Parish Pump Hailsham - March 8, 2013


THE TUDOR HOUSE has sent me their list of forthcoming attractions. The Tudor House is a 14th century licensed restaurant in the heart of the village run by Roger and Louise Wallwork. On the first Wednesday of every month is Quiz Night run by Sylvia Daw. The questions starts at 8pm for teams of up to six at £5 per team. Food is available from 7pm. A day when lunching out seems to be coming more and more popular is Mothering Sunday, this year on March 10. Roger suggests it is advisable to book to avoid disappointment on this day. A future date for the diary is April 12 when it will be Mexican Night at the Tudor. All details of events may be found on the website or email

300 CLUB will meet this month at the Smugglers Inn on March 12 at 8pm. It is never too late to join and there is always the chance that you might be the lucky winner of £50.

LUNCH with Tim Loughton MP. There are still a few places left at the lunch in the War Memorial Hall with guest speaker Tim Loughton MP for Worthing and Shoreham. To book contact Tony Woodthorpe on 01323 871695. All are welcome.

THE HIGH STREET has a few new faces Millie’s, ‘sister’ of the shop in Seaford, has arrived in Alfriston and has brightened up the square with a decorative window display. Pearls has moved to the corner shop giving more room to explore and find the perfect gift for someone special, or just to treat yourself to some new jewellery. A new salon has opened where Pearls used to be. Wendy Saiet is offering to make us all beautiful with facials, chiropody, manicures and massages. We are also waiting for the unveiling of another new shop which is being prepared behind shuttered windows at the moment.

HICK’S THE NEWAGENTS lost some of its guttering when an oversized lorry ignored the many signs saying Road Closed and tried to squeeze along West Street. It took two hours to clear the road. And will take a lot longer to repair the damage. There is a very good reason why No Through Road is signed at the moment.

FIRE: We were all shocked and saddened when on Saturday morning we had news of a fire which, during the early hours of the morning, had destroyed a house in Kings Ride. Fortunately no one was injured as the house was empty at the time but it is a very sad sight to see the blackened walls and broken windows of what was a beautiful home. I immediately checked my smoke alarm as I am sure it reminded others to do the same.

bodle street green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Mothering Sunday Family Service. The Electoral Roll is being renewed. Charles Harding is contacting all on the present roll with application forms. If you haven’t had one or are new to the parish, forms are to be found at the back of the church. Forms must be received no later than Sunday March 24. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Mothering Sunday Family Service followed by a light lunch in the Church Rooms. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Mothering Sunday Service.

WI: The March meeting is on Tuesday at 2pm in the village hall. Christopher Rudd is the speaker and his subject is Tall Ships - Brave Crews. For details of BSGWI contact Anne on 01323 841278 or Judy on 832492.

PARISH COUNCIL: For a report on the February meeting, please see the Warbleton section.


FARMERS’ MARKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am to 12.30pm at the Cattle Market, Market Street, you can buy local produce meat, chicken, honey, cheese and lots more along with other stalls and crafts. The farmers are selling their own produce so if you are concerned about what is in your food, speak to them and they will give you all the information about where it is from and how to cook it, if you need to know. Our farmers are there to answer any of you questions.

MOTHERING SUNDAY: This is the fourth Sunday of Lent and at St Mary’s Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am, 10.30am Mothering Sunday All Age Special with crèche. Please note there is no service at Emmanuel Church today. 6.30pm Lent Bible Focus.

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

GENTLE EXERCISE: Starting soon on Tuesday afternoons, a 45-minute dance and tone class, aimed at young mums and perhaps older people looking for something a little different. This is a gentle, fun dance class followed by toning and stretching. It runs from 2pm to 2.45pm every Tuesday at Versatile Gym, 19 Station Road and is only £3 a session.

HISTORICAL and Natural History Society meeting on Wednesday at the Methodist church hall starting at 7.30pm. For those people living in the Eastbourne area in the 1950s to 60s, this meeting should rekindle memories as the subject is The History of Eastbourne Trams, presented by David Rivers. All welcome. Non-members £2.50. The February meeting was an eye opener as Chris Rudd gave a talk accompanied with pictures put onto a screen entitled Tall Ships, Brave Crews. Chris showed what life was like on the tall ship Lord Nelson, a ship that sails the seas around the world, belonging to the Jubilee Sailing Trust. The ship is crewed half by able bodied and half by disabled people. There are no passengers. Everybody has to muck-in from cooking, deck scrubbing, manning the rigging and steering the ship. The ship was built so that wheelchairs can be used on decks and also a navigation device so a blind person can steer the ship. Other people with limbs missing also do their bit in crewing the ship. It is truly remarkable what some of these people were able to do, despite their disabilities. The audience was taken aback at what they saw.

