Parish pump Hailsham - November 14, 2014

Alciston & Selmeston

QUIZ NIGHT at Selmeston and Alciston Village Hall, November 22, 7pm for 7.30pm start. Our annual Quiz Night is always a good evening with a variety of questions from many subjects to test your team’s knowledge. Together with a table quiz, raffle and supper it’s an evening of great fun. Teams of up to six persons. Tickets £8 per head. Prize for winning team. Supper of jacket potato with sausages, cheese, salad etc. Please bring your own drink and glasses. To reserve your table please telephone or email: Jan Matthews 01323811380, Jan Allen 01323871634, Michele Boys 01323870623 by November 17 to ensure your places.


HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Historical Society will be having their final evening for this year on November 20 at 7.30pm at the War Memorial Hall. The first speaker will be Ian Hilder, a professional genealogist and local historian. Ian is currently researching the impact of both the world wars on Barcombe. Ian Everest is the second speaker. Ian attended Plumpton Agricultural College in the 1960s before eventually becoming manager of the Fort at Newhaven. Ian’s mother was one of the 80,000 Land Army Girls of the Second World War and his talk will include some of her personal memories, together with a potted history of the role of women on farms during the two world wars. Admission to members is free; non-member £5.

DICKENSIAN EVENING is on November 22 when the road through the village will be closed from 2pm to 10pm. From 3pm park and ride (£2 return) is available at Drusillas Park and buses will meet trains at Berwick Station with the last bus leaving the village at 10pm. Father Christmas will be at the Clergy House from 3pm and at about 5pm will join the torch light procession led by the Hailsham Bonfire Society, to turn on the Christmas tree lights in the Market Square. Father Christmas always needs help to countdown for this task and over the years, in all varieties of weather, there has always been a good crowd to help him in his task. This year there will be added attractions with the Chestnuts Tea Room the venue for Storytelling and The Star hosting the Great Alfriston Bake Off. There will be performances from The Seaford Youth Drama Group, Morris Dancers and live bands; food stalls and all the pubs and restaurants and shops will be open for business. From Dickensian Evening there are just over four weeks to Christmas so it is time to start seriously thinking about Christmas. It is an ideal time to see that Alfriston can offer a wide range of gifts for everyone. Gifts that will not be found on every High Street. The village shop keepers will be donning their Victorian costumes - and visitors are encouraged to dress up too. Details on the village website .

THE PURPLE POPPY campaign supported by the Animal Aid charity, honours the role that animals played in wars, past and present. This year people and animals gathered in the Old Chapel Centre after the Remembrance Service at St Andrew’s to commemorate the role played by the animals through war and peace times. Animals and their owners enjoyed tea and homemade cakes - and homemade dog biscuits were also available. The hall was decorated with mauve and red poppy garlands alongside a pictorial display of Alfriston’s animal history from 100 years ago. The exhibition focused on the 200 or more horses taken from the village, particularly from the racing stables, to play their part in WW1.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion, 9.30am Morning Prayer, 11am Morning Worship and children’s Sunday Club. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Holy Communion.

PARISH COUNCIL: For various reasons the November meeting of the council will be held at St John’s Church, Bodle Street Green at 7pm on Thursday. The council has a website.


CHURCH SERVICES: After a lovely Remembrance Service we look forward to greeting Alan Packard on Sunday at 10.30am. He will lead Mattins. This is the second Sunday before Advent. The Reverend Neville Manning will lead Mattins the following week at 10.30am. This being the next Sunday before Advent. Then at the later time of 11am we celebrate Advent Sunday on November 30. All welcome to join us and refreshments are shared after every service.


ST MARY’S: This is the second Sunday before Advent. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am, Samson: The Broken Victor. At 10.30am is Holy Communion with crèche and children’s groups. At 6.30pm is Evening Prayer. The Suffering King.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: There is a service on Sunday at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. The mediums are Darren John and Adam Samuel.

RAMBLERS: There are both long and short walks this Wednesday with Hailsham Ramblers. If you would like the details of either then contact the club secretary Jill Davies on (01323) 843530 as the routes were not available at time of going to press.

