DICKENSIAN EVENING: yes, it is very, very early to be talking about Dickensian evening but this year the date has changed and for those who think ahead and mark their calendars with annual events I feel due notification should be given. Drusillas, who for 25 years has generously donated their car parking facilities to the village, need the space for themselves on the usual Dickensian Saturday. The announcement from Drusilla’s arrived on the same day that 25,000 copies of the Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Partnership brochure was published with the usual Dickensian Evening date duly entered. However, Frankie Reynolds and a team of willing helpers stuck a striking red sticker on the front cover of all 25,000 announcing Alfriston Dickensian Evening now 24 November; a date for the diary.
THE ALFRISTON and Cuckmere Valley Partnership has once again produced a very comprehensive brochure listing all amenities to be found in our area together with Calendar of Events and a map showing places of interest. It is a valuable reference for residence as well as visitors. All the phone numbers of restaurants, pubs, B&Bs and hotel accommodation and shops. There is also contact details of bus and train services. It can be picked up from all shops in the village and tourist centres in the area. In fact, no home should be without it.
PRO MUSICA will be performing at St Andrew’s Church on April 1 at 7pm. Kathryn Sargent, Lucy Williams, Robert Little and Michael Bunting will be the soloists for Mozart’s Requiem Exsultate Jubilate with Charlotte Taylor the soloist for Vivaldi’s Gloria with accompaniment by the Florentine Ensemble all under the direction of Ray Maulkin. Tickets at the door £10/£8 concessions, children under 14 free.
EASTER BUNNY HUNT at the Clergy House will be held this year from March 31 to April 15 (including Good Friday). There will be a charge of £1.50 to take part in the search for bunnies hidden around the cottage garden and those who find a bunny will receive a chocolate treat. The event is sponsored by Cadburys who will also supply a face painter on April 8 and 9 for the bunny hunters. Booking is not required. The Clergy House is open from 10.30am to 5pm, with last admission at 4.30pm, every day except Thursday and Friday though there will be a special opening on Good Friday.
COFFEE MORNING: Alfriston Cricket Club will be holding their Coffee Morning on April 7 from 10am to noon at the War Memorial Hall. There will be books, produce, bric-a-brac and cake stalls and, of course, tombola and raffle. A sure sign that the seasons are changing and summer is on its way with the promise of leather on willow soon to be heard round the field.
NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS for getting fit should by now be showing some rewards. However, if the waistline is still a little more generous than you would like can I point out that there is an activity class available on every day of the working week in Alfriston. Art on Monday may not be very physically active but it is stimulating. Pilates, Bell Ringing, Tai Chi and singing on Tuesday, Line Dancing, Yoga and Short Mat Bowls on Wednesday, Zumba on Thursday and Yoga again on Friday. The surrounding countryside offers walks a plenty and the Cuckmere Meanderers are meeting at the Market Cross on Saturday April 14 at 2pm for a group walk. It seems there is no excuse.
Bodle Street Green
PALM SUNDAY: St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Palm Sunday Morning Prayer with dramatised readings. St Mary’s Warbleton, 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Palm Sunday Family Service. The Parish Magazine is changing to reflect the fact that Dallington is gradually joining with Warbleton and Bodle Street in a joint benefice.
MAUNDY THURSDAY: There is a service of Holy Communion at St John’s at 7.30pm.
GOOD FRIDAY: There will be a service of reflection on the events and meaning of the first Good Friday, at 10am at Bodle Street, noon at Dallington and at 3pm at Warbleton.
JUMBLE SALE: Hailsham Bonfire Society is holding a grand jumble sale in the Charles Hunt Centre tomorrow, Saturday. Doors open at 10am and admission is 30p. Refreshments will be available. All proceeds go towards staging the 2012 spectacular Guy Fawkes celebrations to be held on October 20. If you have any jumble or items suitable for raffle prizes please call Lynn on 01323 441514 for collection. The society would like to thank all those who attended their bingo night and helped to raise over £100. The next bingo night will be held on April 20.
ST MARY’S: Palm Sunday April 1 at 10.30am is an All Age Special with crèche, The Road to the Cross and at 6.30pm The Easter Journey with hymns and readings that record the events of Easter. Maundy Thursday is an informal communion service at 7.30pm. Good Friday, April 6, there is an All Age Special at 10.30am followed by hot cross buns and coffee and craft activities for all ages. Meditation follows at 2pm. On Easter Sunday, April 8, Pledge Sunday, there is a Holy Communion service at 8am, Easter Family Communion is at 10.30am followed by a children’s Easter egg hunt in the Vicarage garden. Holy Communion at Emmanuel is at 2.45pm and at 6.30pm back at St Mary’s Easter Songs of Praise.
CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday the Corinthian Church and Healing Association Service is 11am to noon with Rev Kim Collier at Primrose Hall and is followed by refreshments. There is a Clairvoyant Evening on Saturday April 7 from 7.30pm to 9pm at Primrose Hall with Sue and Leigh Smith. Entry is £5 at the door.
RAMBLERS: On Sunday Pam (01825) 764937 is leading an eight-mile walk through Uckfield, Buxted and Highurst Wood. Bring a packed lunch. The shorter walks are on Wednesday starting with a 5.5 mile walk from Gun Hill to Graywood Farm and back along Bull River. This is a brisk walk with Frances (01435) 862330, there may be some muddy sections and a few stiles. The Wednesday Strolls group with Pam and Tony (01825) 767937 will be enjoying Buxted Park views and a wood, which could be muddy. If you would like to go along on any of these walks, please ring the walk leader for details. For general information about joining Hailsham Ramblers ring the secretary, Jill, on 01323 843530. Annual membership is only £3.
OLD PAVILION SOCIETY: HOPS will be running the Farmers Market stall every day at the Arlington Bluebell Walk and Farm Trail at Bates Green Farm, Arlington open from April 6 to Sunday May 13 from 10am to 5pm (except Mondays). They will also be doing the catering on April 19 and 20. Do not miss the beautiful bluebells and HOPS would appreciate your support. This farm event is supporting 17 local charities this year. The recent Soup and Pud lunch event held recently raised in excess of an amazing £400 and the bridge afternoon another £192. Look out for the new clock above the kiosk in the auditorium at the Pavilion. The clock was bought with donations in memory of Margaret McClure, Chairman of HOPS, Board Member and great supporter of the Pavilion who sadly passed away last year.
ST GEORGE’S DAY: On Saturday April 7 at the Charles Hunt Centre, for £13 the Lions offer an evening with popular entertainer, Ray Campbell and a fish and chip supper. Red and white theme. BYO drink. Free parking Tickets from Yvonne (01323) 845715 or Joy on (01323) 840382.
SPORTS POD: Hailsham Community College are running sports events daily for 5 to 12 year olds throughout the Easter school break including parachute and ball games, trampolining and gymnastics, cricket, tennis, street dance and cheerleading. If your child would like to take part contact Sarah Fitch, Sports Supervisor at HCC on (01323) 841468 extn 331 or email email@example.com
FIT, FOOD, FAMILY: This is a free nutritional programme for all the family, starting week commencing April 16. The programme is aimed at 5 to 12 year olds and their families, to educate young people about the nutritional value of food and the importance of activity and exercise in relaxed and enjoyable sessions. The programme runs for six weeks. Each session consists of one hour of nutritional based information and one hour of physical activity. For further information, or if you have any questions, contact Sarah Fitch on (01323) 841468 extn. 331 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
EASTBOURNE SOROPTIMISTS: A charity concert at the Pavilion organised by Eastbourne Soroptimists Club, raised more than £500 for Eastbourne Lifeboats. The raffle raised £168 with thanks to Hailsham businesses, David Hoad Photography, Callenders Restaurant, Ashley Adams jewellers and Tesco, who kindly donated prizes. The Mayor and Mayoress of Hailsham, Councillor and Mrs Jeff Bentley-Astor, attended as well as Mr Mark Sawyer, coxswain of the Eastbourne Lifeboat and Dr Jane Mercer, chairman of the Eastbourne RNLI fundraising committee. The evening included performances by the centre’s Jazz and Blues band and Flute Fusion, who were recent semi-finalists in the National Festival of Youth Music, the percussion ensemble and flute groups with Gordon Dodridge, Regional Leader of the centre introducing the performers. Eastbourne Lifeboats are the charity chosen by Soroptimists joint presidents, Gloria Pearce who lives in Hailsham and Barbara Stanbury from Eastbourne. They thanked everyone for their support, the young people for their talented performances, the guests and those who had bought tickets to bring such a successful result.
MARSHLANDS SCHOOL: Mrs Barnard is retiring after giving over 25 years service to Marshlands community and the school wishes her a peaceful and relaxing year and thanks for all the thousands of children she has worked with.