ORGAN CLUB: On Wednesday, Dutch organ superstar Dirk Janranzijn will be playing the Bohm Excellence organ. All meetings are at the Pavilion on the second Wednesday of each month. Non-members are most welcome at all, which start at 7.30pm, with doors open at 7pm. For more info on any show phone Charles Clegg on 01323 762411, or go to Hailsham Organ Club page.

GRAND JUMBLE SALE: Support Hailsham Bonfire Society’s fundraising event tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 1pm at the Charles Hunt Centre. If you have any jumble please contact Rose 01323 849562 or Lynn 01323 441514 to arrange collection. All proceeds go towards staging this year’s Guy Fawkes celebrations on Saturday October 19.

BONFIRE AGM: Hailsham Bonfire Society will be holding their AGM this evening, Friday, from 7pm to 9pm in the Charles Hunt Centre. New members and helpers are always welcome as the society starts to plan for this year’s Guy Fawkes celebrations. If you are able to help in any way please go along and help to keep this Sussex tradition alive.

NEARLY NEW ROADSHOW: Clothes, toys and equipment will be on sale tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am at Hailsham Community Centre. There will be top quality baby and children’s clothes and equipment at bargain prices, straight from their loving owners. Entrance £1.

QUIZ NIGHT: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society invites you to jiggle those brain cells next Saturday March 16 at Summerheath Hall from 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 per person and include a ploughman’s supper. BYO drinks. Teams are for six people maximum. Please ring Paula on (01323) 841373 to book.

MUSIC QUIZ: Test your musical knowledge at a fun evening in support of Chalk Farm Learning Disabilities Centre on Saturday March 16 at Hailsham Civic Community Centre. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Teams of four to eight. Licensed bar. Cash prizes for winning team and runners up. Admission £10 per person includes food. Tickets available from Special Occasions or Chapter 12 Wine Bar, in the High Street. Supported by Hailsham and District Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses.

OPERA AND FILM GROUP: The U3A meeting attracted a good audience to watch Anthony Minghella’s stunning production of Puccini’s opera, Madama Butterfly, featuring the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet. This version is unusual in that it uses a masterfully operated and very believable puppet as the child. The stage effects include magical ballets of Japanese lanterns and origami doves and the performance of the tragic heroine (Patricia Racette) is deeply moving in its emotional capture of both elation and despair. The film was warmly appreciated by the group’s members and provided a truly memorable afternoon.

KNITTING GROUP: Knit’Inn Nights at The King’s Head are on Tuesday March 12 and 26 at 7.30pm. Many people of the older generation were born before access to television and other communication media was as universal as it is today. So as a way of passing time and not allowing the devil to find work for idle hands, they learnt to knit. For that generation, knitting is now often used as therapy in care homes and hospitals. The physical activity of knitting is retained where other skills have been lost and as a result of this, improvement has been noted in both mental and physical abilities. It is never too late to start and it could be useful in so many ways. If you want to learn to knit or crochet or brush up on your skills, join us at a Knit’Inn Night. For more information phone Su (07591 631749) or The King’s Head (01323 440447).

COMMUNITY MATTERS: Friends of Grovelands School (FROGS) are hoping you will put your green Waitrose tokens in their bin in the store as they are raising funds towards new playground equipment.

hellingly & horsebridge

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

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: The Colour Show was a huge success and raised over £1k for Demelza Hospice Care for Children. A representative thanked everyone for their support. The audience was treated to number one hits from 1963 and interesting facts including topical news items, images of incredibly deep snow and people walking on the frozen River Thames. ‘Wow’ and ‘amazing’ were comments from the audience. Some even returned for another performance as they had enjoyed it so much. Stunning scenery, some by internationally renowned photographers, was shown amongst gargoyles, a carving of St Peter with the keys to Heaven and preparations for a school prom. West Durham Moors was accompanied by a howling wind as part of the soundtrack, making the audience feel chilly. A kaleidoscope effect of Spanish Tiles was completely different to learning about the Thankful Villages where no lives were lost during the First World War. Only eleven villages in the whole country lost no lives in either of the World Wars. In Yorkshire 30 soldiers returned home, though one left behind an arm. Internet versus High Street shopping was another topic depicted humorously as was The Golf Club Final and Sister Josephine, a hairy man on the run disguised as a nun. Graffiti, caves, otters, deer, red squirrel, swooping birds of prey, badgers, foxes and an owl with a mouse in its beak were subjects as were stained glass windows from Tudely Church. The Dolphin Sheep Fair, with commentary by a local farmer, explained how a good quality ram winning first prize would be a real ‘baargain’ fetching between £700 to £1k at the auction. One beaming winner of the raffle said as she collected her prize, ‘I was told this would be a lucky ticket, I am 60 years old and have never won a raffle prize before.’ The next time to see what members of the Hailsham Photographic Society have been creating will be the Print Exhibition, June 17 to 22 in the Charles Hunt Centre.

