Parish pump Hailsham - May 2, 2014


COLIN and Christine Burden of Heartstart are retiring. Colin was a member of the ambulance service from 1969 until 2003. Also in 1969 he joined the RNLI serving on the Eastbourne lifeboat for 21 years until 1990. He was one of the first full time paramedics in Sussex at the forefront of enhanced training for ambulance staff, with particular regard to heart disease. His career in the ambulance service has taken him to work in a number of ambulance stations across Sussex and when Margaret Thatcher visited Eastbourne, at the height of the IRA campaign, he was her personal paramedic. In 2006 Colin and two or three others while talking in the pub developed the idea of Heartstart. Dr Adcock was involved and supported the idea by donating a fibrillator. Since that time there has been nearly 1,000 calls - over 300 last year alone. There are six responders that form the local team with two more going to be trained in the next month or so. Colin has personally received many commendations over the years, the most recent being the Chief Executive’s Commendation for saving someone’s life on the Downs. Colin’s wife, Christine, has shared in all the stress and triumphs throughout their long marriage and has been the very successful leader of the Fund Raising for Heartstart. Their future plans are not clear at the moment but it was made very clear, at a party held in their honour last Saturday, that the village is grateful for their work and wish them well in their retirement. The Parish Council at the Monday PCC meeting also presented a picture as a mark of appreciation.

WI NEWS report from Wendy Day: Many members and several visitors attended the April meeting to hear an interesting talk by Mrs Irene Eltringham-Wilson, National Gardens Scheme organiser for East Sussex. Mrs Eltringham-Wilson started by explaining the criteria that gardens have to meet to be included in the scheme. All entrance charges to the NGS Open Gardens are donated to national nursing and cancer charities with the total to date being over 40 million pounds. Everyone present was given a copy of the East Sussex guide to gardens open in 2014 and were then shown pictures of some of the gardens with amusing and entertaining anecdotes about the gardens and their owners. Plans for a summer of garden visiting were made by members. There were also reminders of the outing to the Seaford Little Theatre and that the Bexhill Tea Club will be visiting at the end of May. The Spring Bazaar will be held on May 3 at the War Memorial Hall from 2.30 to 4.30pm. The next meeting will be held on May 20 at the Old Chapel Centre.


CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. (A note for your diaries – the annual fair will be held from noon on Saturday May 12 at the Parish Church): 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family Worship. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion (BCP).

VILLAGE HALL: The Hall AGM is at 7pm for 7.30pm start next Friday evening, May 9, at the village hall. Reports of the past year’s activities, accounts etc will be presented, the management committee will be elected and the forthcoming programme will be reviewed. All are welcome and refreshments will be served from 7pm.


TEA – Last week Margaret Swift held an afternoon tea event at her home in aid of St Michael’s Hospice. There was a delicious array of cakes and plenty of people who went along to enjoy her lovely garden with congenial company and a nice cup of tea and cake. Thank you Margaret for hosting the tea, to everyone who supported her by making cakes, making tea and washing up. Over £200 was raised for the Hospice.

QUILTERS Exhibition – On Sunday the Monday Quilters group held another of their lovely exhibitions, displaying the beautiful handmade quilts they had made. They had a good turn out of visitors who can only have been impressed by the ladies’ work. Proceeds from this also went to St Michael’s Hospice. Will report on how much was made next week.

PARTY – Everyone was holding their breath on Sunday morning that the weather would remain dry for the planned Party on the green, to celebrate St George’s Day. And it did. The turn out was good and there were lots of things going on. Kite flying, throw the ball in the dragons flame, catch the ducks, how many sweets in a jar and try avoid being squirted with water, a firm favourite of all the children, although I think they had more fun being squirted. There was also a Maypole with which Rhiannon Rees had great fun with the children. There was a barbecue and popcorn machine, and everyone took picnic food with them. Thanks to everyone who turned up, to Rod Clifton, whose idea this was, Tania and Michael Cheshire for opening their home for comfort, We all had a great day, thank you.

SUNDAY Lunch – There are still a few places available for the Charity lunch which is being held on Sunday May 11, at the Burwash village hall, from 12.30pm for 1pm. There is a menu of choices for the three course freshly cooked lunch, with coffee and mints. Light entertainment will also be part of the proceedings. The proceeds are going to help young Aaron Foord, who has been picked to join the world Scout jamboree in Japan in 2016. He needs to raise £3,000 to be able to go. This is my way of helping this nice polite young man to reach his target. To book a place at £18 per person please call Mary on 01453 882107. Aaron and his family will be there to meet you.

