Parish pump Hailsham - March 7, 2014


THE 300 CLUB will meet this month at The Smugglers on Tuesday March 11 at 8pm when there will be another chance to witness who the lucky winners of the draw will be and to have a congenial meeting with fellow players. Or, if you are not a member, to join and have a chance for the next months to be £50 richer if your number comes up.

THE EAST SUSSEX Music Service have organised a fund raising musical event for Saturday March 22. The South Downs Youth Orchestra will be performing at four local churches. The final concert will be at St Andrew’s Church at 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Entry to the concert is free with a collection on the door to raise funds for the church.

DEANS PLACE HOTEL was the warm venue on a damp night for a discussion on community events in the village. The August Bank Holiday Festival will happen. After many years at the helm Rod Young, chairman, and Jackie Knights, treasurer, along with several other committee members stood down from being responsible for organising the festival. The group who organised last year’s Dickensian evening called a village meeting to explore the possibility of one group being responsible for both the Summer Festival and the Dickensian Evening and also suggested a Spring festival to celebrate Sussex Day. Sussex Day is June 16 but would be held in the village on the nearest Sunday. The meeting resulted in some enthusiastic discussion and a general feeling being given for the team to go ahead with plans.

SADLY the magnificent elm tree that dominated the cross roads of Star Lane, Kings Ride, Deans Road and Weavers Lane has been felled. The buzz of the saws has dominated today. But there is good news that another tree nearby, suspected of disease, has rallied and will be saved.

Bodle Street Green

DAY OF PRAYER: Today is the annual Women’s World Day of Prayer. In our benefice, this will be held at Dallington Church at 2pm. Christian women from Egypt have prepared the service with the theme Streams in the Desert. The new rector of Brightling, Anne-Marie Crosse, is the speaker.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship and Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong.

BSG WI: Local resident George Filsell will speak about his time studying wildlife in the Amazon, and will illustrate his talk with slides. The meeting is at 2.30pm on Tuesday in the village hall. Tea follows the meeting. For more details contact Judy on 01323 832491 or Anne on 841278.

BIBLE COURSE: Charles Harding is offering short course in Lent, entitled A Very Short Introduction to the Bible. It will be held on Wednesdays March 12, 19 and 26 at 7.30pm to 9pm each evening. He aims to cover a brief history of the Bible and its impact. The sessions will be at Hole Farm and Charles can be contacted on 01323 833254 or

VILLAGE HALL: I gather that the race night in January raised over £1,000 for the extension fund. The murder mystery evening raised about £800. The fund in mid-February stood at £11,468. Thanks to all who have taken any part in raising this magnificent sum. When visiting the hall, why not look at the Veltonometer (named after its constructor) to see how the appeal is going. There is a contributions box, with Gift Aid envelopes. The AGM will be on Friday May 9 at 7.30pm with refreshments from 7pm.


FARMERS’ MARKET tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am to 12.30pm in the Cattle Market. This is where you can find some of your local farmers selling their produce, all from your area. Crafts will be back this month, with wood turned items, handmade cards, baby knitwear and bunting. The Market Cafe will also be opened, where you can get a hot drink and have a break from the shopping, along with snacks. If you want to know more about the produce you are buying the farmers are there to speak with you. There is a free car park alongside the market.

LITTER PICK: Computers for Charities part in National Climate Week is tomorrow, Saturday from 2pm to 4pm. Pickers, bags and gloves provided. All welcome. Meet at Hailsham Common Pond. Contact Ruth on 01323 848588 if you need any more details, or just turn up.

ST MARY’S: This is the First Sunday of Lent. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), Priority. 10.30am. Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Life, under the son. 6.30pm Evening Prayer, Priority. There is Holy Communion at Emmanuel church, Hawkswood at 2.45pm.

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

KNITTING GROUP: At the last Knit’Inn Nights meeting in February plans were being worked out for the dispatch of our charity knit items, as they need to be sent away just after the next meeting. So, the next meeting will be the big reveal. Using a set pattern each of us has used an identical amount of yarn to fashion poppies for The Royal British Legion. These are collected centrally and then fashioned into wreaths to be placed on war memorials nationwide. The next Knit’Inn Night will be Tuesday at 7.30pm. Join us to view the fruits of our labours. If you enjoy knitting or crochet and would like to share thoughts and ideas with like-minded people join us at The King’s Head any second or last Tuesday in the month. For more information phone Su (07951 631749).