MOTHERS’ UNION: At their recent meeting, MU member and speaker, Jean Piper, Executive Chef at Brighton University, talked about food bacteria and food safety, demonstrating that the four most common bacteria (E Coli, Salmonella, Clostridium Perfringes and Campylobacter) are mainly found in undercooked meat and poultry. She stressed the need for observing the correct, and therefore safe, cooking and storing temperatures for all foods. Reminding members of the ubiquity of bacteria and the risk of picking them up with everything we touch, and transferring them to the food we eat, she threw out her first, very earnest challenge to re-adopt the forgotten habit of washing your hands before you eat, and make sure everyone in the family does so, too. The challenge was accepted unanimously.

herstmonceux & wartling

AS MOST of us will know, Ian Hanks has had a pretty rough time of late but is now at home and feeling a lot better. I have been asked by the family to pass on their thanks to everybody who sent cards, their best wishes and gave support during this very difficult time. Thank you.

SUNDAY is Mothering Sunday and to celebrate, Lime Cross Nursery are putting on a special lunch just so that you can give your mum a treat. Lunch will be served between noon and 2pm after which they will be serving tea up until 4pm and, lucky old mum, she gets a free plant.

WALKING CLUB: This is to let you know that they won’t be holding any scheduled walks until March 24 which I will tell you about closer to the time.

RUBBISH COLLECTIONS: By now you will have received your registration forms for the new wheelie bin system starting in July. Remember, if you want to have your garden waste collected you must register before March 31 so please don’t forget.

RAY AND SHELDON: On Friday March 15 our group of over 60s will be meeting in the village hall when Maureen will be running her Beetle Drive. All are welcome to join in the fun and they look forward to welcoming you as either a new member or a guest. If you need transport to the venue please call them on 441244.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion will be held at Wartling church at 8am with the Mothering Sunday Service/Baptism and the Worship and Prayer being held at Wartling church at 9.45am and 11am respectively.

WAYWARDEN CO-ORDINATORS: Due to Jean Manning moving to another parish, the parish of Herstmonceux and Wartling is in need of one or more new Way Wardens. The main task of these Way Wardens would be to hold a supply of Way Warden leaflets, village directories and the current parish magazine and should a new person move into the area the co-ordinator can supply a copy of each to the newcomer. If anybody would be interested in taking on this post then would they please contact John King on 832997.

REID HALL: The AGM of the Wartling Village Hall Trust will be held on Wednesday commencing at 7.30pm .All parishioners are welcome to attend.


MARKET: Laughton Village Hall Market in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon. All the usual produce: Meat, eggs, cheese, cakes, pies etc. Plus books, knitted items, toys, bric-a-brac etc. Refreshments and raffle. Entrance free. This will be our ninth birthday, so please come and help us celebrate. Please note that the next market will not be until Saturday July 13, same time, same place.

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 4.20pm to 4.40pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11.00am; Village Hall Arlington 11.15am to 11.40pm; Laughton village school 3.05pm to 3.45pm. Wednesday: Bodle Street Green 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; Punnetts Town School 11.45am to 12.25pm. Thursday: Ashburnham 9.50am to 10.10am.

ninfield & hooe

THEFTS: Over the weekend of Friday March 1 to Sunday March 3, a quantity of heating oil has been stolen from the Church Lane area of Ninfield. If you have any information that would assist the police in this matter, please quote reference 0675 03/03/13 on the number below. Over the period of February 22 to 23, two wooden kennels were stolen from a local business in the Bexhill Road area of Ninfield. Reference 0400 23/02/13 should be quoted. Our PCSO has also advised that there has been some reports of doorbell ringers late at night in the Ninfield area over the last few weeks. If anyone has seen or heard anything on any of these instances, please can you call Daryl by calling 101.