MEETING: On Monday evening the Burwash Common Pavilion and playing fields will be holding their AGM in the pavilion at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome to go along and support and give their views. They would be happy for you to be interested in joining the committee, give Halina Keep a call on 01435 882183. The summer matches have begun with a stoolball game last night and the first cricket match of the season tomorrow at Heathfield Park. We wish both clubs a successful season.


ST MARY’S: This is the Third Sunday of Easter. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am – Confrontation and at 10.30 Morning Service with Crèche and children’s groups with guest preacher Liam Goligher, Senior Minister of the Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia. At 7.30pm the annual Bible by the Beach Celebration takes place at the congress Theatre, Eastbourne, with final seminars and celebrations.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a service at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. The Mediums on this occasion are Malcolm and Lesleigh.

STREET MEETINGS: On Wednesday 7 May at 6pm, residents of The Glade, Hailsham, have an opportunity to come and meet their local Community Support Officer to discuss any issues they might have. This meeting has been specifically arranged due to reports of vehicles driving anti-socially through Abbots Wood.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: The next meeting of the Hailsham and District Branch is on Tuesday 13 May at 7.30pm at the Hailsham Club, Vicarage Fields, North Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1BG. Following the meeting there will be a quiz. All Ex-Service, serving personnel and dependants, young and old, are welcome. Come along and make new friends. Car parking at the rear of the Club. For further details contact Peter Clark on 01323 841809 or Frank Berry on 01323 843880 or 07901717354. At the April meeting the result of the elections to the national Royal British Legion Management Committee was given an out and of four nominations from the Branch, three were elected. As of the April meeting date the Poppy Appeal has raised the sum of £18,376.10p. Thanks go out to the people of Hailsham and local areas for the gracious support that has been given. Following the meeting a talk was given by Hollie Lucas, Community and Events Fundraiser for the Queen Alexandra Hospital Home in Worthing. It was very informative. It commenced in 1919 in Surrey and then moved to Sussex for the sea air. Currently the oldest resident is 104 years. On the 25 April 2014 a wreath was laid at the Hailsham War Memorial by the Vice Chairman to commemorate ANZAC Day and the Hailsham and District Branch Royal British Legion Standard was displayed by Steve Leonard. The Union Jack and the National Flags of Australia and New Zealand were flown on the masts.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: The competition season has now ended and the guest speakers were two of the Society’s own members, David Mills ARPS and John Deller LRPS who gave a new print and AV presentation entitled Snowdonia Via The Knockin Shop. David’s photography was mainly darkroom in black and white, but with some digital and the colour digital prints belonged to John, with many of both being displayed in the hall for members to enjoy during the tea break. David and John have visited Snowdonia many times and the Knockin Shop transpired to be a post office and convenience store. There were several AVs shown interspersed with prints showing pictures of mountains catching the last rays of sunlight, clouds and mist, (ever present in Snowdonia) descending the hills, lichen on the forest floor, a beautiful oak leaf spattered with raindrops against a background of patterned rocks, and many rain soaked images. There was a final short film of people on a classic walk from Pen-y-pass across Crib Goch, which is described as a knife-edged arête in the Snowdonia National Park which was truly amazing. The evening was absolutely brilliant with plenty of humour and the club felt they were very lucky to have David and John show such ability, talent and great work.

TOWN MEETING: Nearly 100 people came along to the Town Meeting last week. Town Mayor and Chairman, Councillor Jo Bentley presented a review of the past year and there were reports from the Committee Chairs. Representatives from Sussex Police, Wealden District Council, Hailsham Forward, Hailsham Works!, Hailsham Festival of Arts & Culture, Hailsham & District Twinning Association and the Town Council’s youth projects team attended with information stands. Town councillors responded to a number of issues raised by Hailsham residents at the meeting including traffic flow in South Road, improvements to footpaths at various locations in the town and fly-tipping in London Road. The Annual General Meeting of Hailsham Town Council will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 28 May at the Town Council Offices in Market Street and members of the public are invited to attend and witness the election of the Town Mayor and Chairman for the coming year (2014-2015).