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: The next meeting of the Hailsham and District Branch is on Tuesday at the Hailsham Club, High Street at 7.30pm. Car parking available at the rear. Following the meeting there will be a quiz. At the February meeting there were five new members who were welcomed by all present. A selection of nominations were requested for the management committee of the National Committee. These will be vetted as to suitability by the chairman and recommended to the Branch before submission. The slide show was interesting as various Commonwealth War Grave locations were shown in South East Asia. There is to be a tombola in the Quintins Shopping Centre on Thursday March 20. This will be run by volunteers from the Branch and proceeds are for the Poppy Appeal. Please give support as this fund supports those who have served in the Armed Services and their dependants with help such as being able to stay in their own homes within the local community in which they live.

ORGAN CLUB: Hailsham Organ Club is on the move to a new venue so on Wednesday you will be able to enjoy Japanese organ superstar Chiho Sunamoto, she plays organ and piano, she sings like an angel, and does something for every musical taste. This will be at the Charles Hunt Centre. Always on the second Wednesday of each month, there is plenty of free parking very close to the venue. Doors open at 7pm, shows start at 7.30pm. Non-members are very welcome indeed, just turn up and pay at the door. Further information can be had from Charles Clegg on 01323 762411.

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday Paul (843441) is leading the Wilmington circular of 5.25 miles. There are some short climbs. If you prefer the shorter walk, also on Wednesday then Mary (840099) is leading the Hellingly circular. There is one stile. Stop for coffee at the Cuckoos Rest. If you would like to go on either of these walks, please phone the walk leader for the details.

HISTORICAL and Natural History Society next meeting is on Wednesday and is on the subject of Hops and Hop-picking, presented by Richard Filmer. Come along to the Methodist Church Hall at 7pm for tea or coffee and a 7.30pm start. All welcome. Visitors £2.50. The February meeting was an interesting evening when local historian Kevin Gordon took members through the A-Z of Sussex Churches and managed to find items from around the church and churchyards, for example, A for Altar, F for Font and so on. For centuries churches have stood at the centre of towns and villages and we pass them by without a second glance, but Kevin pointed out different types of architecture, some very nice stained glass work and where to find some lovely little churches nestling in the Sussex Downs that are worth a visit. With a clear voice and good quality pictures put up on the screen, Kevin gave members an enjoyable evening.

COMPUTERS FOR CHARITIES: Another 20 beautiful blankets were sent off to the Syrian refugees last week via Operation Mobilisation staff. Thanks to the Southdown Court Knitters and Friends that is a total of 69 blankets in a week. Wow. Ruth Rooksby of CFC says, ‘Hailsham, East Sussex knitters are amazing people, well done.’

EARL HAIG SERVICE: The Royal British Legion, Hailsham and District branch, held the Earl Haig Fund Commemorative service at St Mary’s Church on Sunday February 23. The service was conducted jointly by Rev Peter Clark (Hailsham Branch Chaplain) and Rev Maj Peter Mills. The County President, Mayor of Hailsham with consort were in attendance. The County Standard, carried by Steve Leonard, together with the Women’s Section County Standard and Standards from the Canadian Veterans HQ, Sussex Sub Mariners Association, Crawley and Ifield Branch, Shoreham by Sea Branch, Hurstpierpoint and Albourne Branch, Eastbourne Branch, East Grinstead Branch, Worthing Branch, Hailsham Branch and the Hailsham Air Cadet Force (apologies for any Standard missed). It is appreciated that these members give their time freely to go and display these Standards at various functions and parades. Rev Mills gave the address in which he spoke of the changes that have taken place with the rules of engagement over the years since WWI and also how Earl Haig, who was at that time the youngest General, went to various units to understand the effects of the weapons used at that time. At the end of the address Rev Mills gave the Kohima Epitaph. The Last Post was played and Standards were lowered, Mike Weller, Hailsham Branch Chairman, gave the epitaph For the Fallen, and following the silence, Reveille was played and the Standards raised. A collection was made on behalf of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. From those present, gratitude was expressed to Revs Peter Clark and Peter Mills, the Bugler and Mike Weller for organising the event. The thanks of the Royal British Legion also goes to the Vicar and the PCC for the use of St Mary’s Church, Hailsham for this service. Following the service there was a buffet provided by the ladies of the Hailsham Branch during which the Hailsham Branch Chairman thanked the ladies for their efforts and this was given unanimous approval by all present. The Earl Haig Commemorative Service for 2015 is to be organised by the Willingdon RBL Branch.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

CHURCH SERVICES: Hellingly church: Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP), Sunday Holy Communion (CW) at 8am, 10.45 am Holy Communion (CW), 6.30pm Evensong. Upper Dicker: 9.15am Family Communion (CW).

