Parish pump Hailsham - May 16, 2014


SMART COOKIES return to make Funny Finger Puppets. Last month Smartcookies

had a lot of fun making Easter Eggs, this month they will be turning their hand to making decorated animal felt finger puppets. Everything will be

provided including a mid-morning snack. On May 17 from 10am to noon, at the

Old Chapel Centre, all children will have the chance to design and make three or four finger puppets. Entrance costs £8 for one child; £7 per child for two or a bargain £6 per child for three children. Children may be left or adults can stay and join in. Suitable for age six years upwards. To book email: or telephone 07722484262.

SUSSEX DAY will this year be marked on June 15 with a family fun day. The Cuckmere Morris dancers will be performing, the Pipe Band playing, Maypole dancing, stalls, hog roast, local story telling and an Historic Walking

Tour will make up some of the attractions to celebrate the best of everything Sussex.


TIDE MILLS community beach clean is at 10am on Sunday. Meet at the beach end of Mill Drove (off the A259). Come along, grab a bag and litter picker, and help clean up the area for visitors and the local wildlife. For further information, email Jim Skinner (

RACES: Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club races on the sea by Marine Parade on Sunday. At 11am a race will start to Brighton and back.

LAST WEEK, we heard a cuckoo calling around the old village. This sound is traditionally a welcome harbinger of spring, but cuckoos are no longer as common as they used to be (in the thirteenth century). This summer visitor had, however, arrived safely from Africa. We had another call from Pete Mason who you may have noticed has disappeared off the Tide Mills contact list. He’s moved from Bishopstone to Wales (for family reasons) and says he’s swapped seagulls for red kites in his garden.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy

Communion. A reminder that the summer fair is on 12th July at and around the village hall. Offers of help and enquiries to Mary on 01323 832509. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion, 9.30am Morning Payer (BCP),

11am Morning Worship and children’s Sunday Club. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion.

LUNCH CLUB: The village’s lunch club meets on Monday at the village hall from 11.30am to 2.30pm.

GARDENING CLUB: Why not take some time off from the garden and come to the club’s annual Plant Sale and Quiz evening on Tuesday in the village hall. Please feel free to bring along any spare plants you may have. Doors open at 6.30pm and David and Lesley Threlfall will host the quiz.

east hoathly

A YEAR ON THE ALLOTMENT: East Hoathly and Halland parish Council are pleased to announce they are sponsoring an illustrated talk entitled A Year on the Allotment on Wednesday at 7.45pm in the King’s Head back room. Entrance is free. The speaker, Barry Newman, is a well-known grower, exhibitor, lecturer and judge. He is chairman of the National Vegetable Society and serves on the judging and lecturing panel of the Royal Horticultural Society and is a member of their Fruit, Vegetable and Herb Committee. He is a Britain in Bloom judge and member of the South of England Agricultural Society’s Horticultural Committee. The illustrated talk is a month by month guide giving techniques, suggested suitable varieties to grow and a timetable. The speaker uses his own allotment to demonstrate what a plot can produce.


BONFIRE BINGO: Go along this evening, Friday, and support your local Hailsham Bonfire Society. If you enjoy the fantastic celebrations in October then they can do with your support to help raise the £7,000 to £8,000 they need to put on the display every year. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start at the Charles Hunt Centre, Vicarage Field (Waitrose car park). If you are interested in finding out more or about joining the Society then give Rose on (01323) 849562 a ring.

U3A: The May 27 meeting at 2.30pm is the group AGM at St Mary’s Church. This will be followed by a presentation by Carole Maddern on The Social History of the English Language. The discussion group this month was debating modern technology. This subject was prompted by a story of someone who had been seriously injured by a remote controlled garage door, getting trapped under it and unable to press the appropriate button. There was plenty to discuss here given the massive revolution in technology and being dragged into it kicking and screaming in many cases. The opera group will be enjoying Verdi’s Rigoletto at Diplocks Hall in May. The opera portrays a story of love and betrayal, and this production from New York’s Metropolitan Opera House is set very appropriately in 1960s Las Vegas. There are more than 20 U3A groups as diverse as French group, dog walkers, strollers, art lovers, book club, fitness, natural history, to name a few. If you are interested in finding out more, contact Sue 840797 in the first instance.