STREET MEETINGS: PCSOs will hold meetings and give residents the opportunity to come along and talk about concerns or issues they may be having where they live. This does not have to be simply police related, town and Wealden councillors will attend also and any housing officers responsible to the area. If you do not have any matters to raise then simply come out and say hello. Bittern Court BN27 2LT on Thursday, 6.30pm to 7pm, and Kestrel Court on Friday November 21, 6.30pm to 7pm.

LIONS AWARENESS DAY is on Saturday November 22 in Vicarage Field. Lion members will be happy to discuss their work and play with the public because without them the Lions could not support local charities like the recent donations made to the Children with Cancer Fund, Marie Curie and the Out And About Club. For more information about Hailsham Lions visit or email

FITNESS FIESTA: On Saturday November 22 one big fitness party for anyone and anybody to enjoy is coming to Hailsham. For more information e-mail the co-ordinator Kathy Brown at

HOME ALONE: Why not join in at The Link Coffee Shop in Market Square for Christmas dinner on Christmas Day. Please pick up a booking form from The Link or phone 01323 441079 (Kay) to book a place. They would love to see you. Booking essential and there is no charge. The Link Coffee Shop will be open from 11.30am for coffee and the meal is served at 12.30pm. Please note places are only offered to those who are on their own. If you are in need of transport this can also be booked and provided. There will be light entertainment in the afternoon. The outcome of October’s green token collection at Waitrose was £501 very generously supporting Kay and Ron Timms’ arrangements at The Link, with potential for a second venue if numbers go beyond the current capacity of 40.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: It was competition time again this week at the society with the second print round. The judge was Bob Webzell ARPS who has been to the club many times before and was welcomed back with great pleasure. Bob is well known for his quick wit and dry humour.

There were the usual three categories and Bob began with the beginners’ class for the Pavilion Cup. There were only two prints to go through to the final and these were Novice Buddhist Nuns by Halina Martin and Desolate, a moody monochrome picture of a barn taken on a farm against a menacing sky, by Linda Busby. In the intermediate section for the Keith Donald Shield, three were to be chosen. These were Waif And Stray, and Bongo Boy, both by Peggy McKenzie and Yamaha Vee Twin by Martin Rumary, a picture of part of a motorcycle showing two exhaust pipes with muted blue and brown hues with the remaining parts of the engine looking mostly black and chrome. The last group had the most entries and the advanced class for the Founders Cup had seven going through. Speed Kills by Gay Biddlecombe LRPS CPAGB, Geese At Dawn and Pool And Mountain Iceland both by Pat Broad ARPS AFIAP, The Colonade by Liz Scott ARPS AFIAP, Shopkeeper by Roy Morris ARPS, Grace by Edward Sturgeon LRPS and Max by Phil Smith, a fabulous head and shoulders monochrome portrait of a young man with startling bright eyes, wispy beard and earrings. It was a terrific competition with a stunning standard of work.

FLOWER CLUB: The meeting in October was a workshop evening. Members created a table centre, with a candle, set on a decorated star made from small garden canes or twigs. Club member Ann Brooke demonstrated the art of weaving the stars and created beautiful examples of how they might be decorated and incorporated into a flower arrangement. Whilst many members made arrangements particularly suitable for the Christmas festive season others produced wonderful displays of very individual examples for other seasons and occasions, such as Thanksgiving and Halloween. Hailsham and District Flower Club welcomes anyone who would like to come along as a guest and the next meeting will be held on Wednesday. This will be the final meeting of 2014 when Lyn Carter will demonstrate Floral Fantasia Colourtastic with Sparkle at 7.30pm in Hailsham Civic Community Hall.

GRANTS: Grant application forms are still available for non-profit organisations, registered charities or other agencies in Hailsham intending to request funding for new or improved facilities, activities or projects from Hailsham Town Council’s 2015 grants budget. For many years, Hailsham Town Council has awarded grants to fund programmes that relate to its grant criteria and considers each application fairly and openly. All grant applications will be considered by the Finance, Budget & Resources Committee in early 2015 and notification of the decision on your application will be released in May or June 2015. Application forms and grant award criteria are available to download from the Town Council website ( or by writing to the Town Clerk, Hailsham Town Council, Inglenook, Market Street, Hailsham, BN27 2AE. The deadline for grant aid applications (2015/2016) will be the end of December.