100 YEARS AGO: In April 1914 Rev. F Clyde Harvey wrote as follows: My dear Friends, The country is disturbed. There are ugly forces at work. Our Bishop has directed that prayer shall be offered from the whole Diocese. Let us Christians pray and humble ourselves beneath the mighty hand of God that He may exalt us in due time. May we make this remaining season of Lent a very searching time, and hope that Easter may find us in a safer and quieter and more joyful atmosphere. The Church should know no party but that of Her divine Master. Her desire should be that His kingdom may be set up and that He may rule; that must be best for our country. Notes and Comments: The rainfall for March reaches the record figure of 5.93 inches. On the 20 at 12.45pm my barometer touched the lowest reading I have taken since I had it, 36 years ago. Nothing very much happened here, but all round there was snow, sleet, hail, wind and rain. Last year’s fall was 36.97 inches, and this year, so far, we have had 11.33 inches.


HELLINGLY CHURCHYARD: The gardens around the church have been tidied and the scaffold around the church removed. The new Tarmac path is settling and the new ornate hand rail is a welcome addition. A record of the inscriptions on the headstones is being collated as no plan of who is buried there has ever been kept. This will provide easy access to information for people involved in researching their family history in the churchyard. Many inscriptions are very worn and difficult to read but although progress has been slow, the project is near to completion.

WI: The Hellingly WI next meet on Tuesday May 6 is a Resolution Meeting and will be at Hellingly village hall at 2.30pm. If you would like for information contact Iris on 841875 or just come along.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: This week saw the final of the PDI Competition and the club was lucky to book judge David Eastley ARPS at the last minute as unfortunately Trevor Gellard FRPS was unable to attend. Results as follows: Beginners – third and second place went to Brian Gell for Male Hooded Merganser and St Michael’s Mount. The winner was Martin Rumary with The Wedding Photographer, a picture filled with beams of light, people dancing and drinking, and a silhouetted person in the foreground taking a photograph of the proceedings. Intermediate - third and second place went to Janet Monk ARPS for Court in Transit and Bob, the Window Cleaner. The winner was Gill Terry for The Droplet, a beautiful picture in shades of green of a small branch bearing a single drop of water at the tip. Advanced - third place went to Gay Biddlecombe LRPS for Surviving (India), second was Colin Chrismas LRPS for The Race Leader and the winner was Roy Broad for Wing-drying. Anhinga a super black and white shot of the bird with wings outstretched. David said the quality of images was very high and he did an absolutely excellent job of judging.

NEIGHBOURHOOD Policing: There is a PCSO street meeting on Tuesday 6 May at 3pm until 4pm meeting at the portable building on the builders’ site, The Drive, Hellingly, BN27 4EP. This is an opportunity to meet your local Police Community Support Officer to discuss any issues you might have. Local priorities: Speeding – Reported issues of speeding Park Road, Hellingly. Vehicle counts are being conducted at key times of the day to check the average speed of vehicles. Once all are completed the PCSO will then review to see whether there is an issue and if there is to find out what times of day the issues are occurring. Also, parking - reports of parking issues, primarily partial obstruction of the road around Park Mead School, Upper Dicker. High vis patrols will be conducted around the school and a banner to be placed outside the school gates advising of issues. A week of action is arranged for week beginning 28 April. There will be zero tolerance of offenders and tickets will be issued if necessary.

BLOOD PRESSURE & DOGS: The pace is really hotting up for the Hailsham Lions Country Fair on Sunday 8 June at Broad Farm, Hellingly, BN27 4DU from 11am – 5pm. Alongside a whole host of exciting stalls, arena events and a fun fair, there will be two diverse attractions this year – a first for the Hailsham Lions! Dr Tourle will be holding Blood Pressure testing, free of charge, between 11am and 2pm. This will be a unique opportunity for visitors to be tested by Hailsham’s much loved doctor. Maria Williams will be presenting the Hailsham Lions Companion Dog Show, held under Kennel Club Rules. Entries from 12.30pm. There will be Pedigree and Novelty Classes judged by Jill Cranfield (Zeefather) and Daphne Bulmer (Reevesglenn) respectively. Entry fee per class is £1.50 with judging commencing in the two rings at 1pm. Further information can be obtained from Maria Williams on 01273 721918. For more information contact Keith Shonfeld on 07818 154668.


WINDMILL HILL Horticultural Society. The next meeting of this society will take the form of a visit to Hankham Organics and will be hosted by Peter Dollimore, who is an expert in organic salads and vegetables. They have some huge glasshouses there so the weather won’t be a problem and for all other details please contact them direct on 833626.