Hellingly & Horsebridge
CHURCH SERVICES: Palm Sunday services at Hellingly Church Holy Communion is at 8am and again at 10.45am followed by Compline at 6.30pm. Holy Trinity at Upper Dicker Holy Communion service is at 9.15am. Collect your palm cross as the way is prepared for Easter. On Maundy Thursday there is Holy Communion at Hellingly church at 9.30am and an Agape Supper and Stripping of the church at 7pm. April 6 is Good Friday. At Hellingly from 10.30am to 11.30am children and young people are invited to help make this year’s Easter garden for Upper Dicker and Hellingly and there is a service of contemplation and reflection at Hellingly from 2pm to 3pm, The Last Hour, At the Cross choral worship. There is a compline service at 8pm at Upper Dicker. Easter Day, April 8, services start at 6.15am for those who rise early, a Sunrise Service and time of quiet contemplation. Holy Communion is at 8am and at Upper Dicker at 9.15am and again at Hellingly at 10.45am to celebrate Easter Day and you might like to take a flower for the cross. Hellingly has evensong at 6.30pm.
PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Richard Walton, FRPS was the judge for the Strong Trophy in which members submit a series of 6 prints for the print panel competition. The results are: 1, Liz Scott ARPS AFIAP; 2, Terry McGhie LRPS; 3, Jean Mills. Highly Commended were Lynette Benton LRPS and Wendy Chrismas LRPS. Five Sussex photographers, John Deller, David Mills, Liz and Roger Scott, and Peter Stafford, all members of the Hailsham Photographic Society, are holding an exhibition of their work at Gallery North from March 27 until April 28. The gallery is open from 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Saturday. The group joined forces in 2007 and now with their special guest, Edward Sturgeon bring their diverse styles together in this, their fifth exhibition of contemporary digital and traditional silver gelatin photography. Landscapes, abstracts, architecture and African wildlife are just a few of the subjects featured in both colour and monochrome.
PARISH COUNCIL: At the PC meeting in January it was reported that concerning the improvement in rural Broadband speeds, the survey form had been incorporated into the current edition of Hellingly Highlights which can be picked up from Hellingly post office. Councillors Ronald and Yvonne Chatwin had approached residents about the street lights in New Road. Opinions had varied, but on balance residents would prefer to retain the street lights. There has been a meeting of the Joint Waste Committee, composed of four local councils who intend working together in order to save money. A waste contract starting in April has potential savings of £310k for Wealden. The chairman had expressed his opposition to the proposal to use the New Homes Bonus for Wealden projects not necessarily in the parishes where homes were to be built. On Roebuck Park and a recent meeting with Wealden District and County Councils concerning bus service provision, county agreed to provide further information on the actual benefit to Hellingly Parish of the proposed extension to existing Stagecoach services. Traffic calming proposals have been agreed and also a site meeting had taken place at the damaged bridge in Mill Lane. Rebuilding would be undertaken in due course.
Herstmonceux & Wartling
SQUEEZE Breakfast Club fell on March 5, just a couple of weeks before Mother’s Day, so the choice of handicrafts centred on gifts for Mum. First came Love Bugs, small cereal boxes for presents, but disguised as insects with heads and antennae and six legs. Some of the children moulded small cooking pots from clay, which was expected to dry without baking in about a week, ready to be painted on the following Sunday. Others threaded tinsel onto wire to make friendship bracelets, or added decorated hearts so that the wire could be hooked to hang from any shelf or drawer handle, as a reminder of the love that had gone into making the mobile. The major project was a banner reading Thanks Mum, with the outline letters in coloured thread and the insides filled with tissue paper flowers. The children held it in front of them when they sang and recited their thanks to their mums on Mothering Sunday at the Free Church. Refreshment Sunday used to be another name for Mothering Sunday, Pastor Jim Beveridge reminded his Breakfast audience. Coming halfway through Lent, the period of preparation for Easter, the fasting paused to allow Simnel Cake to be eaten. This has one or more layers of marzipan through it, and the top is decorated to represent eleven of the disciples. (Judas is left out because he was the one who betrayed Jesus). There were also three thoughtful corners where information on the Women’s World Day of Prayer, and a map of the area around Herstmonceux were displayed. Individuals were invited to pray for the subjects given by the women of Malaysia, or for a need in the village, or for the fulfilment of a dream, a hope or talent personal to themselves. The next Squeeze falls on Sunday, so who knows what might happen? Taking place in the village hall from 10am until noon, a simple breakfast is provided: tea or coffee cereals, toast, fresh fruit, pastries, and soft drinks. There is no charge and all ages are warmly welcome.
HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The next meeting will be in the Reid Hall, Boreham Street on Thursday when Dr Michael Lynn will be the speaker. His topic for the evening will be Bees and Gardening after which the monthly competition, this month being the best florally decorated Easter Bonnet, will be judged. A reminder too that they will be taking bookings for their June outing which will be to Loseley Park and anybody wishing to join them should go along and make their booking. Doors open at 7pm, the meeting commencing at 7.30pm.
ALADDIN Jnr: Young HATS are staging Aladdin Jnr between March 29 and 31. Tickets are available at £6 for adults and £4 for children by telephoning their Box Office on 832117/832227 or call in at the Woolpack Inn where Ted has them for sale at the bar.
ADVANCE NOTICE: This year’s annual Colour Show, kindly staged by the Hailsham Photographic Society, in aid of funds for the Friends of All Saints Church, will be held on Monday April 30 in the village hall from 7.30pm. Admission is £4.50 to this popular event and includes refreshments during the interval. Tickets available on the door.
CASTLE TALKS: The first of a series of talks to be run by the Castle starts on Tuesday. Nick Baxter-Moore who is on leave from Brock’s University, Lothario and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Complications, Popular Culture and film will spend his evening giving a talk on Where Have All The Protest Songs Gone. The talk will take place in the function room of the Woolpack Inn and will commence at 7.30pm. Entry is free with tea and coffee being served during the interval.
1960S DANCE NIGHT: Saturday April 14 in the village hall when City Rhodes Sounds will be providing the live music. Tickets are £10 per head, to include a ploughman’s supper, and are available by telephoning Dawn and Cecil on 832304. The doors of the hall will be open from 7.30pm with music starting at 8pm and running right through until 11.30pm. All profits from the evening will go to the Eastbourne Branch of Parkinson’s UK.
CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) along with Evensong (BCP) will be held at Wartling church at 8am and 6pm respectively, with the Palm Sunday Family Service being held at Herstmonceux church at 9.45am.
TABLE SALE: Tomorrow, Saturday, there will be an Indoor Table Sale from 9am to 1pm in the Reid Hall, Boreham Street. Many stalls, cafe, raffle. To raise funds for Dallington School.
THE LIBRARY will be visiting 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; Millfield, 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
A HUGE well done to Louise Murphy from the Red Lion who ran the Hastings Half Marathon last Sunday. Louise ran to raise money towards a wheelchair for the recently hospitalised Mo Bourner (a Hooe resident). She ran a great time of two hours and raised a fantastic amount of over £6000.
CARNIVAL QUEEN: The carnival committee are on the hunt for their Carnival Queen. Do you have a year 6 girl from Ninfield or Hooe who would like to be part of this historical event? To put forward your nomination, please complete a form at Ninfield Stores and give to Linda Scott. There are only a few days left so get nominating.
STOLEN: A red Toyota Pickup truck was stolen from Standard Hill end of Ninfield between 6pm March 19 and 6.30am March 20. If you have any information that will assist the police with this theft, please contact them. The police would also like all 4X4 owners to be aware and report any suspicious activities to them. There has also been a theft of heating oil from Church Lane between February 7 and March 22. Again if you have any information that will help the police please contact them. The number to call for both thefts is 101 ext 65261.
BURLESQUE: The next Burlesque class is tonight, Friday, at the Memorial Hall, 7.15pm to 8.30pm, £5.
QUIZ NIGHT: The Memorial Hall committee are holding a Quiz Night tomorrow, Saturday, 7.30pm at the hall. Entrance fee includes a ploughman’s supper and tea, coffee. To book a table ring 892682/892878. Teams up to six people.
RACENIGHT: Tomorrow, Saturday, there will be a Racenight at the Blacksmiths Inn to raise funds for St Micheals Hospice in memory of local Mum Helen Jaworanski. The event will start at 7.30pm and the MC for the evening will be Mr Stevie D. Everyone welcome. Please go along and join in the fun and help raise vital funds for our local hospice, every penny counts. For more information or to sponsor a race please contact Jane Rowlatt 01424 893591.
FOOTBALL: Hooe Sports Football Club are playing Mountfield on Wednesdays at Mountfield. Kick off is at 3pm. Their final in the Blacklands Finance Challenge Cup against Wadhurst Utd is on Wednesday April 11. This game will be played at The Polegrove, Bexhill with kick off at 7.30pm. For further information call 07872 312266.
THE PARISH COUNCIL are meeting on Thursday, 7.30pm at the Methodist Church. All residents are invited to attend.
HOOE OPEN GROUP’S April meeting will be held at village hall on Friday April 13, 2pm when the speaker will be Jim Bolter who will give a talk on the mysteries of Michalham Priory. It is also their Easter meeting when the members will enjoy Hot Cross Buns and an individual chocolate Easter Egg.