HOOE OPEN GROUP are meeting today, Friday, featuring a talk by Kelly Richards on the life and times of her aunt Anne Shelton OBE. Guests will be welcome to attend at a cost of £2. Being the nearest meeting to Easter the members and guests will be given a chocolate egg to mark the occasion. Further information on the club’s activities is available by contacting Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

FOOTBALL: Hooe Sports Football Club are playing Langney Wanderers away tomorrow, Saturday, in the East Sussex Football League. Kick off is at 2pm at Shinewater Lane. The club would very much like to hear from anyone who would be interested in becoming a player for the team. Please contact Luke Pont on 07872312266 if you are interested.

ON SUNDAY St Oswald’s Hooe are holding a Mothering Sunday Service at 10.30am. They will be celebrating the new Nave floor and the renovation of the Chancel floor. They are inviting all people who kindly gave money and sponsored tiles to go and join them to celebrate and to view the new floors.

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

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

PARISH COUNCIL: The next Open Event is on Thursday from 6pm to 9pm in the Reading Room. All welcome.

THE FLOWER GROUP are holding a Jumble Sale on Saturday March 16, commencing at 2pm in the Memorial Hall. Entrance 30p, with lots of bargains and refreshments to be had. Anyone who would like to donate but are unable to attend on the day can contact Jennifer on 01424 892878 or take your contribution to the hall from 10pm onwards on the day.

MEETING: The horticultural society are meeting on March 18, 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall. This month they welcome Chris Raynolds with a talk about Plant Hunters.

AGM: Ninfield Village Society are holding a meeting and AGM in the Reading Room, 7pm Tuesday March 19. The meeting is open to anyone interested in learning about what the society does and anyone with an interest in maintaining the amenities of our village. The AGM will include a brief report on the work undertaken during the past year, and a discussion of future projects. Following a short break when refreshments will be available, they have again enlisted Graham Keen to give them a talk and slide show this year about Sussex Archaeology from Stone age to The Normans. For information, please contact either Martin Wood, Chairman (892895) or Robin Goldsmith, Treasurer (892778).

THE FRIENDS of Ninfield Primary School have organised an Easter Extravaganza on Wednesday March 20. All are welcome to join the fun at the school from 3.30pm to 5pm. There will be an Easter Egg hunt (£2 entry fee) with chocolate prizes. Tickets can be purchased on the day on in the playground from Monday March 11 to Friday March 15 at 3.30pm. Budding Mary Berry chefs are invited to enter a cake in our Easter cake competition. There are two categories: best decorated large cake and best decorated cup cake (both with an Easter theme). All entries are very welcome. Please bring to the school on Wednesday March 20 (entry costs £1). The cakes will be raffled off at the end of the event. Other stalls will include a chocolate tombola, face painting, nail salon, Easter craft activities and refreshments. They hope to see you there.

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, 2.30pm service with Margaret Bickerdike.


COMMUNION is taking place at Trinity Church, from 10am, followed by tea and coffee afterwards. All welcome today, Friday.

TRINITY CHURCH, Coppice Avenue, Lower Willingdon is open every Sunday, despite the weather. Our service on Sunday is led by Dr Graham Campling, for Mothering Sunday services commence at 10.30am. All welcome. Maundy Thursday at 3pm, singers are invited to join the Downland Singers for a performance of Olivet to Calvary by J H Maunder. There will be rehearsals on Thursdays, March 14 and 21 at 7.30pm. Knowledge of the work would be helpful or the ability to sight read. For further details please speak to Jennie on 484189.

RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on March 14 include Butchers Hole and Beyond about 5 miles, Friston Forest to West Dean, down the steep steps to village and return on forest tracks. No stiles with Roger L. Or Birds and Bees in the High Weald Trees, 8 miles Etchingham area, undulating hills and historic landscape in AONB take picnic, about 12 stiles with David. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

DO YOU appreciate meeting new friends and enjoying home cooking? If so come along to Trinity Diners. This lunch club at Trinity Church Hall meets on the third Friday of the month. Doors open at noon and diners enjoy half an hour of chat over a quiz or puzzle before our Easter lunch on Friday March 15, when the menu is fruit juice, roast gammon with parsley sauce, seasonal vegetables, fruit trifle and a cup of tea or coffee to finish with. Real value at £5. For further info and bookings please speak to Jennie on 484189 or visit website

FRIDAY FELLOWSHIP is taking place on Friday March 15 at Trinity Church from 11am, followed by tea and coffee, in time for joining Trinity Diners.