QUIZ NIGHT: Tomorrow, Saturday, Hellingly Guides are raising funds for Bull River Campsite at 7.30pm at Heathfield Community Centre. Entry £6 includes ploughmans. Raffle. BYO drinks. Bookings 01435 830504 or email

MOTHERS UNION: The next meeting is a Lent Service on March 11 when the Diocesan Chaplain of the Mothers’ Union, the Revd David Frost, will be leading the worship. The last meeting was the AGM and following a short service, Jacky Clark the branch leader, presided and outlined the different activities that had taken place and the varied programme which members had enjoyed. The increase in membership reflects the success of the branch, thanks to the hard work of Jacky, her committee and those who help in many other ways. Wine, soft drinks and coffee plus a selection of cheese and biscuits were then enjoyed by the members, giving them time to mix and exchange news.

IASIS FUNDRAISER: There is a fundraising evening on behalf of Iasis Medical on Friday March 28 in Hellingly Village Hall starting at 7.15pm. There will be slides and a talk by Dr Colin Tourle from Iasis Medical. The cost is £10 to include supper and drinks. There will be a raffle during the evening, the proceeds of which will go towards financing an anaesthetic machine that requires no electricity. Please book with remittance and send to Hayzen Elphick, Stone House Barn, Mill Lane, Hellingly, by Wednesday March 14. Tickets will be sent to you by return. Cheques made payable to Eastbourne Sovereign Inner Wheel.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: The annual Members’ Lecturettes offers an opportunity for members to take the stand and give a 15 minute lecture of their choice either with prints or projected digital images. Alan Clark started taking pictures on a school trip when someone thrust a box camera in his hand at the age of 14 years. It was the start of a love of black and white photography. Alan made his own mount cutter and darkroom and showed many lovely prints including Greek fishermen pulling in nets, boats on the water at sunrise and harvest pictures of hay bales in the field. Janet Monk ARPS, a former art teacher, used to have slides, but embraced digital photography six years ago. She joined HPS, discovered panels and qualifications and started to enter competitions with her new DSLR. Janet went on a training day for her LRPS distinction, succeeded, and then showed how she obtained her ARPS by putting together a panel of 15 stunning prints of reflections. Gerald Hartley, PDI leader, gave an interesting talk about a trip to the Dolomites, an alpine wall running east to west with major valleys. A map to show the route and many images of beautiful mountains, cows with huge bells and forests. On the Italian side were pictures inside churches, old houses and many pretty plants and flowers growing on the mountainside. Ant Sherwin, a semi retired architect, talked about the Gun Room at Alfriston. Once a store for a huge gun in the Napoleonic war, it has now become the retail centre for the Rathfinny Wine Estate for sparkling wines produced on a 400-500 acre vineyard situated on the Downs. The building was completely renovated. Lots of interesting pictures showed the rebuilding from start to finish. It is now open to the public. Finally, Chris Coates APRS DPAGB, likes to take photographs of animals and candid shots of people. Chris’s talk was about a guided safari trip to Namibia. There were a lot of lovely images of people in their natural environment, a woman carrying a child on her back, children standing beside a tree, a small boy in shorts. There was also a village with adults making a roof for dwellings out of reeds, fishing nets and fish drying in the sun, and the village shop selling basic food. An extremely interesting evening, the speakers were praised not only for their work, but also for being brave enough to give a presentation in front of members.