THE BOWLS CLUB are holding an open day (start of the outdoor season) on Sunday April 15 at 2.30pm. Whatever the weather there will be tea and cakes and there is a chance for you to have a go.
HOOE PARISH COUNCIL are meeting on April 16 at the village hall, 7.45pm. All Hooe residents are invited.
CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Family Service. 6pm Book of Common Prayer Communion. Wednesday 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Family Service. Services are now back in the church. Ninfield Methodist Church, 2.30pm Palm Sunday Worship with Revd Malcolm Hope.
PRODUCE STALL: Polegate WI is having a produce stall outside the Co-op tomorrow, Saturday. Please come and sample our wares, cakes, pies and garden plants.
EASTER FAIR tomorrow, Saturday, at Trinity Church hall from 10 am to noon. There will be an East Bonnet parade, teas and coffees and hot cross buns.
THE COFFEE MORNING at Polegate Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday, is hosted by the Building Fund. All welcome in the lounge from 10am to noon.
RAMBLING CLUB: April 5 leisurely walk, Along the Roman Road, two to three miles linear walk, Tarmac track, bus 56 at 9.05am Coppice Avenue to Stone Cross or 9.12am Polegate High Street, return on 11.56 am bus from Westham Station to Polegate via Stone Cross. Check timetable with Marion and Ellen. Or Sharnfold Farm Circular and Farm Shop, 4.5 miles farmland, lanes, several inclines, woodland, could be muddy, refreshments available, 13 stiles, meet at 9.30am or top of Shepham Lane Cuckoo trail at 9.45am with Sue T, or Crowhurst Circular, eight miles, fairly flat, fields and tracks, approx 11 stiles, take picnic with Sheila and Frank.
POLEGATE WI meet on April 12, when we will have a visit from Age Concern giving useful advice on your entitlement to benefits and how to obtain them. The meeting will be held in the lounge at Polegate Community Centre at 2.15pm. For more information contact Pam on 482854.
SHOW RESULTS: Polegate Gardeners Society Early Summer Show results: Section One Narcissi. Nine vases one bloom/stem distinct varieties: 1, Mrs S Goddard; 2, D Cooke. Three vases three blooms distinct varieties: 1, A Winter; 2, D Cooke; 3, Mrs S Goddard. One bloom of trumpet: 1, A Winter; 2, Mrs S Goddard. One bloom, large cupped: 1, Mrs S Goddard; 2, A Winter; 3, D Cooke. One bloom, small cupped: 1, Mrs S Goddard; 2, D Cooke; 3, A Winter. One stem of double: 1, A Winter; 2, Mrs S Goddard; 3, K Sawyer. One stem of Tazetta or Jonquilla: 1, Mrs S Goddard; 2, A Winter. One bloom/stem not previously specified: 1, Mrs S Goddard; 2, A Winter; 3, D Cooke. Three blooms of trumpet: 1, A Winter; 2, Mrs S Goddard. Three blooms of large cupped: 1, A Winter; 2, Mrs S Goddard. Three blooms of small cupped: 1, Mrs S Goddard; 2, D Cooke. Three stems of double: 3, Mrs S Goddard. Three stems of Tazetta or Jonquilla: 1, Mrs S Goddard; 2, A Winter. Three blooms or stems not previously specified: 1, A Winter; 2, Mrs S Goddard; Nine blooms or stems mixed (any type): 1, a Winter; 2, Mrs S Goddard. One pot or bowl of large cupped: 1, Mrs S Goddard. One pot or bowl of double cupped: 1, Mrs S Goddard. One pot of single tulips: 1, Mrs S Goddard.
Section Two General. One vase, four stems Hellibores (any variety): 1, K Sawyer; 2, R May; 3, Mrs D Goldsmith. One vase seven grape hyacinths: 1, Mrs S Goddard; 2, Mrs D Goldsmith; 3, Mrs S Goddard. One vase spring flowers (four varieties): 1, Mrs R Haynes; 2, Mrs S Goddard; 3, K Sawyer. One vase polyanthus or primrose (five stems): 1, Mrs S Goddard. One vase four stems flowering shrub (four variates): 1, Mrs S Smith; 2, Mrs D Goldsmith. One pot polyanthus or primrose: 1, Mrs S Goddard; 2, Mrs J Freakes. One pot any other spring flowers or bulbs: 1, Mrs S Goddard; 2, Mrs D Goldsmith. One pot of three hyacinths: 2, Mrs S Goddard.