LATE SPRING RAFFLE: In aid of the Village Hall at Herstmonceux will be drawn on Monday June 9 at 7pm in the village hall. Prizes include a first prize of £100, a Luxury Hamper, a family ticket for entry to the castle as well as one for entry to Michelham Priory. Tickets at £1 each are on sale at Caprice Hairfashions and all profits will go towards funds used in the maintenance of the hall.

WALKING CLUB Sunday May 4 and Sue would like to meet up with you in the Herstmonceux car park at 10am for a circular walk to Bodle Street and back covering about 5-6 miles. On Tuesday May 6 Trudy will be the leader and will meet up with you in the car park at Alfriston for a three-mile riverside walk. For details call 848790.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday May 4 and Holy Communion (BCP) along with evensong (CW) will be held at Wartling Church at 8am and 6pm respectively with the family service being held at Herstmonceux church at 9.45am.

COFFEE MORNING: Herstmonceux and Wartling Conservatives will be holding their annual coffee morning at the Friends Meeting House on Saturday May 3 between 10am and noon. Stalls will include plants, cakes, books, a bring and buy and the usual raffle. Entrance will be by donation and will include coffee and biscuits. Details at 833079.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK: Will run this year between May 11 and 17 and hopefully you will find one of their little red envelopes to make your donation. The theme this year Fear Less and money raised by the charity will be used to help those affected by violence, war and personal tragedy in rebuilding their lives and turning grief into hope. Please leave your contributions at any of the following, All Saints or Wartling church, the Pharmacy or the Mace Stores.


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.


A GOOD turnout of 1st Ninfield Scout and Crowhurst Scout group was had at the St George’s Parade, Battle, on Sunday, April 27. They were part of the Senlac division’s celebrations of the Scout Association’s Patron Saint. All sections of the groups were represented: Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers, along with their leaders and helpers. It was lovely to see so many groups come together for such a lovely afternoon.

Ninfield Local History Group held their AGM on Thursday, April 17. Building on the success of the past 12 months, the group have a busy programme of events scheduled for the coming year. After the AGM business, there was a sneak preview of pictures from the collection of amateur village historian, Cyril Wells. The group are planning an “Afternoon of Local History” on Saturday, September 27. This event will include a Cyril Wells memorial lecture using Cyril’s original slides and notes to recreate the talk on the history of Ninfield that he gave back in the 1970s.

FIRST Ninfield Scout group has seen one of their Explorers, Kester, move from being a member of the group to a leader. He has been a member of the Beaver, Cub, Scout and Explorer sections and has been a very active member at all times. Now that he has reached the age of 18, he has stated that he wants to repay the commitment that the group has shown him by becoming a leader. He will start in the Beaver section and we will see where he goes from there!

NINFIELD Horticultural Society had a very successful Plant Sale, raising over £400 for their funds, in addition to £43 from refreshments. They would like to thank everyone who donated plants and of course, all those who bought some. They hope your gardens will look even more beautiful now! On June 16, a visit has been arranged to the Walled Nursery at Hawkhurst. This starts with a talk at 2pm on the history of the 13th century estate. There will be time to look round and buy plants as well as enjoying tea and cake. The talk is free to Horticultural members and £2 for non members. Booking is essential with Rose by 6 June: 892422 or email:

NINFIELD Bowls Club are back in action! On April 26, they played away to Northiam. Unfortunately they lost this opening match 41-91. They played Battle on April 27, narrowly missing a win with a score 60-63. The teams found both games enjoyable and it was the first time that some members had bowled outdoors. The ground on Saturday was a slightly harder going than on Sunday but, enjoyable afternoons were had on both days.

NINFIELD Scout Group, incorporating Cowhurst Scout Group, are celebrating 30 years of Scouting in Ninfield. Tomorrow, May 3, at Ninfield Memorial Hall, 2-4 pm, they will exhibit some photos from past and present and have some stands to demonstrate what they do within their sections. Free refreshments will be available. You are invited to go along and reminisce as well as meeting some of today’s Scouting family.

NINFIELD Scout Group are holding a Family Barn Dance to celebrate 30 years of their successful Scout group in Ninfield. Some of their dedicated parents have organised this event, to be held tomorrow, May 3, at the Memorial Hall, 7.30-11pm. Tickets cost £3 per adult and £2 per child. There will be a live band, disco and a licensed bar. Please purchase your tickets before the event either from Lorna 893644, Ninfield Post office or from one of the Scout section meetings.