PUBLIC INFORMATION: Cuckmere Community Solar is holding a public information drop in event at Dicker Village Hall, on Thursday March 27 from 7pm to 9pm. Cuckmere Community Solar is a local community company set up to manage the community section of the local solar farm, about a mile north of Berwick Station. Their aim is to set up a community company that uses any profits to commission local projects that encourage people to save energy and use renewable heat and power, create an inspiring place to visit and learn in an outdoor classroom, make the solar farm a haven for wildlife and a place to inspire a love of nature. It offers a healthy return on an ethical investment and ensures the solar farm is built responsibly and the developer follows best practice. This is their second public event and you are invited to meet the team, find out how Cuckmere Community Solar is developing and how you can get involved. Expect to meet people, get involved and do something different. Tea, coffee and refreshments will be available and you can find out more by visiting

DICKER: Arlington PC will not develop a Neighbourhood Plan as it is too costly at this stage. They have tasked the Arlington Parish Plan Action Group to modernise the Parish Plan. An open event has therefore been arranged for Saturday March March 29 from 11.20am onward in Dicker Hall. Residents of all ages are encouraged to attend and join in the ideas sessions and games. Its 2014 action for Community Planning looks forward to another year, another community planning process full of opportunity to participate and make a difference to the parish rural development now and for the future. Wealden District Council are rolling out a Delivery and Sites Allocation Local Plan in consultation with each parish to sit alongside the Core Strategy Development Plan that runs until 2027, looking at different aspects of rural community living – housing, infrastructure, design of environment and a possible new Conservation Area. This is your chance to make sure Wealden knows what you want for the parish, not what an outside developer might want. The parish council had already agreed to the group leading a modernisation of the Parish Action Plan (PAP), so work for 2014 neatly dovetails together these two community planning processes. The group needs you to get involved and bring your ideas to this open community event when it is proposed to identify the community assets – social, economic, natural and cultural environment everyone loves and wants to protect and how this might be accomplished. Think about what needs to be done and how to get that written down in the PAP, that tells everyone what the values are now and what will influence, in the best sustainable way, the future for your children and grandchildren. There will be a game-like approach to this meeting and therefore it welcomes all the family. Young ideas are great. See you there.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

YOUNG HATS have been rehearsing very hard for their next production The Little Mermaid JR which they will be performing for us on March 20, 21 and 22 in the village hall. The Little Mermaid takes us on a journey under the sea with Ariel and her aquatic friends, she longs to leave her home and of course her fins for a life on land which means she has to defy her father and deal with the evil sea witch. Tickets at £8 for adults and £5 for children will be on sale soon. To book contact either Stevens and Carter on 832888 or Jo Carlton on 0770 385 4535.

WALKING CLUB: On Sunday there’s a slight change in the programme due to the bad weather we have suffered recently. Meet Lita in the Leisure Centre Car Park at 10am for a Downland Walk of approximately six miles. All are welcome and if you need more information or a lift to the meeting point please call them direct on 848790.

AGM: Wartling Village Hall Trust will be holding their AGM on Wednesday at the Reid Hall in Boreham Street from 7.30pm. All are welcome.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will visit the following areas this week. Today, Friday: Wannock village hall 9am to 9.30am; Ades Field, Church Bailey, Westham 10am to 10.40am; Ades Field Wilmington 3.15pm to 3.35pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11am; Village Hall Arlington 11.15am to 11.40pm; Laughton village school 2.45pm to 3.30pm. Wednesday: Hurst Lane, Windmill Hill 9.50am to 10.20am; Bodle Street Green village hall 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; Punnetts Town School 11.45am to 12.25pm, Catsfield village hall 3.45pm to 4.15pm. Thursday: Ashburnham 9.50am to 10.10am.

Ninfield & Hooe

OUR PCSO, Daryl Holter, advises of some policing matters that have arisen over the last few weeks: On February 20, a burglary took place at a property on Lower Street, Ninfield. Should anyone have any information they think may assist the police in their enquiries, please call 101 quoting reference 1556 20/02/14. There has also been a break in to outbuildings/garage on Hooe Road, Ninfield, during the time period of 7.30am to 4.40pm on February 25. This resulted in many items including a blue specialised bicycle and multiple strimmers being stolen. Again, should anyone have any information they think may assist the police, please call 101 quoting reference 1109 25/02/14. Daryl has also requested we all keep a close eye on the post boxes within our area. This is due to a number of post box thefts in the region. Should you see any suspicious behaviour at any time in the vicinity of our post boxes, you are requested to report this to the police.