Section Three Narcissi: One bloom of trumpet: 1, T Yoyce. One bloom large cupped: 1, Mrs R Haynes; 2, R Morgan-Smith; 3, Mrs B Pound. One bloom small cupped: 1, T Yoyce. One stem of double: 1, Mrs R Haynes. One stem of Tazette or Jonquilla: 1, Mrs R Haynes. One bloom not previously specified: 1, R Morgan-Smith. Three blooms of trumpet; 1, R Morgan-Smith; 2, T Yoyce. Three blooms of large cupped: 1, Mrs Morgan-Smith; 2, Mrs R Haynes; 3, Mrs B Pound. Three blooms of small cupped: 2, T Yoyce. Three stems of Tazette or Jonquilla: 2, Mrs R Haynes. Six blooms or stems of mixed: 1, Mrs R Haynes; 2, Mrs Morgan-Smith. One pot of any type: 2, Mrs S Smith.
Section Four Domestic. Apple cake: 1, Mrs P Clarke; 2, Mrs A Parrini; 3, Mrs A Barrow. Six pieces of flapjack: 1, Mrs J Fullbrook; 2, Miss C Barber; 3, Mrs M Spray. Six raising buns: 1, Mrs J Day; 2, Mrs P Clarke; 3, Mrs C Lamdin. Six jam tarts: 1, Mrs A Barrow; 2, Mrs P Clarke; 3, Mrs A Parrini. Six cup cakes: 1, Mrs Morgan-Smith; 2, Mrs A Parrini; 3, Mrs J Freakes. Victoria Sandwich: 1, Mrs J Freakes; 2,, Mrs A O’Riodan; 3, Mrs A Parrini. One quiche: 1, Mrs A Parrini. Six sausage rolls: 1, Mrs A Parrini. Jar of marmalade: 1, Mrs C Lamdin; 2, Mrs Morgan-Smith; 3, Mrs P Field. Jar of lemon curd. 1, Mrs A Parrini; 2, Mrs B May; 3, Mrs P Field.
Section Five Home Made Wines. Bottle of red wine (dry), Mr R Reeve; bottle of red wine (sweet), Mr R Reeve; bottle of white wine (dry), Mr R Reeve; bottle of white wine (sweet), Mr R Reeve; two bottles of wine not concentrate (two kinds), Mr R Reeve. Bottle of liqueur: 1, Mr R Reeve; 2, Mrs S Smith; 3, Mrs P Clarke.
Section Six, Paintings and Handicraft. One oil painting: 1, R Blackwell. One water colour: 1, Mrs R Haynes; 2, Miss D Pierce; 3, R Blackwell. One acrylic: 1, Miss D Pierce; 2, R Blackwell. One item any other medium: 1, Mr Blackwell; 2, Mrs A O’Riodan; 3, Miss D Pierce. Adult hand knitted garment: 1, Mrs B May; 2, Mrs A James; 3, Mrs R Haynes. Children’s fancy hand knitted: 1, Mrs B May; 2, Mrs A James; 3, Mrs R Haynes. One piece of embroidery: 1, D Shanks; 2, Mrs C Pritchard; 3, Miss D Cocks. One item of crochet: 1, Mrs R Haynes; 2, Mrs J Freakes. One other knitted article: 1, Mrs S Hannam; 2, Mrs M Brian-Davis; 3, Mrs R Haynes. One any other handicraft: 1, Mrs M Brian-Davis; 2, Mrs P Pound; 3, T Yoyce. Handmade greetings card: 1, R Blackwell; 2, Mrs M Brian-Davis; 3, Mrs J Fullbrook. Handicraft class for men: 1, M James; 2, K Sawyer; 3, T Yoyce.
Section Seven Decorative. Wedding Anniversary exhibit: 1, Mrs J Mordaunt; 2, Mrs J Fullbrook; 3, Mrs S Goddard. Celebrations, petite exhibit: 1, Mrs S Goddard; 2, Mrs J Fullbrook; 3, Mrs J Mordaunt. Something Special, miniature exhibit: 1, Mrs J Mordaunt; 2, Mrs J Fullbrook; 3, Mrs S Goddard.