GREENWICH ROAD: PCSOs will be hoping to meet residents of Greenwich Road (evens) on May 20 between 7pm and 7.30pm at Greenwich Road BN27 2PB. Greenwich Road (odds)will have their meeting on Wednesday between 7pm and 7.30pm at Greenwich Road BN27 2NY. Priorities in April have been anti-social behaviour in the vicinity of the new skate park on the Maurice Thornton playing fields, ball park Greenwich Road and the centre of the estate near Hollamby Park. Reports have been received about nuisance behaviour from a small group of young children. Regular foot patrolling in the above areas on both days and nights, interacting with the young people in a bid to curb the nuisance behaviour via advice and education. Joint agency visits to those living in council properties to reinforce with occupants about how their children’s behaviour can affect their tenancy and to encourage a more supportive role from parents towards their child’s behaviour in the community, visits being made to the local youth clubs held on Monday and Wednesdays at the pavilion on the Maurice Thornton. Highlighted in this year’s Wealden Police Survey was the issue of dog fouling and the impact this has in certain areas in Hailsham East. The most noteable area being the pavement which runs between Market Street and St Mary’s Avenue. It’s not known at this stage which dog owners are responsible or whether in fact it’s only one individual. The aim is to identify those responsible and deal with accordingly. The only concern at

this point is the fact the enforcement side of the offence is not clear and is currently being discussed within the local council. The offence used to be dealt with by way of fixed penalty, as it is at the moment this cannot be used. No dog fouling signs have been put up in the location, in the hope this would help in highlighting the offence, but unfortunately the signs have been removed by persons unknown. Local councils were contacted with regards to getting more waste bins put in place. A clear answer to this has not yet been received.

STREET MEETINGS: Amberstone View, BN27 1JX 11am to 11.30am Sunday; Cameron Close, BN27 3WF numbers 1 to 35 from 6.30pm to 7pm on Wednesday; Knights Gardens, BN27 3JR numbers 1 to 26 from 7pm to 7.30pm Wednesday; Cameron Close numbers 36-54 6.30pm to 7pm on Thursday; Knights Gardens, BN27 2JR numbers 27 to 38 from 7pm and 7.30pm. These meetings are to provide residents with the opportunity to talk about concerns or issues they may be having where they live. Now this does not have to be simply police related as local town and Wealden councillors have also been invited as well as housing officers responsible to the area. If you do not have any matters to raise then simply go along and say hello, as the PCSOs agree, it’s always good meeting new people.

HERITAGE CENTRE: There is a small and interesting display of WWI memorabilia in the Town Museum. Volunteer Frank Stenhouse, 90 next month, is a fourth generation Hailsham Parishioner. His father, from Edinburgh, was injured in France during the Great War and he was sent back to Britain to recover. This brought him to the Hailsham Hospital, known then as The Laurels, where he met Frank’s mother, Gertrude Parsons, a domestic at the hospital, and they were soon married. The Heritage Centre is behind the kebab shop in Market Street and is open on a Friday and Saturday from 10am to 12.30pm. Free entry. If you would like information about Hailsham Historical and Natural History Society or the Museum itself contact David Bourne on (01323) 440359.

ST MARY’S: This is the Fifth Sunday of Easter. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am Jesus, the Ascended King and at 10.30 Holy Communion with crèche and children’s groups Receiving God’s grace. At 3pm there is a Passion for Life Cream Tea at The Link. At 6.30pm Evening Prayer.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a service at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. At time of going to press the mediums had yet to be advised.

RAMBLERS: On Hailsham Footpath 26b which leads from Amberstone Road to

Harebeating Drive, a new ditch bridge has been installed at TQ 595/104 by ESCCs maintenance rangers.

WHO LET THE DADS OUT: Come and play, Hailsham Parish Church at St Mary’s offers a brilliant time for dads and their children under six years on Saturday May 31 from 9.30am to 11am. There are newspapers and magazines, games and play, crafts, bacon butties, tea and coffee, music and, most importantly, father and child time. For more information contact David on 07739 790369 or email

100 YEARS AGO: In May 1914 Rev F Clyde Harvey wrote as follows: Miss Hunt, of Summer Hill, returns many thanks to those kind friends in Polegate who rendered help when she was knocked down by a motorcycle, April 11, 5.45pm and was much bruised and received a severe shock. She considers the motorcycle the greatest curse on the road.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

SHEILA CRAWLEY: It was with sadness that I heard of the death of Sheila Crawley who, many of us will remember through her work in the village, helping out at numerous events including, along with her husband Mike,

running the bar in the village hall on quiz nights, organising raffles and, of course, her involvement in the local MG Classic Car Club. Mike has asked me to pass on the details of her funeral to be held at the Free Church on Tuesday May 20 at 12.30pm. The family would welcome anybody who knew Sheila, and who would like to celebrate her life, to join them at the church and at the gathering afterwards in the Woolpack Inn Function Room. Please wear something red for Sheila, no flowers but any donations to Diabetes UK would be welcome.