DIARY: It has been suggested that a Ninfield and Hooe Diary be prepared and delivered, free of charge, to every household in Hooe and Ninfield, about 1,000 copies. Volunteers are prepared to collate the information, get it printed and arrange, hopefully, and deliver it early April. What they will need is for all groups, organisations, individuals who have dates planned for any events in 2014 to send in the details to include date, event title, organisation, venue, and a contact phone/email/ and/or web address. Each group to pay £10 towards costs. Volunteers are required to deliver leaflets. Please email or telephone Carol Holland 893326 or Nicki Murphy 893867, by end March.

THE WORKING MEN’S CLUB will be holding their spring charity coffee morning and table sale on Tuesday, at the club from 10am till noon. They had a very good 2013, donating a total of £2,982.00: £1,000 to Hastings Young Life Guards, £400 to Brown Bread Horse Rescue, £400 to Dragonflies Children in Bereavement, £400 to Chestnut Tree House, £682 Help the Heroes and £100 to Ninfield Toddler Group. Their chosen charity for 2014 is Canine Partners. This charity can transform the lives of so many people. The dogs are carefully matched to the applicant’s needs and lifestyle, no matter how challenging. They are trained to help with everyday tasks such as shutting doors, unlocking the washing machine, picking up dropped items, pressing buttons, switches and getting help in an emergency. The charity aims to train dogs to meet the needs of people with the most complex disabilities. This includes members of HM Armed Forces and working closely with Help for Heroes, to place dogs with injured ex-servicemen and women. These life transforming dogs also provide psychological and social benefits including increased independence, confidence, motivation and self esteem. So please go along and support them again. If you have anything you can donate please ring 892239 or 892182.

HOOE OPEN GROUP will be meeting on March 14, when a member of the Air Ambulance Service will give an illustrated talk on the work of the service. The meeting starts at 2.30pm at Hooe Village Hall, visitors and joining members are always welcome. If you would like to have a copy of the annual programme or any other information, contact the organiser Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

JUMBLE SALE: Ninfield Flower Group are holding a jumble sale on March 15, 2pm at the Memorial Hall, Ninfield. Anyone wishing to donate and will be unable to attend please contact Jennifer on 01424 892878.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Parish Eucharist. Ninfield Methodist Church, service will start at 2.30pm.


SOUTHDOWN STROLLERS walking programme for March 2014 is available by telephoning 735714. Monday, Burwash Weald, Kipling’s Country. Meet at Wheel Inn, Burwash at 10am.

WALK tomorrow, Saturday, with Eastbourne Rambling Club: Bexhill Manor Gardens and Sea Front with Dorothy B. Meet at Manor Gardens, Bexhill 10.15am bus No 99 at 9.23am stand B, to Manor Gardens. Finish at about noon or just after. More info from strolls organiser Peggy on 840387. Or, Let Bus No 2 do the Work. Meet at White Horse bus stop Rottingdean 10.28am, bus No 12, 9.28am Terminus Road stop J. Walk starts at East Dean car park. Cars can park in Rottingdean and join bus No 2 at 10.36am finish. Or, Brisk Pace it’s Them Sisters Again. Meet bus 12, 8.55am Terminus Road stop J. Walk starts East Dean car park. GB 5579778 finish at 12.45pm.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, in the lounge of Polegate Community Centre is hosted by the bowls club. All welcome from 10am.

HOME FOR TEA is the walk by Eastbourne Rambling Club on Sunday. Meet bus 12A at 9.36am stand J. Walk starts from Eastbourne Youth Hostel 9.45am GB 587990. Finish 3.30pm, 9 miles.

PARAGON FIELDS Preservation Association are meeting on Friday March 14 at 7pm in Wannock Hall. In 1992 the Paragon Fields Preservation Association was formed. The purpose was to purchase and preserve the land as an open space for the amenity, recreation, quiet enjoyment and use of the public at large. More info from Mary Taylor 485241 or email

CONGRATULATIONS to Councillor Clewett for saving Polegate Crossing Box and turning into a railway museum. This is not the first signal box to become a railway museum. Crawley box has been open for a number of years.