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society meet on Friday March 15, when our speaker is Dr John Surtees on the topic of Dr John Bodkin Adams. All welcome at St Johns Church Hall, 6.30pm for 7pm to. For more information contact Margaret 484293 or email

RICHARD SALMON is our speaker on Tuesday evening on March 26, for Eastbourne Local History Society, meetings held at St Saviours Church Hall. Doors open at 7pm, meeting starts at 7.30pm. His topic for the talk is Railway carriages brought back to life. Visitors welcome. More information from website – or email or telephone Maureen 485971.

warbleton & rushlake green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Mothering Sunday Family Service followed by a light lunch in the Church Rooms. Every six years the Electoral Roll of the Church has to be completely revised and started again from scratch. If they wish to remain on the Roll, all existing members need to reapply. To do so please complete the form that you should have received by now, and place it either in the box at the back of the church or give it to Rosemary as the Electoral Roll Officer. The forms need to be returned by Sunday, March 17 at the very latest. If you don’t respond, and your name is currently on the Roll, it is a legal requirement that your name is removed, so do please return your form if you wish to continue in membership. If there are any new parishioners who would like to become a member of the Roll, application forms can be found in the plastic holder on the back notice board by the list of Electoral Roll members. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Mothering Sunday Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Mothering Sunday Service. Dallington are holding a Lent Lunch each Saturday during Lent at the church from noon to 2pm. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Mothering Sunday

HISTORY GROUP: Our speaker on Monday at 7.30pm for 8pm start is Helen Woodward, who will talk about Mrs Ronald Greville of Polesden Lacey. This will be a good basis of knowledge of Polesden Lacey for our annual outing there in July.

PARISH COUNCIL: The current website co-ordinator, Anthony Gordon, is unable to continue in this role and the council is arranging for a new co-ordinator, and asks for patience whilst this process continues. You may have noticed green posts at various points on the verges. These mark either end of areas where conservation measures are put in place to protect wild flowers. The mowing contractor has to miss these out until late in the season. One problem is that, unless volunteers keep back brambles etc then these areas can be overgrown by such plants. Another is that sharp bends and junctions can suffer from poor sight lines. Mowing is one responsibility that can be taken on by parish councils, along with the budget. Work has been carried out by Highways in Marklye Lane to repair the surface. Cllr Rupert Simmons (ESCC) reported that work continues on the traffic calming scheme for Punnetts Town. The concerns of residents of Turners Greens, concerning flooding, are being addressed. We are due high speed broadband between now and the end of 2015. The Heathfield Works programme has seen 48 people through to jobs. Tomorrows People are opening a similar scheme in Hailsham. Both will be available to young people in rural areas. There will be a public inquiry regarding the right of way between Callers Corner and Cade Street, starting on June 26. I gather that those who have made written submissions will be able to address the inquiry. Some hedges still need cutting back to be clear of the road. The next meeting is on March 21 at the Dunn Village Hall. The clerk is Marion Smith 01435 831653

RURAL FUEL: I have just read an article in the NFU Countryside magazine on the rapid decline in rural filling stations. This led me to think about our own area. In my childhood (the 1950s) every village had its own filling station mostly with service station attached. Rushlake Green itself, plus Punnetts Town, Woods Corner, Herstmonceux, Cowbeech, Vines Cross, Horam and Heathfield. All have now lost their filling stations; I am assuming that the lack of prices at C&S means they have ceased to sell fuel. Quite often the service station remains, but not here at Rushlake Green, Woods Corner or Punnetts Town. We now have to go to Horam (often competitive on price), Cross-in-Hand, Amberstone, Boship, Burwash or Battle. Sadly, a lot of the problem is the supermarkets selling fuel as a loss leader to entice people into their stores. As a rural business I find this frustrating, and expensive, as to obtain fuel now involves at least a nine mile round trip. The message is clear, Use It or Lose It. To put my money where my mouth (or keyboard) is I am just off to Horam to get some fuel for the tractor.

willingdon, wannock & jevington

CHALK FARM HOTEL gives training in life skills and independent living to people with a learning disability as well as building up their confidence. On Monday March 4 a special coffee morning was held with the students taking customers’ orders and bringing them tea and coffee and home-made cakes and scones from the kitchen. The students were also helping to sell raffle tickets and there were some lovely prizes. Greetings cards and plants were for sale and of course there were more plants in the garden centre behind the hotel. The coffee morning was in aid of the Downland Farm Project and so every penny will benefit the students. It was a really enjoyable morning, with a lot of visitors present. I was talking to a lady whose 23 year old son has a learning disability and goes to Chalk Farm Hotel four days a week and loves it there. Like most of the parents, she worries about what will happen to her son once she is no longer able to care for him. There is a coffee morning most months where the students help out. The next one is from 10.30am to 11.45am on Monday April 29 so do make a note of this in your diary and go along to support the students.

