday 8pm start. Weekly prize plus Quiz Accumulator. Live music every Friday. If you like to perform contact Angelina for an audition. Live music on Sundays from 3pm.

VOICES IN HARMONIE: This is a small, relatively new choir which practises on a Friday evening in Dicker Hall from 7.30pm to 9pm during term time welcomes new members. There are no auditions and it is not necessary to be able to read music. With a free trial you can see if it’s for you. Joining is then a subscription of £25 per term (3 terms per year). Danielle can be contacted at


Herstmonceux & Wartling

SUNDAY SERVICES: Palm Sunday. 8am Holy Communion (BCP) at Herstmonceux, 9.45am Palm Sunday Service at Wartling. 6pm Service of Praise for Palm Sunday at Herstmonceux. Monday 6pm Herstmonceux Meditations, Tuesday Wartling Mediation, Wednesday Herstmonceux Meditations, Thursday at 11am Friends Meeting House, Holy Communion and 7pm at Wartling for Maunday Thursday Communion. Good Friday, April 3, at 9.45am Wartling Family Service, 2pm Herstmonceux Service of the Cross. Sunday, April 5, Easter Day 8am Wartling Holy Communion (BCP), 9.45am Herstmonceux Easter Family Service Holy Communion. 6pm Wartling Easter Praise.

FILM SHOW: This evening, Friday, local transport historian, John Bishop, is presenting a film show at the village hall in aid of the windmill at Windmill Hill. 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.

EASTER EVENTS: Starting tomorrow, Saturday, at Lime Cross Nursery there is a Winnie-the-Pooh Easter Egg Hunt running daily. Closed on Easter Day. Create an Easter bonnet or hat and you could be a Lime Cross lucky winner. Suitable for ages 4 to 12 years, be in with a chance to win a £10 shopping voucher. Full details from Lime Cross Nursery.

SCIENCE CENTRE: Tomorrow, Saturday, 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 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 6 to 9 years. Booking essential.

FOOTPATHS: Herstmonceux Footpath 22b (S0123, S0124) stiles replaced at TQ 629. Following landowner contact, two stiles on Herstmonceux Footpath 22b have been replaced by the landowner.

BOWLING: A reminder to members that sign on day is Saturday April 11 at 10am at the bowling club. Chat, coffee and signing on. Newcomers most welcome. Enquiries to Terry Evingham 01323 832380.

ANTIQUES AND COLLECTORS: The next fair is on Sunday April 5 at Reid Hall, Boreham Street, 9.30am to 2pm. Enquiries to 01323 410727.


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

JUMBLE SALE: Also, Jumble Sale to be held in Laughton Parish Hall on Saturday May 9. Doors open 10.30am. Jumble wanted. More information 01323 811385.

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Today, Friday: Normans Bay 9.40am-10.10am; Opposite Denbeigh Court, Hooe 10.40am-11.10am; Downsview, Ninfield 11.20am-11.45am; Catsfield Village Hall 11.55am-12.30pm; Hoath Hill, Mountfield 1.50am-2.45pm; Ridgeway, Herstmonceux 2.55pm-3.30pm.

Ninfield & Hooe

DEFIBRILLATORS: Both Ninfield and Hooe now have publicly accessible defibrillators that are available 24/7. In the event of an emergency, they are located at the following locations: Hooe: On the front wall of The Red Lion PH. Ninfield: On the wall to the right of the entrance to The Kings Arms.

PCSO DARYL HOLTER: Due to a restructure within the Rother Policing Team a management decision has been made that the villages of Ninfield and Hooe will now be policed by Bexhill Neighbourhood Policing Team. The responsible named officer will be PCSO Rachael Scott who is contactable by e-mail on, or by calling 101 and asking for a message to be passed. Daryl met with Rachael on Monday, March 23 to handover. Daryl says: ‘I will greatly miss both villages and their supportive communities, I have worked on and off within Ninfield and Hooe throughout most of my rural policing. I would like to say thank you to all the parish councils and Neighbourhood Watch and farming communities and local residents for all their assistance. A great deal of good partnership work has resulted in many resolutions and prosecutions around varying subjects, none of these would have happened without the local communities input. I really do recognise that I am only as strong as those that I work with, I have been so fortunate to know you all. I of course, will still be patrolling in the local areas and I am sure will pass though both villages in the future. In regard to my roles within Heritage and Wildlife Crime, I will still be responsible for both villages and will actively work with those communities to deal with any relating reports’.