Annual Awards: Mollie Jones Cup, best exhibit section one class 10, A Winter; Nelson Wingrove Cup, most points section one, Mrs S Goddard; Ron Goodman Cup, best exhibit section two class 23, Mrs S Smith; Joanna Simmonds Cup, best exhibit section three, Mrs D Morgan-Smith; PGS Intermediate Cup, most points section three class 34, Mrs R Haynes and Mrs M Brian-Davis; Easter Cup, best exhibit section four, Mrs P Clarke; Shoesmith Cup, most points section four class 39, Mrs A Parrini; Iris Wiggs Cup, best exhibit section five class 52, R Reeve; Small Wine Cup, most points section five, R Reeve; David Williams Cup, best exhibit section six class 58, R Blackwell; Hurst Cup, best exhibit section six class 65, Mrs M Brian-Davis; Twine Cup, most points section six, Mrs M Brian-Davis; Olive Simmonds Trophy, best exhibit section seven class 68, Mrs J Mordaunt; PGS Cup (spring), most points section seven, Mrs J Mordaunt. Momento Cups, for winning the Molly Jones Cup for the past three years, Dennis Brown; Momento Cups, for winning the Nelson Wingrove Cup for the past three years, Dennis Brown; Momento Cup, for winning the Iris Wiggs Cup for the past three years, Rodney Reeve.
Judges: Mr M Moss, Mrs S Davies, Mr P Martin, Mrs B Gough, Mrs A Harris.
Warbleton & Rushlake Green
PALM SUNDAY: St Mary’s Warbleton, 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Palm Sunday Family Service. St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Palm Sunday Morning Prayer with dramatised readings. Heathfield Chapel, The services at 11am Morning worship and communion and 6.30pm evening service, will be conducted by Rev Bob Cotton representing the Evangelical Fellowship of Congregational Churches, to which the chapel belongs. The parish magazine is changing to reflect the fact that Dallington is gradually joining with Warbleton and Bodle Street in a joint benefice.
QUIZ NIGHT: Warbleton and Rushlake Green Bonfire Society are holding their monthly quiz night on Sunday at 7.30pm for 8pm. This will be held at The Black Duck free house. Come along for a fun and friendly evening and help us raise money for our firework display.
CLIVE TURNER: It is my sad task to report the passing of Clive Turner, after a long illness. Clive was for many years the percussionist for the Warbleton and Buxted Brass Band, as it was known then. In recent years, he has been a familiar face at Warbleton Church and Coffee and Company, until illness prevented him from attending. Our deepest sympathy to Sarah, and to the rest of the family. The funeral is at 11.30am on Maundy Thursday, April 5, at Warbleton Church.
MAUNDY THURSDAY: There is a service of Holy Communion at St John’s Bodle Street at 7.30pm.
GOOD FRIDAY: There will be a service of reflection on the events and meaning of the first Good Friday, at 10am at Bodle Street, noon at Dallington and at 3pm at Warbleton. Heathfield Chapel have a service at 10.30am led by Rad Upfield.
OPEN DAY: If you have an interest in the history of local properties or families, why not come to see the results of previous research held by the Warbleton and District History Group. The group also has several items of general interest and a small lending library. There are indexes to assist and members on hand to help and give advice. The date for your diary is April 14, 2pm to 5pm, in the Dunn Village Hall. Tea and coffee will be available.
AUCTION: We had a reasonable turnout for the auction of promises last Saturday at the Dunn Village Hall. Tim Watson handled the bidding with his usual good humour, persuading us to part with our money. The star lot was the one I mentioned last week; a guided tour of the Vintners Hall London, including a lunch for six people. This made £385. There were a wide variety of promises, cleaning brass and silver, gardening, admission to various local attractions etc, plus various items available on the night, cakes, wine, a picture and a splendid hamper from The Stores. Thanks to Tim, to those who worked hard to obtain the lots, to those individuals, firms and organisations who donated them, and last but not least to everyone who bid in person or in a sealed bid. I jotted down the prices and I made it £2,134 plus the bar takings (E & OE). This is to be divided between the Hall and Children of Gambia Services.
CHURCH HILL CHALLENGE: It’s back. This fun event first held to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, will be held at Warbleton on Monday June 4 from 12.30pm to 5pm, as part of the Diamond Jubilee weekend. For details of how to enter, and how you can help, please call in to the Black Duck. There are some basic rules, but also plenty of scope for you imagination to run riot in the design of your soap box cart, that is the minimum specification.
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SPORTS RELIEF MILE: Over 20 people took part in the Sport’s Relief Mile at Huggett’s Lane Recreation Ground on Sunday March 25. The run had been organised by Doreen Giller who took part with her dog Thai. Chairman of Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council John Pritchett started the run off at 2pm and also completed the mile himself. First to finish was Callum Camille, second was Brendan Field and third was Robbie Callingham, all year 10 students at Willingdon Community School and members of Willingdon Warriors Football Team. Refreshments were kindly provided by members of Willingdon WI.