WALKING CLUB: On Sunday meet Liz at Hailsham Leisure Centre car park at 10am for a four mile walk starting at Littlington Tea Rooms, refreshments after the walk. On Tuesday meet Sylvia at Herstmonceux car park at 6.30pm for a local walk covering about four to five miles. Any further information needed please call them on 848790.

LATE SPRING RAFFLE in aid of the village hall is still running with tickets at £1 each being available from Caprice Hairfashions in Gardner Street. Prizes include £100 in cash, a Luxury Hamper, family tickets for entry to both the Castle at Herstmonceux or Michelham Priory. The draw, taking place on Monday June 9, at 7pm in the village hall.

BOWLS: The bowls club are back but sadly have not started as well as they might have. Their first match was against The Parade which they lost by 16 shots. Their second, a home match, they won 69-67. The final match of the week was against the Polegrove at Bexhill and again they lost, the final score being 90-114. Well it’s early days yet.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) will be held at Wartling

Church at 8am with Holy Communion (CW) at Herstmonceux Church at 9.45am,and

Messy Church will be at the Reid Hall in Boreham Street at


VILLAGE SPORTS DAY and Fair. A reminder that any businesses thinking of booking a stall for this event must have their booking in at £10 per stall by Sunday. The fair will take place on Monday May 26, 10am to 3pm. A cheque will secure the booking but will not be cashed until after the event and in the event of bad weather it will be re-scheduled. To book your pitch please contact Tabitha on 078870420751 or email her at tabfa71@gmail.comAll other enquiries to Colin on 07730 805105 email this event is being hosted by the Herstmonceux Scout Group in aid of their new Scout Hut.


JUMBLE SALE: There will be a Jumble Sale in Laughton Parish Hall tomorrow, Saturday. Doors open 10.30am. Refreshments available. Jumble still wanted. Please contact Jean-Mary Crozier 01323 811385

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

COFFEE MORNING: Due to the very generous supporters, over £100 is going to Arthritis Research UK, from the coffee morning held in Ninfield Reading Room on May 7. The committee thank all who attended and all who sent their support.

THE BOWLS CLUB played Pett on May 7, winning 83-43. Their game against Westfield (at Westfield) on Saturday, May 10, was cancelled due to the rain. Luckily, they were able to play Hastings Observer on Sunday, May 11, with a result of Ninfield 54, Observer 65.

HOOE OPEN GROUP (Ladies Club) held their May meeting on Friday, May 9, at Hooe Village Hall. It was a very well attended meeting to be entertained by Olivia Breeze, the daughter of singer Alan Breeze, who was for many years the lead singer with the Billy Cotton Band Show. Most of the members remembered the very popular post war live radio broadcasts featuring Billy Cotton and Alan Breeze. Olivia went back to her childhood, when the family lived in West Ham and later moved to Norfolk. Her father started his singing career in the clubs and pubs in the East End of London where he could expect to earn about 10 shillings per night working the theatre queues in the West End. In his lifetime he produced some 78 recordings, I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts being one of his best known. He also specialised in dubbing songs for actors on film and stage who could not sing. He met Billy Cotton in 1932, which changed his life forever; he stayed with the Billy Cotton Band for a total of 36 years. To end with Olivia led the members in a rousing rendition of I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts which was highly enjoyable. The club also welcomed three new members, which takes the total membership to nearly 40. The next meeting will be on Friday, June 13, which will be a summer cream tea and topical quiz. If you would be interested in joining in with a lively bunch of ladies, why not go along on the second Friday of the month to Hooe Village Hall. For further details contact the organiser Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

NINFIELD VILLAGE SOCIETY would like to thank all those who took part in the litter pick on Saturday, May 10. Despite the awful weather, a hardy band of villagers ranging from Madeleine at seven years to Terry at 89 years, set off enthusiastically to collect litter. The society would like to thank Ninfield Parish Council for supplying refreshments and Mark Williams, of Keir, who provided equipment and enthusiastic support for the event.