HOOE OPEN GROUP held their monthly meeting on Friday, March 13. The day proved the superstition as day of misfortune as the speaker, John Tidmarsh, was indisposed thereby leaving a gap in the afternoon. Fortunately David Wallis, the husband of Edna Wallis the club organiser, was at hand and was able, without notice to provide an impromptu talk on the customs and traditions of Japan. David had traded in Japan for over 25 years, being the general representative for the Fuji Photo Optical Company. The talk provided an insight into the daily life of the average Japanese company executive, both at work and at play. Even in the twenty second century women are treated as subordinate to their husbands and are confined to keeping house and looking after their children. They even do not go on holiday, where their husbands go away with their work colleagues. As this meeting of the Open Group was the nearest to Easter, everyone was treated to toasted Hot Cross Buns with their afternoon tea. The next meeting of the Club will be on April 10, commencing at 2.30pm at Hooe Village Hall when the speaker will be Elizabeth Downs giving a talk entitled Assisted Dogs. Visitors are more than welcome on payment of £2 and if you choose to become a full member the annual fee is currently £10, which includes two subsidised events. For further information, please contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591 or e-mail:

LOCAL HISTORY: Ninfield Local History Group meeting on March 19 was enjoyed with some fascinating events during past centuries in Winchelsea narrated by Malcolm Pratt. On April 16 they will be holding their AGM, followed by Kevin Gordon speaking on the Lost Village of Tidemills. Kevin is a well liked speaker so they look forward to seeing him again.

SPRING SHOW: Ninfield Horticultural Society are holding their Spring Show tomorrow, Saturday. 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. Do go and see your village show. Teas and homemade cakes are available too. Enquiries to Rose (892422 or

FIRST RESPONDERS: The Bexhill and District Community First Responders will be meeting on Wednesday is 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.

PARISH COUNCIL: Ninfield Parish Council are meeting on April 2, 7.15pm at Ninfield Methodist Church Hall. Planning Committee meetings precede the full council meetings, starting at 7pm. All Ninfield residents are invited to attend.

VILLAGE SOCIETY: Ninfield Village Society are holding a meeting and their AGM, in the Reading Room 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 further information, please contact either Martin Wood, chairman (892895) or Robin Goldsmith, treasurer (892778).

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield), no service. See St Oswald’s. St Oswald’s Hooe, 10.30am Palm Service combined service. Ninfield Methodist Church, 2.30pm Palm Sunday Service with Revd Peggy Heim.


HAS ANYONE mislaid a journal? If so visit the Reference Library in Eastbourne and ask for Rosie Powell. Email or call 0345 6080196.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Springtime in the High Weald, 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, 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. On April 1, Around America, 10.5 miles with Peter D. Meet bus No 12 at 9.43 am Terminus Road to Hill Rise bus stop where walk starts at 10.15am. Leader will join bus in Old Town. On Saturday April 4, East Dean Wander, 2.5 miles with Marjorie B. Meet at East Dean car park at 10am. Bus No 12 at 9.43am Terminus Road stand J to East Dean. Leader at start.

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

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

HISTORY OF THE LINE, guided visits commemorating 30 years since British Rail closed the line in July 1985. Spa Valley Railway are celebrating this event, by recreating the Demu experience of the 1980s. To find out more look at their website or telephone 01892 537715.

EASTBOURNE LOCAL History Society next meet on Tuesday afternoon, April 7, when our speaker is Ken Brooks talking about Geology and Fossils. Doors open at 1.30pm, meeting starts at 2pm. Visitors welcome.