SPORTS ALLIANCE: Hailsham Forward includes representatives from the town, district and county councils, local businesses and community groups. They met at Diplocks Hall and discussed a number of revitalisation objectives for the town centre and surrounds. Steve Wennington, of Hailsham and District Sports Alliance, gave a very inspiring presentation to the membership in which he highlighted a need to find or create more sport and leisure facilities in the town as existing sports clubs are full to capacity and there is no opportunity for expansion within current facilities in Hailsham. His dream moved a step closer as members of this Stakeholders Group came forward to create a team that will look at developing ideas for additional shared sports facilities for team sports and other leisure activities in the town.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: The town’s Christmas lights switch on by the Mayor and winner of the Best Christmas Pizza design competition, organised by Dominos Pizza with Hailsham Town Council is on Saturday November 22 at 5pm in Vicarage Field. An evening of live entertainment is planned before and after transforming the town centre into a winter wonderland of twinkling Christmas lights. There will be singing by Hailsham Community College students and Grovelands Primary School pupils from 4.45pm to 5.15pm, balloon modelling from 4pm to 5.30pm and Christmas music by Hailsham Festival FM. Santa is looking forward to receiving letters from children between 4 and 5.30pm and mince pies and mulled wine are provided by Tesco for charity. Hailsham Parish Church is open from 4pm to 6pm for free coffee, tea and hot chocolate. The Christmas lights switch-on is one of the most popular events of the year in Hailsham and everyone is looking forward to another wonderful night. Councillor Amanda O’ Rawe, Deputy Town Mayor and vice-chairman of the festivities and events committee, said: ‘Christmas is a really magical time of year and we want to herald the arrival of the festive season here in style. Last year the Christmas lights switch-on in the town centre attracted hundreds of people and we are hoping for similar crowds this year.’

Hellingly, Horsebridge & Dicker

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon in Hellingly Village Hall. Stalls include bottles, books, bathroom and kitchen, preserves and pickles, raffle, tombola and refreshments.

CHURCH SERVICES: Hellingly: Regular Services, Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP), every Sunday, Holy Communion (CW) at 8am and 10.45 am, At Holy Trinity Church there is a Joint Service with Hellingly Church at Upper Dicker.

LADIES LUNCHEON: Last month 22 ladies met for lunch at the village hall and raised £240 for the charity Empower Nepali Girls which funds education in the most needed areas. Visit

FESTIVE COFFEE MORNING: Saturday November 22 between 10am and 12.30pm at Dicker Hall there will be tea, coffee, cold drinks, homemade cakes or biscuits, handmade cards, stationery and gifts, cakes and other homemade and handmade items available for purchase.

HEMPSTEAD LANE: Regarding highways and rights of way, Wealden District Council is proposing a roundabout at the junction of Hempstead Lane and the A22. The parish clerk will make enquiries since the parish council has not been consulted.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

PILLS, POTIONS AND PATIENCE: This evening, Friday, at Herstmonceux village hall Peter Hill presents an interesting talk and evening at 7pm to 7.30pm start. Entry is £6 on the door and includes refreshments. All proceeds to the continued restoration of the Windmill. Enquiries to Bee Frost (01323) 833033 or visit There is a link to the shop on the website and Christmas cards are now also available from Herstmonceux village information centre and The Village Stores. Proceeds from the sale of this card support the Windmill Hill Windmill Trust Reg. charity no. 1054504 and are £3.50 for a pack of 10 cards the greeting inside reads With Best Wishes for Christmas and the New Year. Card size is 6½ x 4½ inches.