PARISH COUNCIL: Chairman’s report 2014: This is my fourth report as the chairman of the council and in each one it appears I mention facing challenges. Sorry, but it’s the same story this year. The main challenge facing the village over the next few years is development of new homes. You would all have received notification of the Rydon Homes exhibition at the end of 2013 and I know that a number of those local to Ingrams Farm attended. But please don’t be complacent and think ‘this doesn’t affect me’. Ingrams Farm is only one of at least five potential development sites in the village and throughout 2014/15 Wealden District Council will complete a review of all potential sites to assess the suitability of each. And be aware, development will probably not be restricted to just one site. As a council, we will do our best to be involved in the assessment process and to keep the village informed, but we can’t do it alone and need additional help. It may be to read through some documents, help to gather essential data, to be a member of a working party or just reinforce points we raise throughout the process, but if you are really concerned about the future of housing development in the village, we need you to get involved. Please email the clerk if you would like to put your name forward. Planning decisions have certainly been a source of frustration over the past 12 months and the relaxation of planning regulations has resulted in certain developments being approved at district level despite the parish council strongly recommending refusal. We have had the opportunity to raise some of these concerns and how these decisions are communicated in a recent meeting with Kelvin Williams, Head of Planning and Environmental Services at Wealden. It doesn’t mean that decisions will be over-turned, but hopefully we have a clearer understanding between the planning department and the parish council. The other enduring issue we have is litter and fouling of pavements and open areas by dogs and horses. Again, we would ask everyone to be aware of their surroundings, have consideration for others, and clear up after themselves, their dog and/or horse. This message especially goes out to the parents of local lads who use the recreation ground, please remind them that their litter needs to go into one of the five bins on the recreation ground and not left strewn across the ground. On a more positive note, we are moving ahead on the upgrade of the play area and new equipment should be installed later in the year. We have also built up the funds for the repair/replacement of Sparkes Pavilion, which should start in 2015, and have had a very good response from both the cricket and football clubs with offers of assistance. The past year has again seen a change in members of the council. Health and family commitments have meant that three councillors have had to step down this year: Gail Hook, Tricia Hutchinson and Julia Wilkins. All have been a loss, but special thanks must go to Julia who stepped down after seven years. On a positive note, we have had two new volunteers step forward: John Cheshire and Nick Gallivan Young, and both bring different and new skills and perspective to the council. Of course that means we still have an open vacancy and if you would like to find out more about what’s involved, please speak to any member of the council. We also had a change in our county councillors and I have to admit that council meetings are just not the same without Roger Thomas (we all know that he would have been in his element this past winter) but we still have continuity with Cllr Bill Bentley and Cllr Keeley is beginning to familiarise himself with Ninfield. As usual, I shall finish this report by thanking various people. Neighbourhood Watch, The Village Society for arranging an annual litterpick and maintaining Church Wood, our internal auditor Ron Upstone (now moving on to pastures new) our clerk and my fellow councillors. It isn’t just their hard work on the council, but also the support they give to various village organisations so thank you Sam Guard, Pete Holland, Craig Skinner, Paul Beddows, Pam Doodes, Nick Gallivan Young and John Cheshire. Thank you, Kaye Crittell.

THE METHODIST CHURCH are holding a coffee morning to support Christian Aid

week tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon. All are welcome to attend and support the work of Christian Aid.

THE GOLDEN CIRCLE are next meeting on May 20, 2.30pm in the Methodist Hall

for a talk by John Schofield on Victorian Magic, all welcome. For more information call Jean on 212663.

THERE WILL BE a coffee morning on Wednesday at 10am at The Methodist Hall to raise funds for the Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice. The hospice, which takes young people from our area, does a splendid job. Not only does it administer much needed love and medical support to young people with life threatening illnesses, but also much needed support and respite care for families. Further details from Pam Doodes, 01424 892329 or Thelma Nance, 01424 892421.

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 at 2.30pm.


POLEGATE AND WILLINGDON local history society meeting today, Friday. Our

speaker is Rex Swain talking about Old Rye. All welcome at St Johns Church Hall, doors open at 6.30pm, meeting starts at 7pm.