TALK for JPK Project on April 17 by Alan Hodges called Maybe It’s Because I’m a Londoner. The talk will take you on a postcard journey starting in the 17th century and concluding in the 1960s. Admission is £5 per head which includes tea and coffee plus biscuits during the interval. Egmond hall, High Street, Old Town, Eastbourne.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

PALM SUNDAY SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am All age service with a donkey. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Matins (BCP) with dramatized readings. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Morning Worship. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship led by Rev Francis Bates.

PARISH COUNCIL: Progress is being made with the installation of superfast broad band into Rushlake Green and beyond, but there is some uncertainty about the eventual speed and when individual properties can be connected. PCSO Geraldine Hodgens advised us to be aware of shed thieves in the area. You may have noticed the semi-permanent lake that formed by the entrance of Marklye. Cllrs Andy Long, Chris Wells and others have been trying to get the problem resolved, but ESCC Highways, Southern Water and SE Water all deny that it is their problem. Anyway I noted earlier in the week that the lake has dried up, so I assume somebody stepped up to the plate. There have been similar problems with trying to find a solution to the recurring flooding in Rookery Lane. Thanks were expressed to the hedgerow team for their work in chasing up landowners who fail to cut their road-side hedges. Permission to use the Green has been given to the Rude Mechanical Theatre Company for their annual visit on August 14, for the Flower Show on July 25 and for the Big Lunch on the Green on Sunday June 7. It is hoped that there will be a road closure between the shop and the pub on the day. More details to follow. There is a drive to get defibrillators in each community to provide first aid. Cllr Nigel McKeeman (WDC) is co-ordinating this is his ward which includes the Warbleton end of the parish. A unit for use in Rushlake Green has been obtained, and the cabinet to house it. This will be installed outside Osborne House. Cllr Karen Cooke is helping to co-ordinate a CPR Know How Session in the Dunn Village Hall (thanks for use of the hall) on May 19 for those who would like to be volunteers. Fund raising has started in Three Cups for a unit there, probably at the pub. An application has gone in for a unit for Punnetts Town. Plans are well advanced for units at the Goward Hall and in Old Heathfield. Cllr Ray Tratt has been organising the repair and refurbishment of the finger-posts around the parish. He reported that the county council are forming a long term plan for rights of way. The next meeting of the council is the Annual Parish Meeting on April 16 at the Dunn Village Hall.

ELECTIONS: As well as the General Election on Thursday May 7 a new parish council will be elected. Nomination papers can be obtained from the clerk Marian Smith (01435 831653) or from the Electoral officer at Wealden District Council. Nine out of the 11 members of the council are elected to represent Warbleton ward.

DUNN VILLAGE HALL: The recent wine and cheese evening raised £1,415 for the Dunn Village Hall. There will be a talk on Windmills on June 6, and the annual art show will be September 18 to 20.

WALK: Our History Group walk is tomorrow, Saturday, meeting at 2pm in the car park of Berwick Church.

COFFEE RESULT: Last week I mentioned the Coffee and Company special in aid of Children of Gambia Services held last week. Rita Atkinson, the treasurer, tells me that a cheque for £200 is being given to COGS. A splendid result, and many thanks to those who organised the event and gave so generously. The next special is on May 14 for Riding For The Disabled and will include a plant sale. In the meantime C&Co is open every Thursday morning from 10am to noon at the Osborne House Community Room.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

ARMED ROBBERY at Wish Hill Post Office: Shortly after opening on the morning of March 18, the post office was targeted by a male robber, who threatened the member of staff who handed over what little money she had access to, before he fled. Additional security and CCTV was installed at the branch following a similar incident just over a year ago, which is why the robber got away with very little on this occasion, and although shaken up, the member of staff was unharmed. Andrea Etwell, sub-postmistress of the branch would like to remind her customers that it is business as usual, and reiterated that there is little point in thieves targeting her branch due to the increased security, and the fact that the staff have access to very little money. Incidents like this increase the chances of the branch closing, unless customers continue to support this vital community resource. Police would like anyone who witnessed either the incident, or anyone acting suspiciously in the Wish Hill/Church Street area of Willingdon around 9am on March 18 to come forward. The crime reference number is 320 of 18/3, and the police can be contacted on either 101 or by email at ,or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