PLANNING APPEAL: JPK’s planning appeal to build a supported residential centre for people with a learning disability on the Edgmond Church site in Old Town was postponed and will now go before the planning inspector on March 13. It would be tragic if permission to go ahead isn’t granted. Have the objectors really thought about what would be the outcome for them if this did happen, another supermarket perhaps? The site would still be sold but to whom?

WILLINGDON LIBRARY: Little Explorers is an exciting new book club for children under the age of five years. It is free to join and there are 10 certificates to collect. Each time you visit the library with your child, they collect a stamp. When they have six stamps they can claim their certificate. Rhymetime is held every Thursday from 10.30am to 11am when parents and carers can take their babies and toddlers along to learn thymes and play instruments.

JEVINGTON CHURCH: More sides people are needed at Jevington Church to welcome visitors at the Sunday services and hand out hymn books. If you could help at this lovely old village church, please contact Jenny on 01323 487237.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Tomorrow, Saturday, John Paul Miller will be entertaining customers from 8.30pm.

THE BRITISH QUEEN: Rockaround will be entertaining customers from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

COMEDY NIGHT: Well-known ventriloquist Steve Hewlett will be the main attraction at the comedy night at the British Queen from 9pm on Friday March 15.

THE RED LION has a charity quiz on the third Thursday of the month from about 7.30pm. The last quiz was for the Kit Wilson Trust Animal Welfare. To enter the quiz is just £2 per person which includes a chip butty. The winning team receives half the proceeds and the remaining half goes to the charity. They can then choose the next charity to be supported.

MEETINGS: There will be a planning meeting at 7pm on Monday followed by a full parish council meeting at 7.30pm at Willingdon Community School. Meetings are open to the public. Ring 01323 489603 or 01323 489104 for further information.

THE 3 MMMs: At the meeting on Wednesday February 27 a talk and demonstration was given on First Aid by a member of St John’s Ambulance. The talk was very informative and allayed some of the members’ fears on what to do in the first instance should a medical emergency occur. The next meeting is at 8pm on Wednesday March 13 at St Mary’s Church Hall. The talk on Canada has unfortunately been cancelled due to unforeseeable circumstances. Instead the members are asked to bring along flowers and foliage and they will be given help and advice on making attractive flower arrangements.

KIDS CURTAIN COMPANY: It is nice to support small local businesses where you can often get better service. Kids Curtain Company has recently opened in Gorringe Valley Road, where you can purchase made-to-measure curtains, blinds, cushions, beanbag covers, bedding, notice boards, bunting, fabric, cot bumpers, nappy stackers and wallpaper and accessories.

A BRIDGE DRIVE is to be held on Wednesday at the Eastbourne Bowling Club with an excellent tea afterwards. Play is from 2pm to 4.30pm. It is in aid of Family Support Work which local churches support. There is free parking. If you are interested please ring Sue, member of St Mary’s Church on 01323 423410.

JEVINGTON and Filching WI will be meeting at 2pm on Thursday at Trinity Church Hall when Edward Padgett will be giving a talk on the life and legacy of Stanley Holloway. Visitors and new members are welcome.

WILLINGDON WI will be meeting at 2.15pm on Thursday at Willingdon Memorial Hall when Judith Kinnison-Bourke will be giving a talk entitled Lost Ancestors.

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm on Friday March 15. The speaker is John Surtess and he will be talking about Dr John Bodkin Adams. Meetings are held once a month at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. Please ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 01323 486208 for further information.

TRINITY DINERS will be meeting at noon on Friday March 15 at Trinity Church Hall. The menu will be roast gammon, seasonal vegetables and trifle followed by tea or coffee. To reserve a place, please call Jennie on 01323 484189. The cost is just £5.

GRUMBLEWEEDS Garden Group will be meeting at The Red Lion at 6.30pm on Thursday when Sarah and Sandie will be giving tips on seed and plant propagating.