NINFIELD Methodist Church are holding a ‘Cafe style’ Family Church service with breakfast, on Sunday May 4, 10.30-11.30 am. The service will be led by Margaret Bickerdike. A warm welcome will be extended to all.

PRAM RACE: It’s not long until Ninfield’s Pram Race on Monday, May 5. It will be held on Manchester Road this year, with the start near the Blacksmith’s car park. Registration for the races begins at 11.30am and the races will get underway at midday. This year’s carnival queen will be crowned at the pram race. The Carnival committee are keen to organise a treasure hunt in the village on this day. If you live between the Kings Arms and Standard Hill and would be happy to hide a car (toy or homemade) in your garden, please contact Lorna ASAP so that they can allocate numbers! (893644). The treasure hunt will cost £1 to enter and entry forms can be purchased from the Blacksmith’s car park from 9am on the day. As always, the races have kindly been sponsored by the Parish Council and a special prize is available for the best fancy dress. The theme of this year’s carnival is ‘Children’s TV’.

ARTHRITIS Research UK is holding a Coffee Morning on Wednesday, May 7, 10.20 am - 12 pm at the Reading Room, Church Lane, Ninfield. Non members are welcome to attend this fundraiser. You are invited to take a contribution for the raffle and bring and buy stall. Entry is £1 to include our coffee and biscuits.

NINFIELD Annual Parish Meeting is taking place on May 7, 7.15pm at Ninfield Methodist Church Hall. This event aims to provide a further opportunity for all Ninfield residents to understand more about the priorities and activities of the village clubs, societies and groups. Refreshments, including wine and nibbles, will be served to give everyone the opportunity to chat and find out more about what’s planned over the coming months.

THE Bexhill & District Community First Responders, who cover Bexhill, Ashburnham, Ninfield, Catsfield, Crowhurst, Hooe , Whydown & Normans Bay, will be meeting on Wednesday, May 7. This is at Bexhill Fire Station at 7.30pm, every first Wednesday in the month. If you are interested in finding out more please contact the Team Leader, Mike Dean on 07970024135.

THE Hooe Open Group next meet on Friday, May 9, at 2.30pm, which will be a talk by Olivia Breeze, entitled ‘Memories of my Father’ (singer Alan Breeze). If you are interested in joining a very friendly group of like-minded ladies, why not go along to the next meeting, you are certain to enjoy the afternoon. For any further information contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

NINFIELD Village Society have organised a Village Clean Up day on May 10. You are invited to help clear and tidy YOUR part of the village, with all necessary equipment being supplied by Ninfield Parish Council and Keir. If you would like to join in, please meet at the Methodist Church Hall at 10am. Refreshments are provided courtesy of Ninfield Parish Council. For more details, please contact Martin Wood on 892895 or Robin Goldsmith on 892778.

MOBILE Library service will next be in the villages on May 10 & 24 at: Hooe, opposite Denbigh Court, 1.50 - 2.35pm. Ninfield, Coombe shaw (off Manchester Road) 2.50 – 3.25pm. Ninfield, Downsview (off Church Lane) 3.40 – 4.05pm.

NINFIELD Flower Group are meeting on May 12, with ‘A Basket for all Occasions’ workshop and June 2, Gaenor Circus with a demonstration called ‘Fabulous Flowers’. For further information, please contact Jennifer Collett on 01424 892878 or email

NINFIELD Neighbourhood Watch are meeting on Tuesday, May 13, 7.30pm at the Reading Room. This is your opportunity to speak to our PCSO, Daryl Holter, regarding any policing matters in our area. For more information regarding Ninfield Neighbourhood Watch, please call Thelma on 892421.

THE next meeting of the Hooe History Society will be on Thursday, May 15, in the Hooe village Hall, 7.30 pm. Robert Pilbeam has been preparing a talk entitled ‘The Red Lion: the building, its people and other inhabitants’ so this should be really interesting. The group are aware that many people have knowledge, memories and stories about this splendid old pub so, they are hoping for as much audience participation as possible. The more information they can draw together the better. Further details about the Society from Heather Sinden, 01424 893422 or Peter and Pam Doodes 01424 892329. If you have information or interesting stories about the Red Lion please contact Robert Pilbeam 01424 844365.