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

TABLE SALE tomorrow, Saturday, in the main hall at Polegate Community Centre from 9.30am to noon. To book a table at £5 please telephone 485778.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Out and About with Diana. Meet at Co-op Albert Parade, Old Town, frequent buses, 1, and 1A, finish 12.15pm, 4 miles. Refreshments at leader’s house. Or a longer walk, Brisk Pace Walk Fairlight on Fire Hills, with Reg and Gill. Meet at Avenue at 9am, walk starts at Hastings Country Park, GR 860118 map 124. 8 miles. On Sunday, Around The Brooks, with Paul and Barbara. Meet at the Avenue, 9.30am, walk starts at Mountfield Road, Lewes GR 416097. Dry lunch, Iford Church, finish 3pm, 9 miles. On Monday a Southdowns Strollers walk, Downs Ramble. Meet lower end of Downs Golf Club car park, East Dean Road, with Beryl and Jon, 3 miles. On Wednesday, Pop in for Your Books, meet at Pevensey Castle car park, 3 miles with Hilary, Southdown Strollers. Contact Pat on 638600 or email for more information.

POLEGATE RAMBLERS walks on May 22 include Friston Frolic Fro’ The Flowers, 5 miles, a woodland forest walk with some hard paths, no stiles with Roger S; or, River, Lake and Birds, nearly 10 miles, fairly flat, some narrow roads. Pevensey with option of picnic or café, tea at leader’s home, 10 stiles, with Angela. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

ROY HALE will be talking to Polegate Gardeners Society on A Stroll Along an English Country Lane, on Thursday at 7.30pm. We meet at Polegate Community Centre, non-members are very welcome to join our meetings. For more info please telephone Sheila on 483222.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion, 9.30am Morning Payer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship and children’s Sunday Club. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Ewart Helyar and 6.30pm evening service and communion with Paul Daniels. The chapel flower festival will be July 4 to 6.

HEARING BUS: East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre is a registered charity working in partnership with Adult Social Care to provide a no charge mobile information and advice service for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people living in East Sussex. The vehicle, which is funded by the Big Lottery, is equipped to offer demonstrations of assistive equipment and hearing screening tests (if time permits). The mobile unit will be visiting Rushlake Green on Thursday, and will be outside Osborne House, opposite the shop from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives from both the East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss. For further information please contact: East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, Tel: 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax)


RGWI: The institute meets at 7.30pm on Thursday in the Dunn village hall. Members will discuss the Resolution from the National Federation,

Increasing Organ Donation. For further information about the WI or for help with transport to meetings contact Marion (01435 831653) or Sharon (812388).

VILLAGE HALL: I gather that the Auction of Promises in March raised over £1,400 divided equally between Children of Gambia Services and hall funds. The hall’s share will be used for necessary repairs and for routine refurbishment of the wooden floor. There is the return of the popular art

weekend in September 11 to 13. A date for your diaries.

HISTORY GROUP: We had a very entertaining talk by Kevin Gordon on his A to Z of Sussex Churches, in which he included many of the features of churches from Altars to St Zeta. The talk was illustrated by many photos of these features as found in churches in our county. P is for pews and he showed our own Dunn pew at Warbleton. Our next walk is on Wednesday at the wild flower meadows in Lakehurst Lane, which is off the Woods Corner to Ashburnham Road. It is in fact the first lane on the left from Woods Corner. Go to the end of the lane. (O/S ref TQ 685175). Next month we have

A History of Gatwick Airport by David Harrison on June 9.

CUCKOO FAIR: Audrey Milton has let me know that the total raised for Demelza Hospice for Children will be between £3,500 and £4,000. Many thanks to everyone who supported this event with their stalls and in many ways to make this lovely event a success. The day started rather damp but then the clouds cleared and we had a lovely day with lots of people turning out.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

SUNRISE SENIOR LIVING: You are invited to a relaxing afternoon in the glorious gardens of Sunrise Senior Living Upper Kings Drive from 2pm to 4pm today, Friday. Enjoy great company, refreshing cocktails and delicious canapés on the lawn. Talented harpist Magdalena Reising will be providinglive musical entertainment.