CLOTHING SALE: This event is tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon in the village hall. Many of you will now be familiar with the twice-yearly clothing sales that take place in the village hall. The WI has now taken over the planning of these events and will hope to raise some funds from the entrance fees and sale of teas and coffees. If you are not familiar with the clothing sales, then this might be the time to find out more and grab yourself a stylish bargain or two. The clothes on sale are all samples or remainders, ranging from casual wear to evening, and are all of beautiful quality and at bargain prices. The sale often includes accessories too, such as bags, belt or hats. If you are looking for a new outfit for the winter or Christmas season, then get there early to get the pick of the crop. For further information, contact Sue Stewart on 01323 833450.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Go along to Reid Hall tomorrow, Saturday, for Wartling Church Christmas Fair from 11am to 2pm. Cake stall, raffle, games and much more. Entrance is 50p or £5 to include lunch. Enquiries to Pam on (01323) 833079. Arthur Lovett has made, and kindly donated a lovely child’s rocking horse, to be auctioned in aid of Wartling Church at the Christmas Fair. It can be viewed in advance at Court Lodge Farm. Phone David on 832150 first, bids can be left with him if you cannot get to the fair.

QUIZ NIGHT: Warbleton Brass band Quiz Night is tomorrow, Saturday, at 7pm at Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green.

MESSY CHURCH is on Sunday at Reid Hall, Boreham Street, from 3.30pm to 5.30pm for games, crafts, stories, tea and fun.

WI: The AGM is on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the village hall followed by either a quiz or Beetle Drive. Enquiries to Sue on 01323 833450.

PUBLIC MEETING: Southern Water will give a presentation concerning the sewer network in Victoria Road, Windmill Hill at 7pm in the main village hall on Wednesday. Contact the clerk to the parish council on 01323 833312 or

RAY AND SHELDON: The club meets in the small village hall from 2pm to 4pm next Friday, November 21. On this occasion there will be a slide show by Colin Baker of his travels. Entry is £2.50. Annual membership is only £4 due in January. Enquiries to Anne on (01323) 441244.

RAINBOWS: For some time the present leaders have been looking for volunteers to take over the running of Herstmonceux Rainbows. Two or three volunteers are needed to run this group which meets weekly during term time from 4.45pm to 5.45pm on Wednesday afternoons. The current leaders will both be ceasing their involvement at the end of 2014, and therefore need volunteers to take over from the New Year. If you are interested in helping, please contact Becky on 07956 007411.

ANNIE: I was very lucky to be invited along to the HATS production of Annie last week. I had heard many good reports of previous works but was totally unprepared for the amazing performances by the entire cast. No wonder it was sold out. The characters were believable and one was soon absorbed into the story of orphan Annie and the search for her parents and ultimate adoption by Uncle Warbucks. The choreography was dynamic and energetic, the eight-piece band, mostly from Seaford Rock and Jazz orchestra, were a perfect complement. The bravery by producers and directors Chris and Linda Thompson on including a real dog, was a contradiction to the traditional warning not to work with animals, which paid off. Alfie, the perfectly behaved border collie, I have to say, stole the show. Well done everybody in front and behind the scenes..


THE INDOOR BOOT SALE on November 16 has been cancelled. The Indoor Boot Sale on December 14 will definitely take place. Tables are £5, doors open 10am. Refreshments available. Contact 01323 811385 for more information or email

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

NINFIELD REMEMBERS: The village remembered its debt to those who fell in the world wars last Sunday at the most fitting of venues, the Memorial Hall. In a first, the centenary of the start of WW1 was suitably marked, with the youth of Ninfield rightly taking centre stage. Kevin Regan, of Ninfield Local History Group, writes: I never knew we had such talented children, at least two of whom seem destined to become household names in the future. A stirring display was presented, the Ninfield Local History Group had many examples of memorabilia, explanations of events and people from the village and what they endured in both the First and Second World Wars. The choir from Ninfield Primary showed just how excellent their teaching is and were treated to rousing applause at the end of their selection of popular World War 1 era songs, in which the audience also participated. It was dignified yet relaxed, a suitable complement to the solemn occasion at the Cenotaph and village church Services of Remembrance in the morning. The parish council and Scouts then laid wreaths to the dead of both wars, before the audience relaxed with excellent refreshments and chatted whilst looking at the exhibits. Whilst none of this would have been possible without the enthusiasm and encouragement of Sami Guard, the dynamo that keeps the village going, special thanks are also due to Father Michael Brydon, who threw himself wholeheartedly into the proceedings as a WW1 padre, looking every inch the re-enactor of a front line chaplain. How good too, to see the Memorial Hall being used more fully for the use of the village, and credit to all involved for its recent refurbishment that keeps an elderly heritage building to continue to be available for us in the village. I apologise, as there are so many in the village who also helped, in not naming them, but to you all, my thanks for a splendid event. I’m proud of those we remember, but also those present did full justice to their memory. Thanks again to you all. The November edition of the Parish News contained the names of those who fell, so if you think you have relatives in either of the wars, check to see if they are mentioned.