GARDEN COMPETITION: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council is once again organising a free annual gardening competition. Application forms are available from the parish council office at 3 Gorringe Valley Road or ring the office on 01323 489603 or 01323 489104 to register. An application form can then be emailed or sent to you. This year there are six categories. They are as follows: 1, private front gardens; 2, window boxes, hanging boxes and containers; 3, cottage gardens; 4, unusual and novelty gardens; 5, educational and environmental; 6, commemorative Diamond Jubilee gardens. The judges will be scoring for visual impact and first impressions, standard of maintenance, use of colour and design, and the best use of available space, as well as special or unusual features. In category one to three the entries must be easily visible to the public. In category four any part of the garden normally visible to the public can be included. Category five must demonstrate educational and environmental awareness. Category six must be visible to the public and commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year. The closing date of entry is Monday June 18. Judging for category three will commence during the week of June 25. For all other categories, judging will take place the week commencing July 16. The judges’ decisions are final and those entering will be notified of the results at the presentation evening to be held in September at Trinity Church Hall at 7.30pm. The address of entry must be within the parish of Willingdon and Jevington and those entering should be aware that the results and photographs may well be published in the local press.
WANNOCK ARTISTS will be meeting at 7pm today, Friday, at Wannock Hall. Roger Dellar will be demonstrating A Night Scene in a City in water soluble oils.
EASTER FAIR: Trinity Church will be having an Easter Fair from 10am to noon tomorrow, Saturday. Tea and coffee and hot cross buns will be served and there will be seasonal items and cakes for sale. There will also be an Easter bonnet parade so do go along in your home made Easter bonnet.
ASTRONOMY: Eastbourne Astronomical Society will be meeting at 7.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. Doors open at 7pm. The speaker is Dr David A Rothery and his subject is entitled Mercury - new views of the sun’s innermost planet.
ROCKAROUND will be providing the entertainment at the British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.
ROBERT BROWN will be entertaining customers from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at the Eight Bells in Jevington with live music.
GEZ GOLD will be entertaining customers at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.
SING-A-LONG: Tickets are selling fast for the ABBA experience hosted by Concentus Chorale at Willingdon Community School on Saturday April 14. The idea is that the main characters are on stage, led by musical director Adrian White and the chorus is the whole audience who are seated round tables ready to sing from the song sheets provided. A buffet and soft drinks will be provided but you can take something stronger if you wish. The performance starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 each and there is a grand raffle for the JPK Project. To check on availability of tickets ring Evelyn Smith on 643358.
HOLY WEEK is from April 1 (Palm Sunday) to April 8 (Easter Sunday). At St Mary’s Church Willingdon, a devotion for congregation and choir takes place at 6.30pm on Sunday. Tuesday at 7.30pm is the Parish Passover in the church hall. On Maundy Thursday at 8pm the Eucharist of the Last Supper with foot washing is at 8pm with watch of prayer until midnight. On Friday April 6 (Good Friday) children’s worship is at 10am followed by hot cross buns. Later that day, devotional hour with Canon Martin Onions is from 1pm to 2pm leading to the Liturgy of the Cross and Holy Communion. On Saturday April 7 (Holy Saturday) at 8pm, the Easter Vigil will be held.
TRINITY CHURCH: To mark Holy Week the services at Trinity Church are as follows: On Sunday the service is at 10.30am. On Thursday there is a Maundy Thursday Service at 3pm. On Good Friday there is a service at 10.30am and on Easter Sunday the service is also at 10.30am.
LUNCH: Members of Willingdon Probus Club will be meeting for lunch at the Red Lion at 12.30pm for 1pm on Thursday.
SPONSORED WALK: On Easter Monday, April 9, church members will be taking part in the annual Easter walk to raise funds for Knowles Tooth Children’s Centre at Hurstpierpoint, run by the Chichester Diocesan Association for Family Social Work. The centre provides short residential breaks for children and families in need. The walk will be a circular walk starting and finishing at the Tye at Alfriston, with a refreshment stop at Wilmington. The distance is approximately seven miles. The walk will start between 9.30am and 10am. If you would like to take part in this sponsored walk please ring Sue on 423410.
FLOWER FESTIVAL: Jevington Church is having a Flower Festival from June 22 to June 24. Helpers are needed to make cakes, serve teas and act as stewards. If you can spare a few hours of your time, please contact Jackie Harris on 484284 or Jenny Wootton on 487237.
SIDES PEOPLE are also needed at Jevington Church at the Sunday services. Duties include welcoming people at the door, giving out hymn books, taking the collection and counting the collection after the service. If you can help, please contact the treasurer Jenny Wootton.