POLEGATE AND WILLINGDON Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to

9pm today, Friday, at St John’s Church Hall, Polegate, when Rex Swain will be giving a talk on Old Rye. Ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 01323 486208 for further information.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 2pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall for a practice meeting. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

STEVE HEWLETT, the popular Eastbourne ventriloquist, will be opening a charity day at the British Queen tomorrow, Saturday. It will take place from 1pm to 5.30pm and includes a display of old vehicles, a tombola, entertainment in the car park with Fifth Avenue, Justine and Nicky, a cake stall, bric-a-brac and a barbecue. The raffle will be drawn at 5pm. The charity day is in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice and Cancer Research.

STONE THE CROWS will be entertaining customers at the Wheatsheaf, with an eclectic mix of new and classic acoustic music from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

PARISH WALK: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council’s annual parish walk will take place on Sunday starting at Polegate Windmill at 2pm. After the short walk, refreshments will be provided at the windmill. This is a free event, all are welcome.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding their annual parish meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon Community School. Representatives from the organisations for which the council has agreed grants have been invited to the meeting and it is also hoped to have a speaker from Wealden District Council to talk about fund raising opportunities. Please ring 01323 489603 for further information. Meetings

are open to the public.

RAMBLE: St Mary’s Church Rambling Group will be meeting at 10.30am on Monday outside Chalk Farm in Coopers Hill to drive to Laughton for a gentle flat circular walk of approximately four miles. All are welcome.

PRAYER WALKS: For many years Fr Clive has led prayer walks in the area. Last year they were on different themes of the landscape. Five more walks are now planned and the idea is to introduce a new walking companion. For the 3.5 mile walk on Thursday, walkers will first meet at St Mary’s Church at 2pm and then share cars to drive to Litlington. The walking companion will be Hildegaard of Bingen, who lived from 1098 to 1179, a German abbess, poet, composer and mystic, a saint.

A COFFEE MORNING will be held from 10am to noon on Saturday May 24 at Polegate Community Centre to raise funds for the maintenance of Polegate Windmill. There will be a book stall, raffle and cake stall. Offers of help or gifts for the raffle would be appreciated and additional cakes and scones on the day. Please contact Jenny Wells on 01323 487671.

CHALK FARM LDC will be having a Summer Fayre from 11am to 3pm on Sunday May

25. Attractions include vanilla pod selling, homemade ice cream and fancy floss, Quirky Turtle vintage fashions and accessories, Marion’s homemade cards, gift and craft stalls, and homemade cakes, teas and coffee. There will also be a tombola, bric-a-brac, guess the number of sweets, lucky dip, raffles, and much more. The barbecue will be from noon to 2pm; the bar will be open and there will be music. Items for raffle prizes are always welcome. Chalk Farm Hotel Learning Disability Centre in Coopers Hill gives work experience and training to adults with a learning disability. Do pop in to the garden centre behind the hotel while you are at the fayre where

there are a large selection of plants and shrubs.

TRINITY COMMUNITY MARKET is being held in Trinity Church rather than the church hall for the time being whilst the new kitchen is being installed. The market is held every Wednesday from 9.30am to 12.30pm, when there is fresh produce for sale, crafts, haberdashery, cakes, household goods and refreshments. For further information or to book a stall please ring Wendy on 01323 489002 or email

SUSSEX POLICE are advising dog walkers to be extra vigilant when leaving their vehicles at beauty spot car parks. There have been four incidents recently in which a passenger side window has been smashed and valuables taken. Two of the thefts occurred at Butts Brow. On April 30 a bag containing a purse was stolen between 1.15pm and 2.15pm and on May 4 a large tobacco pipe pouch was taken from another vehicle between 3.15pm and 4.15pm. On May 3 between 5.40pm and 6.05pm a shoulder bag containing cash and credit cards was stolen from a vehicle parked in the Friston Forest car park. On May 4 between 1.30pm and 2.30pm another car was broken into at the Arlington Reservoir car park and a handbag containing a purse was taken. If you witness any suspicious behaviour please call 101.

WALKERS’ TEAS: One of the aims of the Parochial Church Council at Jevington Church is to install a toilet in the church within the next few years. Fund-raising events and applications for grants are now being considered. One of the fund-raising ideas is to offer teas and cakes to walkers and visitors to the church on several weekends over the coming summer. The first one will be on Saturday May 31 from 10.30am to 3pm. If you can help by baking a cake or serving on the day please contact Jenny Wootton on 01323 487237.