HOOE OPEN GROUP next meet today, Friday, at Hooe Village Hall, 2.30pm. Contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: On Monday Ninfield Horticultural Society’s speaker is Dave Harrison, who will be telling them about Gatwick Airport through the Ages. They meet at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. Members free, non members £2 admission. Tea/coffee and biscuits available.

GOLDEN CIRCLE next meet on November 18 at 2.30pm in the Methodist Hall. This month’s subject will be Flower Arranging with Jennifer Collett, who, as we know, is a very fine flower arranger as seen at the Ninfield Flower Groups exhibitions. All ladies, husbands and partners welcome.

WESLEY GUILD: The Battle and Ninfield Fellowship Group are meeting on Wednesday, 2.30pm at Ninfield Methodist Church. This month, they welcome Peter More with a talk entitled A Music Journey.

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP: Their next meeting is on Thursday, at 7.30pm in the Methodist Hall on Tracing Your Ancestors, a family history workshop. Members £1, non members £2. Tea/coffee included. Have you traced your ancestors or are you having problems? Maybe our experiences will help you.

COFFEE MORNING: St Mary’s are holding an Early Christmas Coffee Morning on Saturday, November 22, 10.30am to noon in the Reading Room, Church Lane. There will be a variety of stalls including crafts, gifts, cards, cakes, produce, and books. There will also be a raffle, competitions and tombola.

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 Worship with Margaret Bickerdike.


MEETING of Eastbourne Natural History and Archaeological Society today, Friday, when our speaker is Giles Dawkes on Pococks Field Excavation 2014. Some early thoughts on this exciting archaeological site. Meetings are held at St Saviours Church Hall, South Street, Eastbourne, entrance Spencer Road, 7.30pm. Members free, visitors £2.50.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, 10.30am in the Lounge of Polegate Community Centre, is hosted by Stud Farm Allotment Society.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Linear Friston Forest to Charleston 5 miles with Colin W. Meet at Exceat Visitors Centre, 10am. Bus 12A at 9.23 Terminus Road, Stand J. Or Brisk Pace, Pastures New 8.5 miles with Mike S. Meet at the Avenue, 9am. Walk starts at Plough Inn, Plumpton Green at 9.45am. GR 364182 Map 122. On Sunday Bottoms Up, 9 miles with Paul and Barbara. Meet at The Avenue 9.30am, walk starts at Woodingdean CP 10.15am, GR 354063 dry lunch. On Wednesday Linear 51 to 12, 7 miles with Mary B. Meet bus 51 9.53am Terminus Road walk starts at Willingdon Triangle dry lunch. No 12 bus from Exceat to Eastbourne.

CHRISTMAS FAIR and tables tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre, 1pm to 4pm. There will be many stalls and a Christmas raffle. Father Christmas will visit for a free gift for the children.

MEMORABILIA of Wilmington aerodrome from the 1930s is sought by researcher Peter Tyrrell in Polegate. The project aims to compile as many facts, memories, ephemera and possibly photos from the halcyon period of flying from pastures at Milton Gate Farm beside the A27. The material can go towards a non profit making local collection in our ESCC library system or an article for Eastbourne Local Historian magazine as an archive document. Potentially somebody has an old programme or a brochure tucked away of the aerodrome building itself. Contact Peter Tyrrell 01323 487170 or email any material offered can be copied and acknowledged as contributing to the arch8ive.