SPA VALLEY RAILWAY timetables now available for the season starting on March 15 or visit our open day at Groombridge Station on Saturday March 26. Bookings now being taken for special events like Thomas, fish and chips lunch, Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day etc. More information from

POLEGATE RAMBLING CLUB walks on Thursday: The Harbour, nearly 5 miles beach walking and harbour. Coffee at waterfront, no stiles. Or a longer walk, Coastal and Forest Trails, 11 miles coastal tracks with down land views and forest trails, 15 stiles, take picnic. More info from or secretary Angela on 504280. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

PCaSO: Prostate Cancer Group. The annual general meeting of the PCaSO East branch was hosted by the Eastbourne group on February 13. It was well-supported and members welcomed six new people plus visitors from the Rustington and Pulborough groups. Chairman Roger Bacon gave his report for the year. Top of the highlights was the completion of the Quiet Room, known as the PCaSO Room, on Seaford 4 ward at Eastbourne District General Hospital. The treasurer’s report showed the Eastbourne group had raised the most money during 2013. It was noted money from the group’s 2013 fundraising project was for a two-thirds contribution to the purchase of a template biopsy kit for the Urology Department at Eastbourne. Vivian Miles was elected as the new branch treasurer, Roger Bacon re-elected as chairman and David Hurst as secretary. Committee members also agreed to stand for another year including two members of the Eastbourne group. The business of the meeting concluded promptly at 7.30pm and then guest speaker, consultant oncologist Dr Mckinna, provided an update on radiotherapy provision in Sussex. She was pleased to report some progress had been made for plans to install new radiotherapy machines at the District General Hospital, Eastbourne. Delays had not been helped by NHS changes which have generated different processes for approval and procurement given the large capital costs. In the meantime, demand for radiotherapy increases. Interim measures will include provision of radiotherapy at another site in Brighton on a temporary basis. Dr Mckinna was pleased to report the machines will be high specification to provide newer treatments. Discussion followed about men opting not to have radiotherapy treatment for prostate cancer because of the distance to travel for daily treatments, modes and routes of transport and parking. It was agreed having radiotherapy closer to home is preferable for choice of treatment. Dr Mckinna was thanked for her time and willingness to keep the group informed. PCaSO Eastbourne will be at the Langney Shopping Centre on Saturday March 22. Please do visit the stand to find out further information about the group. Next meeting is on Thursday, 7pm in the Post Graduate Centre, Eastbourne District General Hospital. Consultant urologist Peter Rimington will be guest speaker. All are welcome. Please contact Graham Hatfield on 01323 749258/641513 or e-mail if you require further details.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

DAY OF PRAYER: Today is the annual Women’s World Day of Prayer. In our benefice, this will be held at Dallington Church at 2pm. Christian women from Egypt have prepared the service with the theme Streams in the Desert. The new rector of Brightling, Anne-Marie Crosse, is the speaker.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship and Holy Communion. We do not have a Lent course this year, but there are a number of opportunities for study at our home groups etc. Details are on a leaflet in the church or on the website. Churches Together in Heathfield has a series of reflections at the Heathfield Community Centre on Sunday evenings (6.30-8pm) from March 9 to April 6. The theme is Bearing Fruit of the Spirit. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning Service led by Paul Daniels.

HISTORY GROUP: Marilyn Greatorex is our speaker on Monday and she will tell us the story of Standen, an Arts and Crafts house to the south of East Grinstead. The house and its surrounding gardens belong to the National Trust and are open to the public. It is a Grade I listed building. We meet at 7.30pm for 8pm start in the Dunn Village Hall.

DUNN VILLAGE HALL: Bookings for the hall should now be made with Denise Bailey on 01435 831565. The next hall event will be the joint venture with Children of Gambia service. This will be an Auction of Promises, on March 22.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

DEMONSTRATION: Willingdon Flower Club will meet at 1.45pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall for their AGM. The competition is entitled Let’s Party.

DAY OF PRAYER: Women’s World Day of Prayer is today, Friday. This year’s service has been written by the Christian Women of Egypt. A service will take place in St Mary’s Church Willingdon at 10.30am. It involves a certain amount of drama and some participants will be dressed appropriately. After the service there will be some refreshments and the chance to sample some Egyptian cakes and time to look at an exhibition about Egypt. At Trinity Church, the Women’s World Day of Prayer service will take place at 2.30pm today. The speaker will be Rev David Yule. Refreshments will be served after the service. A warm welcome is extended to anyone who would like to attend either of these services, both male and female.