NINFIELD Local History Group are meeting on May 15, 7.30 pm at the Methodist Church Hall. David Swales will be talking about farming in the Ninfield Area. For further information, please contact Rod Ffoulkes, Acting Chairman, NLHG 01424 893635 or email or see their website/Facebook page: /

THERE will be a coffee morning on Wednesday, May 21, at 10am at The Methodist Hall, Ninfield, 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.

NINFIELD Flower Group are meeting on Monday June 2, commencing at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. They welcome Lucinda Knapman with her demonstration entitled “Fabulous Flowers”. Non members are welcome for a small charge of £4, which includes refreshments. All floral arrangements demonstrated are raffled at the end of the evening. If you would like any further information regarding the group please telephone Jennifer on 01424 892878 or email on Alternatively, you can look at their website

ARE you able to give an hour of your time for a fabulous cause - the Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice? Sainsbury’s in Town Hall Square has allocated Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7, for supporters to collect money for Chestnut Tree House outside the store. They are delighted to have been offered this slot but, as they were expecting just one day, they may be short of willing helpers during the days! Would you be prepared to give an hour or two of your time? You will not be on duty by yourselves, there will be two or three together. Many hands make light work! This is a rewarding and fun activity because people are willing to give to such a good cause. So – please – if you would like to help contact Pam Doodes 01424 892329 or Thelma Nance 01424 892421 who will be delighted to hear from you.

DON’T forget that you can find out more community information from both villages and Wealden District Council on our district councillor’s (Pam Doodes) website or the Ninfield Parish Council website: /

CHURCH Services for Ninfield and Hooe ( St Mary’s Services (Church of England, Ninfield): Sundays - 9.30am Parish Eucharist (Family Service on 1st Sunday of the month) Wednesdays - 10am Holy Communion. St Oswald’s Services (Church of England, Hooe): Sundays - 11.15am, Parish Eucharist (Family Service on 1st Sunday of the month).

NINFIELD Methodist Church - all services at 2.30pm except the first Sunday of the month, where they hold a Family Service at 10.30am.

Anything that you would like included in the Parish Pump for Ninfield or Hooe, please email the details to me:


TICKETS for Polegate Drama Group’s next production of A Vicar of Dibley Christmas, the second coming at Archer & Partners, 48 High Street, Polegate. Or telephone 483348. Adults £9. Children £6. Performance is from 7-10 May.

WALK on Saturday 10 May View of all the Sisters with Catherine. Meet at Chyngton Lane, Seaford, 10am bus no 12 at 9.28 am Terminus Road stand J, finish at 12.30 4.5 miles one climb.

COFFEE MORNING on Saturday 10 May, held at Polegate Community Centre, is hosted by Polegate WI. All welcome in the lounge from 10 am to noon.

WALK on Sunday May 11 Not a Lot to Drink with Rob J, meet bus no. 12A 9.36 Terminus Road, stand J, walk starts at East Dean CP 9.50 am dry lunch, Jevington fish at 1500 8 miles.

SPA VALLEY RAILWAY timetables now available at Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre, or direct from the railway, we are always looking for volunteers to join us, bookings now being taken for special events. The next one is on the weekend of 10 and 11 May when Thomas the Tank Engine and friends will be delighted to see you. More info from More info from 01892 537715 or email

WALK on Monday 12 May Up the Royal! Across the golf course to Meads, meet in front of Waitrose at 10am with Margaret. Programmes available from 7357141.

TRINITY COMMUNITY MARKET is now open every Wednesday from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Whilst building works are taking place in the hall, we have relocated to Trinity Church , Coppice Avenue, Lower Willingdon, we are on a bus route, bus nos. 51, 56, 126 and 143 stop outside, while bus nos. 54 and 98 stop nearby on the Triangle. Come and visit our various stalls including fresh fruit and veg products, crafts, haberdashery, cakes, household goods, books, remedies and refreshments. Come and browse or stay a while. For more details contact Wendy, on 489002 or email

WALK on Wednesday 14 May, Hankham Circular, meet at Westham Village Hall at 10am with Derek.

COFFEE MORNING on Saturday 17 May, held at Polegate Community Centre, is hosted by Friends of Willingdon School. All welcome in the lounge from 10 am until noon.

TABLE SALE on Saturday 17 May, in the main hall at Polegate Community Centre, 9.30am to noon. To book a table @ £5, call 485778.

ROY HALE talks to Polegate Gardeners Society on ‘A Stroll Along an English Country Lane’, on May 22, at 7.30pm at Polegate Community Centre.