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society meet on Friday November 21 when T and J Burgess will be giving a Magic Lantern Show. Doors open at 6.30pm at St Johns Church Hall, meeting starts at 7pm.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

QUIZ EVENING: Warbleton Brass Band holds a quiz evening tomorrow, Saturday, 7pm for a 7.30pm start at the Dunn Village Hall. Entry is £5. To book or for more details telephone 01435 813359.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion, 9.30am Morning Prayer, 11am Morning Worship and children’s Sunday Club. Due to involvement in the Hailsham public Remembrance ceremony, I was not able to be in church for the Remembrance service last Sunday, but I gather the church was full. Peter Dunn read the names of the fallen and John Holden played the Last Post. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Holy Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion led by Paul Daniels.

HISTORY GROUP: Ray Broomfield, a guide at Batemans Burwash, told us about Rudyard Kipling’s two houses he owned. Firstly, Naulakha House in Vermont, a modern spacious house with a spectacular view, which is now available to rent. Secondly Batemans in Burwash, which came with 36 acres, a dilapidated mill and a section of the village. I between he lived for a short while in Torquay, which he hated, and Rottingdean which he found too public, with tourists gawping over the wall. Our next walk is on Saturday November 22, meeting at the old railway station, Hellingly (TQ585121) at 2pm.

PARISH COUNCIL: For various reasons the November meeting of the council will be held at St John’s Church, Bodle Street Green at 7pm on Thursday. The council has a website.

VILLAGE PLAYERS: The next production is a comic farce written by Ray Cooney and John Chapman, and will be on November 19 to 22. Tickets cost £18.50 to include a three course meal, and are now on sale via the Village Players website, there is a booking charge. If you haven’t access to the internet, then please contact a committee member for help.

FILM SHOW: Last Saturday we viewed two films produced by Mr A W Knapman, a Heathfield resident, in which he compared the then current views of Heathfield and area, with old postcards etc. The first film was a tour around some East Sussex villages. It started at the Crown and market at Heathfield, continued along Cade Street to Chapel Cross. We then turned off down to Warbleton and Rushlake Green. On to Dallington, Woods Corner, Brightling and Robertsbridge. We returned along the main road through Burwash and Broad Oak to the market. The second film featured the Old Heathfield area. We saw the restoration of the mill pond below Heathfield Park. One thing that stood out was the way we have lost the view of many houses, because of the growth of hedges, due to the obsession with privacy. This film took us along Cade Street to Punnetts Town. During the interval we were served ice creams or popcorn, by the usherettes, a nice touch. I gather about £300 was raised for the hall funds.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY was a beautiful sunny day. The Kingfisher Band led the parade of ex-service men and women and local uniformed organisations along Church Street for the Service of Remembrance at St Mary’s Church, Willingdon. Piper Ian White piped the congregation into church which was soon filled to capacity. The service was led by Fr Kevin Agnew. The names of all those to be commemorated were read out, men and women of Willingdon who had died fighting for their country. As each name was called out, a lit candle was placed on the memorial by the young members of the uniformed organisations, and wreaths were laid. The immortal words ‘they shall grow not old as we that are left grow old’ were said. The last post was sounded and the two minute silence observed, and this was followed by the reveille. With the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1 this was a very special Remembrance Sunday. Fr Kevin spoke of the 888,246 ceramic poppies which had been ‘planted’ in the moat outside the Tower of London and how each one represented a life that had been sacrificed for future generations. There were congregational hymns and readings from the leader of Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council, John Pritchett and church warden Peter Boxall. Sue Foster, also a church warden, said the intercession prayers. A collection was taken for the work of the Royal British Legion. After the service a short ceremony took place in the garden of rest for the laying of wreaths in memory of all ex-service men and women who have died. Piper Ian White played the lament. During the afternoon there was a further short service at the Ruth-less Memorial at Butts Brow to commemorate the crew of the ill-fated American Liberator bomber Ruth-less which crashed on the Downs in February 1944.

ST WILFRID’S CHURCH will be having a Christmas Fayre from 2pm to 4pm tomorrow, Saturday. There will be various stalls and refreshments. On Saturday November 22 from 10am to noon there will be a coffee morning at St Wilfrid’s Church to help those suffering from leprosy.