WAKIN’ SNAKES is the name of the four-piece band performing at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. Their style is bluegrass, rags and Cajun with four-part harmony vocals in English and French.

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

INTERVIEWING for the positions of assistant parish clerk and cemetery manager for Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be taking place next week. Applications have now been closed. It is hoped the new assistant clerk and cemetery manager will be in place sometime in April; in the meantime the parish clerk Andy Beams is covering all jobs.

TASTE OF SUNRISE: High tea and variety entertainment will take place at 2.30pm on Tuesday at Sunrise Senior Living Upper Kings Drive. Visitors are welcome to enjoy afternoon tea whilst being entertained by Mark Walsh, comedian and musician. Mark has been working as a solo performer since he was 13. He has appeared alongside some of our greatest stars including Barbara Windsor, Roy Hudd, June Whitfield and Danny La Rue. Please ring 01323 525000 to book your place.

BRITISH BAKE OFF: On Wednesday from 10.30am to 11.30am Sunrise Senior Living is celebrating Sunrise Great British Bake Off. Do pop in for a cup of coffee and judge who should win the title for the best chocolate cake. Refreshments are free but nominal donations are suggested for the charity Eastbourne Talking Newspaper (Registered Charity Number 273322).

THE 3 MMMS (Mrs Miss & Ms) will meet at 8pm on Wednesday at St Mary’s Church Hall. The speaker is Joanna Wilkins on Tidemills – The Lost Village.

THE GRUMBLEWEEDS gardening group will meet at 6.30pm on Thursday at the Red Lion. Guest speaker is Dennis Stidler on setting up your own beehive.

WILLINGDON WI will meet at 2.15pm on Thursday at Willingdon Memorial Hall when I Eltringham-Wilson will give a talk All Gardens Great and Small.

WI: Jevington and Filching WI will meet at 2pm on Thursday at Trinity Church Hall. The speaker is Charlotte Bough-Cooper on Rockinghorse Children’s Charity. Please bring a small toy for a child.

THE PARAGON FIELDS Preservation Association have their AGM at 7pm on Friday March 14 at Wannock Village Hall when there will also be a talk from the Downs Ranger. PFPA was formed in 1992 when the five and a half acre field came up for sale and local people were concerned about what might happen to it. With a lot of fund raising and donations from individuals, companies, environmental and conservation groups and the parish council and with an interest free loan which covered half the costs, the field at Wannock was purchased, to be maintained in its natural state for the enjoyment of the community. By 1995 the balance of the loan had been paid and the field management was comparatively easy. But time moved on and there were soon various issues to be addressed. A new committee was formed last year with Jo Fitzpatrick as chairperson and Mark Harley as secretary. Autumn and spring newsletters have since been printed. With the Paragon Fields now within the South Downs National Park, PFPA committee is working with them as well as with ESCC, the Downs Rangers and other professional bodies to ensure the Paragon Fields continue to maintain the natural habitat of the hundreds of different species of flora and fauna found there as well as encouraging additional natural species to make the Paragon Fields their home. The field was cut much later last year at the advice of a local naturalist, giving the native plants a chance to seed. The hedges have now been trimmed and the boundaries cleared and dog walkers are encouraged to clear up after their pets, making the field a safe and pleasant environment for everyone. Paragon Field has fairly recently become part of the Queen Elizabeth II Fields in Trust Association which ensures all kinds of outdoor spaces from sports pitches to children’s playgrounds, bicycle trails to country parks are safeguarded forever. PFPA committee would welcome new members so do go along to the meeting. Contact Mark Harley on 01323 489366 or email him at Or contact the membership secretary Mary Taylor on 01323 485241 or email her on . Application forms for membership can also be found in the plastic wallet on the field information board.

SPRING BACK into Action Ball: This is a fundraising event for the Stroke Unit organised by the Friends of Eastbourne Hospital and the Rotary Club of Eastbourne at the Winter Gardens, Eastbourne, from 7pm on Saturday March 15. A three course dinner will be served for this black tie event with entertainment provided by The Big Kahuna. There will also be a casino and disco plus a live phone-in auction. Tickets are £45 each or £425 for a table of 10. For further information or tickets please contact Peter Nash on 07770 688 866.