BRIDGE: Wannock Downs Bridge Club is looking for new members, preferably those with some knowledge of duplicate bridge. It is a very friendly club. The players meet every Thursday afternoon from 1.30pm to 4.30pm at Wannock Village Hall. The cost is £2.50 for each session which includes tea and biscuits. For further information please ring John Beattie on 01323 442786.

WANNOCK ARTISTS will be holding their next monthly meeting at 7pm today, Friday, 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

HORSE RACING: The British Queen is organising a popular horse racing evening, today, Friday. 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.

COLDSHOT will be entertaining customers at the British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

JAMES HOLLINGSWORTH, singer, song writer and versatile performer will be providing the entertainment at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

NEW PARISH CLERK: Following the resignation of Andy Beams, who has now taken on a full time post at Battle Town Council, Stephen Keogh was appointed responsible finance officer and parish clerk for Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council as from March 16. Chairman of the parish council, Cllr John Pritchett, said that Stephen comes from Peacehaven Town Council with a wealth of experience which is sure to benefit the council. Nicola Williamson is the cemetery manager and assistant clerk.

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

A COFFEE MORNING will be held from 10.30am to 11.45am on Monday at Chalk Farm Hotel. The students with learning disabilities will be helping out, and there will be a raffle, greetings cards and plants for sale, and do visit the garden centre behind the hotel where there are a large selection of plants and shrubs.

THE DOWNLAND SINGERS will be performing Olivet to Calvary at 3pm on Maundy Thursday, April 2, at Trinity Church. Musical director is Jennie MacFadyen and organist is Alastair MacFadyen. Tenor soloist is Nick Howard, bass soloist is Mike Barber and soprano soloist is Sally Peters. There will be a retiring collection for People Matter.

A CHARITY QUIZ is being held at Willingdon Golf Club with live entertainment from 7pm to 11pm on Saturday April 4. Young magician of the year Kristopher Singh will be there to add to the enjoyment as well as illusionist Chris Chapple. The raffle will be drawn by Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd. To book a table or for more information please contact or ring or text Don on 07791 476669. Admission is £5 per person, with up to five people in a team. Proceeds are in aid of The Homeless and Vulnerable in Eastbourne and Rockinghorse Children’s Charity.

AGM: Willingdon Residents’ Association will be having their annual general meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday April 15 at Trinity Church Hall. Speaker is Kevin Clark from South East Water.

QUIZ: Willingdon Resident’s Association is also organising a quiz and ploughman’s supper at 7.30pm on Friday April 24. The cost is £7 per person to include supper and a free raffle. There can be up to six people in a team. Tickets sell out very fast. Please ring Richard Nunney on 01323 501238.

HOLY WEEK: Services at St Mary’s Church Willingdon for Holy Week are as follows: Palm Sunday, Holy Communion 8am; Parish Eucharist and Palm Procession 9.45am. Family Worship and Palm Procession is at 11.30am and at the same time is the Worship at Church on the Trees Community Centre. The Cross of Christ (Devotion for Holy Week) is at 6.30pm.

On Maundy Thursday at 8pm there will be the Parish Eucharist of the Last Supper with foot washing followed by Watch of Prayer until midnight. On Good Friday, April 3, at 10am Children’s Good Friday Worship will be followed by hot cross buns in the church hall. At 1pm there will be a devotional hour and at 2pm Good Friday Liturgy and Holy Communion. On Holy Saturday, April 4, the Easter Vigil is at 8pm. On Easter Day Sunday, April 5, Holy Communion is at 8am, Parish Eucharist is at 9.45am, Family Eucharist is at 11.30am and Evensong is at 6.30pm.