OWEN DONOVAN will be bringing you brilliant pop covers from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at The Wheatsheaf.

PUDDING NIGHT: Edgmond Church and the site on which it stands in Old Town was purchased by the JPK Sussex Project in June 2013 and the aim is to commence building the supported living accommodation needed for people with a learning disability as soon as possible. Maureen and John Males host regular fund raising events for the charity at their home The Cottage in Dittons Road, Polegate. Their next event at 7pm tomorrow, Saturday, is a very light main course followed by many desserts to be sampled. Voting takes place on the preferred pudding with the winner receiving a prize. Please contact Maureen on 01323 482011 to reserve a place. Tickets are £8.

CHURCH RAMBLERS will meet at Chalk Farm, Coopers Hill at 10am on Monday for a five mile walk from East Dean to Warren Hill and return via Downs Golf Club. There are some steep climbs but lovely views. All welcome. Cars to the start of the walk are shared.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council hold a finance and policy meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon Community School. 01323 489603 for further information.

ST MARY’S YOUTH CLUB for eight to 14 year olds meets in the church hall on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 7.30pm to 9pm. November 19 will be a talent evening. Ring Fr Kevin Agnew on 01323 502079 or Fr Michael Maine on 01323 509528.

SONBEAMS are the babies and pre-school children who meet with their parents, grandparents or carers at 2pm each Wednesday in St Mary’s Church for a time of fun, action, songs and stories.

AWARDS EVENING: Wednesday is GCSE awards evening at Willingdon Community School, starting at 7.30pm. Wednesday November 26 is year 11 parents’ evening. Ring 01323 485254.

PROBUS: Willingdon Probus Club for retired and semi-retired professional and business men have a coffee morning, 10.15am for 10.30am on Thursday at The Red Lion. Speaker is Ralph Hodge.

THE FLOWER CLUB meet at 2pm on Friday November 21 at Willingdon Memorial Hall for a practice meeting. Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society meet from 7pm to 9pm on Friday November 21 at St John’s Church Hall, Polegate, when there will be a magic lantern show from T & J Burgess. A microphone with a loop system is used for deaf and hard of hearing at all talks. Visitors are welcome. The fee is just £2.

TRINITY DINERS: The next Trinity Diners meal at Trinity Church Hall is on Friday November 21. The menu is fruit juice, beef and vegetable casserole or vegetable casserole, creamed potatoes and cabbage, peach and pear crumble and custard followed by tea or coffee. To reserve a place contact Jennie on 01323 484189. The meals are £5.50.

TRINITY ART GROUP, tutored by Teresa Currie, meet on a Wednesday evening from 7pm to 9pm at Trinity Church community room. The group will be holding an art exhibition from 10am to 5pm on Saturday November 22 in Trinity Church Hall. On display and for sale will be original artworks, prints, artists’ cards, painting on wood and other crafts. Admission is free and light refreshments available.

CHALK FARM LDC (Learning Disability Centre) in Coopers Hill, Willingdon, have a Christmas Fayre from 11am to 3pm on Sunday November 23. There will be a large variety of stalls including homemade cakes, cards and gifts. There will also be games and activities including guess how many sweets in a jar, a tombola, raffle, name the teddy, and learning how to make your own Christmas decorations. You can also visit Santa’s grotto with his elf helpers. Admission is 50p for adults. Children go free. While you are there do make sure that you also visit the garden centre behind the hotel which has a large variety of shrubs and plants and there might even be some of Sue’s magnificent hanging baskets at very reasonable prices.

A MUSIC RECITAL directed by Michael Stumbles takes place at 7.30pm on Monday November 24 at St Mary’s Church. The concert will include vocal and instrumental ensembles including organ solos from Paul Collins. Taking part will be the Recital Choir, Susan Lahache (soprano), Mike Barber (baritone), Christine Lynn (flute), Tim Willsone (oboe), Gerry Scotford (clarinet), and Val Stumbles (piano). Admission is free. There will be a retiring collection supporting Children with Cancer.